DIY Christmas Tags: Recycle Old Christmas Cards & Add a Personalized Touch!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in How to save | 3 comments

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This year I decided to make my own Christmas tags to add a personalized touched to some special gifts for some special people.

After making my first few, I realized I LOVE these homemade tags much more than any store bought ones and best of all, they are extremely cheap to make. You can hang on to Christmas Cards you’ve received from friends and family this year and reuse them for next years Christmas tags!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Christmas cards (used or new)
  • Printed name of recipient + message (hand written or by computer)
  • Transparent tape
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Puncher

Now Let’s get started!

1. Cut the Christmas card in half like so:

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2. Cut out your recipient name and message and paste onto the decorative side of the card, make sure to leave extra space on the left end for the ribbon.

3.  Tie a ribbon around the edge of the left side of the tag.

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4. Finish with a small bow and secure in place by adding tape to the back of the tag.

5. Use the hole puncher to create a hole on the top left or right of the tag, loop through with ribbon to attach to gift if necessary (for wine bottles, gift baskets, and other non rectangular gifts)

And there we have it, easy homemade Christmas tags! I used new Christmas cards that I purchased from a dollar store last year for half price after boxing day at $0.63 for 15 cards, the ribbon was $0.40 a spool at Michaels Craft Store and the messages were printed from my computer.

It’s a little bit of extra work, but definitely worth it. Enjoy!

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Extreme Couponing Canada tip: Buying breakfast cereals can save you money!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in How to save | 8 comments

extreme couponing canadaHow do you choose your breakfast cereal? The cheapest box? The healthiest box? The largest value pack size? Not me! I choose the cereal that has the best coupon offer on the box, and believe me, there are ALWAYS coupon offers. Some of my best extreme couponing canada shopping trips are because of the coupons I find on cereal boxes!

This is interesting because this is a way to save money, by spending money. Seems odd, but it’s really not. Cereal companies, notably General Mills and Kelloggs constantly partner with different companies and manufacturers to bring you great offers to help market their products.

Take the above picture, for example. Once, sometimes twice a year, General Mills teams with Cineplex to bring us free movie coupons with the purchase of their cereals. Each box has a coupon you can cut out and redeem immediately. The promotion lasts for 4 months with a different offer each month. It ranges from a free movie admission, to a free snack or drink to buy one get one free movie admissions. The best deal is the free movie admission which is currently valued at $12.50. So with a $3 box of cereal you are saving $9.50 AND you have breakfast for the next few weeks! Heck, even if you hate cereal, buy the box just for the movie ticket and you’re still miles ahead! As I’ve mentioned in other posts, extreme couponing canada principles can be applied to pretty much any place that you spend money, especially the movie theater.

Other notable offers I have seen are free magazine subscriptions and shirts with pin codes offered inside the cereal boxes (free shipping as well!). There are also high value coupons for healthy products like salads and dressing and even free product coupons for other breakfast items like juice, eggos and yogurt. Think about the possibilities. You could use a $1.00 coupon to purchase a box of cereal that is on sale for $3.00, pay $2.00 for it, cut out your free yogurt coupon and get a $4 pack of yogurt for free!

Sometimes, there will be offers that you need to mail in for. A few months back, Kelloggs offered a $5 gas card for each box of cereal purchased. All you had to do was cut out the form, fill it in and mail it to them and 6 weeks later you received a $5 prepaid mastercard to be used at any gas station (but really could be used anywhere! I used mine to pay for my cell phone bill :)   ) There are limits of course. This one was 5 per household, but I purchased the cereal for $2.50 a box, so really, they paid me $12.50 to buy their cereals.

You might wonder how they can run such great coupon offers without losing out. Well, the redemption rates on these types of promotions are ridiculously low, as most people do not pay attention to them or even bother reading about the offer on the box. What a shame! I find that I save more money with cereal offers than I spend on the actual cereals, especially when I use coupons to purchase them, so I always have an abundance of cereal in my house and give a lot of it away to family and friends. Come hungry, leave happy!

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Extreme Couponing Canada Tip: How to Price Match

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in How to save | 8 comments

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*Bumping an older post, but an important one!

