How To Get Things For Free Using Coupons

Using Coupons To Get Things For Free

Are you wondering how so many couponers get things for free using coupons? Do you think that most coupons are just for $0.50 or $1 off of things that cost over $5 and that using those coupons for small savings is a waste of time?

Get Things For Free Using Coupons

Free With Coupons

Saving $0.50 on something that you were going to buy anyway is never a waste of time. Wouldn’t you rather have that $0.50 in your own pocket, instead of the store’s?

Coupons can save you tons of money if you use them strategically.

Following is a list of 4 ways that you can get things for free using coupons.

Buy the smallest size possible

The smallest size is almost always going to be the cheapest, so, as long as your coupons do not have size restrictions, you can use them on the smallest size item available. Most of the time, this means travel size items.

Let’s say you have a $1 coupon for Colgate toothpaste. Many stores sell travel size Colgate toothpaste for just $1. If you use that $1 coupon on the travel size Colgate, you will get the toothpaste for free.

Check the clearance section

Many stores have a section for clearance items. They may even have a few sections all over the store. Find out where these are in your stores and then check them out whenever you go shopping. You never know what you will find.

Items can go on clearance for a variety of reasons. The item is about to expire, the item is not selling very well, or the store simply has an overstock and needs to clear out some inventory. Whatever you do, if you buy clearance merchandise, be sure to check the expiration date and make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with the item before you make your purchase.

Some stores have a sticker or shelf tag with the clearance price on it, but others (such as Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, and other Loblaws banner stores) have a 50% (or other percentage) off sticker. Whatever the item scans at, you would get 50% off of that price. Then, add in your coupons and you’re sure to get some free stuff!

Purchase mail-in rebate items

Mail-in rebate items don’t require you to use a coupon when you purchase them, but if you do, you will actually make money on your purchase.

For example, let’s say you want to submit a mail-in rebate for a specific brand of hairspray. The hairspray costs $4.99 at the store and you also have a $2 off coupon for that same product. You can use the $2 coupon, pay $2.99 for the item, and then submit the mail-in rebate and get back the full $4.99.

That means you were paid to buy that product.

Note: Be sure to read your mail-in rebate form carefully, as some restrict the use of coupons.

Use coupons on sale items

Unless you really need to buy something, try holding on to your coupons until things go on sale. When you match a coupon to a sale price, you can usually get things for free or very, very cheap.

You will find the best sale items (also known as “loss leaders”) on the front and back pages of your sale flyers. Do peek through the entire flyer though, because you never know what will be inside.

When you’re looking through your flyers, write down the best deals, and then check to see if you have any coupons to add, to make the deal(s) even sweeter.

Just because many coupons are for low values, doesn’t mean you will never be able to get items for free or cheap when using them.

Be patient. It is possible! Try out some of the suggestions above and you’ll see just how easy it is to get things for free using coupons.

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  1. Cassie Howard says:

    Theresa – Oh you probably will get cashiers that don’t want to accept coupons on small items. But, unless the coupon restricts trial sizes, you’re allowed to use them!

    Rebekah – Ahh yes, London Drugs. I am so jealous of all of you that get to shop at that store. I really wish we had one out here!

  2. Fangs says:

    Well, another way (but not using coupons) is to watch every item being scanned or ensure that the $$ scanned is the right price. If it’s higher that the lowest displayed $$, then u can get up to $10 off the lowest displayed $ or FOC if it’s priced under $10.

    If u r in a hurry & want to be able to quickly & easily spot deals from one end of the aisle at Wal-mart, watch out for the red (Rollback) or yellow(Clearance) “beanies” sticking out from the shelves.

    I usually shop at Wal-mart ‘cos they price match practically anything shown in the flyer, including produce from chinese grocery stores(the best $$)& store brand for store brand(eg Life from Shoppers, Compliments from Loblaws,etc with the Great Value brand provided that the sizes & product r exactly the same). For example, I $ matched the Price Choppers 1 lb Compliments butter for the GV butter.

  3. Cassie Howard says:

    Fangs – Thanks for letting us know that Walmart will price match store brands. I never knew that!

  4. Tanya says:

    Today at RRSS I had a loblaw’s coupon zone coupon-buy 3 get $5.00 off. Tried to use it on 3 trial size-which would be free. Cashier said I couldn’t because it didn’t match the picture and said they reserve the right to decide. Neither of those things were printed on their coupon. Should I have tried a little harder or was she right?

  5. Mrs January says:

    Tanya – As long as they coupon did not specify a size, you should be allowed to use the coupon. Unfortunetely they do have the right to refuse a coupon, but they don’t have the right to accuse a customer of doing something wrong. I would call head office if I was accused of something I did not do.

  6. betty lopez says:

    The best way to save is to maintain a budget,plan your meals ,make sure nothing is left to waste or thrown away. Not to buy things just because you have coupons. Buy only things you need and not what u want. Its of course good if you have coupons but I notice most items that offer coupons are “want” things and not “Need” things. Do not overstock your pantry with sale items. Theres what you call JUST IN TIME. Just buy what you need based on the history of your familys consumption.

