Best Coupon Apps In Canada: Save Money With Your Phone!
The best coupon apps make saving money easy. Depending on the one you choose, they do everything from sending you flyers in your local area to cash rewards to offering discount coupons for grocery shopping. I’ve compiled a list of eight of the best coupon apps in Canada. Every name on this list has two things in common – they offer coupons and have an iOS or Android app you can use. Say goodbye to clipping coupons!
What We Like: Discounts aren’t limited to partner stores.
- Free download on iOS and Android
- The average discount is $.50-$1.50 per item
- Upload receipts after you make your purchase
- Online purchases are eligible (must upload packing slip)
- Not limited to a small number of partner stores
Checkout 51 is a Canadian coupon app available for iOS or Android devices. Here’s how it works. Once downloaded, you’ll receive new offers every Thursday. Check out the available discounts and add your favourites to your grocery list.
Head to the grocery store, make purchases and keep your receipts. Tap “Redeem” to select items on the app, and circle or check the corresponding items on your receipts. Doing so makes it easy for the Checkout 51 team to confirm purchases.
Upload your receipts onto the Checkout 51 app by taking a picture using the camera button inside the app. Your photo must be clear and easy to read. Checkout 51 will credit your account after reviewing your receipts and confirming your qualifying purchases. You can request payment from Checkout 51 as soon as your account reaches a $20 balance. Find out more in our full Checkout 51 review.
Coming soon to Checkout 51: As per the Checkout 51 website, Canadians will soon be able to earn cashback from more than 5,000 gas stations when they fill their tanks.
Great Canadian Rebates
What We Like: Instant discounts from more than 500 retail partners.
- Longstanding Canadian coupon website and app
- Available on iOS and Android
- Redeem coupons at checkout (no need to upload receipts)
- More than 500 retail partners
- 15% referral bonuses
- The website and app feel dated, clunky
Great Canadian Rebates is one of the original Canadian coupon websites, not to mention one of our top-rated cash back rebate websites, here at MapleMoney. They now have a mobile app (in addition to their website) that you can use to save money when you shop online. You can download the iOS app from the App Store, or the Android app from the Google Play Store.
With Great Canadian Rebates, your coupons and promo codes are applied when you make an online purchase from one of the 500+ GCR retail partners. Simply browse from a huge list of offers listed on the website or app, head to the retailer’s website via GCR, and make your purchase via PayPal, credit card, or gift card.
Unlike Checkout 51, you don’t need to upload your receipts with Great Canadian Rebates. They will apply your discounts at the time of purchase, similar to Rakuten (formerly Ebates). GCR has been around for a long time, which leads me to one big drawback – their website and app feel dated and clunky. Other coupon apps provide a cleaner experience.
That said, GCR has plenty of filters that let you track down the coupons you’re looking for. There are more than 20 product categories to sort by,
What We Like: Multiple ways to save money and earn rewards
- Mobile app available for iOS and Android devices
- We counted more than seven ways to earn and save
- Coupons available from leading retailers
- Generous discounts (save up to 50% on some offers)
You might not have realized that Swagbucks is a coupon website. That’s because coupons are just one of the many ways you can save and earn money with Swagbucks. The highly popular cashback website and mobile app lets you make money by completing surveys, shopping online, watching videos, conducting online searches, playing games, referring your friends, and redeeming coupons.
You can redeem coupons from Hudson’s Bay, Indigo, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Old Navy, Best Buy, Home Depot, Sport Chek, etc. Here are some of the Swagbucks coupon offers I found while researching this article:
- Free delivery on online purchases over $35
- $3 off a Swiffer Sweeper Dry & Wet Sweeping Kit
- 20% Nike running shoes
- Up to 40% off women’s casual clothing, Select Styles
- Up to 50% off sports Equipment, Select Brands and Styles
- 50% off shorts
- 30% off Select Items, including clearance
Swagbucks is ideal for anyone who wants more than one way to earn cashback, including coupons. You can even stack rewards for even more savings (more on rewards stacking a bit later). Get more details on Swagbucks in our full review.
What We Like: Saves you time and money by compiling your local flyers.
- Flyer and coupon app available for iOS and Android
- Flyer app makes it easy to compare prices at nearby stores
- Browse recent flyers from stores in your area
Flipp is one of the more unique coupon apps in Canada. It compiles all the flyers available in your local area and lets you view them right on the website or app. Flipp saves you the time and effort of having to find deals from several different stores every week.
