How To Be An Extreme Couponer In Canada

Learn How to Extreme Coupon in Canada!

Be an Extreme Couponer in Canada

Learn how to extreme coupon in Canada. Ever since the TLC show Extreme Couponing has aired, I have received numerous emails from readers begging me to give them tips on how to be an extreme couponer like the people they see on the show.

I’m sorry to break it to ya folks, but what you see on the show is not really how it all goes down. Those shoppers save up all of their “Free Product” and “High Value” coupons to use on the show, so that their hauls will be much more impressive.

They know well in advance when their shopping date will be, so they have plenty of time to order coupons (many use a coupon clipping service at a cost – a cost that is never factored into their out of pocket total).

It’s television – pure entertainment.

Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?

Yes, but don’t expect to get the same types of deals as those you see on Extreme Couponing.

Many of the people on the show have stores in their community that will double (sometimes triple!) the value of coupons. They also have catalinas that print on your receipt, which are coupons you can use for future purchases (for example: save $5 on your next purchase of $20).

In addition, they often have better in store promotions than those of us in Canada (for example: buy 5 General Mills products and get $5 off your purchase).

So, yes, you can be an extreme couponer in Canada. Just don’t expect to go to the store every week and buy $600 worth of groceries for $10. It’s near impossible.

My eBook, Money In Your Pocket, is a great resource for saving money on groceries in Canada. Please check it out if you are looking to cut back on your grocery bills.

How to Become an Extreme Couponer

Learning how to extreme coupon in Canada takes time. Becoming an extreme couponer and building a large stockpile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to shop smart and get used to using coupons in large quantities. It took me well over a year to build my stockpile and I am still (and always will be) constantly taking from and adding items to it.

Find Coupons

If you really want to get serious about couponing, the first thing you need to do is find coupons – and find a lot of them. There are many ways to do this: tear pad coupons, coupon inserts, online coupon companies, printable coupons, coupon trading, etc.

Organize Coupons

Once you find a bunch of coupons, you will then need to organize them. My favourite way to organize coupons is the binder method, but of course, there are many other options. Choose the organizational system that you think would work best for you.

It’s important to always stay on top of your coupons. When you get new ones, organize them right away. They start to pile up very fast! Also, don’t forget to go through your coupons at least once per month and remove all of the expired ones.

Check Your Flyers

There are new store flyers every week. When you receive them, look them over and make note of the items that you think are good deals and would like to buy. Then, check your coupons to see if you have any to match up to those sale items.

I post weekly coupon match-ups every Thursday, so if you don’t have time to check your flyers, just watch for that post.

You always want to shop with a list when you go grocery shopping. Otherwise, you will just walk up and down the aisles adding random items to your cart with no real rhyme or reason. To save yourself some money, always shop with a list and never buy anything that is not on it (unless you find some great clearance deals, of course!).

Also, you need to fill your belly before you go shopping, otherwise you will shop on impulse and fill up your cart with junk food. Trust me on that one.

Stock-up on Sale Items

You always want to stock up on items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. This is how you build a grocery stockpile. Give yourself a monthly “stocking up” budget and use that money to stock up on items when they go on sale.

If you use lots of frozen vegetables and normally pay $1.99 a bag, wait until they go on sale for $1 or less and then stock up. Sales typically run about every 3 months, so purchase a 3 month supply (if you can afford it) at that low price and then you don’t have to worry about frozen vegetables for 3 months.

Always save your coupons to match up with great deals. I know it can be tempting to use a whole bunch of coupons when you first start out, but you will get the best bang for your buck if you hold on to those coupons and wait for a sale to combine them with. Avoid full price whenever possible, even if you have a coupon.

Organize Your Stockpile

Once you start using coupons for awhile and purchasing things that are on sale, you will begin to amass a collection of items. This is called a stockpile. In order to avoid chaos in your home, you need to organize your stockpile. Basements work best, but if you don’t have one available to use, here are some other ideas for stockpile storage.

Remember to always add newer items to the back and move older items to the front, to prevent expiration issues. You’re not saving any money if you just end up throwing things out!

Donate Your Extras

When you start getting the hang of using coupons and stockpiling, you will probably end up having a whole heap of items that you can’t possibly use before they expire. I would suggest donating those stockpile items to local food banks, shelters and even friends and family. Help others in need. Pay it forward. If you do good, good will come to you.

