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How To Be An Extreme Couponer In Canada

How To Be An Extreme Couponer In Canada

Learn how to extreme coupon in Canada. Ever since the TLC show Extreme Couponing has aired, I have received numerous emails from readers begging me to give them tips on how to be an extreme couponer like the people they see on the show.

I’m sorry to break it to ya folks, but what you see on the show is not really how it all goes down. Those shoppers save up all of their “Free Product” and “High Value” coupons to use on the show so that their hauls will be much more impressive.

They know well in advance when their shopping date will be, so they have plenty of time to order coupons (many use a coupon clipping service at a cost – a cost that is never factored into their out of pocket total).

It’s television – pure entertainment.

Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?

Yes, but don’t expect to get the same types of deals as those you see on Extreme Couponing.

Many of the people on the show have stores in their community that will double (sometimes triple!) the value of coupons. They also have catalinas that print on your receipt, which are coupons you can use for future purchases (for example: save $5 on your next purchase of $20).

In addition, they often have better in-store promotions than those of us in Canada (for example: buy 5 General Mills products and get $5 off your purchase).

So, yes, you can be an extreme couponer in Canada. Just don’t expect to go to the store every week and buy $600 worth of groceries for $10. It’s near impossible.

How to Become an Extreme Couponer

Learning how to extreme coupon in Canada takes time. Becoming an extreme couponer and building a large stockpile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to shop smart and get used to using coupons in large quantities. It took me well over a year to build my stockpile and I am still (and always will be) constantly taking from and adding items to it.

Find Coupons

If you really want to get serious about couponing, the first thing you need to do is find coupons – and find a lot of them. There are many ways to do this: tear pad coupons, coupon inserts, online coupon companies, printable coupons, coupon trading, etc.

Organize Coupons

Once you find a bunch of coupons, you will then need to organize them. My favourite way to organize coupons is the binder method, but of course, there are many other options. Choose the organizational system that you think would work best for you.

It’s important to always stay on top of your coupons. When you get new ones, organize them right away. They start to pile up very fast! Also, don’t forget to go through your coupons at least once per month and remove all of the expired ones.

Check Your Flyers

There are new store flyers every week. When you receive them, look them over and make note of the items that you think are good deals and would like to buy. Then, check your coupons to see if you have any to match up to those sale items.

You always want to shop with a list when you go grocery shopping. Otherwise, you will just walk up and down the aisles adding random items to your cart with no real rhyme or reason. To save yourself some money, always shop with a list and never buy anything that is not on it (unless you find some great clearance deals, of course!).

Also, you need to fill your belly before you go shopping, otherwise you will shop on impulse and fill up your cart with junk food. Trust me on that one.

Stock-up on Sale Items

You always want to stock up on items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. This is how you build a grocery stockpile. Give yourself a monthly “stocking up” budget and use that money to stock up on items when they go on sale.

If you use lots of frozen vegetables and normally pay $1.99 a bag, wait until they go on sale for $1 or less and then stock up. Sales typically run about every 3 months, so purchase a 3 month supply (if you can afford it) at that low price and then you don’t have to worry about frozen vegetables for 3 months.

Always save your coupons to match up with great deals. I know it can be tempting to use a whole bunch of coupons when you first start out, but you will get the best bang for your buck if you hold on to those coupons and wait for a sale to combine them with. Avoid full price whenever possible, even if you have a coupon.

Organize Your Stockpile

Once you start using coupons for a while and purchasing things that are on sale, you will begin to amass a collection of items. This is called a stockpile. In order to avoid chaos in your home, you need to organize your stockpile. Basements work best, but if you don’t have one available to use, here are some other ideas for stockpile storage.

Remember to always add newer items to the back and move older items to the front, to prevent expiration issues. You’re not saving any money if you just end up throwing things out!

Donate Your Extras

When you start getting the hang of using coupons and stockpiling, you will probably end up having a whole heap of items that you can’t possibly use before they expire. I would suggest donating those stockpile items to local food banks, shelters and even friends and family. Help others in need. Pay it forward. If you do good, good will come to you.

Becoming an extreme couponer is hard. It takes a lot of time, and it can be stressful. You have to find coupons, clip coupons, organize coupons, plan shopping trips, go shopping and put everything away. You will sometimes deal with cashiers that don’t want to accept your coupons. There will be great big hauls and there will be very small hauls. Expect that.

If you want to be extreme, couponing becomes a job. It’s not easy – but it can certainly be worth it!

