One of the top questions I get asked often is “where do I find coupons”. In this article, I am going to let you know where to find coupons that will help save you money!
Coupons are a great way to cut spending when shopping for almost anything and everything. I use coupons when my partner and I go on date nights, I use coupons when buying clothing, toys, travel and so much more. If you were to ask me what I use coupons on the most though I would have to say grocery items. I shop far more for food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and so on than I go out on dates or travel.
There are many ways to get your hands on coupons such as; mail to home coupons, printable coupons, insert coupons, in-store coupons, product packaging coupons, trading coupons, coupon trains, signing up for newsletters and mailing lists as well as coupons from samples and freebies.
Mail To Home Coupons
Mail to home coupons are great because they are 100% cost-free to you. There are however fewer and fewer mail to home coupons in the last few years, as companies look to cut costs we are seeing a decline in mail to home coupons.
Some sites that you can order mail to home coupons from are:
Printable coupons are what the majority of coupons are nowadays. Back when I first started couponing it was so hard to get a store to accept a printable coupons where now it is so hard to get our hands on mail to home coupons. So, you are going to want to invest in a good printer that is low-cost. I personally own a Brother laser printer as the toner is much cheaper and lasts much longer that inkjet printers. I also print all coupons in black and white too. Amazon often has great sales on printers and always purchase generic toner for your printer – no need for the name brand!
Don’t forget to always check the Canadian version of a brands website for any printable coupons, if they don’t have a Canadian version check the website as often they will have both US and Canadian printable coupons available.
Some sites that you can print coupons from are:
- Right At Home
- Healthy Essentials
- P&G Everyday
- Tasty Rewards
- Kimberly-Clark Brands (Huggies etc)
- Kraft Canada
- Clorox Canada
- The Healthy Shopper
- Whole Foods Market
- Danone Products
- Walmart Save.ca Coupon Portal
- Bayer Products
- Save On Energy (Ontario Only)
Insert coupons are awesome for scoring great coupons. Insert coupons usually come in your weekly flyers or weekend newspaper. If you have no shame, you can always ask your neighbours if they are not going to use them if they can drop them off in your mailbox. If you really have no shame you can walk around your neighbourhood on recycling day and pull out any that get tossed out. These inserts often come out on a schedule, however, only SmartSource and RedPlum share their schedules with bloggers.
There are also from time to time special surprise inserts such as Walmart and Unilever so also keep your eyes out for those in your weekly flyers or newspapers.
Keep your eye out for the following regular inserts:
- P&G Brandsaver
In-store coupons are a fabulous way to get more of a certain coupon should your family purchase that product often. When you are shopping keep your eyes open for tearpads within the store. Tearpads are a pad of coupons which are normally near the product that the coupon is for. I generally take 5 to 10 depending on how often we buy the item. If I return to the store on another day and the pad is still there with coupons on it I will take a few more.
Product Packaging Coupons
Another great way to get coupons is right on the products you are buying. Often cereal will have coupons on the back for fresh fruit, milk, yogurt or other breakfast friendly foods. Many products will have what are called peelies, these are coupons that are stuck on the product and you can peel it off to use right there during that shopping trip or wait to peel it off at home and use at another time. PLEASE DO NOT PEEL OFF PEELIES UNLESS YOU ARE PURCHASING THE PRODUCT – THIS IS A NO-NO! You can also find hang-tag type coupons which are normally hanging from the neck of a product. I find hang-tag coupons on cleaning products, laundry detergent, pickle and jam jars etc. Always keep your eye out for coupons on packaging and be sure to purchase the ones that have coupons vs packaging that doesn’t.
Newsletters & Mailing Lists
I always suggest going through your pantry, freezer, and fridge to make a list of brand/products your family uses. Once you have a list I would go online and take an hour or so and visit all those brands/products Canadian websites, I generally just type in the name of the brand or product and then Canada afterwards and google will bring up if they have a Canadian site. Then join their newsletter, this will allow you to be alerted to any coupons or samples should they be offered. Also you can email them using their contact form letting them know how much your family enjoys their product and you were wondering if they had a few money savings coupons they could pass along to you. Be sure to include your full mailing address in the body of your message as most companies will not even respond but will just mail out coupons.
I do suggest opening a new email account you will use just for the purpose of couponing, newsletters etc so you don’t overload your general email account.
Samples & Freebies
Often when I fill out a form for a free sample when it arrives it normally comes with a coupon. Also when there are sample boxes from companies like Brandsaver or SampleSource they often add coupons in the package with the samples.
Be sure to follow your favourite brands on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as they generally will offer samples, freebies and coupons on their social channels to their followers.
Trading Coupons & Coupon Trains
This used to be huge when I first started couponing, there were tons of forums and groups to trade coupons in or start/join trains. However I found over the years the more couponers were out there the harder it became to trade. People were becoming extremely greedy and nearly wanting your first-born in exchange for a $1 off coupon. I stopped trading with strangers and now only trade/exchange coupons with close friends as we are not out to rip each other off. I am sure there still are groups and forums out there to trade coupons if you are interested in looking into it.
Do you know of any other places to find coupons? Let everyone know in the comment section below!