Exteme Couponing – How to find Coupons in Canada

Exteme Couponing – How to find Coupons in Canada

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Hopefully you have decided to join the Canadian coupon craze and start cashing in on the great savings.

One way to find Canadian coupons is just to simply look around. Look in your local paper ( smartsource Coupons ) , magazines, in department and grocery stores and on product packaging. Another great way to find coupons that you will actually use is to talk to people.

Tell family and friends and co-workers that you would love to save more money by using coupons. When I started out there seemed to be some sort of stigma attached to using coupons.

In the USA  lots of people use coupons. In fact, it is very common. Sometime if you don’t use coupons, people will actually ask you why not? Here in Canada, we look at it a little differently. Some people think “only poor people use coupons”. I have a totally different view. “Only uninformed people don’t use coupons”. People that have no idea how much you can actually save. Even if you are not financially strapped, why wouldn’t you take advantage of coupons to save money or experience new and exciting products that you might not otherwise be able to try? Besides, the money you save can then be used to treat yourself to something nice.

Whether Canadian couponing interests you because you are trying to support your family on a limited budget or you just want to stash away a little extra to treat yourself at a later date, “talk about it”. You just might find that you have an acquaintance that is a “secret” coupon user. Once they know you are interested, they might just tell you their tips or even share or trade coupons with you.

So, let’s get to it. The majority of the Canadian coupons I find, are first discovered on the internet. As previously mentioned (in yesterday’s post) start searching the web for products you use all the time.

Sign up to all the company websites that interest you. BUT make sure you are looking and signing up to the CANADIAN sites. If you are searching Covergirl make sure it is Covergirl.ca not Covergirl.com. Some sites make it hard to tell whether they are Canadian or USA. I usually scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the information in the fine print. If it shows a USA city/state chances are you are on a American site. Sometimes there is an option at the top of the page to change the country. This will redirect you to the Canadian site. You will find examples of this on the Tide website and the Greenworks website.

Now that you have found some Canadian friendly websites, the next step is to sign up for their newsletters. Some companies have different issues of  their newsletters. Always check off any boxes that say promotions, samples and coupons. However be careful,  if you also sign up for “select screened affiliates” you may end up with 10 newsletters instead of just the one that interests you. Once you get their newsletter, look at it! Sometimes coupon offers are at the bottom of the page or on the sidebar. Sometimes they just mention it and you will have to visit the website and sign in to actually view it. This is the way it is on the lifemadedelicious.ca website. After you request coupons it may ask you if you want to be contacted for future promotions. Say “yes”. Also sign up for Facebook and Twitter. “Like” company’s face book pages and that way when they are running a coupon or sample promotion they will post it on their wall and you will automatically see it in your Facebook feed.

I recently joined Twitter and was amazed to find many people tweeting about Canadian coupons. If you find someone online who has a blog about saving money in Canada then why not follow them on Twitter? You can follow me @smartcheetah. Some companies even host Twitter parties where you can join in on the conversation and answer time-limited questions to win prizes and coupons. There is a Dove Chocolate one on as I write this. Tweet your New Years’ resolutions and you might win a coupon. (Not 100% sure if Canada and/or USA though).

One more great way to receive high value Canadian coupons is to do surveys. Surveys can be a great way for companies to offer you coupons. For example I always do the shopper’s voice survey. If you are not familiar with this one, you might have seen it in your mailbox in the past. It usually comes in a larger yellow envelope and is not addressed to you personally. I discovered that you can do this survey on-line. However, I will caution you this is a very long survey and you must set aside some time to do it. Grab a comfy seat and a nice cup of tea or java, (you will need it to say awake). This survey is well worth the effort. At the end of the survey it will ask you if you want to trade in your penny that they give you for doing the survey and use it to be eligible for samples and coupon offers? Say “yes”. In 3 to 4 months down the road you will receive a nice plump envelope chucked full of high value coupons. FPC (free product coupons) $1.00, $2.00, $3.00 off , buy one get one FREE coupons as well as some free samples.

You can also e-mail companies directly. Yes that’s right. Just find a product that you love or even a product that you were disappointed in an let these companies know what you think. Good or bad. Most reputable companies appreciate the feedback and some, but not all, will reward your efforts with a coupon. There is no harm in even asking for one. When I was just learning the ropes, I had trouble printing out a coupon from the General Mills website. My printer just wouldn’t co-operate. I clicked on the “contact-us” tab on their website and shot them off an e-mail. I tried to sound very business like and explained the issue I had on their site while trying to print out a coupon. They quickly e-mailed me back and told me not to worry. They had just mailed me out some coupons from their head office instead. The coupons I received were like little cheques made out in my name. There was five of them, each for $1.00 off any product they produce (very cool). I was thrilled and became an instant fan. If you are not happy with a product or it doesn’t perform, tell them. Ask if they would consider giving you a coupon to allow you to give them another try. I have only done this twice and it was because I had true, legitimate complaints about their quality control. I must say however that I would much rather give praise where it is due instead.

