Canada is a land that is slowly adopting the extreme couponing movement. Because the use of coupons is not so ingrained in Canadians, there are not as many guides to the best ways to use coupons in Canada. This may seem challenging for people in Canada who want to get into extreme couponing, but it can in fact be quite liberating. Because there are no hard and fast rules about couponing yet, Canadians can use the freedom to create their won unique couponing styles. To help them find their way, here is a guide to 10 money-saving tips for Canadian couponers.
1. Find the Coupons
The first key to successful couponing is finding the coupons. You need to check coupon booklets, newspapers and online couponing sites to find a large selection of coupons that you can use to save money on your shopping.
2. Stockpile Coupons
If you want to get the best deals, you need to stockpile your coupons. Stockpiling will allow you to take advantage of the best prices when a store has a sale. You can accelerate your savings by using a stockpile of coupons to knock down the already low sales price even further.
3. Organize Coupons
You will never be able to save money with coupons if you can’t find them when you need them. Make sure to carefully organize coupons according to category. This will make it easy for you to find the coupons when you are ready to shop.
4. Check Store Fliers
Most stores will have weekly flyers. Some have monthly flyers. Either way, you need to be sure to check store flyers as soon as they come out to find great deals. Particularly good bargains will sell out quickly after a store flyer hits the public.
5. Always Shop with a List
Never shop without a list if you want to save money. If you only buy the items that you have coupons for, then you will save a ton of money on your shopping expenses. The best way to always buy sales items is to never shop without a list.
6. Stock up with Sales
When something goes on sale for a great price, you should buy as much as you can afford in order to save money. Creating a stockpile of non-perishable items is the best way to stretch your shopping budget as far as possible.
7. Take It Easy
When you start to get deeply into extreme couponing, it can start to take over your life a little bit. When it becomes too consuming, it leads to stress that will make you sick and derail your couponing adventure. Make sure to take it slowly and enjoy yourself to ensure a continually fun couponing adventure.
8. Join a Club
If you join an extreme couponing club, you can pool your resources to help each other find better deals. Having a group to bounce ideas off of makes it much easier for extreme couponers to find success.
9. Trade Coupons
When you join an extreme couponing club, one of the best benefits is the ability to trade coupons with other members. This will allow you to create stockpiles of coupons for the items that you buy the most, which will drastically shrink your shopping bills.
10. After-Holiday Sales
Finally, don’t forget that the best time of the year to make big purchases is after Christmas. The after-holiday sales are the best time of year to buy those big ticket items. The stores will have huge sales to help avoid facing that post-Christmas slump, and you can take advantage of this to increase your buying power.
What “extreme” tips can you offer fellow Canadian couponers?