I rarely used coupons until late 2009. My mother who is 76 years old needed some protein supplements and her doctor suggested her to drink Ensure every day. I bought it couple of times from Shoppers Drug Mart at full price and then one week I noticed it went on sale for $8.99. I wanted to know how often it goes on sale and I googled it. Aw… then I found there is a whole big coupon world. I learnt a lot and have saved a lot in the last one-year. Smartcanucks is a great site with lot of coupon information.
Except for perishables, I buy all the groceries and household needs when it goes on sale and I use coupons as well. I usually buy paper products (toilet paper, paper towel, facial tissues etc), personal care products (tooth paste, tooth brush, mouth wash, creams, shavers, antiperspirant, soaps etc) at 60% discount. I usually find good sale for a product in every 6- 8 weeks.
For example last week Pharma Plus had reach tooth brush on sale for .99 cents and I had coupon from save.ca for the brush for $1.00. I got my tooth brush for .13 cents (HST).
This week Food Basics has Nescafe Tasters choice coffee for $5.00 and the company sent me a coupon few weeks ago for $2.00, I can get the 150g coffee for $ 3.00. The regular price of the coffee is $7.99. It is more than 60 % saving. I don’t have to go to food basics to obtain this price, I can price match it at Zellers or Walmart.
How to find sales?
- Review flyers
- Check forums (Coupon Lady in the Smartcanucks does a list every week for sale items that have coupons available)
- Watch store special when you shop. Some times stores will have in-store specials.
How to find coupons?
- Coupon insert with newspapers, flyers (Smart Source, Red Plum and Brand saver)
- Coupons display in the store (front entrance of the store, shelf display)
- Sign up for news letter from manufacturers
- Doctors office, Dentists and trade shows
- Trade with a forum member or friends.