Canada’s Top 3 Coupon Friendly Stores

Coupon Friendly Stores.

.Coupon Friendly Stores

When you first start using coupons, it’s hard to know where the best place is to use them. Most people just try using them at their regular store(s), but this can sometimes result in your coupons not being accepted.

The very first thing you want to do is to familiarize yourself with the coupon policies for the stores you shop at on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to keep copies of those policies with you when you go shopping. If you use a coupon binder, this is the perfect spot for them. Otherwise, tucked into your purse (or your pocket) is good, too.

If you are really struggling with finding stores that don’t give you a hard time in regards to coupons, try to only shop at the following coupon friendly stores.


When I asked everyone on our Facebook page what their favourite coupon friendly store was, Walmart was a clear winner with around 75% of the votes.

It makes sense that Walmart is almost everyone’s favourite store. There are just so many positives to shopping there – price matching is accepted, printable coupons are accepted and coupon overage is given. Those are just a few of the reasons that most people prefer to shop there (myself included).

Shoppers Drug Mart

The Optimum program provided by Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the main reasons that people shop at this store. You will find Optimum promotions many times per month that you can also match-up with coupons – saving you big bucks and earning you big rewards at the register.

Be sure to check out the clearance section of your local store (almost every location has one, you just need to figure out where they keep it). You can usually find some fantastic bargains that, yes, you can pair a coupon with. If there’s a bonus Optimum points promotion going on as well, that’s even better!

London Drugs

Although they have been getting a bit more strict in regards to their coupon stacking allowance (some stores don’t allow stacking any longer), people still seem to enjoy couponing at London Drugs.

It is common to have a friendly cashier that is actually excited about your savings – not annoyed at you for using coupons (like at other stores!).

Since the coupon policy is still up in the air right now, I highly recommend calling your local store to find out what coupon practices they will and will not accept.

Are you surprised at who came out on top? If you’re wondering which stores were the least popular, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that it was Zellers & Rexall PharmaPlus. Both stores received negative feedback due to poor customer service. They are my bottom 2 as well, so this didn’t come as a huge shock to me!

If you only shop at stores that are coupon friendly, you are more likely to have an enjoyable shopping experience. I know that this is not always possible, so if you do happen to shop at a store that is not necessarily as coupon friendly as others, the best thing you can do is follow their coupon policy and hope for the best!

Do you agree with the top 3 on this list? What is your favourite and least favourite stores to use coupons at?

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  1. Jamie says:

    I’m LOLing about making an apointment to use coupons. I would have thought someone was kidding if anyone ever told me that.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I hate Walmart, last time I went to shop at Walmart there was only 3 cashiers and a 45 min wait to get to a cashier!! RCSS is where I go!!

  3. Lenni says:

    Nofrills is my top one but i also work there .. And yes we have that 10.00 override thing too but when you get to know which cashier has the override it helps .. I have that override and love it when people come through my line with coupons and price matches love it .. I learn too from it . I also do go to walmart and havent had any problems yet with my coupons …

  4. christine25 says:

    Question….if a cashier says only one coupon per transaction and you’re standing there with 20 items & 20 coupons , can you request 20 separate transactions???

  5. Rae-Lynn says:

    I love walmart, and freshco for price matching. I love no frills but it is the farthest away. I price match them using my ipad at walmart!

  6. Denise says:

    I just wished our WalMart price matched & couponed. They only accept 1 or the other 🙁

  7. Wendy says:

    Hi everyone

    I have to agree that Walmart is my favourite place to use coupons based on that they will accept all types of coupons, mailed, internet and price match. Have had 2 negative experiences with one of the cs managers as she wouldn’t do the overage as “she said her system doesn’t allow them to put the extra on the total invoice which was bogus”. One down faill with Walmart is that they need to improve on their “coupon education” to their cashiers. The manager’s also don’t portray the knowledge of the existing policy. If a person who coupons consistently, there’s no reason to have to check “each flyer” to ensure that the products matches. I know there are some people who will manipulate the system which makes it bad for the majority of couponers but they should treat each person with respect and trust the customer’s when they coupon shop. I was at my Orleans Walmart and the cashier who took my order was amazing. No questions asked and 0 confrontation with the coupons. This is the service that all customer’s who coupon should receive.

    My second choice has to be Rexall as they allow you to double up on a 1 to 1 coupon. One of theirs to one of mine for the same product. When they bring their coupons books out they’re very accommodating and easy going when i buy from their store.

  8. Nicole B says:

    Zellers is awful! i’ve never been so happy about an american company coming in and taking over a canadian one, but woo-hoo to target for getting rid of the zellers in my area! now its just a waiting game until Zellers are completely gone. Personally i think this is due to the decades of horrible customer service

  9. Shelli says:

    After yet another frusturating experience at walmart yesterday, i have decided i will not be shopping there in the future. I came with two coupons, one was a coupon that was emailed to me as an attchment from the manufacturer and the other was a regular coupon. The cashier looked at each of them quickly and said sorry we do not accept these. I have found that everytime i have gone to walmart with a coupon they will immediately refuse it. I asked her why they wouldnt accept my coupons and her exscuse was that the printable coupon looked photocopied because it was black and white. She also said that when using a printable coupon that the cashier must be able to see the website across the top of the page where the coupon was printed from. I ended up having to show her the email on my phone from the manufacturer and she very angrily accepted it finally. Based on my experiences, I think Walmarts new coupon “policy” is to do their best to not accept any coupons and hopefully the customer will not push them on it and not bring coupons back in the future.

  10. Stacie says:

    I agree with WM & SDM being in the top 3 but not London Drugs. #3 for me would be Safeway, followed closely by RCSS. While I’ve had issues at some of these stores in the past, it wasn’t bad enough for me to not try their other locations. I have found the stores that know their policies (or know them better than others) & simply avoid the ‘problem’ store(s).

    LD is too inconsistent & I find their prices are higher than most other places. Without the ability to stack or use coupons on sale items, it’s simply too expensive for me to shop there. I’ve had some luck with 2 of the stores in the city, but they’re both a pretty long drive & the gas I burn is more than what I’d save. Especially if it’s one of *those* days & all my coupons are refused. No savings & wasted fuel = unhappy me. The store closest to my house (like 2 mins. away) plays favorites. They let some customers stack but not others (using the exact same coupons). Too soap opera-ish & grade school for my liking.

    Rexall & Zellers – nothing nice to say.

  11. Anna says:

    I love couponing at Walmart and RCSS. While SDM does have an amazing coupon policy, I find their sale prices are usually still higher than Walmart’s regular prices so unless it’s one of their two day only sales or an amazing sale I dont bother.

  12. Debra says:

    My best .experience has been at Save On Foods. They allow coupon stacking and I have always been impressed with the tellers, they seem to be well trained in their coupon policies.

  13. Sylvie says:

    This article is dated, but I think the poll’s positions would still hold today. Of course, Zellers has now disapeared, and I still have to see what Target is all about (none open in Montreal yet) Time will tell 🙂

    While we don’t have London Drug here, I’d say that Uniprix is very coupon-friendly (in my experience), and so is SuperC.

  14. Shannon says:

    Id say target should be in the top three since they allow coupon stacking.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I go to our local Real Canadian Superstore, they allow internet printed coupons and now they have their PC Points program so you earn points towards money off later the only crappy part it if you have over 10.00 in coupons the manager has to do a override on each coupon after that so your check out takes a little longer and you get some crappy looks from the people behind you! Thats when I want to split my order and use ALL my coupons just to piss them off more 🙂
    So Superstore is my favorite to use 🙂

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