Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make Couponing a Part of your Money Saving Tips!



Have you ever seen the TLC show “Extreme Couponing”? In a nutshell, Americans go grocery shopping and rack up a bill of thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) of dollars and after they apply all their discounts, they end up paying around $10!? It’s based in the USA so many of the couponing techniques can’t be duplicated but I still find it entertaining and have learned a tip or two.

I am by no means an extreme couponer. If I have a coupon for a brand or product that I usually purchase, I will use it. If it’s for a product from a brand that I’m loyal too, I won’t use it. The only time that changes is when the product is also on sale then all bets are off.

Over the years, I’ve come up with some ways that Canadians can save money on their grocery bill. You can read my post “5 Ways to Save on Your Food Bill” and learn how you can save too! Whether you’re Canadian or American, one thing is universal… using coupons saves money.

As I do (almost) every month, I’ve collected a stockpile of coupons that I won’t use and I want to pass the savings on to you! Brands such as: Old El Paso, Sunlight, Air Wick, Speed Stick, Kikkoman, International Delight, Hersheys, Haribo, Pillars, Natrel, Purina, Rice Works, Vileda, Colgate, Soft Soap, Uncle Bens, Oxiclean, Maple Leaf, Arm & Hammer and more!


What Are Your Money Saving Tips?


Besos, The Zoo

102 thoughts on “Make Couponing a Part of your Money Saving Tips!

  1. l p

    Edmonton; use an organised approach – get all the flyers possible; use all the coupons you can but only on goods you normally use; share the shopping with others – e.g., car-pooling. thanks

  2. KD

    Northern Ontario. My tip is to stock up on non-perishables that you regularly use when they go on sale. Also, stock up on things that can be frozen, based on how much freezer space you have. (We no longer have a chest freezer so have to be careful how much we buy!)

  3. mrdisco


    I use flipp/rebee to price match, Checkout 51/Zweet/ for cash back, and make the whole purchase on my rewards credit card.

  4. Suzi

    Southwestern Ontario — my tip is to use money saving sites and then combine things like price matching with coupons or price matching with rewards programs. The possibilities are endless to get more bang for your buck!

  5. Doris H

    I live in Brampton, ON.
    My tip is to clip coupons, and use the Flipp App to look for the best deals.

  6. Linda Fast

    I live in Ontario. I read all the flyers and check my coupon box to see if I can match it to a sale product. I also look at the coupon board in my local grocery store to see if I can use any at the moment or in the future.

  7. Ali P

    Live in Regina.

    Shop the sales, and match up the coupons on products, that you use, that are on sale. Also, Checkout 51 is a great app to help save you even more money!

  8. Joy D

    I live in New Brunswick. I clip coupons and found an app called Flipp to match coupons with the sales in the paper flyers.

  9. Nicky

    I live in BC, and i save a bit of every paycheque, right away so that i don’t notice it’s gone!

  10. Amy C

    I live in a very small town in Saskatchewan. My tip is to watch the flyers, price match and use coupons.

  11. Jonnie Hartling

    I live in Spruce Grove (just west of Edmonton) and my money saving tip is to meal plan. it saves me a ton of money.

  12. Cheryl

    I dont live in a city just rural Cape Breton. I clip coupons, watch sales and stockpile to save money 🙂

  13. margo b

    Money savings tip. if you use a coupon combined with a sale if possible, you will save even more or even get items for free with this method. thanks for the giveaway

  14. chris arnott

    I live in Innisfil, Ontario. I always try to use my coupons with sale items so they are even cheaper. I always price match at my local grocery store.

  15. David

    Southwestern Ontario — my tip is to use money saving sites and then combine things like price matching

  16. Lindsay T

    I live in Oshawa, ON and I plan our weekly meals around what’s on sale & what we have in our stockpile. Lots of price matching here!

  17. Sara Rai

    Etobicoke, Ontario
    I use coupons whenever I can because I can use the extra cash on other purchases.

  18. Erinn Lishman

    I live in Stoney Creek, Ontario and my money saving tip is to shop year round for Christmas, birthday, housewarming, etc. gifts. It’s quite difficult to catch sales when you are shopping last minute so picking things up during different sales ensures you save money in the long run!

  19. Karla Sceviour

    I live in Botwood,NL,and my mo=ney saving tip is to use coupons,of course!! I love using coupons,and combine them with weekly specials to get the best deal i can

  20. Heidi c.

    I live in NB. Downloading an app like where you can access flyers, create grocery lists and clip coupons can help you save time and money.

  21. Stephanie Poole

    I grew up in Calgary AB and moved to Victoria when I was 16. I shop the flyers and try to match coupons with the sales.

  22. Florence C

    I live in Paradise, NL I save money using coupons and stocking up on sale items that we use daily.

  23. Janet P.

    I live in Oshawa and I always use the flyers each week to plan our meals around the sales. It’s a great way to save on your food bill.

  24. Tracey Critchley-Thonfeld

    I live in Winnipeg. My money saving tip is to forget “keeping up with the Joneses.”

  25. Louanne Baelde

    Cornwall. Look for coupons of things that you normally buy and things that you actually need.

  26. Jennifer Thornton

    I live in Chilliwack, BC. My tip is to clip coupons, use Flipp to find out what’s on sale and try to only buy products that are on sale and you have a coupon for! Stock up on those so you won’t run out before it goes on sale again 🙂

  27. Maggie C

    I live in Halifax now (just moved to this city). I like to keep an excel worksheet of my spending each week; I try to spend less each week. Also, I set a budget for myself!

