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Top Tips to Save Money with Coupons

Somewhere between not using coupons at all to save money and extreme couponing is a middle ground where you can develop a coupon strategy that doesn’t take up all your time clipping paper coupons and seeking out online versions. We have several coupon tips (along with many more links!) to help you start saving every time you shop.

Where to Find Coupons

Coupons can be found in many places. Traditionally, the print versions are found in newspaper inserts (especially in the Sunday paper) and in your daily mail. You can also find them in major grocery stores, in weekly sales sheets and on “tear pads,” which are placed on shelves next to products and dispense applicable coupons.

Online couponing has become something of an obsession with shoppers in recent years. Who doesn’t want the secret “insider only” promo code that knocks a large percentage off your price or provides free shipping during the holidays? Here are some of the best sites in Canada to help you find online savings:

  • Canadian Free Stuff — Updated daily to showcase the latest coupons, deals, freebies, and contests, Canadian Free Stuff touts itself as an all-in-one coupon resource.
  • Mrs. January — What began as a blog in 2007 has turned into an online sensation. Mrs. January not only has coupon tips but also frugal living and personal finance advice.
  • Retail Me — For retail shoppers, this website provides more than 500,000 promo code offers for more than 50,000 retailers and brands.
  • — This has been Canada’s leading site for exclusive savings on household products for more than 15 years. Registered users can select coupons to print out or have them mailed directly to their home.

Individual companies also offer coupons for their products. See their websites to find out if there are any savings in store for you.

Where You Can Use Double Coupons

“Double coupons” is the retail term for when the value of your coupon is doubled and honored by the store. Usually the face value of the coupon is up to $1, so your savings are up to $2 or less. However, drug store retailer Pharmasave is the only chain that allows double coupons — and that’s just on special promotion days — according to Mrs. January.

Coupon doubling is something of a rarity in Canada. It’s a great way to slash your grocery bill, but you shouldn’t rely on special events to make regular savings.

How to Organize Your Coupons

Now that you’re getting coupons from the newspaper, in the mail, and printing them out, you need to get organized. Here are two ways to sort them:

  • A filing system requires little time to set up and is easy to maintain. It often organizes coupons by expiration date. A downside to using this system is that it will take you longer to plan your shopping trips.
  • Portable binders take more time to set up and maintain, but they make planning your shopping trips easier and faster. Coupons are organized by category instead of expiration date.

For online coupon sites, you should create a separate bookmark folder and store each site in it alphabetically for quick reference. When you find a new site, immediately move its bookmark to this folder.

How Much Can You Really Save?

It depends on the size of your family and your shopping preferences, really. Whether coupons can help you regularly save $20 on your grocery bill or 50% off the total, the point is you are getting your expenses reeled in and stretching money between paychecks.

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