One last way to find coupons in Canada is to search for them using keywords. It doesn’t matter which search engine you use. Try Google and then try Yahoo and see if you get different results. Do this when you have extra time and want a change of pace. Try searching – manufacturer coupons, brand name coupons, new Canadian coupons, grocery coupons, buy one get one free offers. Use your imagination and different combinations of words. Re-define your results for Canada pages only. This takes some time but you can usually find some this way. The easiest way to start finding coupons is to join me on Canadian Free Stuff  and just simply click the coupon tab at the top of the page and go wild. There are lots of coupons listed here that our members and staff have already found to share with you all.

Until next time, Happy Shopping Everyone!

Cheetah

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN ON COUPONING.

YOU CAN SEE AND READ THE OTHER COUPONING ARTICLES HERE.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Hi to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this website, and your views are fastidious for new visitors.

  2. Your site did not accept «tuque» as the name of a canadian hat wore during winter!!!!

    Tuque – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuque
    A tuque (Canadian English: /tu?k/, also spelled toque but still pronounced tuque), knit cap (American English), or beanie (UK English and AE), also variously …
    History – Spellings – Style – Popularity

  3. what if the coupon says not valid with any other offer. does that mean if the product is on sale I cant use. or does it mean not with other coupon

  4. My french is not so good but if I understand correctly you are having trouble using coupons on items that are on sale. Here in Ontario I have never had a problem using coupons on sale items, however if the coupon exceeds the sale price some cashiers will only give you the value of the item off not the extra amount of money. I suggest you find your stores coupon policy and maybe print it out if available or ask to speak to the stores manager/supervisor to find out what they will and will not allow as far as coupons go. Hope this helps Cheetah

  5. bonjour, j’ai une question pour toi….Quand ses des prix spéciaux du magazins, souvent ils ne veulent pas prendre le coupon rabais c’est un petit choquant… Je demeure dans la région de québec et je trouve c’la très dure de faire du couponning donnez-moi des trucs… Merci à vous tres interessant ce site.

  6. Bren,

    Thank you so much for your comment- I agree to more the merrier. “Bring on the Coupons!” I hope manufacturers and retailers will see what is happening here in Canada and jump on board with more money saving coupons. Every Weekend paper should be chucked full of coupons like it is in the states. When I was in Florida in April it was amazing how many coupons they get in the paper every single week. The stores have flyers at the front door with tons of coupons too. I even found coupons at the liqour store and dollar store as well as in the hotel loby-they were everywhere -if you only took the time to look around.-Come On Canada-MORE COUPONS!! I suggest joining website newsletters, follow canadian companies on twitter and like them on facebook. I have found some good ones this way.-Enjoy! :o)

  7. Hi,I to am a newbie to this site but have been using coupons all my life. You don’t get the coupons like we did yrs ago in the paper, oh you get a few but not sheets of them. It seams they are getting cheap on them . I have been talking to a few store’s telling them If they were to run some really good ones people will not only buy them but other stuff also,Its to get them into the store, and send out coupons in the paper not one or two. Bring on coupons…., Tell you What I would like is you see these people getting their groceries and the total is in the hundreds and only pay very small $ Well I want to be that person. I would love to get to that point I think the most I have ever saved is are you ready for this maybe $ 50.00…. :( I want more saving so if anyone can help me please.Idea’s , Idea’s .
    Well My new friends

    Have GREAT DAY

    Bren

  8. Bai-Leigh: I have a question, I was wondering about that survety, can you share the link with us on here? I would love to do it but I dont know where I would be able to find it online.Thanks!This site is great, I use it all the time BTW! (:

    This is one of my favourite suveys to do-It is super long, but the coupons are so worth it!
    Here is the link for Shopper’s Voice
    http://www.shoppers-voice.ca/canada/
    Please take note that the coupons usually take about 3+ months to arrive but most of them are anywhere from $1.00 off and more. Lots of try it FREE coupons too.

  9. I have a question, I was wondering about that survety, can you share the link with us on here? I would love to do it but I dont know where I would be able to find it online.
    Thanks!
    This site is great, I use it all the time BTW! (:

  10. Tara,

    Well you came to the right place. I would suggest reading all the articles in this series since they are geared to people that are just starting out. Collect coupons from stores, packaging, friends, family, newspapers, facebook, etc. My favourite sites are livingwell, life made delicious, save, brandsaver, websaver, go coupons and of course Canadian Free Stuff. If you are not already a member here than feel free to sign up. We have a great coupon section with tons of coupons you can request. The members here are really great at finding and posting Canadian Coupons just as soon as they are available. Best of luck and you will be amazed how much you can save once you get started. cheers-cheetah

  11. Kitty: cheetah,Hi thereHow about montreal ?Does anyone know about montreal interesting coupons?I keep on watching TLC shows “extreme coupons”, it gets me on my nerves!Please let me know

    Wow that is a good question. Not living in Quebec I am not too sure. How about these?
    http://www.couponclick.ca/ Also I believe that livingwell offers coupon for Quebec too. If you find a coupon and it is not valid in Quebec maybe e-mail the company and find out why or if they have one they can send you. Are the rules about couponing different there? I know not all contest are open to Quebec but I thought coupons were and you just had to select a different coupon for Quebec. Good Luck-cheetah Try googling your favourite products and check out their websites for coupons.