Many retailers in Canada offer a price match guarantee. They will match the advertised sales price of any competitive retailer as long as it is the exact same item and in the valid time period. Some retailers even offer an extra incentive in addition to price matching, such as best buy or future shop that offer an additional 10% off of the difference, or Canadian Tire that offers 10% of the lower price back in Canadian tire money to maximize Extreme Couponing in Canada.

To find out the exact price match policy of each retailer it is best to check their webpage or call to ask a customer service representative. But generally, you can price match and use coupons.

Extreme couponing canada price matching tips:

Here are a few tips that I always follow to ensure price matching goes smoothly:

  • Circle the item in your flyer- Bringing the flyer with the advertised price is a must to get the price match, but it also helps to circle the item beforehand using a sharpie marker or highlighter so you can find it easily at checkout
  • Separate price matched items from your regular store purchases- If you are price matching a few items, do the price matches first so you can let the cashier know that the first few items you put on the checkout belt will be price matched but the rest will be at regular store price
  • Make sure of the size and type of each item- The advertised items in the flyer will almost always state the size and type if there are restrictions. Stores can only price match the EXACT item, so be careful with items that say “selected types and sizes”
  • For electronics- have the website printout of the advertised item as well as the url handy – You can price match items advertised online for electronic items at retailers such as Best Buy and Future shop, so make sure you have a printout ready to show the sales clerk.
  • Check availability at the store you are price matching to beforehand- Especially for larger ticket items like electronics, the sales associates must check that the competing retailer has stock on hand before they can honor a price match. Make sure the store has stock so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.


Canadian Retailers that Price Match

This isn’t a full list, but rather the larger stores I know of off hand that offer price matching. Feel free to comment and add to the list!

  • London Drugs
  • Zellers
  • Walmart
  • Real Canadian Superstore (automatically to front page advertisements of competing grocery stores)
  • Canadian Tire
  • Best Buy
  • Future Shop
  • Staples Business Depot
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • Rona
  • Home Depot
  • NCIX
  • Memory Express


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Extreme Couponing Canada’s Stock up Price List

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in How to save | 9 comments

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About a month ago, a reader suggested I post a stock up price list. I thought that was a great idea and have been keeping an eye out on prices and coupons to keep this list current! For the time being, this list will include everything but fresh food items since those vary by what region of the country you’re in.

Stacking is also specific to what region you’re in, so this list will also exclude the possibility of stacking to get items for free.

This is just the general guideline I use, but everyone has their own rock bottom prices they like to stock up on. Feel free to comment and let us know what your stock up prices are!

Household: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Toilet paper: $4 per 12 pack of Charmin or Cottonelle, $3.50 per 12 pack of Royale or Purex

Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener: $2 per 32 ld bottle

Bleach: $0.75 per 2.8 L

Spray Cleaner/Refills: $1

Dish soap: $0.50 for a small bottle, $1 for a large bottle

Glad or Ziploc containers: $2

Glad or Ziploc bags: $1 a box

Aerosols: $0.50

Plug-in scented oils/gels: <$2 starter kit

Health and Beauty: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Shampoo/Conditioner/Hairspray: $1.50

Body Wash: <$1 especially for men’s which often has high value coupons

Bar soap: $1 per 4 pack or large 2 pack

Deodorant: $0.50

Toothpaste: $0.50

Toothbrushes: < $1

Mouthwash: $2

Razors, mens and womens: $2 per disposable pack or $2 each for non-disposable

Shaving cream: FREE, this is something I’ve never paid for. Just wait for a great sale to be paired with a great coupon, 0r also comes free with razors in special packaging from time to time.

Handsoap: $1 per pump bottle, $3.50 per 2L refill

Qtips: $2 per 400

Feminine products: $1 for pads, $2 for tampons

Pharmacy: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Advil/Tylenol/aspirin: FREE, there are often coupons valid on smaller sized bottles or trial sizes

Multivitamins: <$4

Band-aids: $1

Grocery essentials: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Bread: <$1 loaf

Flour: $4 per 5 kg

Sugar: $2 per 2 kg

Canned/Frozen/Snack Foods: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Condensed soup: $0.25

Ready to eat canned foods: <$0.75

Frozen veggies: $1.50

Frozen meals: <$1

Fries/Potato wedges: $1

Crackers, cookies: <$1

Chips: <$1

Drinks: Extreme Couponing Canada Prices

Canned drinks: $3 per 12 pack

2L bottles: $0.50

Water: $2 per 24 pack

1L juice: $1

10 pack juice boxes: $2

Powerade/Gatorade 6 packs: $4

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Frugal Living Explained in Extreme Couponing Canada Terms

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in How to save | 1 comment

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Being frugal is not being cheap. These are two completely different words with completely different meanings. I interpret frugality as being smart with your money.