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Comments

  1. Joanne

    I totally agree with you……..this is very extreme, and really why would you want all that mustard and toilet paper under your child’s bed?? We have very different coupons than what is offered in the USA. I only use coupons for what i will use, and stockpile mostly to share with my adults kids and some friends. I have introduced coupons to a few friends that are single moms, but find that most people just assume that i am like the extreme couponing ladies on the show, which i am not.
    I love your web site and ideas etc……….i love to save money and i work hard for it so i should want to keep it:)
    thanks for your advice and help
    Joanne

    • John Doe

      Here is my biggest issue with coupons.
      Although I am a believer in couponing, the issue is pretty much all of the coupons are for a brand name product. The price of a no-name product is cheaper even with a coupon. Therefore this makes the coupon worthless considering coupons have an expiry date

  2. Di

    This is one of the best outlines I have seen online – esp since all the hub-ub after TLC’s insanity last week. Keep up the good work – your site is awesome.

  3. chrissyg

    I really enjoy couponing and finding great deals. The show extreme couponing was amazing but I do agree with Cassie on how they did it. I sometimes find great deals. My most recent one was at SDM I got 4 toothbrushes, 5 tubes of toothpaste, a box of cherios, and 18 bars of deodorant and ended up paying only $0.65 for the whole lot…yah me. That is my idea of extreme couponing. It doesn’t happen every shopping trip but when I can save $10 on my grocery bills it’s great. I’ve been couponing for a while I find it’s a major rush when you can get stuff for free or almost free. My 5 yr old daughter is even getting excitted over finding coupons now…so cute.

  4. Samantha

    Hey,

    Where on your site do you post:
    “I post a weekly coupon match-up every Thursday, so if you don’t have time to check your fliers, just watch for that post.”

    Thanks!

  5. Cassie Howard

    Joanne – I don’t know about mustard, but if I could get free toilet paper and had no room in the stockpile, I would gladly put it under the bed! That stuff never expires, so I’ll take as much of it as I can get! but i agree with you that people compare all couponers to those on the shows, and many of us are NOT like that (although, I may seem extreme to some, I don’t believe that I am).

    Di – Thank you very much! I really appreciate that. πŸ™‚

    chrissyg – Wow, you got a great deal at SDM. Good for you! I find it a major rush when I go shopping and get great deals too! And awww so adorable that your daughter gets excited about finding coupons. I hope Elliott is that way!

    Samantha – I will have a blog post every Thursday (usually in the evening, sometimes earlier).

  6. Cynthia

    I want to start by saying thanks to Cassie, because your tips are incredibly useful and have helped me a lot! TLC’s Extreme Couponing show is definitely what got me interested in couponing, and I’ve just recently started getting coupons from save.ca, brandsaver.ca and the like. So far the best deal I got was getting a bag of pasta for 24 cents, because it was on sale plus I had a coupon. I was super excited about it hahahahah. I hope to be able to save as much as chrissyg did, that’s amazing!

  7. Theresa

    That show both irritates and fascinates me at once. Some of the people are noble. The one black woman who was teaching everyone about couponing….that is wonderful. The lady who bought 77 bottles of mustard and cleared the shelf…….GET OVER YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No one NEEDS 77 bottles of mustard. In your lifetime you wouldn’t even use half of that. If these people were saying that they were donating things to the food bank that would be amazing.

    The worst was the obese lady with the extremely red face. She is bordering on a mental illness. I would bet my retirement savings that she will be living in a hoard of expired food in 10 years, divorced and obese. She disturbed me to no end.

    Okay, rant over.

  8. monkette

    I dont understand how you get toilet paper for free if it is on sale for 5.99 and you only have a $2 coupon? Are you allowed to use more than 1 coupon?

  9. Tia

    I agree that the lady buying 77 bottles of mustard is out of her mind. They weren’t even free, she said after coupons it’s 39 cents a bottle and the husband doesn’t even eat mustard. That’s already $30 of her $102 bill which most won’t be used. Not smart and waste of $30.

  10. Melanie

    I was wondering if there was a coupon website that allows multiple accounts on the same household. I know Save.ca won’t let you but I don’t know for the others. I have no family in my city so I can’t mail them to their houses. I’m just happy the gocoupons.ca will let you order some once a week.

    P.S. You’re blog is the best! Everything in one place (coupon tips, organizing, financial tips, etc) I have no reason to visit other sites! πŸ™‚

  11. DL

    Just been bargain shopping at No Frills and found out that if the product being purchased has a coupon attached to it and your coupon that you brought with you is different from the coupon attached, then the store will accept both coupons for the product that you’re buying!!

  12. Cassie Howard

    Cynthia – I’m glad that you find my website useful! Congrats on your pasta brag! πŸ™‚

    Theresa – I agree. It also irritates and fascintes me, both at the same time. It’s upsetting that the one lady cleared the shelf and didn’t feel guilty about it, but we don’t know how the show was filmed. Perhaps she actually ordered all of those bottles of mustard and the store had them in boxes for her, but the show wanted to show her taking them off the shelf. I know that they did that with Nathan last time, when he bought over 200 toothbrushes. I agree with you about that one lady who took over her husbands space with her stockpile. She will definetely become a hoarder in no time.

    monkette – Did I say that somewhere on my site, or are you talking about something you saw on Extreme Couponing?

