It’s not often that you will see me buying a cart full of groceries at Shoppers Drug Mart (the store is WAY overpriced for most things), but when you do, I have a very good reason for it. That reason is likely because I am getting a boatload of Shoppers Optimum Reward points for buying a whole whack of stuff (or, I’m redeeming those points for a ton of free goodies).
In my opinion, the Shoppers Optimum Rewards program is the best rewards program that is offered in Canada. I am not paid by Shoppers Drug Mart to promote their program (I wish!), but I love it so much that I tell everyone who will listen.
It really is quite simple to rack up lots of Optimum points in a short period.
Tips on How to Earn Shoppers Optimum Rewards Points Fast:
1. Only shop on Bonus Point Days
This should be obvious, but many people don’t know that the only time you should ever set foot inside a Shoppers Drug Mart location is when they are hosting a bonus point promotion (20x the points, 8,000 points when you spend $50, etc.).
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule (prescription pick-up, checking out clearance deals, or only buying their special sale items), but generally I tell people to avoid Shopper’s Drug Mart until a special points promotion is going on.
Tip: Coupons count towards your out-of-pocket total. If you need to spend $50 to earn 20x the points on your transaction, and want to use $20 worth of coupons, you will only spend $30, but will earn points on that $50 price.
2. Watch for Bonus Point Coupons and Offers
There are always special bonus point offers available that you can use to bump up your points faster.
Check out the Shoppers Drug Mart website for printable point coupons and notifications of in store points offers, and always pay attention to the shelves while you are shopping in store, because some products will advertise special offers (buy 2 Windex, earn 500 points, for example).
3. Always check out the clearance rack
Almost every Shoppers Drug Mart store has a clearance rack inside. Find this rack at your location and make it a habit to check it out regularly. The clearance deals at Shoppers Drug Mart are some of my favourites.
Keep in mind that just because something is on clearance, doesn’t mean you can’t earn points on that item. Check out this area of your store for great deals that you can pick up, and earn points in the process.
Tip: Some clearance items also offer special point offers, so watch for these stickers, too!
4. Buy a Shoppers Optimum gift card
Although you don’t earn points when you buy other store gift cards at Shoppers Drug Mart, you will earn points when you purchase gift cards for Shoppers Drug Mart.
Note: You will only earn regular points on these cards, not bonus points (so no buying a $50 gift card on 20x the points day and expecting to earn 20x the points on that gift card purchase).
Tip: Make sure to purchase a gift card before you shop to earn these extra points.
Like I mentioned, I really do believe that the Shoppers Optimum program is the best rewards program in Canada. There’s no other program out there (that I know of, anyway) that will reward you with so many points for so little cash out-of-pocket.
Be sure to check out my Free E-Book, The Ultimate Guide to Shoppers Optimum Rewards for many more tips on maximizing your points at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Editors Note: I agree with Cassie about the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Rewards program being the best of its kind in Canada (aside from Canadian Tire ermmm tools are good too). Over the past year we redeemed over $1300 in points to furnish our home with 3 televisions, 2 net-books blue ray player, hard drive, cologne, perfume, and food. Shopping on 20x points events, using coupons with flyer deals and being part of the Optimum plus program also helped. As for the electronics they are still working like a charm! Check out Cassie’s Free E-book and shop Shoppers Drug Mart like a pro!
Guest Post By: Cassie Howard is a work at home mom living in Vaughan, Ontario. She writes daily on her coupon blog, MrsJanuary.com a website dedicated to frugal living. She’s what many would call an extreme couponer and saves an average of 50% off her grocery bill every week. You can connect with Cassie on Facebook and Twitter.
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