  28. kathy thorn

    I live in Brighton. I buy what’s on sale that week in one store, but in larger amounts (for canned/dry goods, etc.). And then I price match at that store.

  29. Tabby72

    I’m from Vancouver and my tip is to buy most of your clothes from thrift shops rather than new. A huge cost savings.

  30. Tina L.

    I’m in BC. I use coupons and buy things on sale. Even better if I use a coupon and the item is on sale.

  31. Melanie Borhi

    The city that I live in is Kingston Ontario and my money saving tip is to leave your debit at home with any extra money you have in your account that way you will be less likely to splurge on extra items .

  32. brandy champion

    I live in Hamilton and I love to use the Flipp App to save money on groceries every week to price match.

  33. Alison K

    I live in Thornhill and my money saving tip is to price match. Not only are you saving commuting money from going from grocers to grocers, if you do what I do & shop at a grocer’s that has reward points, it adds up! The other day I bought $40 worth of groceries & walked away without paying anything ‘cos I was able to use my points. It’s a bit overwhelming in the beginning ‘cos some customers aren’t so appreciative of you shifting thru each flyer but if you’re organized, it’s shouldn’t take too much time. Give it a go & after a while it will become more pleasurable especially when you see all the savings 🙂

    1. Sarah Post author

      Dear Alison,

      I have never price matched because there are only a few stores in town and I would hate to make them have to compete with the BIG BRAND STORE.

      Having said that, can you tell me who price matches in your city. I guess I should start asking in in case others do. I’d love to save a stop or two considering I usually have two five-year-olds in tow.

      Besos Sarah.
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      1. Alison K

        Hi Sarah. I’ve heard Walmart & the Loblaw chain price matches against flyer items. I go to my local No Frills (part of the Loblaws group) but it seems each No Frills store is different. The one closest to me has more restrictions than one that’s a little out of the way – for example they won’t accept computer coupons or they won’t accept flyers from certain stores, but the other one does. Also as we both know, the cashier makes the experience either enjoyable or a moment of embarrassment & frustration but for the savings, I’m still pushing thru. The other day the cashier couldn’t fathom that the flyer had cereal for $1.99 when they were selling it for $4.99, so she insisted I buy the exact one in the flyer – fine if that’s what it means to get the deal, no biggy. On the other spectrum, I’ve had a cashier asked to keep my flyers so she can purchase the items at the end of her shift, even a customer behind me in line, asked to “borrow” my flyer so she could get a deal once she saw what I was doing & had a sale item in her cart. I have found if you tell the cashier you are price matching & how they would like to proceed, it helps. Try to put the flyer items together & circle the items. I usually have a shopping list grouped by flyers so I can quickly go thru them. You’ll even find that the same items is on sale for different prices & you can pick the lower price to price match. Oh & again some stores will have a limit. The more restricted No Frills will only allow 4 against the flyer item & no combining with coupons. If the item is say 2 for a dollar, they won’t accept that either. I hope my rambling made some sense. Good luck & a few dollars saved is better than none. Take care.

  34. Amber Y

    I live in Hamilton, Ontario and my money saving tip is not to impluse buy the things you want right away. Sleeping on those purchases really does help you sort wants and needs and in the end save money.

  35. Carey Hurst

    Drumbo, Ontario
    And since I am very rural town , I take advantage of free shipping from Walmart on anysize order by picking my order up at the post office if under the 50.00

  36. Sarah Jackson

    I always scour the flyers of other stores for good deals and make sure to price match. I make my list using the Reebee app, Flipp App and Flyerify App (for non-local stores). I use my coupons on top of price matching and I also use Checkout 51 and Snap to save additional money (rebate apps where you upload your receipt to get additional money back on products you purchase).

  37. Juliee Fitze

    I live in Lindsay Ontario and I like to shop on Mondays because they discount the meat they over stocked for the weekend it is usually 40% off at FB.

  38. Erika Letson

    I live near Woodstock, Ontario and my best tip is to be totally organized with your coupons! I’ve had the same beat up old coupon binder for years, but I take it with me everytime because you never know when you’ll spot a good deal!

  39. Joanne Saunders

    I live in North York, Ontario and my tip is to buy in bulk, watch for sales and use coupons whenever possible.

  40. M Thompson

    Money saving tips: check sales flyers, take advantage of bonus rewards points when they are offered on items you would buy in any case,, use coupons, use cash as much as possible to limit over spending with credit cards

  41. Monique L.S.

    I am in Toronto. I save money by only allowing myself a certain amount of change in my wallet at any given time. Anything above that, I take out and put in a jar. It adds up so quickly, and doesn’t weigh me down.

  42. Marlene V (Enelram)

    I live in Calgary, AB
    TIP: always make a menu for the week and make a grocery shopping list accordingly. This way you don’t impulse buy and are less likely to eat out if you have a plan and all the needed ingredients for meals.

  43. Susan Patterson

    I live in St. Albert, Alberta. My best saving tip is to watch your grocery flyers and buy what is on sale. Thank you!

  44. Rhonda W G.

    I live in Owensound, Ontario. I like to thrift shop….not only is it fun I get some awesome deals!

  45. Judy Hunting

    I live in Oshawa, Ontario. My saving tip is put your change in a jar everyday. You would be amazed at how quickly it adds up!

  46. Tracey Critchley-Thonfeld

    Hi Sarah!
    Thank you so much for the coupons – I got them in the mail the other day, and there are tons of fabulous ones in there! I took a picture of them all, but wasn’t sure how to upload it to the site.
    Thanks again – I never win anything so I was super pleased!


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