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How to Extreme Coupon in Canada 2012

Updated on May 27, 2012
Some of the coupons currently in my Canadian coupon binder
Some of the coupons currently in my Canadian coupon binder | Source

If you’ve ever watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of strategically using coupons to save enormous amounts of money on groceries and household goods.

But is it possible to extreme coupon in Canada?

Absolutely!

Although store policies vary somewhat throughout Canadian supermarkets, it is still possible to follow some very easy guidelines to save a whole bunch of money, and have fun doing it!

In this hub, I will share all the top resources that will help to get you off to a great start with couponing in Canada.

I will also provide all the very best and current links for printable coupons 2012 so that you can very quickly build a huge coupon binder within just 60 minutes (assuming you have access to a working printer with ink!)

Lastly, I’ll point you to several Canadian websites that will mail you free coupons; they might take 1-4 weeks to arrive and so you’ll want to sign up with them right away.

The Concept of Extreme Couponing

But first, let me explain the concept of extreme couponing in Canada so that you know what you might expect.

Unlike extreme couponing in the U.S., it’s very rare to be able to “stack” coupons (apply multiple coupons against one product), or to participate in double coupon days. (This is generally how extreme couponers in the U.S. are able to get the price of their groceries down to an absolute minimum, or even free.)

Instead, couponers in Canada make substantial savings by building a binder of coupons from various sources, (which are detailed below) and then they wait for the products go on sale before stocking up.

Now, when I say “stocking up”, I don’t necessarily mean creating a huge stockpile like you might see on the television show. After all, who needs 100 packs of tic-tacs? Instead, I prefer the approach of accumulating coupons for products I normally buy, such as laundry detergent, multivitamins, body wash, canned food etc., and then taking advantage of a price reduction, combined with coupons, to buy multiples of each item with massive savings.

In Canada, I find that prices vary so much from store to store, and so that’s why it’s advantageous to take a look at the weekly online flyers and see where the best deals are.

This might sound like a lot of work, but fortunately there are a few Canadian websites out there that list all the best deals for you on a weekly basis. So all you need to do is check the deals that yield the biggest savings once a week, grab your coupon binder, and prepare to experience the thrill and excitement of huge savings!

Packs of deeply discounted Multibionta Vitamins
Packs of deeply discounted Multibionta Vitamins | Source

A Real Example of Couponing

Let me give you an example of a recent saving that I made using the concept of extreme couponing.

Packs of Multibionta vitamins usually retail at Rexall for $17.99 for a 30 day supply. Since I take vitamins on a regular basis, I had printed a few copies of this printable $10 off Coupon. This week, Multibionta vitamins are on sale at Rexall for just $11.99 (thanks to MrsJanuary.com for listing the coupon match-up) and so I picked up a 4 month supply for just $7.96 plus tax!

This transaction would have otherwise cost me $71.96 plus tax, and so I saved almost 90%.

Learn How to Coupon, Step-By-Step

If you’re new to extreme couponing in Canada, then I highly recommend that you take a quick coupon class to get you started.

Check out CanadianCouponSaver.com for a very comprehensive guide to familiarize yourself with the Canadian coupon lingo, as well as discover all the different places you can possibly find coupons, how to get multiple copies of coupons, how to trade coupons, how to organize your coupons, when to use coupons, understanding coupon match-ups, how to track prices, how to get household items for free, view store policies and more.

You can also download FREE a 25 page e-book called "How to Coupon". From there you can access the Canadian printable coupons page to start printing valid Canadian coupons right away. You’ll be up to speed in no time, and ready to start building your coupon binder.

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      oci 

      7 years ago

      Nice

      i usually get coupons from best for cloths and food items

      www.onlinecouponisland.com

    • StayPos profile image

      StayPos 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      Cloverleaf,

      Very interesting take on couponing north of the border!

      Thanks for giving us some great ideas to get our creative cost saving juices flowing!

      Of course, as others have mentioned it's great to have you back with another insightful hub!

      Cheers!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Jeannie, I also collect coupons that I won't use (for example baby products) because I know that someone else will appreciate them and I can trade them for some useful coupons for products I use every day. My version of extreme couponing is definately more for "normal people" LOL.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Sally's Trove! I'm glad the resources were useful to you. I hope to publish many more hubs on this subject, so stay tuned! Thanks for your comment :)

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie Marie 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Even though I do not live in Canada, this is still very useful information. I prefer to do what you do... save coupons for things I will really use. I don't understand the "extreme coupon" people that have the 100 packs of Tic Tacs. Who can ever use all that (unless they've got really bad breathe!) in a lifetime? Thanks for the information. Voted up, useful, and shared!

