When I had cable and watched Extreme Couponing on TLC, I was addicted to using coupons. It was a thrill when my coupons worked at the cashier… I would wonder “will it work? Or maybe it won’t?” as the cashier rung up my purchases. Then I would feel a sense of joy as my bill went down to almost nothing.
Since that time (which was a few years ago) I haven’t had the time or energy to save money by clipping coupons anymore because I found that most of the items that I bought courtesy of coupons ended up being boxed processed goods and unhealthy. Today, I save money mainly by buying fresh groceries and avoiding the middle aisles of the grocery store, and only shopping on the perimeter.
However, there are times when I need to buy things like toilet paper or shampoo for example, that I think ‘gosh I wish I had a coupon’. I start thinking about the days when I saved so much money by clipping coupons, but then I don’t want to invest the time and energy into scouring coupons and printing them up and keeping them in a folder anymore.
Here are some ways to save money on your future grocery bills:
Download the Flipp App
Enter the Internet generation! Gone are the days of going through the flyers and circling what you want to buy. The Flipp app is great for your weekly shopping trips. It delivers digitalized circulars/flyers from over 800 retailers in North America. Here are some things that you can do with the Flipp app:
- “Clip” or circle coupons for later reference from the flyers that you want to read, all you have to do is tap the item and it circles it for you and keeps it in a clipping section of the app
- Read flyers on demand (especially if you don’t get certain flyers delivered to you on a regular basis)
- Search for certain products- for example, if you search for “bananas” you can get a list of grocers with flyers advertising bananas
- Create a shopping list and Flipp will find retailers with your items for sale
- Look at reviews- if you tap and hold an item in a clipping, you can get additional product information
Download the Checkout 51 App
Checkout 51 is another great app that was first created in Toronto, Canada and has since expanded to our neighbours down south. You first have to register and set up an account in order to set up your payment method. Checkout 51 provides a new batch of weekly savings on a Thursday and if you forget your coupons on your grocery shop (or if you’re too embarrassed to clip coupons and hand them over to the cashier), don’t worry about it, you can claim them through Checkout 51. It also has rebates, so that you don’t have to do the work of clipping the rebate and mailing it in to get your offer.
With Checkout 51, you can:
- Go grocery shopping and purchase your goods. Go home and review your Checkout 51 offers, and click on the ones you want to claim (the ones that you purchased that show up on your receipt).
- Review coupons beforehand and ‘clip’ them to save them for later use
- Upload your receipt and wait a day or two to see whether your coupon redemption has been approved
- Once you hit $20, Checkout 51 will send you payment for all your hard earned coupon clipping work
- You can also use REGULAR coupons and STACK them with Checkout 51, so you get DOUBLE savings! Talk about win-win!
Print Out Coupons Online Before you Shop
Finally, you can do it the old fashioned way and research coupons ahead of time before you shop. Print them out and bring them to your grocery store, and don’t forget to show them to the cashier! The annoying thing is that there are multiple sites and multiple passwords that you need to keep current in order to have access to these coupons. Might be a good idea to keep a reminder of the different passwords and different websites that you use for your coupon printouts.
Some reputable printable coupon sites in Canada include:
- Smart Source- Smartsource.ca
- Life Made Delicious- Lifemadedelicious.ca (for General Mills products)
- P&G Everyday- PGEveryday.ca
- Websaver- Websaver.ca
Readers, do you have other ways that help save you money on your grocery bill?