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Using Coupons in Canada, A Guest Post by Mrs. January

Last week I put out a call to all of my Canadian readers asking for input about couponing in Canada. Cassie who writes the blog Mrs. January, graciously offered to write a post on the subject. If you are a Canadian shopper, you’ll want to bookmark Mrs. January as a money saving resource! 

Couponing in Canada is nowhere near the same as couponing in the United States.

The differences?
1. There are no stores in Canada that double, let alone triple, coupon values.
2. There are no stores in Canada that print coupons on your receipt.
Those are the main issues in Canada when it comes to coupons. As much as it sucks that we don’t have these types of promotions, there are definitely many ways we can save some serious dough with coupons.
The main thing people ask me when they find my website is “how do you get so many coupons?“.
I get them from all over the place, honestly. You just have to keep your eyes open! Here are the top 5 places I find most of my coupons:
- tearpads in stores
- coupon inserts in the newspaper (these usually show up once every 3 weeks or so)
There are also many companies that will mail you coupons if you send them an email. Be warned that some people will get a YES response and some people will get a made up “we don’t send out coupons” response. If you get the latter, just try again a few days later and hope for a different person responding to your email.
The best companies to ask for coupons from are:

- Playtex
- Marc Angelo
- SC Johnson
- Johnson & Johnson
- Old Dutch
- Colgate/Palmolive
- Primo
- Chapmans
So what are the best stores to shop at in Canada?
In my personal opinion, I love using coupons at:
- Zellers
- Walmart
- Shoppers Drug Mart
Zellers is good for me because I have a VIP SPC (Student Price Card) that allows me to get 10% off my purchases (BEFORE COUPONS!). Now, I am not a student, but because this is the VIP card, I don’t have to show ID. It says so right on the card. :) You can get your VIP SPC card by subscribing to Lou Lou magazine right here: Buysub.com
That is the only way (that I know of) that you can get the VIP card.
I like using coupons at Walmart because they have EVERYTHING in that dang store. No matter what I need – there it is! I don’t usually have any issues with coupons either, so I like doing my shopping there. I always keep a copy of the coupon policy with me though, just in case. You never know when you’re going to get a cranky cashier who thinks she knows more than you.
Shoppers Drug Mart.. I only shop there when they have promotions for bonus Optimum Points. They frequently have 20x the points days (when you spend $50 or more) and you can use coupons to get your total down. For example, if you spend $100 before coupons and $30 after coupons, you will get 20x the points on the $100 amount. I usually save all of my high-value coupons for this promotion.
Speaking of Shoppers Drug Mart and Optimum points…
I personally feel that Shoppers Optimum is the BEST Canadian Rewards program. You get 10 points for every $1 you spend at the store, but they have promotions for bonus points ALL the time – so I usually only shop on those days to get the best bang for my buck.
And what exactly do you get with all of your points?

Cash! Well, kind of. Say you have 95,000 points (the highest reward level). On any given day, you could redeem those points for $170 worth of product at Shoppers Drug Mart. You just have to pay the taxes. I suggest you hold on to them though, because not only do they have bonus point events, they also have bonus REDEMPTION events. For the top level of 95,000 points, you are usually able to redeem for $200 worth of  product, instead of the regular $170. I think it’s best to save up your points and redeem at 95,000 if you can. It’s the best value.

Now for some random questions that I get asked ALL THE TIME:
1. How do you get so many of the same coupon? – I ask my neighbours, friends, family, etc. for their coupon inserts. They never use them anyway. I take extras from tearpads in stores. I have more than one save.ca/brandsaver.ca account (again, with the addresses of friends and family).

2. Can you stack coupons? – The only store in Canada that will allow you to stack coupons is London Drugs and they are not in Ontario (which is where I live). If you happen to live near one, lucky you! You can stack! And I am totally not jealous… ahem.

3. Why do you buy so many of the same item? – Because I can? Also, I donate once a month to a local food bank/shelter. Of course I can’t use 100 deodorants or 50 bottles of shampoo before they expire. I’m not crazy, you know!
So there you have it folks. Couponing in Canada is HARD. I really feel like we have to put much more effort into getting a good deal. Sometimes I wish I could live in the United States, just so I could score all the sweet deals that our dear friend Melanie here can get. I read her blog to be inspired and end up leaving jealous. But it’s okay! I’m inspired too! ;) We may not be able to get the same amount of deals here in Canada, but we do pretty well. :)
A few more Canadian resources:

- www.groceryalerts.ca


For more money saving tips for Canadians, be sure to visit Mrs. January!
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Comments

  1. thanks for posting melanie!

    i really hope this helps your canadian readers. :) :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have the neatest stockpile I have ever seen!!
    Winnie P. MA

  3. Cassie,

    Thanks for the mention.

    She knows her stuff – great videos on her blog.

  4. There are some stores that print coupons on receipts. ( http://www.michaels.com/ ) Michael’s is one of them. however they are so far and few in between that it’s not really worth it. lol

  5. Awesome post. Really appreciate the Canadian advice.

  6. WOW!! Your storage shelves are very impressive!! Here in western Canada I tend to avoid London Drugs as I find them way to expensive….I stick to safeway for the airmiles. Did you hear that Target is coming to Canada?? THANKYOU for the coupon links :-)
    signed
    Theresa in Albera

  7. I’m saying a big WOW to that stockpile shelving. OMG. I’m totally jonesing on the pampers section.

    Also, (I live in the US, but) I’ve never thought to email companies for their coupons even though I think I’m remembering Mel mentioning it before…. so I’m going to put that on my to do list.

  8. Loving the storage shelves…So neat, I am now inspired to straighten up my disaster area, I mean stockpile shelves. Great post.

  9. I have presented you with The Stylish Blog Award! You are AWESOME!! Thanks!! http://thefrugallifeofamom.blogspot.com/2011/01/frugal-life-of-mom-gets-stylish-blogger.html

  10. Anonymous says:

    Safeway in BC puts coupons on the back of their reciepts it seems every other time I’m there. :)

  11. safeway prints reciepts with coupons on them. great page.

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