    Tia – She probably had other items that gave her overage and the overage would pay for the mustard.

    Melanie – Unfortunetely, no. πŸ™ I wish there was! And thank you for the compliment! I really appreciate that. πŸ™‚

    DL – Oh wow, that’s great! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lattelady

    You did a great job explaining how we shop in Canada and each Province has different stores and discount available.

    Im in BC and have London Drugs, who allows you to stack coupon and get free items. Also with Walmarts new coupon rule , you can use an overage to get money back in your pocket or apply it to other items that you are buying. I know i will do this to get milk and other food items.

    Sometimes it being in the right place at the right time when things are on sale. Check your local stores meat department they do mark down meat by 30 – 50% , I go to McGavins Bread Basket and buy bread for $1.39 a loaf the regular price at the grocery store is $3.98.

    I use coupons on marked down item to reduce the cost even more, at SDM, RCSS and Safeway always have a discount section

    As Cassie has said, its takes work to do this , but a little saving here and there can add up fast.

  14. Tia

    Overages are irrelevant as the lady paid $102 in the end. If she didn’t buy the mustard, her total would have been $72.

  15. Cassie Howard

    Lattelady – Yes, it is definetely getting better with the new WM coupon policy and for those of you that are lucky enough to have a LD nearby! i really hope they will start having scannable coupons though. that would really help to speed things up at the cash! I agree that most of the time, deals come from being in the right place at the right time.

    Tia – Yeah, but we don’t know exactly what she bought. We may not have seen certain purchases. Now, if she had a website and posted her list we could see! But I can’t seem to find her anywhere online. πŸ˜›

  16. LPC

    Extreme Couponing is how I came to your site, being a Canadian and all. I never realised how much I could save with coupons! I’ve seen the light and use my Shoppers Optimum card judiciously.

    I admit I love the show, but I also think we have to take into consideration that it’s a tv show with the goal of getting ratings, and like every thing else, it’s not necessarily the reality. The segments are staged for maximum effect. If that lady did buy 70 of bottles of mustard, there wouldn’t be a show.

    There’s also the rumour flying around that the stores in the show are breaking their own coupon policies when TV crews show up. I mean, what store would let a customer hog a cash register while waiting for her five friends to show to get extradiscounts? Probably the store doesn’t want to be portrayed as customer unfriendly in front of a camera, but quite possibly to attract customers with the false belief they can save as much. It’s free publicity for them.

  17. Cassie Howard

    LPC – Yep, the stores definetely bend the rules on that show, all for some free publicity. It’s totally not the way it would actually go down at the store!

  18. Ashley

    Great post, thank you!

    I agree the show isn’t accurate of how couponing actually is, but I think it’s really helping to promote couponing in Canada. The other day my boss starting talking about the show, and that he’s encouraged his wife to start couponing. Then my co-worker starting talking about how she wants to use more coupons, so I decided to open up and tell them both what sites to go to to order their coupons, and where else they can find coupons. I’m not very open about couponing, because there is this stigma associated with them that you’re either “poor” or “cheap” if you use coupons. So it was nice to know they both thought couponing is awesome, and want to start doing it! So even though this show is unrealistic of what couponing is like here in Canada, I think it is breaking down the stigma barriers about couponing.

  19. Cassie Howard

    Oh yes, it’s definetely helping. The only thing that I don’t really like is that now whenever I go shopping and people see my binder they always ask “omg are you one of THOSE PEOPLE”. Ugh!

  20. Erica

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who was bothered by all that mustard. My family and I use mustard all the time. We’ve been a family for almst ten years now but I don’t think we’ve managed to go through 70 bottles yet. Unless they’re storing for future generations I think they could have saved even more by leaving a lot of it at the store.

    That being said, thank you so much for all the valuable tips and links. I’ve just started couponing and I’m realizing what a lot of hard work this is but we’re looking forward to keeping more of our hard earned money. The effort is definately worth it.

  21. Cassie Howard

    Erica – Thank you! Glad you like the site. πŸ™‚

  22. Brandy

    I am not totally clear on the whole coupon thing. I have managed to get a bunch, and my last shopping trip mananged to save over 60 dollars with coupons and two items where the wrong price so i got for free. But say i go to Walmart and i have a 3 dollar off purex coupon and a buy one get one free purex coupon can i use them both on the same purchase?

  23. Cassie Howard

    Brandy – Yes, technically that is okay because you are using the $3 coupon to pay for 1 purex and the B1G1 free coupon to pay for the other coupon. You could not, however, use 2 $3 coupons on 1 bottle.

  24. Mattea

    I have tons of coupons and I check the flier sales often, but I’m often hit with coupons that say “cannot be combined with any other offer”…can I still use coupons towards these items if they are already on sale in store?

  25. Cassie Howard

    Yes, you can. That line just means that you can’t use more than 1 coupon per 1 item.

