We have an affinity for copying U.S. and U.K. TV shows here in Canada. TLC has released a new show, Extreme Couponing. Extreme Couponing follows along as savvy shoppers plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.
Couponing and Rebates are a way of life in the U.S. I look forward to my Sunday Arizona Republic. It’s about 2″ thick with half the space being filled with store flyers and coupon books. On the front page of the Republic they promote the fact that the paper contains “over $200.00 in coupon savings”. You get at least two booklets that are nothing but coupons.
Virtually every grocery store (Albertsons, Frys, Bashas etc) publishes a 5 – 10 page flyer with their weekly specials featuring BOGO (Buy One Get One Free), 10 for $10.00 and discounted prices. Some stores (Fry’s) even offers to “double the discount” on any manufacturers coupons in addition
We will never see is Extreem Couponing Canada and here’s why.
So I get this weeks Saturday’s Star, virtually no flyers, just a small 4 page coupon book. No 2 for 1’s just a couple of $0.50 off coupons if I buy two bottles of vitamins or $1.00 off a new toothbrush. Basically the people who need coupons the most have the hardest time finding them unless they are already in the store and pick up a flyer with this weeks specials. Tech savvy individuals can spend their day surfing Canadian manufactures websites to see what they are offering or take a look at some of the coupon sites for printable coupons (see site listings at end of blog). The net is that Canadian manufacturers and stores don’t want you to use coupons, if they did they would make it easier.Most of the coupons online and printed are for health care, beauty or cleaning products. Some BOGO but most $1.00 – $3.00 off.
There are virtually no coupons for food. If you printed every online food coupon expiring May 31st you would get $8.25 off your purchases. Some coupons do not meet store acceptance requirements (barcode etc) see below.
So there you have it, not enough coupons to fill a 10 minute show!
So here’s the Retailer poop!
This is from Zellers, they are going to have to compete with Target in the near future…
Thank you for your e-mail inquiring about our Coupon policy and informing us that you have faced problems while trying to use coupons at our stores.
We are sorry for the trouble that you have faced while using coupons at the stores. Please be advised that our stores will accept manufacturer’s coupons provided that they contain a barcode and the terms and conditions which are fully legible. We will also accept on-line manufacturer’s coupons but only those from the vendor’s website.
In case you find it difficult to print the coupon from the internet then please note that the coupon can be printed via the print button underneath the coupon page, or alternatively using the PDF version (again, available through a button underneath the page). Please be advised that it suffices to print the initial email as well, if the actual coupon cannot be printed. You can print the email itself and show
this when you are ready to purchase. Now we are working towards a solution that allows customers to just show the emails from their Smart phone at the counter.
The value of the coupon must not exceed the current retail price of the item being purchased. If the coupon states that it is only one per purchase, then you may only use one coupon per purchase. If the coupon indicates, one per item, then you may use more than one coupon per purchase but only one per item. If a coupon value is higher than the cost of an item, then you may not be able to use that coupon to purchase that particular item.
Hope we have been able answer all your questions. Should you require further assistance please contact the Bay Customer Service at
1-800-521-2364 or Zellers Customer Service at 1-888-226-2225 Monday through Saturday 8am to Midnight, Sunday 10am to 9pm EST.
Another one from Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart Canada Coupon Policy
Thank you for writing to us. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Our stores have been directed to refer to the conditions printed on the coupon when accepting. As all coupons are different, we do not have a specific coupon policy in place at this time. We would suggest speaking with the Front Store Manager directly with any further inquiries or concerns you may have.
This being said, to answer your questions:
1. Internet coupons are usually accepted by our stores.
2. One coupon per purchase means one coupon per item per purchase although stores may limit quantities; often a limit of four.
3. A cashier can adjust the coupon discount if it is higher than the sale price TO the sale price. This would likely be done manually.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Service Call Centre at 1-800-SHOPPERs should you require assistance in locating store contact information.
In most cases Costco’s price is less than retailer with coupon. Buyer beware.
More on store policies at http://www.mrsjanuary.com/canada-store-coupon-policies/
Online Printable Coupons at http://www.mrsjanuary.com/free-canada-printable-coupons/
Stay tuned for my view on Rebates.