News: SmartSource.ca is Available!

SmartSource.ca Canadian Printable Coupons

NEW in Canada! SmartSource.ca is your source for online printable coupons!

After weeks of waiting patiently (actually not so patiently!), Canadians can now access coupons online at SmartSource.ca! The .com version of this site has been available in the U.S. for quite a long time, but finally they have listened to our requests for a similar service in Canada, and it is now here!

The SmartSource Group are the marketing publishers behind the SmartSource coupon insert that comes tucked inside your newspaper, and now they have an online version for instant printing of manufacturers coupons. In order to access these printable coupons, you must have access to a printer and download and install their free software application (a.k.a. the “coupon printer”). Once you have installed the software and have an updated version of Java on your computer and are connected to your printer, you will be able to print the coupons you select from the SmartSource.ca website. Before I could print, I needed to update my Java from the Apple website (because I use a Mac). If you have any problems, they have an excellent FAQ section here, which is very helpful to configure the correct settings for your computer.

This is very exciting news for Canadian couponers! Finally, we have printable coupons that are so popular in the U.S.! Now hopefully our retailers will get on board and start to update their coupon acceptance methods, so they can start to scan coupons at the register instead of manually entering them…but baby steps–this is a small step towards that goal! So visit SmartSource.ca for some Canadian coupons today.

Tip: Double Coupon Days {expired}

Pharmasave SK and MB Double Coupon Days

Check your Pharmasave flyer for this promo on the front page!

Are you a coupon shopper living in Saskatchewan or Manitoba? If yes, then this tip is just for you! Pharmasave is having double coupon days once again–this Monday & Tuesday (June 27 & 28, 2011) which can mean some great savings just by using one coupon per item!

Double coupon days are a special event in which the store takes the coupon face value and gives you twice the value off. Common in the U.S. (Kroger, KMart, Price Chopper etc.) we don’t see this type of coupon promotion in Canada very often. Some say that Sobey’s in Manitoba has double coupon days, as well as some local Co-op stores, but nothing chain-wide across Canada. Anyways, maybe if we start asking our local store managers for more double coupon days, emphasizing how that would increase their sales, maybe they would start offering double coupon days just like Pharmasave!

Here’s my list of items to buy at Pharmasave on double coupon days:

Format: Item, sale price – (reg. coupon value and source) x 2 double value = total $ cost

Nestle Pure Life Natural Spring Water, 12 x 500mL pack, $1.49 – ($0.75 promo in mail) x 2 = $ FREE
CoverGirl Line Exact or Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner, $5.99 – ($2 June BrandSaver) x 2 = $1.99
CoverGirl Exact Eyelights, Mascara, Eyeliner or Eyeshadow, $7.99 – ($2 June BrandSaver) x 2 = $3.99
CoverGirl Lip Protection Lip Color, $7.99 – ($2 June BrandSaver) x 2 = $3.99
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, 1L, $7.99 – ($3 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $1.99
Axe Body Spray, Anti-Perspirant, or Deodorant, $3.99 – ($2 May 7 RedPlum insert) x 2 = $ FREE
L’Oreal Superior Preference Hair Color, $9.99 – ($2 Tearpad) x 2 = $5.99
Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch Up Hair Color, $6.99 – ($1 June Brandsaver or $3 WUB2) x 2 = $4.99 or $7.99 for 2
TRESemme Shampoo or Conditioner, $4.49 – ($1 Tearpad) x 2 = $2.49
Biore Face Care Products, $7.99 – ($5 WUB2 Tearpad) x 2 = $5.98 for 2
Marcelle Essentials Face Care Products, $7.99 to $12.99 – ($2 Tearpad) x 2 = $3.99 to $8.99
Gillette ProGlide Razor, $11.99 – ($2 June BrandSaver) x 2 = $7.99 and get a FREE Gillette Shaving Gel
Aveeno Hand & Body Lotion, $5.99 – ($3 WUB2 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $5.98 for 2
Bausch & Lomb Sensitive Eyes Multi-Purpose Solution, 355mL, $7.99 – ($5 Company Mail Out) = $ FREE
Canesten Combi-Pak, 1 or 3 day, $14.99 – ($3 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $8.99
Rice Krispies Squares, 176g, $2.49 – ($0.75 Websaver.ca) x 2 = $0.99
Nicorette Patch, 7-day pack, $26.99 – ($5 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $16.99
Tylenol Body Pain Night, 18 caplets, $9.99 – ($5 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $ FREE
Benadryl Allergy Caps, Extra Strength Nightime, or Extra Strength Total, 12′s, 20′s or 24′s, $6.99 – ($2.50 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $1.99
Imodium Advanced, $12.99 – ($2 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $8.99
Webber Naturals Twin Packs, various, $7.99 – ($1 Printable Coupon) x 2 = $5.99
Sensodyne or ProNamel Toothpaste, $3.99 – ($1 Store Tearpad) x 2 = $1.99

