For a long time, I have been thinking about writing a post on how to begin extreme couponing. I wanted to make sure that anyone who is just starting out would have the best chance possible of being successful from the get-go couponing in Canada.
It may not happen right away but if you follow these steps, your chances will be much higher than Setting yourself up for success before you even begin is very important because if you fail in the beginning, there’s a good chance that you won’t pick up the hobby of saving money by using coupons.
This blog post is for those people who have never used coupons before and those of you who have always wanted to start using coupons but have no idea where to start.
Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?
The short answer is yes, it is possible, with lots of work, and spending time each week perfecting your shopping skills. It won’t look like the TLC’s Extreme Couponing show in the USA, but you should be able to score many items for Dirt Cheap at your major Canadian grocery retailers
How to Become an Extreme Couponer in Canada
Spend some time figuring out what coupons you have. Go through each week’s paper and look for sales that match up with the coupons you want to use.
Finding the right place, the right time to use your coupons.
How to Find Coupons
There are lots of manufactured coupons online you can print, or you can find coupons in your grocery store aisles known as Tear Pad Coupons. Watch your inbox and local newspaper for coupon inserts, and you will want to know more about Cash Back Rebates You can also find Mailed online Coupons from Websaver, and Save.ca etc from Canadian couponing sites
Look out for a store Coupon! At some stores such as RCSS, they have a wall of coupons to use, at the front entrance.
Product packaging coupons
Numerous things may have peelies. These are coupons either as a sticker on products or you will find an advertisement on products that have a coupon on the inside. Watch for Cereal Promotions where you can get Free Items or a free gift card. You can also find coupons with hang-tag-like coupons. Coupons are typically hanging over the neck of a product, like cleaning products and pickle jars.
You can organize your coupons in a variety of ways. I’ve seen people use lots of different types of organizers, but the most popular are the Binder, the Notebook and envelopes. Ever you decide to use it, just make sure you bring your manufacturer coupons with you on your shopping trip.
Check Your Flyers
You can find some great deals on the flyers at your grocery stores.
Know Your Prices If you are new to couponing, it would be very helpful for you to spend some time learning the prices of items that you buy for your family now. Make a list of these items and then start watching for sales ads that run in your local papers. Once you see them on sale, write down how much they were on sale for and put this with the price list. Now comes the fun part! Start using Canadian coupons to make these products cheaper! It’s like magic!
When checking your flyers ( at least the beginning of being a couponer) it’s always best to do an online search for items you plan to shop for each week, because there are so many print coupons still available, where you can save.
Printed Coupons are the fastest easiest way to accumulate coupons. Print at Home, and just remember to read the fine print, and check the expiry date.
Stock-up on Sale Items When
items go on sale, sometimes we get surprised and we don’t end up buying enough of them to last us till the next time they are on sale. For example:
Baking Soda – $1.97 regular price (on sale for $1.00)
It is helpful to have the prices in your head so that you can do quick math in line while shopping. Once you know how much each item costs per unit, you can do a quick calculation to figure out how much your grocery bill is going.
Decide What You Need and What You Want
Sometimes, when using coupons, we end up spending more money on things that we don’t need because they were such a good deal. That’s why it’s important to always have a list of what you actually need in your head or with you in the store. This way, you won’t be tempted by items that will just take up space in your home!
You go into Walmart for Milk, Bread and Diapers only to run across a great deal on toilet paper and toothpaste too. If you know that you don’t need these items right now then set them.
The Dollar Store:
Sometimes we think everything is cheaper at the dollar store, but just be aware sometimes it is not, especially on cleaners, and some food products. I do find their spice section to be the best deal all-around at $1.25, but they don’t have a huge selection of brands. Dollar Stores seem to have smaller sizes on a lot of their items, and the last I checked the dollar stores don’t accept coupons
But Check your Cash Back Offers and see if any savings can happen on that front of exclusive coupons.
How to Organize Your Stockpile
I usually like to keep my stockpile organized by aisle (i.e. baking items, canned goods, cereals etc) This makes it easier to find things when needed.
You can also label your shelves with reminders to rotate them and make sure they don’t expire before use. After all, Stockpiling is not saving money if items become expired.
Donate Your Extras
Once you’ve got a stockpile, don’t forget to consider donating the extras that are just taking up space. Some extreme couponers donate a lot of free food, toilet paper, paper towel, cereal, to local food banks, and help the homeless.
