Coupons in Canada are distributed in many ways. There are coupon cycles and new coupons coming out all the time. Get clicking and get searching and you’ll see your coupon stash growing in no time.
One very important point I want to make before you get started is, just because you don’t need to buy the item now does NOT mean that you shouldn’t grab the coupon. Coupons are free and are there for you to use on products you want to try or products that you regularly use. When you see a coupon, check the expiry date and grab a few for use later on with a sale. Then you can get the item for cheap or possibly free. So, to get you started here are some places to look:
There are 3 major types of newspaper coupon inserts in Canada.
- P & G Brandsaver – every 2-3 months (and also the best one!)
- Redplum – about every month
- Smartsource – about every month
These inserts can be found in your newspaper subscription, the newspapers that are sold in stores and the flyers that are delivered to your house or newspaper. This does depend on which area of Canada you are in though. If purchasing your newspaper, always check to see if the inserts are there as they are not distributed in every paper that is sold.
In stores there are a few different types of coupons:
- Store coupons- certain stores have in store coupons, such as the Loblaw’s owned chain of stores (Superstore, Extra Foods, No Frills, Zehrs, etc) that can be found around the store in front of the products or at the front on the coupon board
- Manufacturer tear pads- At the beginning of every month new coupons are put out by smartsource for different products. There are also coupons distributed from other manufacturers at various times during the year. If you take a browse around all the aisles of a grocery store, you’re bound to find some coupons that will be useful to you at some point.
- Peelies- Sometimes a manufacturer will issue a coupon directly on the product for use on your purchase immediately. These are great as they are usually high value, but these should not be taken unless you are actually purchasing the product
- Demos- On weekends especially your local grocery store might have a representative from a certain company doing a demonstration of their product in store. They might be giving out samples, or showing you how their product works and 90% of the time, they have COUPONS! These are usually special coupons that you can’t find regularly on tearpads so I personally use my conversational skills to chat up the rep to get a few extra
There are a number of online resources where you can get coupons. These sites are partnered with manufacturers so you can order coupons from the site and they will mail it to you for free!
- www.save.caoffers coupons from a variety of manufacturers and is constantly adding new coupons, so check back often! You can often reorder after 1 month as well.
- www.brandsaver.caoffers coupons from Proctor and Gamble every 2 or 3 months when their newspaper issue comes out.
- www.gocoupons.ca offers coupons from various manufacturers and lets you order once a week!
There are also printable coupons offered by many sites for use right away! A few notable ones are:
Some company websites will also offer a coupon for a product they are trying to promote. I will get a printable coupon section up soon that lists them all for you!
From the Company
Do you have products that you use all the time? Are you brand loyal to a certain company? Have you ever had a complaint about a product you were unsatisfied with? Well, the company wants to hear all this feedback from you. And quite often, if you let them know that you love their products and use them all the time they’ll send you complimentary coupons as a thank you for being a loyal customer. If you had an unsatisfactory experience with defective item they may send you a replacement coupon.
The most difficult area of marketing for any company is not reaching new customers, it’s keeping their old ones and they will go to great lengths to do so and let you know that you are appreciated.
Here’s a neat little trick sent in by a reader!
Websites such as websaver.ca, save.ca and brandsaver.ca have other coupons in addition to the ones listed on their home page. Often these come in the form of portals. These can be found using the site maps at the bottom of these websites, but sometimes there are some that aren’t listed.
The company may have offered a promotion through their website or Facebook page so the portal still exists but might not have any quantities of coupons left to order. Sometimes, quantities are updated though or offers are put back up so it’s great to be able to check every once in a while for new offers and new coupons!
To find these simply copy and paste these search terms into google and the different portals will come up:
For save.ca portals: site:http://www.save.ca/
For websaver.ca portals: site:http://www.websaver.ca/en_ca/portal/
For brandsaver.ca portals: site:http://www.brandsaver.ca/en_ca/portal/
Just like the LOL’s, the BRB’s and the TTYL’s, the coupon community has its very own acronyms which I do use in some of my posts so here’s a guide to help you out.
- BOGO- buy one get one
- OOP- out of pocket
- WUB- when you buy
- HV- high value
- FPC- free product coupon
- MIR- mail in rebate
- RC- rain check
- ROAK- random act of kindness
- YMMV- your mileage may vary
- RCSS- Real Canadian Superstore
- WM- Walmart
- WMS- Walmart Supercenter
- SDM- Shoppers Drug Mart
- SOF- Save on Foods
- LD- London Drugs
- PSF- Price Smart Foods
- SW- Safeway
- NF- No Frills
- SCOP- scanning code of practice
- PM- price match
- HBA- health and beauty