  26. Maginarygurl

    I have always been about budgeting carfully, making lists trying to spend the least and always going for sales. I live in sault ste. marie, Ontario and never thought of using coupons, only when my fiance is getting take out and I have those little 2 for one coupons for the burgers.
    I am expecting my first on June 9th, and have been trying to budget even more but it’s been hard, my fiance smokes, we have the car to worry about our dog, and of course food and utilities. Recently I got some coupons in for diapers and I have a little pile saved up, I’ve been finding them in magazines and I got some in the mail, when my fiance saw them he made a comment about if I keep going I’ll turn into an extreme couponer, I didn’t know what he was talking about as I had never before seen the show, I just started watching it about 2 weeks ago and would like to give couponing a shot.
    I know I’m not going to have the kind of sales they show on tv but anything will help but I don’t know where to get coupons πŸ™ I’ve only seen a few here and there in magazines and stuff but never any for food.

  27. Katie

    where can I get cupons online mailed? I signed up to save.ca and gocupons.com but there’s not many there… any help would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

  28. aj

    extreme couponing is not only possible in Canada, it’s really fun.

    of course it takes an insane amount of time, skill, and patience.

    I just did a major haul, and got several hundred cans of Campbells soup. it took me forever to gather the coupons, then hours to organize them all. From there I had to wait for a good sale on it. Then I price matched at Walmart. Now, once I got to Walmart I had even more work to do. I had to load the soup into the cart. find the varieties I liked, and make sure the numbers all lined up. Then I got to the checkout. I was very friendly, and informed her I was price matching, and had coupons. a lot of them.

    you have to be really nice, and really patient with clerks. a lot of the time they are just plain old worn out, the stores are never properly air conditioned, and if the coupons are wrong it comes on them. Explain as best you can what the coupons mean if they ask any questions. Don’t get huffy. Be polite and pleasant. Always compliment them in some way., this is going to take them a lot of time, and manually ringing in hundreds of items.

    always have your coupons organized, and sorted. If i’m doing a big haul I separate them by product, and then into groups of ten clipped with paper clips. The clerks appreciate organization. Then each product is stored in its own envelope with the name written on it. Be prepared to produce extra coupons if needed. we all miscount from time to time.

    I also take the time to tell people that are in line behind me that i’m couponing and that it might take awhile. Most people are more interested than annoyed, and if time is an issue they go to another aisle.

    it all boils down to, be nice, be organized, and be prepared.

  29. Cassie Howard

    aj: Thanks for sharing your tips, I totally agree!

  30. Gabrielle

    I love your blog. I think these tips are very helpful. But almost all the coupons I get say “limit one coupon per customer” What am i suppose to do with those?

  31. Cassie Howard

    Gabrielle: If they say “one per customer”, then you will only be able to use one.

  32. Melanie

    This site is amazing. I have been a small time couponer and frugal shopper for years. Long before TLC and extreme couponing. I will admit that I wasn’t a smart couponer. The show has taught me to always buy the smallest size allowable and also to always, always, always double up by using my coupon when the item is on sale. These two key rules have allowed me to take my couponing to a whole new level.

    This week I got 3 Advil Night 10 packs FREE as well as 3 Gillette shaving creams FREE. I live in Nova Scotia so some of the stores we shop at are different than those posted here. Lawtons had the Advil on the front page of the flyer $3.99 and I used coupons from a tear pad $4 off any size item. So the Advil was free. Zellers had Gillette shave cream on 50% off ($1.49) Friday and Saturday only. I bought 3 and used my buy 3 save $5 coupon from either websaver or brandsaver. So they were FREE as well.

    Also a good deal on yogurt tubes. In store discount at Atlantic Superstore on soon expiring packs for $1.49. Used $0.50 tear pad coupons to get each pack for $0.99 then we just pop them in the freezer.

    Everyone seems to have such bad experiences redeeming coupons at Zellers. I have had great luck and success at my local zellers so far. Maybe because we are such a small community.

    Anyways…I think this site is great. I found it this morning and have read probably 10 of the articles already, added it to my favourites and liked it on facebook. Way to go Carrie!

  33. Cassie Howard

    Melanie: Thank you so much for your very sweet comment! I really appreciate it and am so happy that you have found Cassie to be helpful to you. πŸ™‚

  34. Erika

    I was watching extreme couponing the last night and the girls went shopping at Price Chopper in Watertown NY. My friend and I have decided that we want to try do this as we are only an hr away from Watertown. But we are going to start small and see how we do first. I am going to make a small list of things (10 items or so) Add the coupons to my Advantage card and then see what other coupons we can find to use there as well. We are planning tis for Black Friday so what a time to go cause it will already be busy but we are ready to give it a try. If it works out well for us we are going to try to go more often. The only thing is making sure we stay within what we are allowed to bring back to Canada. We are really looking forward to this up coming trip πŸ™‚

    Also Thank you for your get ideas Cassie. I am finding I am able to go and do small shopping trips and pay about half of what I would of paid before I started using coupons!!

