Can Extreme Couponing Work in Canada?

When I first watched the TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” I wondered if that kind of couponing would be applicable to Canada. So I did some research and here’s what I came up with:

  • You have to understand that Canadian coupons are of lesser value than US coupons. That’s mainly due to the high competition among the US stores.
  • When you acquire new coupons, don’t rush into using them right away, but make sure you note the expiration date, of course! Try your best to use them with sale or clearance items to maximize your savings.
  • Sign up for your favourite store’s Reward Card. These can provide great savings if you know when and how to use them. Sometimes, stores advertise an offer, but if you pay attention to the fine print, it states that you can only benefit from it when you use your “magic” card. There are many cases, like this one, that make you wish you had it…so why not actually have it?
  • Don’t forget your Catalina coupons! These are coupons that are printed at checkout on your receipt. These are great for coupon stacking! Which brings us to our next point:
  • If you’ve never done it, you’re probably wondering what it is…Coupon Stacking* is when you use more than one coupon on the same product at one time to increase your savings. Let’s say you receive a $1.00 off coupon by mail to use on a chocolate box, you go to your store to get it only to find that they also have a $0.75 off tear pad coupon; now, if your store allows it, you can use both coupons to save $1.75 on the chocolate box! In case you have a Catalina coupon for chocolate too, you can use that to further maximize your savings!
  • Buy products that vary according to seasons during those seasons! Let’s say you have a kid who needs school supplies for the start of the school year; these items usually go on sale at the end of summer, so don’t hurry and buy them at random, wait until the summer is over to get them on sale!

That’s all folks! I hope you can learn something from my experience as a fellow couponer!

 

*Coupon Stacking is widely practiced in Canada; however, only a few stores allow it, so make sure you ask around before you go, so you don’t get disappointed.

 

10 Comments
  1. Sherrie Schreiber-Gosche June 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Where in Canada have you seen Catalinas? I'd never even heard of them before that show!

  2. same here I was wondering that as well, ive never ever seen them here in canada:( lol and coupon stacking if I have a printable coupon for lets say a bottle of shampoo, and a manufacturer coupon and a tear pad coupon…i can't use all three…or can I? I'm confused now haha.

  3. Michelle Kristin Galante June 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I have never seen these catalinas, where can I shop to find them. Also where can you stack, alot of coupons state that its one per item per purchase or per transaction its been very rare for at least myself to find coupons that do not state the acceptable use of the coupon. Eductae me please so I can maximize more of my savings!

  4. In montreal certain stores have Dairy Queen coupons on the back of their receipt, as for stacking coupons maybe if you have a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon but two manufacturer coupons no. And in Quebec I never heard of double coupon day it would be great if it existed.

  5. In montreal certain stores have Dairy Queen coupons on the back of their receipt, as for stacking coupons maybe if you have a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon but two manufacturer coupons no. And in Quebec I never heard of double coupon day it would be great if it existed.

  6. I have never heard of catalina coupons here! And I'm sure my grocery store wouldn't let me use 2 coupons on 1 item,, they are snotty now about me using coupons..lol..

    • Bwa ha ha! Some of my stores are too, but tough tomatoes! I have no patience for cashiers with "coupon attitude;" you're getting paid by the hour whether I give you one coupon or fifty so suck it up! ;)

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