Check Out Checkout 51: Technology and Coupons in Check!

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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 HERE 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 – 15 offers a week (products and discount vary) that when combined with sales AND coupons at your favourite stores can save you tons of money each week.

Coupon Christine does weekly Checkout 51 ad match-ups for Ontario to get the biggest bang for your Checkout 51-buck! I love this program and have already received two cheques from Checkout 51 valued at over $50 total!


Who Can Use Checkout 51?


If you are a Canadian resident (excluding the province of Quebec) and you have an Iphone, Ipad or Ipod and are able to take clear photos of your receipts you can easily become a member of Checkout 51.

If you are an Android or other smartphone user, they are working hard to get you in on the action so hang tight!

Another great feature of Checkout 51 is it is set up to allow all members an equal sharing of the offers. You can choose to purchase all offers on the list, but you are limited to cash back on 1 product per Checkout 51 account.


How does Checkout 51 get paid?


Checkout 51 has made some amazing contacts that have agreed to release a limited amount of offers each week to its members. Once they reach the limit set out from the companies, they do not give any more refunds.

Great offers go fast like Heinz Ketchup, Huggies wipes and Coca-Cola offers, so shop early and submit your receipt to not be disappointed

Will we start to see Checkout 51 permit its members to buy more than 1 product? Time will tell: The team at Checkout 51 have a very close relationship to Coupon Christine and they tell her that the more Checkout 51 is used, the more exciting the offers will be”.

Coupons and technology, are we excited? Heck yes! If you are a Canadian couponer, you can relate to the ‘pain’ of non-scannable coupons, cashiers that read coupons over three times before accepting, and long line ups behind us at the checkout.


Couponing and Checkout 51


Is Checkout 51 paving the road for Canadian couponers? 

Will other online coupon distributors (;;, see the benefits of moving away from the cost and time it takes to distribute; mail; and process returned coupons?

In an ideal “coupon world”, downloadable coupon app software would allow us to download the coupons we want, submit our receipts, and earn cash back in online accounts. No more clipping coupons and carrying around those heavy coupon binders.

It is definitely a win for the couponers, but also a huge score for companies looking to find out details on shopping habits. Who is shopping at which store, what time of day and what else they are buying.

Not to promote a “big brother world” for us to be leery of, but let us envision the personal gain from a couponers stand-point on saving time and money with ease of online applications.

Will companies lose those who are not technologically savvy? Will companies gain a new younger generation of money-savers?

Time will tell. Checkout 51 is the first of its kind in Canada to allow companies direct access to its customers via an app. Simply providing offers, companies and Checkout 51 can get instant access on how much of their product is being purchased across Canada. Pretty cool if you ask me!


How Do I Use Checkout 51- The Basics?


  1. Download the Checkout 51 app to your Apple IOS device (find Checkout 51 in the app store) NEW! Download to your Android!!
  2. Checkout 51 has a list of offers issued every week (offers are live Thursday – Wednesday).  
  3. You go to any retailer in Canada (excluding Quebec) and buy the offers on the list (you do not need to buy all of them, but you are limited to 1 product per Checkout 51 account). You must get the exact product listed.
  4. Upload a CLEAR and readable picture of the ENTIRE receipt in English and upload it to the iPhone app Checkout 51
  5. You get an email confirmation from Checkout 51 if the picture was clear and processed
  6. You check your account to make sure the $$ has been placed into your account
  7. Once you reach $20 you can request a cheque to get cash back (using your online account).

What do you think of this innovation in couponing and money-saving?

I personally think I am going to sit back, put my feet up and enjoy the Checkout 51 ride with a bowl full of Orville Redenbachers popcorn that I earned $2 cash back on!

If you haven’t signed up to Checkout 51 take a moment and set yourself up, become a member today. Download Checkout 51 from the app Store. Start saving your hard-earned money the easy way!

If you need more Help for Checkout 51 the website contains all the information you need or you can contact the Help Desk for Support.

Contribution Post By:  

Christine (aka Coupon Christine) is passionate about couponing and saving money. Coupon Christine started with just a few hundred fans in the spring of 2012 and she now has over 7500 fans on her Facebook page.

She is also the brains behind Coupon Allstars Canada. Coupon Christine has Bloggers that feature deals and coupon match-ups to their provinces like she does for her Ontario Fans.


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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 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-BookThe 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,  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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