Using coupons is a great way to save money. It takes time to understand how to maximize your savings with coupons. Most areas, including in Canada, have social media groups dedicated to couponing. It is a good idea to join one or two of these groups to see the weekly grocer match-ups and where the best discounts are.
One of the negatives of coupons in Canada is that their values are often less than what shoppers in the US experience. Most retailers in Canada do not double coupons either. While this makes saving money difficult, you just have to be smart about using the coupons at the right time. Every section of a grocery store has quarterly sales, so try to learn the rotation.
Use physical coupons only on items that are on sale to maximize your savings. Coupons used on retail priced items will provide only minimal savings.
If you shop online with a particular retailer, make sure to read the fine print on the coupon. International retailers often have different codes for US and Canadian consumers. Coupon codes for US customers will not work in Canada. To prevent this from happening, only use coupon codes for Canadian based retailers.
Using Online Coupon Resources
Most online coupon resources like coupons.com, as an example, are only valid for US shoppers. Search for the coupon with a Canadian resource or visit the manufacturer’s website directly as many offer coupons directly on their websites. Always check for the validity of the coupons in your area as every coupon has a disclaimer at the bottom.
Request Coupons from Manufacturers Directly
If you have a favorite brand and rarely see usable coupons for it, contact the manufacturer directly. In most cases, the retailer will be happy to oblige and wills end a few coupons your way. Explain that you are a Canadian resident and love their product. Also explain that the item is rarely on sale and you are struggling financially. You will likely receive a piece of mail with a few coupons from them.
When using coupons it is important to match the coupons you have with what is on sale. If the coupons are set to expire in a short period of time, wait until the last possible day to shop. You may find the item on sale. Take all of your coupons shopping with you because you may find items on clearance or unadvertised sales that can get you bigger discounts on favorite items.