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 to look around. Look in your local paper (smart source Coupons), magazines, department and grocery stores, and 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. Unfortunately, when I started, there seemed to be some stigma attached to using coupons.
In the USA, lots of people use coupons. In fact, it is widespread. Sometimes 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 want to stash away a little extra to treat yourself at a later date, “talk about it.”
You might find that you have an acquaintance that is a “secret” coupon user. Once they know you are interested, they might 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. So, as previously mentioned (in yesterday’s post), start searching the web for products you use all the time.
Canadian Coupon Rebate Sites:
A new thing that has appeared in the last few years is Rebates for Couponing:
Sign up for all the company websites that interest you.
BUT make sure you are looking and signing up to the Canadian sites. For example, 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 fine print information. If it shows a USA city/state, chances are, you are on an 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.
Also, sign up for Facebook and Twitter. “Like” company’s Facebook 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, why not follow them on Twitter? 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. So tweet your New Years’ resolutions, and you might win a coupon. (Not 100% sure if Canada and/or the A, 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 could do this survey online. However, I will caution you this is a very long survey, and you must set aside some time to do it. Nevertheless, this survey is well worth the effort. ”. Then, 3 to 4 months down the road, you will receive a nice plump envelope chucked full of high-value coupons.
You can also e-mail companies directly. Yes, that’s right. Just find a product that you love or even a product you were disappointed in and 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. For example, when I was learning the ropes, I had trouble printing out a coupon from the General Mills website. My printer wouldn’t cooperate. So I clicked on the “contact us” tab on their website and shot them off an e-mail. The coupons I received were like little cheques made out in my name. There were five of them, each for $1.00 off any product they produce (very cool). I was thrilled and became an instant fan.
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. Try searching – manufacturer coupons, brand name coupons, new Canadian coupons, grocery coupons, buy one get one free offer. Use your imagination and different combinations of words. Refine your results for Canada pages only.
The easiest way to start finding coupons is to join me on Canadian Free Stuff, and 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!
THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN ON COUPONING.