Canadian Coupons-Taking it to the Next Level

Canadian Coupons-Taking it to the Next Level

Today I thought I would share some of the things serious couponers do to take it to the next level.

If you find yourself constantly stuck with valuable coupons that you are never going to use, one thing you can consider is partaking in coupon trades. Forums such as this one (Canadian Free Stuff ) is a great place to network with other Canadian Couponers and start trading coupons. The easiest way to do this is to start a thread in the coupon section of the forum and post a list of coupons you are willing to give up in the trade. You can also list coupons you are looking to receive. Other members can do the same and you can view what other people are looking for or willing to part with. No two people will ever have the perfect match of what they want and what they will give. You can personallly message or just post in the thread what kind of deal you want to strike with the person who has coupons you want.

For example, if I don’t have a baby, but have tons of Huggies coupons I might want to trade those coupons with someone that has extra Catelli Pasta coupons. I just send them a note and see if they would like to trade. We than exchange addresses and we each pay the postage to safely get the coupons to each other. It is a really simple process and once you get a few people involved, you get to know who is looking for what. Continue by keeping your wants and needs lists up to date. This is a great way to get different coupons that might not currently be available in your area and for those lucky people that have access to a London Drugs to collect multiple coupons with different bar codes in order to achieve stacking.

Another great way to get more Canadian Coupons is to ask neighbours, family, co-workers and friends to save them for you. If you are the only one you know currently couponing then most people will have absolutely no problem in handing over their unwanted coupons. Most people don’t even notice them in the weekly flyers or newspaper inserts. Say for example the Red Plum coupons are due out Feb 5th  just ask everyone to keep their eyes out for them and save them for you. You can also look for discarded copies of Smart Source and Red Plum Coupons. I, for one would never go to the extremes I see on TV. I would never dumpster dive for coupons. However we have a blue recycling bin at our neighbourhood mailboxes and most people go through their junk mail and just toss it in the bin instead of taking it home with them. When the rouge magazine comes out or other small pamphlets that contain coupons we simply head on down to the mailbox and collect a few extra copies.

I also work at a very busy shopping mall. The day after the coupon inserts come out in the paper, any unsold newspapers are taken to the compactor room. (a place where they put paper and cardboard to be recycled) This is also a great, clean place to check for extra coupon inserts. A couple of girls at work subscribe to home delivered newspapers and don’t use coupons. They know any extra are to be saved for me. :O)

If you are feeling a little more adventurous you can join what many call a Coupon Train. Coupon Trains are started by an individual who wants to exchange coupons with others. You can either start your own train or hop on board someone else’s. A coupon train is where the conductor fills an envelope with lots of wonderful coupons they are willing to give away. He or she will create a thread on a forum like Canadian Free Stuff and ask if anyone is interested in joining the coupon train? Once the passenger list is ready (usually 6-8 people) the conductor (the person starting the train) will organize the order of the way the train will travel. Usually east to west or visa versa. With some trains there is a list created that is inserted into the envelope of coupons listing all the passengers and where they are in the order of receipt. The addresses are included so you know where to send the train next. Some other trains will totally be controlled by the conductor. Once you receive the train you pm (personal message) them and they will give you the name and address of the next rider you are to forward the train to. It all depends. Once you receive the coupon train you can take out any coupons you think you can use. Then you simply replace the coupons you took out with coupons you don’t need. With most trains you are required to replace the same value of coupons as you have taken out. If you take out $10.00 in coupons than you are expected to replace $10.00 worth of coupons. Some trains are more strict than others and specify if you take out a BOGO Coupon or a B1G1 FREE you are to replace it with one. This way no one person can scoop up all the coupons hence de-railing the train. The train travels around from home to home with coupons being taken out and new ones going back in. There are rules regarding expiry dates too – no one wants to end up with a bunch of expired coupons. Some trains even ask for a boarding pass. This is usually one un-used postage stamp. This will compansate the conductor for all their hard work and expense of getting the train going. Everyone that rides the train is responsible for paying their own postage to the next passenger. I have started two separate trains in the past and the first one was a wonderful success. The train arrived back home within a month and was chuck full of new and exciting coupons for me. The second train was a disaster it got stalled a couple of times (when people receive the train and don’t send if out for a week or so) and finally it crashed and burned somewhere off a cliff. It never arrived home which means one of my passengers decided to keep all the coupons as well as the boarding passes (8 postage stamps) I decided for me it was too much work and prefer just to ride trains rather than being the conductor myself. If you join a train please ask for or read all the details and rules of the train. If it asks you to receive and re-send out the train within 48 hours, make sure you do it.

As mentioned previously, watch for coupon inserts in your weekly flyers or local newspapers. For your enjoyment I have searched out the current 2012 schedule for Smart Source and Red Plum Coupon Inserts. Mark these dates on your calendar as a reminder as to when to look for these coupons.

Smart Source
January 7th
February 11th
March 3rd
April 14th
May 19th
June 9th
July 7th
August 25th
September 22nd
October 13th
November 3rd
December 1st

Red Plum
January 14th
February 4th
March 10th
April 7th
May 5th
June 2nd
July 7th
August 11th
September 8th
October 6th
November 3rd
December 1st

Well I am kinda sad to announce that this is the last post in this series. I have had lots of fun sharing with you all and I hope for some it was a great launching point to start your couponing adventures. For others I hope if was just a friendly reminder of great ways to coupon in Canada.