You can even create a shopping list in Flipp, and the app will locate the best deals on items you included on your list. Flipp can find coupons from more than 1000 stores across Canada.
I love Flipp because it finds flyers and coupons without you having to sign up. Just head to their website, enter your postal code, and Flipp will connect you to the most recent flyers from the stores in your area and let you know how much time you have left before they expire. The Flipp website and app are both very slick and easy to use.
The Flipp app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, you can search for deals from more than 2000 ads, create a grocery list, search for a specific item, brand, or coupon, make a watch list to track items and tap an item for additional product information.
What We Like: Well designed app is easy to use
- Free download for iOS and Android devices
- Weekly offers are refreshed every Thursday
- Upload receipts to redeem coupon offers
- Earn cash for completing short surveys
- A limited number of offers to choose from
- $20 minimum payout threshold
To get started with Caddle, download the free app via the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android). Once you’ve signed up, log in to browse the weekly offers refreshed every Thursday. If you find an offer you like, simply tap the offer and follow the instructions to redeem and receive cash.
Caddle product offers can be redeemed from almost any store in Canada, although some are limited to specific stores, like Amazon or Costco. Like Checkout 51, Caddle requires you to upload your receipts after you purchase the product attached to the offer, and Caddle staff will review your receipt within 72 hours and credit your Caddle account balance.
I have seen offers for Life cereal, Pepsi products, baby wipes, and other everyday grocery items. Unfortunately, many product offers are for specialty items unlikely to appeal to most shoppers. You can read my full review of Caddle here.
What We Like: Syncing capability between devices
- Compiles flyers from area stores
- Easy to compare prices at nearby stores
- Add your grocery list to the app and stay organized
- Syncs across your devices
Reebee works much like the Flipp app in that it compiles the most recent store flyers from your local area when you provide your postal code. This makes finding the best deals a breeze. You can also create a shopping list to keep track of the items and sales you’re searching for.
Reebee keeps track of flyers from hundreds of Canadian stores across all major cities. The app is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices. You can also sync Rebee across your devices so your information stays current, whether you’re using Rebee on your laptop or your mobile device.
What We Like: Huge savings on perishable food items
- Large discounts on food items approaching best before date
- Company with a mission to help eliminate food waste
- Pay for your items inside the app
Flashflood has a mission to not only help you save money, but also eliminate food waste. They do this in part by offering discounts of up to 50% off of grocery store food items that are approaching their best before date. By taking advantage of Flashflood’s offers, you’re not only getting good food at a great price, but you’re preventing it from ending up in the landfill.
Here’s how it works. Browse deals up to 50% on grocery purchases at Flashflood partner stores located in your area. Then, pay for the items in your app using your credit card or Visa debit card. When you’ve purchased the items, head to the store and grab your food items from the Flashflood zone. You can confirm your purchase with the Customer Service desk – it’s that simple!
What We Like: The printable coupons to take with you when you shop.
- The mobile app is available on iOS and Android
- Displays local flyers
- Ability to print physical coupons or receive them in the mail
Save.ca is available for download on iOS and Android devices. Like the Flipp and Rebee apps, Save.ca helps you save money by sending you flyers with the latest discounts. But Save.ca lets you print coupons, something that will appeal to longtime fans of paper coupons. There are two options to receive physical coupons – you can opt to print them or have the coupons mailed to you.
How to Stack Rewards Using Coupon Apps
You can maximize your coupon app rewards by combining them with other loyalty rewards when you shop. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is by making your purchases with a rewards credit card. You get the discounts offered by apps like Checkout 51 or Caddle, and credit card points, which can be worth up to 2% or more.
The Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite card pays 4% cashback on groceries and recurring debits, 2% on gas and daily transit purchases, and 1% on all other spending.
Another way to stack rewards is by using multiple grocery shopping apps. All of the apps on our list are free to use, so why not sign up for more than one. By redeeming coupons from several apps, you increase your savings.
Which Coupon App Is Right for Me?
The right grocery app for you is the one that aligns with how you like to shop. If you prefer to save money on in-store purchases at grocery stores, apps like Checkout 51 or Flipp app are probably your best bets. If your goal is to redeem coupon codes for online shopping, then Swagbucks is hard to beat.
Another thing to consider is the ease of use. Redeeming discount codes or digital coupons when shopping online is simpler than having to upload and match paper receipts after you shop. You can save a lot of money, but not everyone will want to do that. Whichever route you choose, don’t forget to stack your rewards by signing up for multiple apps and using a rewards credit card for purchases.