Why I Shop at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Shoppers Drug Mart has not always been my favourite store to shop at. I used to think it was expensive, and in all honesty, I thought that all they carried was healthcare items and makeup. I avoided that store like the plague for years, until one day, I needed to buy a special healthcare item and my doctor recommended I buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart. So, in I went.
I browsed through the store for awhile, checking out all they had to offer, and realized that they carried much more than pain relievers and mascara. They had baby items, household cleaners and they actually sold food, too!
Shoppers Drug Mart is now one of my favourite stores to shop at. Here’s why:
Of course, the best part about this store (and really, one of main reasons I shop there), is the Shoppers Optimum program. I truly believe that it is the best rewards program in Canada.
I regularly earn thousands of points on my purchases and redeem them multiple times per year. It’s not uncommon that I earn at least $1,000 worth of groceries from Shoppers Drug Mart in a year.
For tips on earning points fast, be sure to read my free eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Shoppers Optimum Rewards.
Thankfully, most of the Shoppers Drug Mart stores that I have shopped at, have been very good with accepting my coupons. I don’t usually run into any issues when trying to use them – even when I use coupons printed from online.
Maybe I have just had good luck with my cashiers, but so far – I can’t complain about their service when it comes to accepting coupon in their stores. They also have coupon tear pads up in their stores all the time, so I find a lot of my coupons there.
One thing I do suggest is, if possible, find a cashier you like and then only shop when you know they will be working. This avoids that nervous feeling that you may get (or is it just me?) when you are checking out with someone new.
Good sale prices
You can often find good sale prices on the front (and sometimes back) of the Shoppers Drug Mart flyer. The best sales are usually Sunday & Monday only sale prices (about 10-12 items), and these are almost always limited to 4 per customer.
I have seen some fantastic prices for diapers, crackers, peanut butter, snack foods, baby wipes, and so many other items. These are some of the best deals you will find at their stores.
Shoppers Drug Mart frequently marks down soon-to-expire items with red and white manager’s stickers. These are usually found on food and beverages, but I have also seen them on medicines, pain relievers, vitamins and even beauty goods.
You can combine coupons with these managers stickers, too, so always be on the lookout for them. They save me a ton of money!
Great clearance sections
I’ve only been to one Shoppers Drug Mart store that didn’t have a great clearance section. All of the others were fantastic. You can almost always find popular brand name items marked down very low, and get those items for a fraction of the original selling price (especially if you use coupons on top of the clearance pricing).
Some of the best deals I’ve found in their clearance sections was $0.50 Sunsilk shampoo, $5 Pampers diapers and $0.25 Crayola pencil crayons. I’ve also seen great prices for Dove soap, Heinz baby food, Christie cookies & crackers, Oasis juice, and much, much more.
Shoppers Drug Mart is not just a “once-in-awhile” store for me.. I try to visit at least once per week, if only just to look for coupons. I almost always find some kind of deal while I am in there.
So if you think Shoppers Drug Mart is too expensive, doesn’t sell what you need, or won’t accept your coupons, please consider giving them a shot. I have found some of my best bargains at their stores and because of their rewards program, I have earned so many free groceries for my family.
Do you shop at Shoppers Drug Mart? Why or why not?
Note: This post is was not sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. I was not compensated in any way for writing this article. The opinions stated here are 100% my own.