Friday, 13 April 2012

Are you a couponer?

I have always been the type of person who won't buy things, from groceries to clothing, unless they're on sale (it's probably the Asian in me!).  I'm always on the lookout for a great deal and that includes using coupons!  Maybe it's due to Extreme Couponing on TLC, but I've noticed that I've been couponing a lot more lately.  While in Canada extreme couponing is not always possible, you can still save a lot of money with coupons if you put in the time and effort.  Deanna does a great job here of explaining the differences of extreme couponing in Canada.

Using coupons from inserts is still a common practice, but more coupons and deals are becoming available online especially with companies having Facebook pages or Twitter.  So while I'm not an expert or extreme couponer, I thought I'd share with my Canadian friends some of the sites that have helped me save (last section includes some international sites for you non Canadians ;)

Deal/Coupon Alerts
Smart Canucks
Red Flag Deals 
Extreme Couponing Canada
Bargain Moose

These sites are great for those who don't want to subscribe to e-mail offers from stores.  Those deals, including Facebook offers and online coupon codes are shared on the sites.  However if you don't want to miss a deal at your favorite store you should subscribe to its e-mail newsletter.  By the time it is posted on these sites your favorite item may be sold out :( 

think coupons
P&G Everyday Solutions

Others (must become a member, some are by invitation only)
Beyond the rack- designer flash sales, my invitation link
Ebates- cash back and coupons for select online stores

Both are also available in the U.S. 

Groupon-international, my referral link 
Swarmjam-Canada only
Wagjag-Canada only, my referral link 

All three of the above sites offer what I like to call "prepaid coupons with an expiry date".  The catch is that each deal or coupon is offered for a limited time and require a certain number of people to buy until the deal is activated.  Check out the sites for more detailed information.  

For more online shopping tips and links check out this article by Anna and Kristina.  It's especially useful for first time online shoppers. 

These are just a few of the money saving sites out there.  Some of the best coupons I've found are buy one get one free movie tickets, $5 off ground beef, half price all you can eat sushi and of course freebie coupons!   

If you have any recommendations or tips/tricks feel free to share!

Loving Coupons Lately,

*Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.  However, I may benefit through your registration via my invitation and referal links by recieving a discount on future purchases.*