Extreme Couponing is a great way for Canadians who want to save money and reduce their grocery bills!
Why Should You Coupon Often?
There are many good reasons to always be on the lookout for coupons. The most important reason is that you’ll save money and reduce your grocery bill!
Finding tear pad coupons is where you always need to keep an eye on them. Generally “SmartSource” gets their Merchandisers to put up new banners, and coupons at the very end of the month or first week. All Merchandisers usually have a 7-day window to get their displays out.
The more coupons you have with a big variety, the more you can save, especially on clearance items, you might just get lucky.
Get Used to Looking for the Best Deals
Couponing really makes you focus on what you are spending on your grocery store, and it increases awareness of your shopping habits
To save money
You will automatically start to watch your spending, and knowing your prices will then allow you to create a small stockpile (for example 2 jugs of Laundry soap) this allows you ample time to find laundry soap on sale and have coupons to match, saving you more money the next time you purchase.
Couponing Tips for Beginners:
Start Small – Work Smart. Don’t just grab any deal thinking it’s a good one. Just start out by taking a few coupons, into the store to redeem. Don’t attempt a huge shop right away, unless you are confident in your skills,
Also, some products you should be aware of are not “Overstocking” in your stockpile. – Examples: Deodorant ( dries out), pantry items do have a best before the expiry date. Hair Products, you should only do a max store of 12 each, but really you can get away with 3 shampoos and conditioner,
Health products such as vitamins, Advil etc, you don’t really need to stock up more than 2, as they will sit in your pantry and expire if you are not careful.
It is Tempting to be an Extreme Couponer and have a store built in your basement. but in reality, it is not necessary to be Extreme, you can save the same amount of money with smaller stock. Remember it costs money for shelving, and fancy pegboards you see on social media.
Collect Coupons for Products You Purchase Regularly
Focus on items you buy, and watch how many “NEW to market” coupons, there are that are “specific to one item” Example a New Cereal hits the market, and the manufacture puts out tons of savings, and you stock up on it due to this fantastic deal, just to find out your family won’t eat it.
Practice “Coupon Matching” this is when you match coupons to the items on sale.
Look up sales for this week ( New Flyers are out on Thursdays most of the time) in the flyers that come into your mailbox usually earlier in the week – Tuesday or Wed) . Look what will be on sale at which store this week and see if you can use some of the coupons you collected. Don’t forget to use your cashback apps,
Always Read Store Policies and Coupons fine
Check your store policies often as they are subject to change without notice! I would check twice a year, minimum. Remember to check their Ad Match Policy as you can shop and price match and use a coupon – Since Walmart changed their Price Match Policy in 2020, you can now take the Walmart Flyer, Go to No Frills or RCSS and price match on Walmarts flyer – This saves time and sometimes you can save more because of Optimum points for example.
Stock Up on Sale Items When Shopping
You don’t always need coupons to do a stockpile. If you find a great price on an item, buy a few of them, after all, you can’t find coupons on every single item you purchase.
Example: I will pick up an extra turkey or ham during the holiday season, and throw it in the freezer. Or picking up Halloween chocolate bars for Christmas stocking stuffers,
In Canada, we really don’t coupon stack, unless you consider using a coupon on a points day such as Optimum Points deals or finding a coupon and a Cashback rebate at the same time. IN the USA they can use store coupons and a manufacture coupon, where this is no longer found in Canada at all.
Where to Get Coupons in Canada?
Coupons are available in various places. They can be found on the products themselves such as on cereal boxes, We post new coupons at least weekly, and you can sign up for your favourites products’ emails or call and ask. Check our list on how to find coupons
Don’t forget to sign up for our Daily Newsletter – so you don’t miss another online coupon and FREE Samples
Don’t Forget About Cashback Apps
You should never leave home without your phone because this provides an opportunity to save even more money using cashback apps like Checkout 51 and caddle, You can link up your debit card and save with Ampli, and other cashback tips.
Canadian Coupon Apps that Let You Earn Money
If you live in Canada, there are now many apps that you can download and earn cashback, or do tasks in your local store and get paid such as Field Agent.
Taking pictures of your receipts can get you the cashback from Cashback apps like Checkout51 and Caddle.
Can you think of any more tips to be an Extreme Couponer?