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Coupons in Canada

I live in Canada. Both hubby and I work. He works for a call center and I work for home care. Money is a very tight issue for us. How can I get my hands on coupons? I would love to use them but never can find or get my little hands on any. Things are just getting so pricey that it's start to kill us.

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Thank you for your time,
Karen

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

Subscribe to a Sunday newspaper that will be mailed to you that includes coupons. Perhaps you could find a coupon marketing company or several and offer to act as their rep. in your area, selling the service to your local newspapers. First make sure your grocery stores accept or even double or triple coupons. The New York Times has excellent coupons and is a great Sunday paper, as well, and well worth the investment.

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

We, in Canada, can NOT use USA coupons, so any coupons in the New York Times are not able to be used up here.

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Some Sunday papers have coupons, some do not. Actually, there are very few coupons in stores and flyers now compared to years ago. I find that for ourselves, I am now only buying what I need and nothing else, not buying "name brand" particularly (unless it is on a really good sale) and just watching what I spend $ on. I find that the few coupons that do come in the flyers are for items that I would rarely buy anyways. Coupons that I do see now in the store mostly seem to be on or in items that are "frivolous" items...why buy a sugared cereal when the same amount of money can buy you a loaf of bread and 2 dozen eggs.
Something that a friend of ours once said....if you look at the ingredient list on the box of what it is you want to buy and there are more than 5 things on the list or if you can not say all the ingredients then think twice about buying it. Potatoes, raw vegetables and plain meat (cooked in a multitude of different ways at home) are better for you than all those packages where you just have to add water and heat for 10 minutes and voila...a meal.
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Could your husband or yourself, rather, change jobs to a higher paying job or go to school to upgrade your education so that life wouldn't be so challenging? When we got married, I worked and paid for our living expenses while my husband went to University. He was able to make enough in the 4 months he had off in the summer to pay for the University tuition for the fall and winter. We only bought what we had to and once he was done, then came better vehicles, a house, kids, etc. Could you run your own business from your home, (even taking on a few on the side) and do home care that way and actually get all the money that the client pays instead of the home care company getting most of it? (I do not know the province you live in or the rules in place for home care providers in your province.)
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Shop at Superstore or a grocery store in your area that matches everyone else's sale price and then buy items when they come on sale. This I find easier than buying one item at this store and another one at the next store just to get the best price, or to use the one coupon I did get in the mail. I also weigh the time I am using up in my day to go to the extra store...I put a value on the gas and wear and tear on my car that it takes to drive to the store to buy the item that I have the coupon for...and question whether I do really NEED that item or is it an item that has more than "5" ingredients.

Just some things to think about.

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

http://www.save.ca has coupons they mail right to your home.

When you are out shopping, pick up coupons from the shelf displays and hold onto them until you need them.

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Try to work a coupon exchange with someone at work, or if you are in an apt building, put a coupon exchange envelope on the bulletin board.

Buy generic and store brands, avoid "convenience" items and buy your produce fresh and in season. 5 pounds of carrots can be had for about $2.00 right now and 10 lbs of spuds for about the same $2.00. Buy whole frozen chickens instead of parts and avoid deli meats... use leftovers for lunch.

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

Call the manufacturers of the products you are interested in and ask them to send you coupons.

Tell them you really like their product but are on a tight budget, you will be surprised at what you will get.

Espeicially if you tell them that you will have to buy a cheaper brand.

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Most of the companies have a toll free number on the package.

I do not recommend using this if you do not need to however.

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

If Canada is anything like Australia there are very few coupons, and what there are are for reduced price take away foods or prepackaged/pre prepared items. Basically things that do not even approach frugal. I would have to second a lot of what beanygirl and valleyrimgirl say - buy loss leaders, basic foodstuffs, cook from scratch, menu plan and stick to your shopping list. This will save much more than a few cents off a bought pizza or a dollar off a trip to the cinema. Also, if money is tight, do you know where its all going and have a written budget? I was very surprised when I started recording my spending and working on a budget to find how the small amounts I had previously frittered away on non essential things really added up. If grocery money is tight you may find other non essential spending areas that you can get rid of and add that cash to the grocery budget. Just a thought - you may be doing this already!

Regards

Jo

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you all so very very much..... i love the ideas and find every single one of them very helpful. I will keep you all updated on how things are going

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By hank (Guest Post)
March 17, 20050 found this helpful

search the manufacturers web pages. they often include coupons they will send you or you can print them out.

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March 17, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Karen~~I'm also from Canada and have joined a group of people who do trains of coupons. If interested you can look into it at tradingpostcoupons@yahoogroups.com. Hope this helps you.
Ruth

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By Trix (Guest Post)
March 18, 20050 found this helpful

You can aslo sign up for all kidns fo newsletters taht will help you find Canadian coupons. Try going to yahoogroups.com (or a similar site) and search for Canadian coupons or freebies.
Also, if you're buying anything online, make sure you do a google search with the store name and words like coupon codes, or discount, etc. You can often save a lot of money or shipping fees just by doing this search.

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April 8, 20050 found this helpful

I subscribe to a wonderful refunding magazine that is really helpful on what to look for at the grocery, couponwise & refund/rebate form
wise. People send in their ways to save, pictures, etc. They have a website. You can use the following url to get there: http://refundce … s.htm?RefID=6VD. You can go to this website to see if this is something that you'd be interested in or not. Go & check it out. I'd be totally lost without this website as much as I'd be lost without ThriftyFun.com!

If it's where you can grow your own veggies, it'll be a great investment till the end. The flavor of homegrown fresh veggies are the best, far better than anything bought at the grocery produce counter. Best of luck in your hardship.

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April 15, 20050 found this helpful

Refund cents magazine is published in the US which means that we in Canada can not use it. You also have stores there that we do not have. But it does sound like a great magazine, for those who live in the US.

Save.ca is available for us in Canada and seems like an easy site to use. I have just used it for the first time and saved it into my favorites, to use in the future.

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By binabug. (Guest Post)
May 7, 20050 found this helpful

there are other sites that do coupon trains as well and we have alot of coupons in canada and even our grocery stores will sell you a coupon book for a buck with a great amount of savings inside (ie safeway)
i recommend using cnd tire money for day to day things such as dish soap, foil paper etc

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May 23, 20050 found this helpful

If you live in golden horse shoe try www.smartflyer.ca

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By wendy Ingram (Guest Post)
March 8, 20060 found this helpful

I cant get through to smartflyer.ca

wendi2 @ hotmail.com (remove spaces)

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By bootie (Guest Post)
August 12, 20060 found this helpful

this has nothing to do with coupons, however this is a site that has saved me money and is helping the environment. check online if you have a freecycle.com site available in your province. people offer and accept free items of all sorts there. my sister got a free air conditioner that actually works,a computer and i've gotten things like dog food and furniture. simply put evreything there is free and stays out of the landfills. hope this helps.

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By LINDA LOZON (Guest Post)
November 3, 20070 found this helpful

We find plenty of coupons in the stores and now that we're seniors my brother shares his coupons with me also I get them from save.Ca.

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By Christina (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone here know if Canadian grocery stores double or triple coupons? If so, which ones?

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