To find your local Pharmasave store and view the flyer (the double coupon days info will be on the front if it is happening at your store) visit their website.

Tip: Coupons at Safeway to Collect Air Miles

Safeway is an example of one store where you can collect many Air Miles reward miles using coupons. Every week they feature some type of bonus miles promotion, often in the ‘buy x many’ and ‘get x many miles’ – referred to on forums as BxGx (where x is a number).

This week you can collect quite a few Air Miles (AM) with the help of coupons if you need pain medication.

Here’s an example from this week’s flyer:

Safeway Tylenol and Motrin, Buy 2 Get 25 Air Miles

Example #1

Example #1: Tylenol Ultra or Rapid Release, or Motrin Liquid Gels – save $3 off reg. price, Buy 2 Get 25 AM. The regular price of Tylenol Rapid Release (80 gelcaps, 500 mg each) at my Safeway yesterday was $10.39 – $3 off (on sale) = $7.49 each (Club price). Then I used this printable coupon to save $4, and that brought the price down to $3.49/box. I bought 2 and got 25  Air Miles for spending $6.98 out-of-pocket (OOP).

 

Safeway Bonus Offer, Buy 3 Get 20 Air Miles

Example #2

Example #2: Tylenol or Motrin, select varieties – save $3 off reg. price, Buy 2 Get 20 AM. Motrin super strength (60 tablets, 400mg each) regular price is $9.99 – $3 sale = $6.99 each. Then I used this printable coupon to save $5, so each Motrin was $1.99, and I purchased 4, and received 40 Air Miles for spending $7.96 OOP.

In summary, I spent under $15 for 6 boxes of pain relievers and received 65 Air Miles! Combined with my other groceries, spending over $100 (before coupons the amount was over $100) this coupon gave me a bonus 100 miles. However, if your purchase amount is going to be below the $100 make sure you give the cashier the bonus air miles coupon before the other coupons, because if she scans it after you won’t get the bonus miles.

So if you shop at Safeway and want to collect lots of Air Miles, using coupons to bring your cost down is a great idea. Here are a few other items that are on sale this week that have coupons and bonus miles:

AirWick Scented Oil, B3G15/B6G40, various insert coupons available

Benadryl, B2G20, coupon here

Cold-FX, B1G15, coupon here

Aveeno Sun Care products, B1G25, coupon here

Duracell Coppertop Batteries, B2G50, various coupons available

Glade Sense & Spray kit, B5G15/B6G40, various coupons available

Head & Shoulders Hair Care products, B2G20, various coupons available

Pantene Hair Care products, B2G20, various coupons available

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, B3G15/B6G40, various coupons available

Listerine Mouthwash, B2G10, coupon here

Melitta World Harvest Coffee, B3G20/B6G50, various coupons available

Reactine Allergy Medicine, B2G50, coupon here

Revlon Beauty Tools, B2G10, various coupons available

If you want to see all the current Safeway Air Miles bonus offers, visit www.safeway.ca and enter your postal code and click on Weekly Specials at your preferred store, and then select Air Miles under Category. You can also sign up for the Safeway email newsletter to receive 100 bonus miles.

