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Never pay retail again – coupon clipping is back!

 

I thought I was a pretty good bargain shopper, until I met Tanise, Cheryl, Michelle and Carly.  These ladies are saving hundreds of dollars a month on everyday household goods, and they're doing it with coupons.  They're all avid members of a website called Smart Canucks.

You will find everything to do with saving money on this website – links to weekly flyers, printable on-line coupons, the best deals of the week, special offers from retailers and manufacturers, and freebies.  Here is a sampling:

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Canadian Coupons to use with this week’s flyers (Dec 11 – 17)

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Walmart

Pringles 4 for $5 – use buy 3 get Stix Free/Buy 2 get 1 free coupon
Glade collection 4pk candles $9.97 – use $2/buy 1 get 1 Free coupon
Pampers largest pack diapers $36.97 – use $2 off coupon(save.ca)
Covergirl lash blast Mascara $8.47 – use $2 off coupon
Lady Speedstick $2.37 – use $0.50 off coupon
OB tampons 4 for $8 – use $1 off coupon(printable)

Real Canadian Superstore

Butterball Turkey $1.39/lb – use $3(Magazine)/$3(flyer,Dec 11-13 only) coupon – Not sure if you can use both together during Dec 11-13,as one is store coupon and the other manufacturer’s
2l pop $1 – use buy 2 save $1 for Dr.Pepper,buy 4 save $2 for Schweppes
Wonder + bread $1.99 – use $0.40 off coupon
Wonder Invisibles bread $1.99 – use $0.75 off coupon
Old Dutch chips $2 – use $1 off coupon
Campbell’s soup at hand 3 for $4 – use buy 2 save $1 coupon
Pillsbury Brownies 2 for $5 – use $0.50 off coupon(save.ca)
Europe’s Best frozen fruit $4 – use $1/$2 off coupon
Arctic Gardens veggies $1.99 – use $1 off coupon(GoCoupons.ca)
Kellogg’s cereals $3 – use $1/$2/buy 2 save $2 coupon

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Canadian Coupons: Suzy Shier 20% off valid until Dec. 31, 2009 Suzyshier.ca

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Canadian Freebies: 25000 HBC Reward Points when you register your email

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Another Canadian website you can use to find good deals is called Bargain Moose, based out of Winnipeg.  Anna says she rarely pays retail because you can find deals on just about everything.  Here is one posting on her website that caught my attention:

Tim Hortons Free Holiday Skating! (ON, BC, AB)

Posted by Anna on December 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tim Hortons Free Holiday Skating! (ON, BC, AB)

Every year, Tim Hortons sponsors free ice skating in over 350 arenas across Canada, mainly in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1)  Look for coupons wherever available and cut every coupon.   Tthere is a coupon insert that comes in the paper, in-store manufacturer's coupons can be used in other stores as well, and several online websites (Save.ca and GoCoupons) have printable coupons.  If it's a product you buy often, take a few coupons so you can use them later.

2)  Your best bang for the buck comes when you use coupons on sale items…this is how savvy shoppers can get items for next-to-nothing.

3)  Sign up for e-newsletters from your favourite retailers and manufacturers.  Most send out special coupons several times a year, giving you extra discounts and savings, and sometimes even freebies.

4)  Some stores will let you "stack" coupons, using more than one coupon per item.  The coupons usually have to be different, for example one in-store coupon and one manufacturer coupon.

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5)  If you are shopping for a particular item, check online before you buy to see if there is a coupon available for it.