I live in Canada and I wished I could coupon like some people do in the states.
I coupon myself but it's really hard when there is so many stores that have stringet coupon laws and policies. Some of our stores (like Great Canadian super store) will only take 10 coupons and they will not stack. Walmart will not stack. And the majority of the coupons I get from the coupon flyers will not allow stacking as well.
I just finished watching extreme couponers (for the last two days) and I'm totally blown how much little these people spent on their groceries. First of all, the prices of products in the states are so much cheaper than up here in Canada so our $1 off coupon doesn't go far. Second, the gocery stores in the states honor coupons in which the canadian stores don't.
The only thing I hate about living in canada is the government nit-picking us to death with all the taxes and red tape about every single thing.
It sure would be nice if our canadian stores would be more coupon friendly like the stores in the states.....
Honestly.....if I could spend $500 and only pay $10 I would feel like I've won a million.
WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH CANADA!!!!!!
This is interesting... I have thought about it before, but honestly, where do I find coupons?? I don't get a newspaper delivered to my house, I am guessing Flyers in the stores? I only grocery shop at SafeWay & Extra Foods. Interested to read/learn more, as I do live in an "expensive town".
Fulford....there are couponing sites you can go onto....
Also.....go through your stores and find out brands you buy for food. Go onto facebook and press like on your favorite brands. (make sure they are canadian sites because canadian stores will only take canadian coupons).
I also have emailed to the different food manufacturers for coupons and some have mailed me coupons and others said they don't have any coupons....it's a miss and hit thing.
If you have a local Runnings I have found that at times for feed you can check the Nutrena website and get money off on the brand. I also have found that sometimes Runnings offers discounts on these bags of feed with a little pamphlet.
Ok so for those of you who aren't convinced, here is my haul for Sunday, 3/10/13.
I spent about 20.00 out of pocket.
$5.29 Rite Aid
$2.73 Rite Aid
With that I got about $20.00 in Wellness Rewards from Rite Aid and $6.00 of ExtraBucks for CVS. I can use those rewards on whatever I want next time I got to shop there. I also spent more than planned this morning...I went back in Rite Aid for some extra product (the first transaction didn't ring right, so I was one lotion short of a ten dollar reward lol), and I did buy two eyeshadows at CVS, unplanned, and just because!
Is that not worth an hour or two of your time? I spent about an hour this morning shopping all three of those stores. They are all within 2 or three miles of my house. I don't usually spend much time getting the coupons...max an hour, and that's because I'm on Horseforum, Amazon, Craigslist etc. ;)
Another thing, we did our weekly grocery shopping for fresh goods last night, and spent about $20 bucks, including the Hamburger Helper my husband wanted.
And oh, as noted, I love love LOVE lotion...so if it looks like I get that a lot, well I go through a lot, and I'd rather not pay full price. The first transaction at Rite Aid alone was $89 dollars before they used my Wellness card and coupons!!!!
I love seeing someone proud of their "savings"!!! Especially when they show reciept "proof". Good on you! Sometimes I get what I believe is a fantastic deal, and I bubble over showing DH, and he just calmly asks, "is that a good deal?" psh. Wake up!
My cousin is a couponer..and I got all excited and motivated listening to her "deals", but I was unable to even come close to her savings. I decided, to make myself feel better, it was b/c she enjoys grocery/sundry shop (I don't), and the stores in her area are centrally located when she does go to town and "coupon". Lame excuse, but it was like, "ahhhh! Why aren't I hitting the jackpot"?
Lots of good info on this thread. I might try again. Thanks for sharing, OP!!
What I've found useful while trying to save some cents is to bought bigger amounts of food all at once. For example we usually cook for 3 days.
I've found also some bigger stores to be cheaper and useful. Moving from local small stores to Lidl (could be a bit similar as your Walmart I guess) we've managed to save nice amount of money. They have often things on sale and for example a litre of milk which costs 99c in other stores costs 75-79c in the said store, permanently. A litre of yoghurt 89c against a litre of yoghurt €1.50 - 2.0. They do also that coupon thing.
I find also freezer being useful while talking about groceries. Once you find a good sale stuff, you can buy more, put it in freezer and it'll stay edible way more longer. Our freezer is full at the moment too.
I've also found cheaper 'all around' brands being as useful as more specialized, well-known brands. For example sanitary pads: one of our most chepest 'all around' brand (X-tra) around 89-99c, one of the most leading pad brands (Always) around 3 euros. Both of the packs include 14 pads. Tho I've some brands which I've accustomed to and which don't want to give up.
We (2 people) spent approximately 200euros for food and other daily stuff a month-two ago. I have counted our consuption during the last month yet but guess it's something around that too or maybe even a bit less. And we've still kept eating full, good meals and buying daily stuff that we've really need.
Oops... I guess that this went a bit offtopic. Back to the topic now .
Here in the US, I've found that the useage of coupons tends to "normalize" (my household speak lol) the prices of the pricey brands. Combining that with a sale and using more than one coupon gives you the real stock up prices on the name brand stuff. For example, we have three PC's and a laptop at home that can print coupons. So for the most part, if I find a stock up price with a coupon, I will print out six copies, two per computer, and get six of the item.
Pads I've gotten for free, and even had moneymakers on. I won't need pads for at least six months. ;)
Tamma89 brings up another really good point. Couponing aside, USING A BIG FREEZER really helps bring down the cost of food. Extra things like chips, juice, and meals can be frozen for later use, and having an additional chest freezer allows us to save a lot of money by stocking up.
If you don't have another freezer, don't despair!!!! Check your local Craigslist for cheap freezers. If you have an area Freecycle, you can request a freezer or check to see if one is available...I've actually given away refrigerators and microwaves, and seen others posting freezers.
Another option, which we went with, is getting lucky and finding a scratch and dent new freezer from a major retailer. We got ours at Sams Club a couple years ago for like $80 dollars, and honestly don't know how we ever lived without it. ;)