You know how you always wish you could go on that vacation, buy that car you’ve been eyeing or finally put that down payment on your own place? You need to make some sacrifices to make it happen, but not huge sacrifices. You just need to get creative and save some bucks with the money saving tricks I talk about on this site.

Use coupons, buy sale items, and stock up! Extreme couponing Canada techniques can apply to many aspects of your money saving habits.  Everyone has something they want to save for and it’s easier to get there then you think.

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Extreme couponing canada tip: How To Cut Your Grocery Bills In Half

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in How to save | 8 comments

extreme couponing canadaDo you have a one stop shop grocery store? Do you do all your shopping here once a week, maybe once every 2 weeks? Does it hurt you to pay for that $200 bill? I think it may possibly hurt me more than you to watch you do that. I can understand the convenience, especially for those that do not like grocery shopping or work outstanding hours during the week and do weekend grocery shopping but this is the absolute worst way to shop! Here are some tips that can help you cut your bill by at least 50%!

SHOP THE SALES- extreme couponing canada tip #1

You know those flyers that come in your mailbox every Wednesday and Friday, or are in the bundle of papers at the front of your apartment building? That is where you want to start. Most sale priced items reflect about 50% of their regular price or more, meaning that $2 bottle of shampoo on the front page of the Walmart flyer would be $4+ any other week. You should NOT be paying regular price for ANYTHING. It will go on sale at some point

BUY IN SEASON- extreme couponing canada tip #2

Fruits and vegetable prices vary by season. When they’re in season they’re extremely inexpensive, but out of season they will cost you an arm and a leg. And most fruits and veggies can be frozen and kept for up to 6 months so this is not an area where you want to be splurging a lot of the time.

STOCK UP- extreme couponing canada tip #3

Is your favorite shampoo on sale? Spot a great deal on toothpaste? See some clearance items that are a fraction of the regular cost? If there is an amazing deal on a product you regularly use, why not stock up? Sales cycles rotate anywhere from 2 months – 6 months so it’ll be a while before this deal comes around again, and let’s face it, you don’t have the time to run out to the store every time you run out of toothpaste. Pay attention to the expiry though, you don’t want to overbuy. Stocking up does not mean you need to buy to the extent of the stockpiles seen on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, that’s a little too much for me.  I personally have a family of 4 and have about 20 tubes of toothpaste currently in my storeroom.  And yes, they were all FREE with coupons.

DO NOT SHOP HUNGRY- Extreme couponing canada tip #4

Did you know that the average person spends about 30% more than they normally would if they shop while hungry? People tend to impulse buy and purchase items that they don’t need to satisfy their visual craving at the time. Try going after a meal, or if you’re between meals, make sure to pack a snack!

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME- Extreme couponing canada tip #5

You’ll be free to run around the store as you wish and check out all the sale match-ups with your coupons. And are you really going to say no to your googly-eyed 4 year old when they run up to you with their full priced, favorite box of crackers and say “please please please”? You might, but chances are you won’t and you can kiss your budget good-bye. Shop alone instead, and when that brand of crackers goes on sale, grab a few boxes and stock up.

USE COUPONS- Extreme couponing canada tip #6

I know there is a certain social stigma that goes along with using coupons, and yes I have received the stares and listened to the exasperated sighs from the people behind me in line as I pull out my stack of coupons. But, when it comes down to it, I leave the store with $200 worth of items and $20 out of pocket and the person behind me stands with their mouth hanging on the floor, envious and dumbfounded as they realize their purchase of 5 grocery items costs more than my 50 items. Haha, well that’s not what always happens, but it feels great to hand over pieces of paper that you get for free instead of my own hard earned money. And with the current economy, can we really afford to hand over more cash than we should?


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