CC Notes: One of my favorite threads on RedFlagDeals.com forum to read every week is Operabob’s Safeway Air Miles review. He diligently reads the Safeway flyer and reviews the bonus offers to see how much the Air Miles actually cost the Safeway shopper. You can follow Operabob’s weekly updates here.

Tip: Macy’s Ships to Canada

Macy's now ships to Canada!

Now the magic is available in Canada!

Macy’s.com is now shipping to Canada and you can also shop macys.com in your preferred currency— even if it doesn’t match the currency of the shipping destination. Your order total is guaranteed at the exchange rate set when your order is placed.

Save an additional 15% off during Macy’s Memorial Day Sale. To get extra savings: Place qualifying items in shopping bag; enter promo code KICKOFF in “HAVE A PROMO CODE?” box & click “APPLY.” You can enter the promo code in your shopping bag at any time. Only one promo code per transaction. EXTRA 15% OFF reg., sale & clearance prices, with exclusions listed. EXTRA 10% OFF home, electrics & electronics, shoes, coats, suits, dresses, lingerie, select watches & fashion jewelry, men’s suit separates & sport coats.

CC Notes: Many large U.S. retailers offer shipping to Canada, and most have very good shipping rates. One of my favorites is JCPenney. I purchased our bed set from JCP a few years ago and it’s beautiful, and with shipping and taxes (GST) it was under $100 for a 6 piece set!

Tip: Entering Blog Giveaways

Winning is just a mouse click away.

Winning contests & getting free stuff is just a click away!

Record numbers of people are now visiting blogs, proving that blog visitation is now part of mainstream online behavior for many internet users. People read blogs for various reasons, especially for the giveaways, contests and free stuff that bloggers offer their readers. Actually, Coupons Canada will be hosting our first giveaway in the next few days (Tip: follow us on Twitter or subscribe by RSS or email to be informed as soon as possible about our giveaway). So if you want to enter blog contests or giveaways on the millions of online blogs, you first need to find out where they are, and the best site I’ve found for finding current blog giveaways is Prizey! You can browse all current blog giveaways or search by a category to find contests that interest you.

If you don’t know how to enter blog contests, Thrifty Jinxy wrote an excellent tutorial here. In addition, I would suggest setting up an extra email address just for contest entries or coupon sites, so you don’t fill your personal email inbox with promotional messages. There are many free email accounts available online such as Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Canada that offer unlimited storage.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Prizey and start entering blog giveaways to win free stuff! Then come back to Coupons Canada and let us know what you won! Oh, and watch out for our first giveaway – coming soon!

Coupon Stacking in Edmonton, Alberta

CTV Edmonton News

Local media reports on coupon stacking, May 2011.

CTV Edmonton aired a story called “The Scoop on Clipping Coupons” yesterday, which said coupon stacking was a “new twist on something old”. Serena Mah (reporter) covered the story and went along with the coupon shoppers to make a purchase with coupons stacks at London Drugs. If you do not know what “coupon stacking” is, please read this post.

Serena was amazed to find that girl who used coupons (stacking) paid $27, but without the coupons the total would have been $140 for the same items! In my opinion, it was a good demonstration of how using coupons can really add up to huge savings on things you buy everyday (they showed diapers, cat litter and laundry soap in her cart). It was great to see a local station put coupon use in the spotlight, and was encouraged by the positive feedback and interest the story generated on the CTV Edmonton Facebook page.

Here is the video of the story, feel free to leave your comments below.

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Saving Money vs. Retail Price

Have you seen these statements before? “We guarantee the lowest prices!” or “We’ll beat any advertised price!” or “If you find a cheaper price, simply show us and we will match.” These are examples of wording used by retailers to advertise that their stores offers a price guarantee. Do you really know what that means?

You’ve probably heard these claims before, often from major retailers who want you to shop at their store. Price guarantees are beneficial for retailers to gain a competitive edge, as well as a great money saving tool for consumers! Here is a few notes on how price guarantees can be utilized by both:

the lowest price ad

A smart shopper knows that "we can't be beat" is not always true.