  35. Cassie Howard

    Erika: Good luck with your trip. Let us know how it goes!

  36. Laura

    Hi there. Just wondering how erica got an advantage card for price chopper. I am not too far from watertown myself and have thought of trying to go there?

  37. julie

    Laura,

    next time you are in watertown go into price chopper to customer service , fill in the form to join their program advantage plus, show them your driver’s license and they will issue it on the spot.

    Erika,

    I am looking forward to how you do too, as I have been thinking of doing that myself. I just find it hard getting the coupons mailed to me.

  38. Mare from Owen Sound

    For anyone who wants to use the binder method, the plastic coupon holding pages are at the Dollar Store in with the children’s book ilse of all places.This is the best coupon site ever. Thanks Cassie.

  39. Helen

    Cassie, I just saw you on Global News last night, congratulations! I have never heard of your site until I saw the news segment. I am really inspired to try this, and have in the past but always gave up because I could never be organized enough and the coupons would always expire on me. I now want to give it another go because I am no longer deriving an income (its hopefully temporary!)so our money is way down. I look forward to really mining this site for good tips to use. I am so thankful that I found out about you and this website!

  40. Lynn Wilson

    Hi!! I just fell in love with your site. Thank you so much for having it here for us! So here is my question….I am a little embarrased to ask but here goes. Can you use coupons at Dollar Stores? Thank you so much again Lynn

  41. Cassie Howard

    Lynn: Dollarama accepts coupons… well, certain locations do. I suggest calling your local store before attempting to use them there.

  42. Cynthia c

    I have a question as I’m new to the whole couponing world.
    I have a coupon that says “one coupon per product, offer limited to one coupon per purchase”
    Does that mean I cam only buy one of those products and use my coupon or can I still buy more of the product and use more coupons got each item?

  43. Tyler

    So I’m in Ontario and I was wondering if the following scenario would/has worked for you in the past ?

    What happens if i have a coupon for buy 1 get 1 free of an item. Then i have another coupon for buy 1 of those items and get another different product for free ? Lets say for example. Buy 1 Chicken Soup, Get 1 Free. Then another coupon Buy 1 Chicken Soup – Get Crackers free. Is this within coupon policy ? Lets say Walmart ?

  44. Cassie Howard

    Tyler: No, that is considered stacking and is not allowed.

    Cynthia c: It just means only one coupon per item. πŸ™‚

  45. lyndsay

    a great way to save money on eggs is go straight t the source I usually buy eggs by the flat for 5.00 from a local farmer they will store in the fridge 3-6 wks

  46. Kim

    Am new to couponing. I live in Alberta. Just wondering what are some tips on getting the coupons. What sites do you guys all use???

  47. Cassie Howard
  48. Tyneil

    I don’t feel you will save like the usa here in Canada the Toronto area. I’m planing a trip to buffalo NYC for a weekend for saving and shopping . I feel that is the only way is work Please contact me I’m looking to start a fashionista 416 saving and shopping group

  49. Kylee

    Is there a site that focuses on match-ups and coupons in Quebec (Montreal) specificly?

  50. Cassie Howard

    Kylee: Not that I’m aware of.

  51. Lori

    I have been couponing and pricematching for over a year now. Sometimes I do get incredible savings on stuff, but most of the time my coupon will expire before it ever goes on sale. I price match at Walmart all the time, and even though they deny it, I know they store stuff in the back if the savings are too much for us!
    Food coupons are the most difficult to come by, I usually do better buying the store brand vs. the name brand on sale with coupon.
    I save approx. $20 – $30 a week by doing this, but could never come close to how the show portrays the extreme couponers.
    When I 1st started I found I was actually spending more than before I started this, mostly because I was buying things that I normally wouldn’t buy or like. Now I just stick to the items I buy on a regular basis and it’s much better. Because I live in a border town, I also have started saving the US coupons as well!! I think I’m addicted!

  52. Jessica

    hello there im 21 years of age and i have a two and a half year old .
    and i was trying to think of a way of saving money diapers are so much more then
    they were when i was a kid im paying for one box 49.97 at walmart some times i try to
    price match but most of the time its hard i have adhd and its hard for me to do this on my own so i was wornding dose any one what to give me tips on how to start and where i could get some canada coupons printable one to ,thanks

  53. irene

    please help me analyse my problem.Basically i got coupons from smartsource on glade items where $10 off when you purchase $15 . and then i saw and i cant wait the smartsource again this week and i saw there the buy one get one free for glade . so for example ill buy glade worth $15 and thats 3 items for example would i get 6 items since its buy one get 1 free ill just used my coupons last july 7 and this coming july 28 too and pay for $5 only.? because of the $10 off when purchasing galde worth $15? please help me analyse thank u

  54. peta

    I live in Florida and I have been couponing for a little over a year now. I am in Brampton for the summer and have been shopping and finding it hard clearly because I don’t have my coupons. But I do find that the sales we have in Florida that make buying in bulk and saving money easier is that every week there is always b1g1 and you can use two coupons one for each item and you can stack store and manufacturer to make money on items to use for your other products. I have never ordered online but I do get more then one paper to get my coupons and our coupons come every week in the newspaper.

