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I thought I would start a new series of Blog Posts that will hopefully teach people who are not accustomed to using coupons, how it is all done.
I grew up with a frugal minded mother who was always looking for a way to save a buck. She clipped coupons (at that time from the newspaper), looked in magazines and removed every single tin can label looking for those “special hidden” coupons that only seasoned shoppers knew about. As a child I never really paid much attention, however, as an adult who has found it hard from time to time to save money on a limited budget I found my true coupon roots.
The real “Coupon Queen” craze started about 5 years ago, when I found a coupon on save.ca (one of my favourite Canadian Coupon websites) for a FREE Therma-Care Heat Wrap. It just so happened that earlier in the week I had thrown out my back and was still suffering daily with a back ache. I requested the coupon and in a couple of days, there it was in my mailbox. I was so amazed. I headed over to Shopper’s Drug Mart and used my FPC (free product coupon) to get a Therma-Care Heat Wrap absolutely FREE. I didn’t even have to pay the taxes. It was such a thrill. I almost felt guilty. I felt like I had just ripped someone off. I wanted to yell “start the car! Start the car!” It was such a thrill. I actually got a rush out of it. Than I realized that these companies were really smart. They had just convinced me to try their product and I did because it was FREE. I couldn’t wait to tell my family and friends what I had done and how they could do it too.
I truly think that was the day “I got addicted”. I surfed the net looking for websites that offered coupons. I found lots of websites but the problem was I spent literally days and weeks going through sites that only offered USA coupons. I had to find a way to find more coupons. I had to recapture the thrill of getting something for nothing or at least for less than regular price. I soon discovered a Canadian based website and took the plunge by joining their forum. I found a couple useful coupons but they were few and far between. I also discovered that not every website is a friendly one. The site I originally joined will remain nameless, but I have to thank them for being so disorganized and having rude members. I am thanking them because of their actions I looked elsewhere and found this wonderful, friendly and always helpful forum called….. you guessed it CANADIAN FREE STUFF. I have been a member of CFS since April 2007 and I have never looked back.
I really had no idea how to properly do the whole “coupon” thing but this was a great place to start. If you are interested in learning more about how to use coupons in Canada then stay tuned. I am going to try to help others learn what I have learned over the last 5 years about saving money by using coupons. My username is Cheetah and I hope to be your personal guide through the exciting world of couponing in Canada.
I look forward to reading your comments, and having others share their ideas with us.
What you can look forward to over the next few weeks. Here are some topics I hope to cover.
Couponing for Beginners
How to find Canadian Coupons
Tricks of the Trade of Coupons
Favorite coupon websites
Learn to Sort & Store Your coupons
Abbreviations Coupon Do’s and Don’ts
Taking it to the Next Level
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