Retailers: Often retailers advertise price guarantees to communicate with consumers that they have the lowest price. They want you to put your confidence in their store as being the “best” store to shop at, which will result in you spending more money at their store. Psychology has a major part to do with marketing, but in general, if the company can instill confidence in the mind of the buyer, they will often succeed at selling more of their product. However, as a smart shopper you need to realize that just because they claim to have the lowest price, it is not always true! That’s where price matching comes in handy because it allows you to get the lowest price possible on what you are buying, so learning this skill becomes a necessity for consumers looking to save money.

Consumers: From the opposite perspective, consumers can use price guarantees as a tool for saving money, as well as a way to always get sale prices on the things you buy! First, realize that just because the store advertises their “lowest” price, doesn’t mean that you can’t find it cheaper somewhere else. Second, do your research–look at all your flyers in detail and determine which stores offer price guarantees. Some stores print it in bold print right on the front, but some will list it in the fine print on the last page. For example, Walmart Canada recently started advertising their “Ad Match” right on the front of their flyer–look for it in a blue circle. If you are unsure if a store will match an advertised sale price, call the store and ask, then make a list of which stores in your area offer price guarantees. Also research the items you want to buy and compare the prices of that particular item throughout all the current flyers and find the lowest sale price. Finally, if you find a lower price on something you want to buy, take the ad with you to the store that offers price guarantee to prove a lower advertised price. Following these steps can help you avoid paying full retail price on almost anything ever again!

So, now you know what price guarantees are and how they are used by both retailers and consumers. In part two of this series we will focus on how to use price guarantees effectively.

Shopping with Coupons: Myth #3

Myth #3: Coupons are complicated and confusing

It is easy for new coupon users to get overwhelmed with the different types of coupons and the various store coupon policies, or find themselves confused with all the online terms on coupon forums. However, if you are serious about saving money, you must approach couponing as a learned skill that has to be taught and practiced in order to be successful.

Shopping with coupons

Myth #3

Extreme Couponing is like any other skill you learn in life—it takes study and some practice, but the result of your hard work will be rewarded when you save lots of money using coupons. Don’t expect to learn everything in one or two days, or think you are going to go out shopping tomorrow after reading this and save 92% on your grocery bill. Instead, set realistic goals like learning one new technique each week, and practice each one before you try the next. Retraining yourself and the way you shop cannot happen overnight, but the benefits can be tremendous if you take the necessary steps to learn the art of shopping with coupons one step at a time.

Shopping with Coupons: Myth #2

Myth #2: Using coupons makes you look cheap or poor

Does shopping with coupons make you Ebenezer Scrooge?

The idea that coupons make you look like tight-wad Ebenezer Scrooge is a stereotype many people have adapted. To shop with coupons and start saving money, you will need to overcome this stereotype and realize that couponing will result in more money in your pocket, and ultimately you will be a smarter shopper, not a cheap one. Furthermore, once you stand at the till with the line up behind you gawking with amazement at your savings, you will overcome any feeling of frugality, and proudly hold up your arms-length receipt with pride! Coupon shopping is empowering! Once you learn how to save money with coupons, you will be a smarter, more educated, and wiser consumer–and probably wealthier too. So take those preconceived ideas of couponing out of your mind and say “Bah humbug!” to paying high retail prices ever again!

Shopping with Coupons: Myth #1

Myth #1: Coupons only result in small savings

This is the number one reason why most Canadians don’t use coupons—they believe that a coupon for $1 off isn’t worth their time or effort because they are only saving one dollar. However, if you saw a loonie lying on the ground in the parking lot when you came out of the store, would you keep on walking and not bend over and pick it up? Of course not!

Loonie

Would you leave a loonie on the ground?

So why would you ignore the savings a coupon can offer but pick up the coin? Essentially they are the same thing—you must change your perspective and view coupons the same as cash in your pocket. Just imagine if you picked up a loonie every time you came out of a store! You would soon have enough change to buy a donut and coffee at Tim Horton’s! Therefore, if you could save a $1 at every store you shop at this week, you would also have enough extra money to buy a donut and coffee—they both have the same output. Changing your perspective is the first step to unleashing the power of coupons.


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