I look forward to reading your comments and questions and if I have missed any questions on previous posts please ask me again and I will make every effort to answer them. Hope you all had fun and learned a few new ideas.

Happy Shopping Everyone





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  2. melissa,

    Well I think it really depends of what printer you have and what programs you use. It you can find printer preferences or see a printer screen that pops up select re-size to fit page. I am not exactly sure since I rarely do this. I just print them out full size and take them that way. Maybe try googling it for your particular printer.

  3. I love your blogs they have given me alot of insight and hopefully will be a big help as I am new to couponing. How ever I have a question when I am printing coupons it takes the whole page of paper you suggested to change the printer settings but I have no idea of how to do that. Please help!

  4. I love Wal-mart! They ad match any store so they alos make life a little easier. Like say if I live close to walmart supercentre and sobeys has meat on sale i just show walmart the flyer and they beat it. sometimes they dont even check to see if the flyer is valid!

  5. happymommy thank you so very much for your comment. This is a great point to make. Pay it forward! Share the savings and help others that need it. I always look for people in the stores that can use a coupon I have,like a young mom picking up Pampers and I have a coupon I won’t be using. I give it to her and watch the smiles appear. Thanks-cheetah

  6. I just watched an episode of the Nate Berkus Show featuring extreme couponing.

    I have used coupons for quite a few years, not quite what I would call extreme but it really helps when you are on a budget.

    I would like to bring up a point that I don’t think has been mentioned here, or on The Nate Berkus show . . . Pay It Forward! Use your wonderful savings to donate food to the food bank, diapers/ detergent/ toiletries to a woman’s shelter or group that supports single parents, toiletries to a homeless shelter, or even put some of that hard saved money aside for a charity of choice. Not only will you be saving your families money, you can make someone else’s day a little brighter. Happy saving!

  7. There is currently a coupon train running here at CFS…..check out the coupon forum….the train left today…but we are taking passengers as we go along! It has become quite busy so we may send out a 2nd train….Hop aboard….its a great way to rid of the coupons that you cannot use and gain some that you can! Either way- it is fun!

  8. Sarah, I suggest registering on some baby websites like Nestle, pampers,huggies,etc. Once you are on their mailing list you will get coupons,samples and access to much more. Nestle good start was a great one. They actually sent my daughter a nice back-pack diaper bag and formula and other goodies. I still get coupons every once and a while too mailed directly to me. There used to be a specifica baby section on the forum I will have a look and see if I can find it for you- oh here try this link and see what you can find.

  9. Trixy, I am so glad you can finally access it. The owner had limited some accessability do to an influx of spammers lately. She made it possible for you and others to now be able to view it. Happy to help

  10. Hi CHeetah!

    First of all, thank you so much fir creating these posts. I have bookmarked them all so I can keep going back to them!

    I know that you have mentioned coupling trades and trains, but I’m a little leery on giving out my mailing address. I am however always looking fir coupons fir diapers and Nestlea Good start formula. I remember you mentioning that you keep coupons for your daughter and her baby, I wad wondering if you find these coupons on a website or through flyers in the mail.

    Thanks again!

  11. I was always able to log in and access all the other things….just not the list. Someone must have done something on your end overnight cuz I am able to view the list now even though I didn’t do anything different. Thank you for all your help….u guys rock!

  12. Shelby if you are already a member of Canadian Free Stuff than just check out our coupon section-click on forum and than click on coupons- there are tons of great ones posted there by our staff and members. We all like to share the saving here on CFS-Enjoy BTW if you are not a member than sign up it is super easy and alot of great people on here will walk you through where to find stuff.


  13. Pink Girl way to go!!! Fantastic deals you are getting and don’t you just love when items scan wrong it almost always = FREE!! love it when that happens-thanks for sharing -Cheers Cheetah

  14. Stepahani Trixy was having the same issue- however it was a simple fix-did you confirm your email address? Also the owner of the site has made some changes over night so you might be ok-pls try again and let me know if you are having the same problem if so we will sort it out for sure. You don’t want to miss out on some great coupons!! Thanks-cheetah

  15. Backpacking Junkie- Yes sadly this this the last post in the seris however I am always finding great deals and coupon and posting them for everyone to share on the forum here on CFS just check out the coupon section and go wild. Now that you have a coupon binder you are one of us! lol Enjoy and hope to see you around the site-Feel free to chat up your savings on the forum too we love to hear about everyone saving money with coupons!
    Thanks again-Cheetah

  16. Hey Guys,
    Is there any other good websites for coupons except and I’m new to this coupon thing but I’m sure excited to try it:) Thanks for your info. It’s great.

