For anyone who’s ever been to Costco or walked through the multipack aisle of any grocery store, you know that many products are sold in bulk. This is the manufacturer’s way of leading you to believe that you’re saving money because since you’re buying the largest size, you must be getting the best value. This is often not the case!
A larger size most likely will have a better value based on regular price, but as a couponer you’ll learn to never pay retail. Smaller sizes go on sale because the company wants you to try their product.
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Allergies got you down this season? While the sneezing, itching and redness might keep you feeling less than top notch, your wallet doesn’t need to suffer! Allergy medications are pricey and definitely add up so here are some tips to help you save and make the season a little easier:
1. Keep an allergy pill on you at all times. Keep a few pills in your car, your wallet, your desk, you name it! Try to avoid having to run out and buy a pack when your allergies flare up.
2. Ask for samples. Dr’s Offices and pharmacies get an influx of over the counter allergy samples from drug rep’s this time of year. It never hurts to ask!
3. Stock up when you see a great price. If you know you’re going to need it, get as much as you think you’ll use before the expiry date, especially if it’s a rock bottom price. I find allergy medication usually has a shelf life of 2-3 years since it’s one of the store items with a high turnover rate this time of year. While sales are frequent during the spring/summer, extremely low prices don’t come around very often.
4. Ask your doctor if a prescription medication is right for you. If you suffer from regular seasonal or year round allergies, ask your doctor if you would benefit from prescription medication rather than over the counter. There are eye drops, nasal sprays and allergy pills that are likely covered by your medical insurance which could result in savings vs. over the counter options.
5. Use coupons. During this time of year, there are always coupons out for allergy remedies.
Here are some printables available right now:
$3 off any Reactine Product Expiry: August 31, 2012
$3 off Reactine Extra Strength Liquid Gels (25ct & 40 ct) Expiry: August 31, 2012
$2 off Any Visine Product Expiry: December 31, 2012
$6 off Aerius Must sign up for Aerius community for coupon
Must sign up for Dolphin Club to print coupons below (unlimited prints):
$1.50 off the purchase of hydraSense Nasal Aspirator Filter Refills Expiry: December 31, 2012
$3.50 off the purchase of any hydraSense product Expiry: December 31, 2012
$5 off the purchase of the hydraSense Nasal Aspirator Starter kit Expiry: December 31, 2012
$4 off any Claritin product Expiry: December 31, 2012
$1.50 off any Claritin kids product Expiry: December 31, 2012
Traveling is expensive and a luxury the majority of us have to save and penny pinch for. Stretch your dollar as far as you can with our travel tips because a dollar saved here and a dollar saved there can go towards your next vacation destination!
1. When booking a hotel or flight, ALWAYS search for coupon codes.
Be prepared to look past the first page of your search engine results. Sometimes you’ll be able to find a coupon code that isn’t posted on large sites, but in travel forums.
During my weekend trip to Seattle recently, I found a coupon code for the hotel I was staying at by searching through to the 9th page of Google! It was worth it though as the code took off $20 a night for the room!
If #1 fails, negotiating is always an option. It doesn’t hurt to ask for a lower rate or a free upgrade especially if you’re traveling during off season. If your hotel has a restaurant, they often offer dining certificates to guests.
For example, if you find a cheaper hotel in the area that has similar stars you can try calling and asking for a price-match. This isn’t advertised on most hotel websites, and wasn’t on ours but as I was checking out of our Seattle Hotel, a front desk agent was ok-ing a price match!
I guarantee it’s happened to you before. The shelf tag has a price on it, so you think “great deal!” and head up to the register but the item rings in for more then the advertised price. Chances are you either got them to adjust the price or said you didn’t want the item. Well, you could have gotten the item for free by mentioning the Scanning Code ofPractice (SCOP)!
So what is it exactly? It’s a voluntary code that most Canadian Retailers follow to ensure that consumers receive accurate pricing based on advertised prices. If the item is below $10, the customer receives the item for free. If the item is above $10, the customer receives $10 off the purchase price of the item.
The scanning code of practice is endorsed by the Competition Bureau of Canada. At participating retailers you should see this sign either near customer service or at every checkout till. It reads:
Scanning Code of Practice: If the scanned price of a non-price ticketed item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the first item free, up to a $10 maximum. If a code of practice problem cannot be resolved at the store level, please call 1-866-499-4599 to register your complaint.
A retailer only has to abide by the rules of SCOP if they are a participating retailer.
Click here for the list of participating retailers in Canada.
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*Bumping this post as there are many products with promo’s currently on shelves!
To name a few:
- Free green giant veggies on Hamburger Helper Boxes
- Free movie snack on Old El Paso Kits
- BOGO Movie Admission on Select cereals, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Pizza Pops etc,
- Free yoga mat pins on special k items
- Free dry fit shirt pins on vector cereals
It is very common for companies to draw attention to their products by offering promotions right on the packaging. This can be in the form of a mail in offer, a contest offer or a coupon offer. Coupon offers are my personal favorite and can really stretch your dollar. These product promotions are most common on cereal boxes. At any point in time, you’ll always be able to find at least a couple of boxes with different promotions on them.
When you see a promo, take note of it, especially if it’s on or for a product you use or would like to try. Match up your coupons with these products to maximize your savings. Sometimes it may even be worth it to buy a product just to get the coupon offered, if the value of the coupon is greater then the price of the product. A great example is the Special K box with the $5 skinny cow coupon. The Special K cost me $2.64, so if you’re going to buy the skinny cow ice cream anyway, buy the Special K first and cut out the coupon! If you don’t like the product you can give it away to a friend or neighbour.
In this particular photo:
- The Shreddies cereal box was free with a coupon from a promotion on the Shreddies Facebook Fanpage. I used the free coupon on the Shreddies box that has $12 of Hidden Valley and Glad coupons on the back of the box.
- The nestea powder was free with a coupon from the rubbermaid pitcher I purchased on a previous shopping trip and has (5) $2 coupons for delissio on the label. So for $5.27 I got a pitcher, a nestea powder canister and will get 5 cheap pizzas when a sale rolls around!
- The Special K was on clearance for $2.64, I used a $1 coupon from websaver.ca, paid $1.64 and on the inside of the box is a $5 off skinny cow coupon! Skinny Cow novelties go on sale for $5 every now and then so $1.64 for a box of cereal and a box of skinny cow!
Have a read over our other extreme couponing canada tips to ensure you’re well prepared to maximize your savings during every shopping trip!