  12. Hi everyone , I`am really new to this!! I am looking for any kind of help. I am a mother of a 1 year olded and have decited to stay home with him and not go back to work. I want to do everything I can to help my husband out with saving money so I thought getting in to coupons would really help…only i no clue how to get started. I`m finding it hard to even find coupons! If anyone out there could help me at all that would be great!
    Thanks for your time !
    Tara

  13. cheetah,
    Hi there
    How about montreal :) ?
    Does anyone know about montreal interesting coupons?
    I keep on watching TLC shows “extreme coupons”, it gets me on my nerves!
    Please let me know

  14. Lillian Dedam:

    Hi how is every one doing today. I need all kinds of coupons and I also need the coupon policy’s for the following store’s Sobeys, Atlantic super store, provigo, Metro, Maxi, Rossy, Shoppers drug mart, Jean coutu, Zellers, Walmart, Canadian tire and Marchie Richelieu. E-mail me at ladyhawke@globetrotter.net or mail me at LILLIAN DEDAM 29 NATION LANE APT# A LISTUGUJ, QUEBEC,G0C 2R0 with the coupon policy’s of the stores.I am just starting to get my self involved with Exstreme couponin. I just love exstreme couponing now since the TLC program Exstreme couponing.

    The best thing for you to do to get started is e-mail the stores in your area or go to the customer service desk and just ask for a copy of their coupon policy. Each store is different and sometimes it is up to the manager what coupons they will accept. I find different stores have different ideas about accepting coupons especially printable ones. Here is the link of some coupon policies in my area in Ontario
    http://www.canadianfreestuff.com/forum/f18/canadian-coupon-policies-listed-store-66042/

  15. Misty:

    Visiting different stores every once in awhile is also a great way to get a varity of coupons :)

    I agree 100% I sometimes just go shopping for coupons. Look around, score some coupons, go home. A nice day out without any stress LOL

  16. Kim:

    I have been having a lot of problems with different stores not excepting home printed coupons due to “fraud”. Does anyone have a solution for this issue?

    I have had the same problem, You should call or e-mail the stores you regularly shop at and ask if any of them take printables. I know here in Ontario Fortinos and Walmart take printables. Good Luck.

  17. Visiting different stores every once in awhile is also a great way to get a varity of coupons :)

  18. I have been having a lot of problems with different stores not excepting home printed coupons due to “fraud”. Does anyone have a solution for this issue?

  19. Hi how is every one doing today. I need all kinds of coupons and I also need the coupon policy’s for the following store’s Sobeys, Atlantic super store, provigo, Metro, Maxi, Rossy, Shoppers drug mart, Jean coutu, Zellers, Walmart, Canadian tire and Marchie Richelieu. E-mail me at ladyhawke@globetrotter.net or mail me at LILLIAN DEDAM 29 NATION LANE APT# A LISTUGUJ, QUEBEC,G0C 2R0 with the coupon policy’s of the stores.I am just starting to get my self involved with Exstreme couponin. I just love exstreme couponing now since the TLC program Exstreme couponing.

  20. coupongirl- thank you for your comment. I guess since you live there you would know. It has just been my experience when crossing the boarder that I see alot of people using coupons. My parents are in Florida and I am always hearing what great deals her and her friends are getting by using coupons there compared to here. :)

  21. Thanks for the article!

    The only comment i have to make is about the line: “In the U.S.A. almost everyone uses coupons.” As a Canadian living in the States using coupons for most purchases I have to disagree. While couponing has risen dramatically in the past couple years down here, I think it’s a broad generalization to say that most people use coupons. In fact I have found the opposite true.

    While coupon redemption overall has increased and more people are using coupons, reports have stated that it’s actually the “extreme” couponer that is one the rise which has created the giant leap in more coupon redemption. It’s still a smaller percentage of the population using coupons, they are just using more coupons.

    It’s quite often that I have people remark behind me in the checkout line when they see my coupon savings that they need to start using coupons, or wish I could teach them how to save a lot like I am doing. I even get a lot of cashiers who are very surprised at how much I can save. this would lead me to believe that Couponers are still the non-typical consumer down here.

    I don’t want to be critical, i just don’t want everyone to believe that America is coupon-land. It’s still amazing to me how many rude cashiers i encounter who aren’t coupon friendly, because it seems that I am the only person they’ve encountered trying to redeem them, and they don’t understand how coupons work properly.

  22. When my daughter was 5, (she’s 16 now) her favorite oatmeal was dinosaur egg flavor from Quaker. She asked me why they were so small and my answer to her was, lets call the toll free number and ask. The company was so impressed with her asking that they sent her coupons, 2 color changing bowls, 2 spoons and some stickers. Now she isn’t hesitant to call companies and ask them questions and occasionally gets goodies from them.

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