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5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Shoppers Drug Mart

5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Shoppers Drug Mart

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Shoppers Drug Mart addict. Shoppers Optimum is my favourite rewards program in Canada, and I am constantly telling people that if they aren’t utilizing that program, that they should be (heck, I even wrote an eBook about it: The Ultimate Guide to Shoppers Optimum Rewards!).

The number one thing people tell me they don’t like about Shoppers Drug Mart is the prices. “They’re too expensive“, they say. “I can get stuff cheaper at other stores“. Sigh.

While it’s true that Shoppers Drug Mart is usually more expensive than other stores, when you only shop during sales and special promotion events, you will almost certainly be paying less than you would pay elsewhere.

5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Shoppers Drug Mart


1. Never Shop on a “Regular” Day

You don’t want to shop at Shoppers Drug Mart unless there is a special promotion going on. This is how you’re really going to get the most bang for your buck. Some of my favourite events are:

  • 20x the points when you spend $50 or more
  • 18,500 points when you spend $75 or more

These types of events allow you to rack up points quickly, so try to make sure you’re only shopping during an event like these.

Also, to really save the most money and earn a ton of points in the promotion, only purchase sale items alongside these promotions.

2. Shop During the 1 or 2-Day Sale Periods

Most weeks, Shoppers Drug Mart has about 10 or so deals that can only be purchased on 1 or 2-day periods. It’s often Saturday only, Saturday & Sunday only, Sunday only, or Sunday & Monday only.

These deals are some of the best you will find in the entire store, which is why they don’t have the sales all week long. Make sure you check out these sales first, and make time to get to the store on those days to get the hot deals.

Keep in mind that these special weekly offers are limited. Often, you are limited to 4 per customer, but sometimes the quantities change, so pay attention to the fine print in the flyer. If you try to buy more than the limit, you will be charged more for the additional items.

3. Know When to Redeem Your Points

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at Shoppers Drug Mart and overheard a customer say they want to redeem their points for $10 off their purchase (the lowest redemption level). It makes me cringe ever time. I just want to yell “stop! don’t do it!” – because if you really want to save money, you should never redeem your points at the lowest redemption level.

I always recommend that you wait until you have accumulated the 95,000 points needed for a maximum redemption (and at minimum, 50,000 points). This is going to give you a much better value for your points.

When you redeem at the lowest level (8,000 points for $10), you’re using 800 points for every dollar spent. When you redeem at the highest level (95,000 points for $170), you’re only using 556 points per dollar – a much better value.

4. Check Out the Clearance

Shoppers Drug Mart is my favourite store to find clearance deals. I can almost always find at least one great deal at almost any store I go to!

Check the end-caps (the very ends of aisles) in your store to find where they usually keep clearance items (usually there will be a big, red clearance sign at the top of the shelf. Then, check this spot every time you’re in the store to – hopefully – find awesome deals!

One of the best things about Shoppers Drug Mart clearance deals, is that you can combine them with coupons and with store promotions. How’s that for saving money (and earning points!)?

5. Watch for Manager’s Stickers

When you’re shopping for food at Shoppers Drug Mart, keep your eyes open for the red and white manager’s stickers, which offer you a discount off the product it is attached to. Most of the time, manager’s stickers are applied to products that are going to expire very soon, so pay attention to the expiration date and make sure you can consume the item before expiry.

Just like the clearance items, you can also combine items with manager’s stickers with coupons! I often find these stickers in the refrigerated/frozen section of the store (usually on dairy items), but I’ve also found them in the regular food aisles on things like bread, crackers, cookies and even chocolate!

How do you save money at Shoppers Drug Mart?


  1. TallNFunny

    Thanks Cassie. Always appreciate these blogs.
    Shopper’s Optimum is my favourite rewards program in Canada as well. I find it’s easy to rack up points.
    Some other tips I find is sign up for their online offers and newsletters. I get notifications of offers and coupons weekly in my inbox.
    Also there are various codes out there for 2000 points when you update your profile. As far as I know, it’s possible to use multiple codes and still get the points.

  2. Deb

    I would agree, I get weekly personalized coupons…most often for milk and yogurt which I do buy weekly there anyway. You just have to read them very carefully, sometimes the graphics are misleading. Also check your receipt carefully, all promotions go on at the end and I have found that the deals where you buy 2 for less are not always in the computer system.

  3. Susan

    The weekly email offers are awesome, my fave is $1.50 off ant cleaning product so usually you can get something for free or really cheap. Recently I received a summer promo booklet and there were super coupons in it like $5 off any Purex and it worked on multiples. Got $2 off sour cream…got 4 free. All kinds of great deals. Love shoppers optimum.

  4. Vicki

    how do you get personalized coupons?

    • Cassie Howard

      Sign up to emails and they should start coming to your inbox.

  5. Helen

    I also love the Optimum points and have redeemed them to get a free tablet, a free Nintendo Wii and also 200 dollars off an Acer laptop that I am using at the moment.I look through the flyer and buy sale items when they have the 20x the points when you shop 50$.Every week I need eggs,bread and milk which are usually for sale at Shoppers.I also buy my cereal,yogurt and cheese when it goes on sale there.I also have an Optimum mastercard that racks up points on purchases at any love love this reward program!!!

  6. Tammy

    The personalized coupons often have a fixed price but no size. For example, $1.99 for any Garnier conditioner, so I always buy the biggest size ($9.99 value). Also, super redemption days like the one coming up this weekend.

  7. Sharon

    I have been advised that SDM points don’t apply to clearance items – different from what the article tells me. Anyone else experience similar?

  8. G

    double up on points by shopping with gift cards … know you’re going to spend $75 … get a gift card & get your points THEN buy your stuff with the gift card & get all the points from that too 🙂 … you’re welcome!
    Also, wait for Bonus days … turn your $170 into $200 … yay free money!

  9. Susan Hanko

    I always check the clearance section. Never know what will be there. I have found Essie nail polish for $2 and Brand name body wash for $2.00 (reg $7.49) and lots more.

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