Couponing In Canada: 5 Ways To Beat Inflation

Couponing In Canada: Detailed Guide​​​

With the rise in inflation, everyone is worried about the prices of skyrocketing grocery and everyday need items. Inflation has been growing at a record percentage in recent years. People are looking for different ways to save money and buy groceries by staying within their budgets.

Learning to do couponing for Canadians could save them significant money. Couponing is fun and you can get so many things for cheap and sometimes for free. 

There are different apps and websites that you can use to reduce your grocery bills. Combining all these with in-store coupons will make a huge impact.

In-store Coupons

Let’s start with the basics first. You can find coupons in the grocery stores. Coupons will be mostly placed in the aisles by the products but sometimes could be at random places as well. This is the best way to start couponing in Canada for beginers.

Here are the best stores to check for coupons in Canada:

  • Loblaws
  • Safeway
  • Superstore
  • Sobeys
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Fortinos
  • Zehrs
  • Save On Foods
  • Metro
  • No Frills
  • Food Basics
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The above pictures show what in-store coupons look like and they are commonly known as tear pads.

You can find them at all the stores mentioned above, but it’s best to stick to one store or two. It will allow you to get known to coupons in that specific store and figure out their schedules when they put coupons in the store.

Online Coupons

Printing online coupons is becoming increasingly popular these days. You will need a printer to do these deals. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend you buy one. A laser printer is the best option.

Make sure you are organized and print only those coupons which you are going to use. Printing unwanted coupons will only result in waster paper and printer cartridges.

Head over to the printable coupons section on our website, where you can find all the available coupons to print in one place.

Before you print a coupon, here is a little heads up! Don’t print multiples of a single coupon, don’t photocopy a coupon. All coupons will have a barcode and a unique number, commonly known as UID or offer ID.

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Example of online printable coupons at Royale website.

Price Match

Price match applications are a significant part of couponing in Canada. Flipp and Reebee and two popular apps for price matching.

These apps have all the flyers which are available in your area from different stores. As the name suggests, price matching is when you go to a store and price match the flyer of a competitor store.

It allows us to get flyer deals available at all the stores in a single place.

Below is the list of stores that price match in Canada:

  • Superstore
  • No Frills
  • Maxi
  • Rona
  • Giant Tiger
  • Save On Foods
  • Freshco
  • Pet Smart
  • Best Buy
  • Home Depot
  • London Drugs
  • Canadian Tire
  • Staples
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Lowes
  • Rens Pets

Now decide which store you want to go for price matching.

When you go into a store, first thing is to look for an ad match sign to see what stores you price match with. If you don’t see one, ask customer service what stores they price match to because every store is different. 

Ad match sign at a superstore.

Let’s look at an example of how to use the Flipp app. We will be looking for rice, go to search in the Flipp app, and type in rice. It will bring all the flyers available in nearby stores.

Now, look for the exact same product that you are looking to buy in the store. Match the price with the Flipp app and if it is less in the app, you got a deal. You can click on the rice that you are looking to buy and it will open up that flyer with all other products in the flyer. Click on rice and this will save it to the clippings section in the app where you can access it later while checking out.

How To Use The Flipp App

Cashback & Rewards Apps

Couponing in Canada is not complete unless you use the cashback and rewards apps. Let’s start with the cashback app, which is Checkout 51.

This app gives you cash back for uploading your shopping receipts.

There are new offers added in Checkout 51 every Wednesday at midnight. These offers usually sell out fast, so make sure to use them as soon as possible. Make sure to read the fine print of the offer as there may be restrictions on store selection etc.

The minimum amount to redeem the cash back balance is $20 and they will mail you a cheque at your home address.

Now, let’s talk about PC Optimum.

It is a points-based app. You earn points when you shop at any Loblaws-owned store such as Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. Just scan the app at the till while checking and you will earn points on the eligible items.

There are special weekly offers as well in the app. Along with all these, PC Optimum also offers points for filling gas at ESSO gas stations.

Combining all these could help to bundle up PC points quickly.

This one is for Amazon lovers.  We have explained how Amazon discount codes work in this guide.

Couponing In Canada Can Save You A Lot

Don’t be discouraged if at first you seem to be confused or don’t find useful coupons. With time you will get used to it and know exactly where to go and find the coupons.

Everyone starts from somewhere and in the end, it will be all worth it and you will be glad that you got into couponing.

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