  55. Kristy

    For Jessica. I became part of the Pampers club online, and they seem to send me coupons each month! You can sign up online, and when you open up the package there’s a code you can collect for points, and you can redeem points for merchandice etc…If you know someonoe who has a Costco membership, they sell Huggies and Kirkland brands at a fairly reasonable price (276 for $50ish)!

  56. Kath

    Can you use a coupon on top of an item that has a money off peelie sticker on it? A while back at Walmart, I was buying Scrubbing Bubbles One Step System for $9.97. It had a $3.00 off peelie which would bring it down to $6.97. I had a $5.00 manufacturer’s coupon to get it for $1.97. Didn`t happen. I was only allowed the manufacturer`s coupon taken off. The cashier and night Customer Service Manager I could only use either the $5.00 or $3.00 peelie. I just used the $5.00 one because I didn`t want an arguement with them.

    • Cynthia

      In the US, often times you can find a store coupon that would match up with a manufacturers’ coupon (not stacking). If you find that item on sale, you can get it for almost nothing. I am looking forward to getting Target here, because I found some of my best deals at Target.

      -Former US Couponer

  57. Cassie Howard

    Kath: No, that would be considered stacking.

  58. MARY

    i have been couponing for the past year and i found one thing to be true. i only buy until all coupon items go on sale. this takes time sorting out coupons and looking for the sale product. but you save lots of money like this. also sometimes you can get coupons at the store.(NO FRILLS, FORTINOS, METRO) all have coupons to save money. i love coupons and i have saved nearly $500 in the last year. i also get free product coupons.. those are the best. some companies like proctor and gamble send free full size samples. i am on the computer everyday looking for free products and coupons. hope this helps. happy saving!!!!!!

  59. Teresa

    I have been able to save between 30-60$ each week on groceries by simply price matching and using my coupons! The cashiers at my local Maxi store (Loblaws group) just roll their eyes when they see me…LOL But I don’t care. One cashier who sees me more often tells me if there was a better deal at another store even without showing the proof! That’s the spirit! I wish more cashiers would do the same.
    I was able to get great products at low prices. One week, I saved almost 90$!! Of course, most of the items are being donated for Christmas baskets but still great value for the buck! The one thing I hate about couponing in Montreal is that some retailers (like Walmart) ask to keep the proof so basically you’re tearing out your fliers as you get price match. Hopefully, this will change soon and trust the cashiers as long as they can document the store and validity date.

    Over the last year on maternity leave, my new passion has become COUPONING!

    • Cassie Howard

      Good for you! Glad you’re having fun. πŸ™‚

  60. Jheannia

    I am at the end of my maternity leave and looking at the costs of going back to work, I decided to start couponing. I find it to be a little overwhelming & frustrating. I have saved to my favorites various internet sites for advice and free coupons/free samples but I find majority of the links and hidden links provided go to the product site that just reroutes to one of the major internet sites for coupons ex: save.ca, where ordering or printing coupons becomes limited. Living in Qc there are no coupon inserts, and I have not seen any tearpads in stores & all the products I have at home I am undoing the packages to see if there are coupons inside, no luck. How can I possibly increase my savings???

    Jheannia

  61. Greg

    Lou:
    What in the Sam Hill are you on about?

  62. heather

    I have a question about printing coupons. With the cost of coloured ink is it beneficial to use those coupons and do all stores take them?

    • Cassie Howard

      Black and white will always be cheaper (I only use b&w for that reason), but coloured ink will create less issues when checking out. It’s a personal choice. πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer

      I get my ink refilled its about $14 for the black and $8-10 for color ink so getting refilled its about $45-50 to buy new it was about $70

      • Jacki

        For chepaer ink, you could go to Staples and get their refill kits for about $15… It comes with 3 or 4 bottles of ink and I use less than half a bottle per refill. πŸ™‚ It comes with really good instructions too.

  63. Lisa Anne

    I have couponed for quite sometime now and have been following most of these steps and tips. I have cut my bills down and have been able for the most part to stay in budget.

  64. Carla

    I have noticed that alot of the cheaper grocery stores have sign s saying they dont accept printed coupons. I have never used coupons so I have never tried.

  65. Nancy

    I want to be a couponer in Medicine Hat, Alberta for now where I live. I would like to find a buddy couponer to help me get started and also a printer compatible with my laptop. I would like to make savings since on social assistance and no other income. I would like to donate to one of the churches that has a Food Pantry on Thursday’s and have also food for my use also. Clothes too, bed linens, towels and so on. Maybe garage service made cheaper . I would like to travel once a year by land, rail , cruise ship. Can someone help me out. Where can I get one of those coupon book holders?
    I have gotten some 10 for $10 and 2 for $10 but want to save more. I shop at Co-ops in city.

