Do you dream of mastering the art of couponing? Look no further, we've got tips from the pros so you can save big while shopping!
The On shopping.ca website
This Quebec site is THE best resource to visit for those who want to learn how to become a coupon pro and collect other ingenious ways to save! The site includes all coupons valid in Quebec, which you can print or have delivered free of charge, in addition to notifying you of promotions and available samples. Other sites can also help you save money; they are listed in our article Websites to Save Big.
Make a list of your favorite products and regularly visit the site of the merchants who offer them. Most have a printable promotions and coupons section that you can add to your collection.
Merchant Facebook Pages
If you are often on Facebook, you can take advantage of discounts by "liking" the pages of your favorite products since merchantsregularly offer printable coupons exclusive to members of their page.
A couponing enthusiast knows that Publisac is her best friend! Scan the flyers for surprise coupons, inserts or great discounts that match the coupons you have! Subscribe to the Facebook page so you don't miss a thing.
When shopping for groceries or going to the pharmacy, try to spot the coupon displays that are often hung in the aisles. Grab a few to add to your collection!
Attention! To be respected in the couponing community, it is important not to take all the coupons and leave some for others! Imagine if you had to shop at a place where another has filled their pockets with all the coupons without leaving any for you! It's just a matter of respect.
Several experience couponers organize meetings to exchange the coupons they do not want for those they are looking for. The advantage is that not everyone has the same tastes, the exchanges are numerous and profitable, and we therefore have some nice surprises (in addition to developing friendships)!
A storage system
Binder, album, hanging folders, accordion pocket, systemenvelopes: whatever method you choose, remember that you will need to be organized so as not to miss deadlines, to combine a coupon with a one-time discount, to clearly see what you have and identify those you maybe want to swap.
Cashiers are more and more used to seeing coupons at checkouts, but we are always better seen when we politely notify that we have several coupons to redeem, so that the cashier and the customers behind you are aware and can act accordingly. It avoids a lot of frustration and people are often fascinated to see you save!
Plan your purchases
The more you progress in your couponing experience, the more you will want to increase your savings and try to plan your purchases according to your coupons and the discounts in effect. The SOS Cuisine site also offers menus designed specifically with ingredients on sale each week, which can help you save money by identifying bargains at a glance!
Good places to visit
Some places are preferred for their customer friendly policies. Indeed, some chains offer to match the prices of their competitors. This is the case for Maxi, Canadian Tire and Walmart if you have proof to present to customer service. Feel free touse this policy by bringing flyers or having your recent bills with you at all times.
Other chains are liked because they agree to double coupons (Super C, Maxi, etc.). Go around the stores in your area to find out which places offer advantages: in several municipalities, merchant associations come together to offer discounts on presentation of proof of residence or a membership card. Find out!