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1. Where do you get the best deals? – I usually get the best deals at Walmart. I prefer to shop at Walmart because they allow me to use Canadian printable coupons, I can price match and they also allow coupon overage.
2. What got you started in the couponing world? – I was broke and had a ton of debt. I stumbled across the website of a lady who was taking pictures of her groceries and posting how much she had paid for them (which was next to nothing). I found out she did it by using coupons, so I looked online and researched the best way to go about couponing in Canada and I haven’t looked back since! I really do believe coupons saved my life, as silly as that may sound.
3. How do you get so many of the same coupon? – My friends and family have accounts on all of the online coupon websites and they will order coupons for me, I ask my friends & family for any coupon inserts they don’t want, I trade coupons with others, I join coupon trains, and I take more than one or two coupons off of tearpads if they are coupons I know I can use.
4. What does one per purchase mean? – One per purchase means that you can only use one coupon on each item you are purchasing. Despite what many cashiers think, it does NOT mean you can only use one coupon on your entire transaction. It’s difficult to use coupons when you have cashiers that won’t accept them, but if you are certain that you are in the right, stand your ground and you will be okay.
5. What is the best way to organize my coupons? – This all depends on how much of a “couponer” you really want to be. If you want to go hardcore and get in on all the deals possible, I would suggest the binder menthod. If you want to start small, you can try using an accordion file or even just a single envelope.
6. What does FPC mean? What about RCSS? – Ahhhh coupon lingo. It’s such a mystery! You can check out the coupon lingo page to learn all of the abbreviations and acronyms. If there is something missing from the list that you would like me to add, please contact me.
7. I’d like to start a stockpile, how do I start? – Building a stockpile takes time, so don’t expect it to happen overnight. You can build a stockpile by stocking up on sale items when you find them.
8. What do you do with everything in your stockpile? We use it! Well… most of it. We like to keep a year’s worth of items (2 years or more for some things) on hand at all times. Whatever is left over goes to the local food bank or shelter, friends, family and neighbours.
9. I am having a problem with one of the deals that you posted. Can you help? – Unfortunately, I cannot offer assistance to problems you may have obtaining a freebie or deal. My only suggestion would be to contact the company you are trying to obtain it from and let them know about your issue.
10. I would really like to start using coupons and saving money. How do I start? – Coupons are fun! You can visit the how to use coupons in Canada page to learn all about using coupons in Canada. Additionally, you can check out my eBook, Money In Your Pocket to learn all about saving money on groceries in Canada (including couponing).
11. What can I do with all of the extra coupons I have, but will never use? – Trading coupons is a great way to get rid of coupons you no longer want. Another great idea is to be a coupon fairy. I know that many people also offer FREE coupons on Freecycle, so you could try doing that as well.
12. What newspapers carry the Smart Source/Redplum/Brandsaver coupon insert? – You can find that information on this page.
13. I didn’t get a coupon insert in my newspaper. What do I do? You can expect to see a Smart Source coupon insert every 3-4 weeks, a Replum coupon insert every 4 weeks and a Brandsaver coupon insert every 3-4 months. If you don’t receive them when you should, I suggest contacting your local paper to find out why.