Are coupon apps replacing paper coupons?

SAVE WITH YOUR MOBILE PHONE   Instant savings coupon apps in Canada are popping up all over the place so fast that it’s hard for me to keep track these days. The mobile coupon is becoming a household name and the savings are waiting to be claimed. All those people who said you couldn’t get savings on healthy foods will be eating their words because coupon apps are here to stay. As you can see from the photo you can now save money on all sorts of produce ranging from yams to lettuce and tomatoes. Is the savings worth your time now? Saving money in your grocery budget using your mobile phone, provided you have one means no more carting around big bulky coupon binders. To be honest when I started the weekly grocery game challenge here at CBB I never dreamed there would be grocery saving apps the way they are around today. I can remember starting to order coupons from save.ca years ago and then realizing that there were more companies that were willing to send out coupons in the mail. It was a great way for us to cut back on spending while grocery shopping but it […]

Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money!

YOU DON’T NEED TO USE EVERY COUPON THAT YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON   I know it sounds strange that I’m saying to let your coupons expire and save money but the reality is for some people, they can’t let them expire. The coupon binder seems to be a fixture in most grocery carts (British: shopping trolley) these days and if you don’t believe me have a gander inside other people’s carts next time you shop. I’m not saying it’s a negative, but we stopped bringing our binder because we would overspend on the odd occasion while shopping. Now we leave the coupon binder at home or in the car and only take out the coupons we need for that shop. There’s not many times we have the heart pumping “start the car” moments anymore and we’re happy with that.   What We’ve Learned    If you follow Canadian Budget Binder you know that I started The Grocery Game Challenge  (GGC) back in early 2012 with much success over the past year. The birth of the GGC was because my wife and I were spending far too much money on groceries for 2 people. We thought we were doing better than […]

Check Out Checkout 51: Technology and Coupons in Check!

DON’T MISS THE SAVINGS   Checkout 51 mobile app, have you heard you can get Cash Back on every day items you buy at local retailers in your area? Get in on the action and start saving money in your grocery budget with Checkout 51, the hottest cash back money-saving app around! What is Checkout 51?   Based out of Toronto, Checkout 51 is a Canadian cash back program that allows shoppers the opportunity to save money on products they love. It is FREE Apple IOS app that you download, then shop using the weekly Checkout 51 offer list, and finally upload a picture of your receipt to the app to earn cash back in your Checkout 51 account. EASY! Android For Checkout 51  Is Finally Here! NEW Update: April 18, 2013 –Download Checkout 51 Android App or -Or search “Checkout 51″ in the Play Store Yes, it is 2013! Technology for couponing and saving money in Canada just got exciting!   How to use Checkout 51 with coupons?   The BEST part about Checkout 51 is that you can use coupons to save even more on the offered products each week (offers run Thursday – Wednesday). Checkout 51 lists approximately 10 […]

Capitalize on Boxing Day Deals in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada is most commonly viewed as a day of fighting through hoards of shoppers beginning in the early hours of the morning. Boxing Day is the day immediately following Christmas during which huge numbers of people will line up for hours outside of stores in the hopes of scoring the best deals. Happening yearly on December 26th, it’s the kind of holiday that people partake in without actually knowing why they’re celebrating it or even when it started. It’s also the time of year during which scores of naysayers argue that boxing day sales aren’t as rock-bottom as they would expect, but the main thing that needs to be understood is that older models and items will be heavily discounted, while a brand new TV that came out this year will unlikely be. The Meaning of Boxing Day and it’s History Though it’s unclear how Boxing Day truly originated, a few historical facts (or perhaps passed-down rumours that were never true to begin with) stand out: On the day following Christmas, wealthy masters of the household would hand servants gifts inside of a wooden or clay container as a kind of token of appreciation for the year, and more specifically for […]

How to Earn Optimum Points Fast at Shoppers Drug Mart

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 […]

Make The Most Out Of Black Friday Deals Without Crossing the Border

With at least 18% of Canadians expected to cross the border to enjoy deals on Black Friday in the U.S., some might be wondering if it’s even possible to save money from within Canada? I’ve been blogging about shopping deals and frugal living in Canada for a few years now, and I wanted to share some of my best tips to get the most out of your Black Friday shopping in Canada. That’s right, there are some great discounts to enjoy on our side of the border too! Black Friday Deals in Canada Since the Canadian dollar is now on par with the U.S., many Canadians have picked up the habit of crossing the border to shop the Black Friday sales. Now, Canadian stores aren’t blind, they have taken note, so that more and more Canadian retail stores are also offering comparable deals on Black Friday to keep paying customers on Canadian soil. Shopping the Black Friday deals in Canada avoids the long waiting lines at customs and the crazy hordes in shopping centres while saving money on gas too. Some offers might not be as good as what’s on offer in the U.S. (it’s getting closer though). But you also need to take into consideration […]