A couple of things that I missed this month:
There are a couple of topics that I missed (or I have talked a little bit on comments in other posts but haven’t mentioned in the blogs themselves) that I’d like to touch on for my fourth last day of Extreme Couponing.
- Loblaws coupon wall. As suggested by a couple of friends, there is a wall when you enter Loblaws (and some other groceries stores) that has all the tearpad coupons for the store on it. If you’re shopping in Loblaws, it’s worth stopping by there first to see if there is a coupon for anything you want to buy. It will save you a little money for hardly any effort.
- International couponing. Although coupons exist in other countries, I can’t find anywhere else that is as coupon crazy as the United States. As my friend in Australia said “Coupons (as a lifestyle or a sport) are not common in Australia. There is a little bit of couponing, and a few “cash back” offers after you purchase an item, but it is fairly uncommon here.” (I’m sure there is a social significance, but that’s a bigger issue than I have time for here…)
- Coupon trains. “A coupon train is a large envelope(envie) full of coupons, and a list of addresses – that shows the order (or who to send the train to next). Each person in turn receives the envelope and removes the coupons they want (and those that have expired) and then adds more coupons. And then the train goes around again.” (frugalshopper.ca) I didn’t have the chance to join a coupon train this month, but they are an important part of couponing culture and needed to be mentioned.
- Coupon trading. There are also online lists (like this one at frugalshopper.ca) where you can either post your wish list of coupons you want, or post coupons you have to trade.
- Online coupon community. Couponing and saving money have an extensive online community of people who support each other. If you’ve been inspired to become an extreme couponer yourself, they are always happy to have more people join their community of super savers. Two such sites in Canada are smartcanucks.ca and frugalshopper.ca.
- Requesting coupons by mail. Some companies will mail you coupons if you request them by e-mail. Click here for Mrs January’s list of Canadian companies that will mail you free coupons. I have tried this with one company, but haven’t received the coupon yet.