  17. Stephanie..just put in your address bar and go to the page like that!

    So excited..just got back from Walmart…I got $17.00 worth of free stuff mostly with coupons( 2 free lean cuisine meals from facebook and others) and a free item using SCOP. Said it was 1.99 on shelf but came up as 7.97…FREE!!! LOVE it:)

  18. I am still having an issue accessing the link as well. It says I am not allowed access to that page. Any tips?

  19. Cheetah,

    I’m sad to hear this is your last “teaching” blog, the information you’ve shared has been invaluable to me. I was bordering on proud, shopping with my coupon binder for the first time!! Thanks again, all the best to you.

  20. Awesome Pink Girl!! I know my hubby was imbarassed the first couple of times shopping with me too. Now he carries it into the store with no problem. For a price book just write down all the items you buy on a regular basis like shampoo, deoderant, coffee, toilet paper, rice, etc. Look through flyers or while you are shopping and see what the best price you can find for each. Keep checking and updating your book. I used to think that Nature Valley Sweet and Salty bars were on sale at $2.99 but quickly learned that it was the regualar price and that a good deal is $1.99 or less. So in my price book I have them listed at $1.99 that way I know at a glance if the sale is a good deal or not. If it the price book price or less than it is a ture sale and then I head into the binder to see if I have a coupon to enhance the savings. At any given time I have 3-4 boxes on hand. I never wait until I NEED Them. I buy when they are on sale-but don’t fall into the trap of stock piling-items will expire before you use them up. Remember even items like deoderant expire. No sense in having tons of pit cream around if it doesn’t work any more. You save money but still smell. lol

  21. I just bought my Binder and all my supplies today!! It took a while(about 2 1/2 hours) to put it together but it looks great! I only had to spend about $20 buying most of the stuff at the dollar store! .My 15 year old Daughter and BF are terrified to go shopping with me now bringing it!! LOL

    I would love to know a good way to start my pricing book..any idea’s??

  22. Ashley I just e-mailed P & G Canada and asked them if they could let me know when to expect the BrandSaver coupons in my local paper. Hopefully I will hear soon and I can share with everyone. :O) thanks for your comment

  23. Hi Trixy, I looked into it, and it’s telling me that you didn’t confirm the email that was sent to you when you first signed up. Try signing up again, but make sure you click on the confirmation button that will be sent to your email… That way you’ll be able to see all sections of the forum :)

  24. Since I noticed that you had posted the Red Plum and Smart Source coupon delivery schedule I was wondering if you knew when the P&G insert was coming out too? I had heard it was out on Sunday but never saw it in the paper. So thought maybe I had missed it. Any info would be great. And as always GREAT BLOG to help us out! You rock Cheetah!

  25. I am still being denied access….this is the message that comes up:

    trixy, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

    1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else’s post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.

    i don’t understand it because I am not trying to do any of these things…..I am just trying to access the list. I have been a member for a while now so I can’t imagine that my account could still be awaiting activation. Any help is appreciated!

  26. Hey Lenny thanks for your comment. We aim to please. I hope you enjoyed the series and learned some new stuff along the way. There is lots of wonderful staff and forum members here who love to share great freebies,coupons, deals, contests and more. We are a real friendly bunch so don’t hesitate to jump in and post on the forum too. You will make friends fast and learn tons too boot. Thanks again, Cheetah

  27. Yo man! Your frigid awesome! I’m so flipping glad I joined your site! You guys are all so much better than the other guy! This is just one of the great things I have been enjoying on your site! You rock!

  28. Karen thank you for your comment- it made me smile. I think starting now everyone should keep track of how much they save each week and at the end of the year see how good we all did. Happy couponing and hope to share more great deals and coupons on the Canadian Free Stuff forum as I find them. Cheers

  29. Thanks so much for this informative series! It came at a perfect time for me…I was looking for ways to start couponing more seriously after watching the TLC show Extreme Couponers. Too bad we can’t have savings like them…but thanks to you we can find some great deals and save money in Canada too! I’m hoping to be among the success stories of Cheetah’s School of Couponing!

  30. LOL Kristen, you are so cute. Study hard and look for great ways to save that will posted throughout this week. Also if anyone else finds great ways to save by using coupons please share them with us. Thanks again to all my coupon saving students

  31. Awesome! Class isn’t out yet tho! I better get studying so I can get an awesome deal with coupons and graduate from “cheetahs school if couponing”

  32. Red Plum and Smart Source are available in your local papers. It all depends on where you live as to which paper it will be in. What I did for my local area was headed off to the newspaper stand on the day the insert was due out and just had a little look through each of the 4 major papers available in my area. It turned out to be the Toronto Star in my area. Just look before you buy one to be sure.

  33. I had asked a question in a previous post in regards to being denied access to your list. You had replied that I needed to become a member in order to do so. That’s why I am confused…..I am a member and yet I am being denied access and I am not sure why. Thanks for your informative posts and the help that you offer us. It is much appreciated!

  34. Thank you so much for this blog!! Wonderful, wonderful job! I also want to know where I find these inserts…I’m going to research…. :) Happy Couponing!!

  35. Cheetah..thanks again for everything…this train thing sounds awesome…I’m going to look for one today to get started!

    About the Red Plum and Smart Source, where do I find these? The only news papers I think I can get around here(Kitchener) with a Sunday paper are the Toronto ones. I don’t think the Kitchener Record has a sunday paper.

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