    • Leslie

      Hi nancy I know your ad is old but I just seen that TV show and I’m so ready to do this. I live in the hat and am wondering how you’re doing with it

  66. Christelle

    Hi everyone,
    I am sure that everyone already know this but sense I havenΒ°t seen it written anywhere I decided to share it here.
    I am a frequent user of the * If its scanned wrong and under $ 10 @ No Frills then you get that item for free *
    I for example purchased a drinking bottle that was priced @ $ 3.99 when I got to check out the cashier charged me $ 4.29 so I had them go check the price as I knew I was right * I write the price of every item I purchase on a small piece of paper to avoid over charged at cash*. She then came back & said yes you are right. I then said its under $ 10 I get it for free. She then refunded me my $$$ and I got it for free. You need to make sure you say * Its under $10 so I get it free otherwise they will just charge you the stated price. If you purchase more then 1 of the item in question you get the 1st free & the others at stated correct price. If you purchase a item and its over $ 10 & scanned wrong you get $ 10 off the price. I hope that this is helpful for someone but for my family I always walk away with something for free when I visit No Frills.

    • Erica Ashley

      it’s refereed to the scanning code of practise. It’s awesome! I’ve used it a few times.

    • Teresa

      No Frills frustrates me cause they always have their prices wrong and they dont honor SCOP so I just wrote a letter to loblaws companies about No Frills because they have a location here in Scarborough, Ontario that insists they dont practice SCOP which I know is incorrect. I havent gotten a reply yet but im interested to see what they say!

      • tina

        have you reported them yet? the law is the law…..

    • Yes it’s called the “scanning code of practice” and you can use it at any retail store in Ontario as far as I know. They do that because it’s their fault for not changing the price list on the shelf so it’s basically false advertising. I’ve done it before at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. :~) But if you don’t say anything they wont either so you HAVE to say something. Just say “the scanning code of practice gives me that item for free if it’s under 10$ or 10$ off if the item is over 10$.”

  67. Debbie

    I went to Nofrills last week and I wanted to price match an item and they told me. There policy recently changed they no longer price match items they are currently promoting (like their name brand items)

    • Cassie Howard

      I’m not sure why they told you that Debbie, because they’re policy certainly has NOT changed.

  68. Deborah A, in Belleville, Ontario

    I may not yet be an “extreme couponer” but last week I saved $45 on $100. shopping trip – good enough for me!!!LOVE MY COUPONS

  69. Anne

    I work for a big box store as a cashier and an extreme couponer came in and bought a cart full of groceries for $8.65…just taxes. Every item she had, there was a coupon to have it for free. I would like to know where she got these manufacturer’s coupons. Thanks

    • Cassie Howard

      She could have found them anywhere. You can get them from trading with other couponers, from purchasing products with FREE coupons attached to them, etc.

  70. Mona

    I’m interested in learning how to couponing at rexall drug store, sobey’s, the red apple, Walmart, IGA, Safeway and I live in northwestern ontario and could use some help about how to start. Thx

  71. Brittany

    Prepare to be disappointed! Just got told at walmart that they just changed their policy. You can only use one coupon per transaction. Just one in total. That’s it. I told them I’ll be taking my money and my coupons elsewhere!

  72. tina

    that website seems to not be operational

  73. Karen

    Hello, I am wondering about the coupons that say “Good Only in US”. Will business taking them here? If not can we find the same coupons so we can use them here.

    • Amanda

      They won’t take them here. There are manufacturer agreements/laws for reimbursement for coupons. For most of the big brands, you can find the same coupons here. eg If you have a US coupon for Tide, you can Google “Tide coupon Canada” and you’ll get some results. You might have to do some searching, but you can probably find what you’re looking for. πŸ™‚

  74. sarah

    I am just getting started with my couponing but I am getting frustrated with the fact that the stores keep telling me oh we only get one coupon per purchase or you cannot use the same coupon in the same transaction more than once in Canada. am i nuts or what’s the deal. and it says right on the coupon so I do any coupons in Canada that are don’t say one coupon per purchase

  75. Dave

    We get hosed on coupons in Canada. Rarely do you see a coupon that says half off. Free item coupons don’t exist. Asking for doubling will never happen. One coupon per transaction with a whopping 25 cents off is about it. Americans have a way better system. Oh well that’s Canada. We are so polite we get ripped off on everything.

  76. Vanessa

    I thought I would let everyone know, if you have a target in your area you can use a target coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item. They allow it and I do it everytime I go

  77. renae

    I live in rural central Alberta and have a very hard time finding the paper coupons offered in newspapers. I have bought the local newspapers for a month and never found inserts. A lot of the stores don’t accept the printed coupons in my area. Any suggestions? Thankx so much Renae

    • Cassie Howard

      Have you tried trading coupons for inserts?