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a great list of resources...everything from a free online couponing class to lists of printable coupon sites to specific examples of how you saved. Up and useful!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Robie2, at first I didn't believe that extreme couponing could take off in Canada, due to the different store policies. But I guess that where there's a will, there's a way! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Goodness, had no idea that couponing was so different in Canada-- not that I am an extreme couponer anywhere:-) but this was an interesting read--you got my vote

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh that's great, ThoughSandwiches! Thanks for the votes, it's much appreciated. I look forward to reading some of your own hubs. All the best, Clover.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 

      8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Cloverleaf...

      If I am ever allowed in Canada...I am totally using your Canadian coupon ideas!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

      Voted Up and Sharing!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      kikalina, thanks for the share! It's great to meet you.

      Susan, I mostly use Brandsaver, WebSaver and Save.ca for mailed out coupons. I'd love to know of any more sites that do this - thanks!

      helpmeplease1 - I don't get too many newspaper inserts either. I believe that some of the really "extreme" couponers who have been doing it for a while ask their friends and family to collect inserts for them - it all helps.

      ktrapp - lol, to be honest with you I never used to see the point of coupons, I thought it was a lot of effort for saving 20 cents off teabags.. but now I see how huge the savings can be, and I'm hooked! In the past, I never paid much attention to the price of necessities such as milk, bread etc. Now I'm more aware of it I can't believe how much the price varies from store to store. It really pays to look out for the deals. Hope you're keeping well, it's good to see you :)

      Avamum, I would have to agree with you! Frugal Edmonton Mama is an excellent resource for couponing. I'm yet to take full advantage of the Shoppers Optimum Points but I know of some couponers who use the bonus point redemption days to save HUGE amounts of money. Thankyou so much for your feedback, I appreciate it.

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      Sarita Harbour 

      8 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      Excellent hub - well planned out, easy to read, useful information and lively words. In addition to these sites, I also use the redplum inserts that appear monthly in local papers. Frugal Edmonton Mama has a list of the annual schedule on her site. Also, Shoppers Drug Mart has some great flyer coupons for weekend deals, and of course their Optimum Card is great for points that can be redeemed for products. I will bookmark it and link to it from my site as well - keep up the great work, Cloverleaf!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      I am by far the worst "couponer" there is. I hate when the clerks ask if I have coupons because I almost feel ashamed to say, no. We don't have stores that double coupons where I live in the U.S. so it sort of demotivates me, but now I see how you match the coupons with the sales. Maybe I will give it another try. Good to see you back!

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      helpmeplease1 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for these great links I just posted a question about this on my hub... I actually would love to see more inserts in our papers or mail..

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for all these links you've provided. I used to get ones of a site that actually mailed the coupons to you. Will see if it I can find it and let you know. I'm always looking for coupons.

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      kikalina 

      8 years ago from Europe

      Great ideas although in my country coupons are rare! Will be sharing though. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      That's a good point, Mardi. It's a good idea to get into the habit of pairing your products with their coupons as you shop. That way, the cashier can process the order as fast as possible.

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      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      This is a great article and thanks. Always love to find out more about saving money and even though I live in Texas now I still go home to Canada to visit!

      One thing though, I just wish coupon people would get their act together before getting into the grocery check out line. I now look for those dreaded coupon books and choose a different cashier!

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf, I know you have saved lots with your coupons, these are great ideas, as you know we only started a couple of weeks ago - our goal is to try and outdo your saving on those vitamins!! xx

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Welcome back to the show that never ends. I'm just now learning about the 'power' of coupons. What an education you have provided - thank you. I'm wiser now, thanks to you. I think we can use this strategy too! Just got to read the fine print with the magnifying glass, eh?

      I'll keep an eye on more helpful hubs soon. Smile , , ,

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      It's nice to be back :) The savings sure do add up...couponing is very addictive!

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      David Stillwell 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Oh my goodness... it is the ghost of shopping past! Couponing is certainly an interesting trend. It is sort of like winnings from a slot machine. I watch people in line at the grocery store and their bill is $200, then they hand over a handful of coupons and wow... $57 dollars later they leave with their hoard of winnings! great hub!

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Cloverleaf - it is good to see you back here. Great hub on couponing in Canada. I guess I never realized that it would be different. I too will share this with friends in Canada. Once again, good to see you!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Cloverleaf it's so good to see you back here.

      The shop we shop at Smiths sometimes had good buys like 10 for $10 Campbells soups or canned veggies even some cereals. Now we have this stores credit card we use because points add up for gas.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hey Sunshine, wow you sure didn't waste any time reading this LOL! Have fun in Florida :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cloverleaf! Yay! I will be sure and share this useful hub with my canadian friends. I'm in Florida but I found some useful tips!:))

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