Becoming an extreme couponer is hard. It takes a lot of time, and it can be stressful. You have to find coupons, clip coupons, organize coupons, plan shopping trips, go shopping and put everything away. You will sometimes deal with cashiers that don’t want to accept your coupons. There will be great big hauls and there will be very small hauls. Expect that.

If you want to be extreme, couponing becomes a job. It’s not easy – but it can certainly be worth it!

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  1. Mia says:

    Giant tiger honours coupons and they already have pretty cheap prices. You can use more than 1 in a transaction as well. Not sure if you can use a coupon on an item that’s already on sale but I don’t see why not! I try to go there to use a lot
    Of my coupons but they do not have every product so check the flyers first or go there and make a mental note!

  2. Darlene says:

    Is anyone familiar with the current Save On Foods coupon policy?

  3. Christinna leBlanc says:

    You are right,Walmart did just change their policies. However, the policy is that only one coupon per item.

  4. Katie Garbutt says:

    Donya, wow that is amazing that you’re trying to do this for your family. Way to go! For all of you out there looking to learn more about couponing, even if you’re in Canada, you will get a TON out of reading the book written by the Krazy Coupon Lady called “Pick another checkout line honey…” this is a fantastic beginning couponer book. I learned a ton from it and it’s not just about couponing in the US. I think the biggest difference between couponing in CA and the US is going to be how you get your coupons. Most of the other coupon philosophies and policies are going to be the same. Each store is different, so know your stores – learn them one by one to see what they allow and don’t allow. As far as getting the inserts, I am not certain what areas have the newspaper inserts and which don’t, but know that you can also purchase them online if you don’t get them in your area. Don’t worry about whether CA store double coupons or not – it doesn’t matter. I live in Seattle, WA and the stores here never double coupons and I still save 65% or more on ALL my grocery bills. Happy to share more and help more – find me on facebook under Katie Garbutt.

  5. MC says:

    I’m curious. The article states not to expect paying $10 for $600 worth of groceries, such as what is shown on the tlc series. Before I begin this dedication to extreme couponing, how much can I expect to save here in Canada? Thank you

  6. Cassie Howard says:

    MC, you can easily save around 50% or so with extreme couponing. 🙂

  7. greeneyesgreen says:

    yes indeed couponing can be frustrating, especially when you’re in a line-up and the cashier has to read every word but in the end it is very much worth it!!…..for instance I receive coupons from Shoppers to print and a few weeks ago I received one for shampoo for $1.99 and the store price was $8.99…did I feel good? you bet!!!!!!

  8. Mavies says:

    I hear u on that Dave. I Whanna learn soo badly but not for the food but for the dry stuff .. Some days I hate canada lol for there system . Wish we where the states some times …… But won’t happen .

  9. Penny says:

    Is there an Extreme Couponer on the southside of Edmonton that would be willing to meet with me & a friend & walk us through this couponing thing plz!!
    TIA 🙂

  10. Monique says:

    Walmart uses online coupons but you can’t photocopy them as their is a security code for each coupon. They also price match. They priced match on Catalina Smart Pasta on sale elsewhere for .97 cents and I had a $1 coupon. That day I also I bought Stove Top Stuffing I bought 2 boxes at $1 each and the coupon I had was if I bought 2 boxes I got .75 cents off so I got 3 items for $1.25. So if you have a Walmart near your area it worth thinking about using your coupons there.

  11. says:

    Great info Mrs. January!
    I came across your site because I’m going to do a blog about birthday freebies and you seem to be the queen of free. I was always a fan of Extreme Couponing and I can’t believe that the “big hauls” are all hype, what a letdown. Thanks for the dose of reality Mrs. J! Not sure that I have the stamina for that kind of sport so I will have to rely on you and sign up for “Freebies in Your Inbox”.

  12. Robin says:

    I’m a couponer in America. Um planning on migrating to Canada in the next year. Thank goodness I’ll be able to coupon. Does anyone know if I can use my coupons!

  13. Kimberley says:

    My issue here in Ontario is that I have never seen a good deal where you can combine offers. If something is already on sale, more often than not you can’t use a coupon on it. The other thing is the limitations. If you find an extreme deal on a product, the store limits you to 3 or 4 per person, sometime even per family, so you can’t bring your family members in to get some for you. And most of the coupons in our flyers are for junk I would normally never buy anyway.

    I see on the show that most of the “food” items are garbage foods like bologna, hot dogs, cereal, pasta etc.

  14. Austin Muller says:

    YALL need to chill out

  15. Darlyn says:

    I’d also be interested in an Edmonton area coupon Penny….but preferrably north west although I can drive anywhere. Thanks

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