    Now if you are maintaining a budget,you would likely know where to cut back on expenses.Its not wise to spend 0 on items you wont really be needing like x number of shampoo or toothpaste not unless u want to start a grocery or exchange store.

  7. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort you put into your website and all the information that you give to us! When a friend of mine told me about coupons and your website, I thought, its going to be hard to try and get stuff for free, or to start a stockpile, but I have found that I really enjoy couponing and that its just a matter of persistence and really keeping focused on a goal, which we all know is to…SAVE MONEY! Your website has really help me to understand how to coupon in Canada. The other day I got an item for free because of the store having a savings of $3 on it, and then I had a $5 off coupon, so I got it for FREE!! Plus I got a FREE refill because I bought the original item (even though I got it for free lol)! So I was so happy that I was on a natural high for the rest of the night. Again, thank you so much for what you do. It is truly amazing what you have done and continue to do each day!!

  8. Mrs January says:

    Linda: Thank you so much for the sweet comment, you’re very kind. It certainly is all about staying focused. 🙂

  9. Laura says:

    A very good example of what you have described on buying the smallest size is what I did yesterday. Recently proctor and gamble had coupons for the new frebreeze car air freshners free with the purchase of a frebreeze fabric care. At walmart the small freebreeze fabric care by the checkouts are 1.97 along with the coupon for the car freshner were coupons for buy any two frebreeze products get three dollars off. I used the three dollar coupon to by the small frebreeze fabric refreshners making them .47 cents each and got the car freshners free. Keep in mind that you do have to pay the taxes on the full cost of the items before coupons but your savings can be quite high. I spent a total of 84.71 at Walmart and Save on Foods and saved a total of 167.29 this included free items and purchasing items on sale with coupons and stacking coupons at save on foods making items a dollar or less that are regularly priced five dollars or more. For example they had the large 165 ml Colgate Optic white toothpaste on sale for 2.99 I had two different coupons for a dollar off I stacked them getting the toothpaste for .99 regular price is 5.49 that is a four dollar and fifty cent savings that stayed in my pocket. Another example About a month ago tear pads were out at Save on for buy two hunts snack pac puddings save two dollars on fresh fruit. They were on sale two for three dollars and I saved two dollars on the purchase of my fresh fruit. Every penny counts when your trying to live well on a tight budget but it is possible. Cassie shows you so many ways and does a great job of it. I have been using coupons for 30 years and it was invaluable to me as a single parent raising two kids with a limited budget. It does take time and planning and you have to give yourself the flexibility when you find the sales to stock up but I have gotten many free items or almost free items from being diligent with sales and coupons. I even used my Optimum points to purchase an LED tv for my bedroom. I ended up out of pocket forty eight dollars and change and that was taxes and environment fees.

  10. Jeannine says:

    Our RCSS in Penticton gave me a hard time, and I took my complaints to Head Office, which then gave Penticton a terse turnaround. The bottom line is they lost a lot of business. I shop Walmart, price match, and they treat you so well there. The only thing I feel bad about is the line up I create when I go. Cassie thanks for the mail in rebate tip – I didn’t know you could coupon, then get the product and then get the full rebate. I would have thought you would just get the item for the reduced amount. I got a lot of free items that way. Thanks for your input here !!

  11. Karen Thaeter says:

    I recently encountered a problem with a checkout girl at Giant Tiger.
    She told me that I couldn’t use my coupons for products that were on sale.
    It stated on the coupon for the Quantum powerball dishwasher tabs—not to be used in conjunction with any other offer,or discounts.I am sure all the coupons generally say this,but never had a problem before.
    After checking with the manager that it was ok,she then told me I could use only one coupon on the entire purchase!
    I had 2 coupons,and 2 pk of detergent,and had to argue with her again about how each one was a separate purchase,
    Frustrating,but has anyone else ever had this problem with items on sale?

    • Nat says:

      I had a frustrating experience at No Frills a little while ago. I found Keurig cups on clearance (50% off pink stickers) and had just printed a 2$ coupon for that exact product before heading to the store. I was also told that because the product was on sale and the coupon indicated “cannot be combined with any other offer” I could not use it. The manager told me that all other stores are wrong for accepting coupons when an item is on sale and has that note and that they do not abide by proper coupon policy. I still haven’t managed to use those coupons 🙁 On the plus side, every time I use a coupon with a sale now I get a good laugh, because I am always reminded that sales and coupons cannot be combined! 😉

  12. I am new to the couponing. So I should use my coupons on Sale and Trial Size Items to get the free or major discount?

  13. Andrea says:

    So I am new to this and I am wondering if I print a coupon and it is say for a $1.00 off of Kitty Litter and the litter costs $10.00 can I use this coupon 10 times? I see that they can do this in the States so I am just wondering if we can do this in Canada? Thanks for the information that you supply!

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