  78. Donya Nadoushan

    I am interested in becoming an extreme couponer. I am only Fourteen but dedicated in trying to save money for the family. I am finding it hard, Ive got the coupons but don’t know how to use them correctly. If someone can help me find a way to understand these coupons and find a way to save money i would really appreciate it.

  79. Mia

    Giant tiger honours coupons and they already have pretty cheap prices. You can use more than 1 in a transaction as well. Not sure if you can use a coupon on an item that’s already on sale but I don’t see why not! I try to go there to use a lot
    Of my coupons but they do not have every product so check the flyers first or go there and make a mental note!

  80. Darlene

    Is anyone familiar with the current Save On Foods coupon policy?

  81. Christinna leBlanc

    You are right,Walmart did just change their policies. However, the policy is that only one coupon per item.

  82. Katie Garbutt

    Donya, wow that is amazing that you’re trying to do this for your family. Way to go! For all of you out there looking to learn more about couponing, even if you’re in Canada, you will get a TON out of reading the book written by the Krazy Coupon Lady called “Pick another checkout line honey…” this is a fantastic beginning couponer book. I learned a ton from it and it’s not just about couponing in the US. I think the biggest difference between couponing in CA and the US is going to be how you get your coupons. Most of the other coupon philosophies and policies are going to be the same. Each store is different, so know your stores – learn them one by one to see what they allow and don’t allow. As far as getting the inserts, I am not certain what areas have the newspaper inserts and which don’t, but know that you can also purchase them online if you don’t get them in your area. Don’t worry about whether CA store double coupons or not – it doesn’t matter. I live in Seattle, WA and the stores here never double coupons and I still save 65% or more on ALL my grocery bills. Happy to share more and help more – find me on facebook under Katie Garbutt.

  83. MC

    I’m curious. The article states not to expect paying $10 for $600 worth of groceries, such as what is shown on the tlc series. Before I begin this dedication to extreme couponing, how much can I expect to save here in Canada? Thank you

  84. Cassie Howard

    MC, you can easily save around 50% or so with extreme couponing. πŸ™‚

  85. greeneyesgreen

    yes indeed couponing can be frustrating, especially when you’re in a line-up and the cashier has to read every word but in the end it is very much worth it!!…..for instance I receive coupons from Shoppers to print and a few weeks ago I received one for shampoo for $1.99 and the store price was $8.99…did I feel good? you bet!!!!!!

  86. Mavies

    I hear u on that Dave. I Whanna learn soo badly but not for the food but for the dry stuff .. Some days I hate canada lol for there system . Wish we where the states some times …… But won’t happen .

  87. Penny

    Is there an Extreme Couponer on the southside of Edmonton that would be willing to meet with me & a friend & walk us through this couponing thing plz!!
    TIA πŸ™‚

  88. Monique

    Walmart uses online coupons but you can’t photocopy them as their is a security code for each coupon. They also price match. They priced match on Catalina Smart Pasta on sale elsewhere for .97 cents and I had a $1 coupon. That day I also I bought Stove Top Stuffing I bought 2 boxes at $1 each and the coupon I had was if I bought 2 boxes I got .75 cents off so I got 3 items for $1.25. So if you have a Walmart near your area it worth thinking about using your coupons there.

  89. downtownmom.ca

    Great info Cassie!
    I came across your site because I’m going to do a blog about birthday freebies and you seem to be the queen of free. I was always a fan of Extreme Couponing and I can’t believe that the “big hauls” are all hype, what a letdown. Thanks for the dose of reality Mrs. J! Not sure that I have the stamina for that kind of sport so I will have to rely on you and sign up for “Freebies in Your Inbox”.

  90. Robin

    I’m a couponer in America. Um planning on migrating to Canada in the next year. Thank goodness I’ll be able to coupon. Does anyone know if I can use my coupons!

  91. Kimberley

    My issue here in Ontario is that I have never seen a good deal where you can combine offers. If something is already on sale, more often than not you can’t use a coupon on it. The other thing is the limitations. If you find an extreme deal on a product, the store limits you to 3 or 4 per person, sometime even per family, so you can’t bring your family members in to get some for you. And most of the coupons in our flyers are for junk I would normally never buy anyway.

    I see on the show that most of the “food” items are garbage foods like bologna, hot dogs, cereal, pasta etc.

  92. Austin Muller

    YALL need to chill out

  93. Darlyn

    I’d also be interested in an Edmonton area coupon group..like Penny….but preferrably north west although I can drive anywhere. Thanks

  94. Bev Bassham

    I live in Flin Flon Manitoba and want to start using coupons but we only have a Walmart (not a lot of food) a co-op and an I G A food store. How do I start ?

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