How To Get The Best Deal (With This Little Secret)

The secret on getting the best deal

The word “deal” is SO overused.

Everyone and their mom thinks they got an AMAZING deal on the latest thing-a-majig they bought from so-and-so.

Psssssst. Here’s a little secret:

You likely got an average deal at BEST.

At worst - you got taken for a ride and paid an inflated price for something that was camouflaged as a deal.

Marketers are so good these days they know what you’re thinking even BEFORE you do - if you caught a good “sale” - then you paid exactly what they wanted you to.

Don’t get me wrong, smartly shopping sales and clearances can land you some pretty good deals, but that’s just the start of what’s possible.

The real secret?

In one word ... STACKING.

What Is Deal Stacking?

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Extreme Price Comparison - ALWAYS Find The Lowest Price

Extreme price comparison, how to always find the lowest price

I don’t know about you…

But, whenever I buy something, I’m always wondering if I got the lowest price. There’s often a lingering doubt that I could have found it cheaper elsewhere.

I don’t like that feeling - but I don’t always have the time or energy to make sure I got the best deal. And that’s ok!

When I DO find the time though - I can be pretty fanatical about it. In fact, I’ve developed a handy process that you too can use for tracking down rock bottom prices.

The best part is you can pick and choose those steps you have the time for and skip those you don’t. You’ll still wind up with a REALLY good price after all.

Here’s what you do:

1) Choose Your Product

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How To Read Coupon Fine Print And Increase Your Savings (Now)

How to read coupon fine print and increase your savingsEver been denied the use of a coupon at the register because of the fine print?

Has it happened to you even when you were sure your coupon is valid?

You’re not alone! Coupon fine print can be very confusing and even cashiers often have a wrong understanding of exactly what it all means. By arming yourself with the proper definitions, you’ll know when to stand your ground or when to walk away and use a different coupon another day.

The manufacturer is the one who writes the fine print, which is why it is often interpreted differently by some retailers. It’s best to be aware of these differences before you plan your shopping trip.

Related: The Ultimate Guide To Stacking Coupons And Deals On Groceries

15 Coupon Terms You Need to Know

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The Ultimate Guide To Stacking Coupons And Deals On Groceries

The ultimate guide to stacking coupons and deals on groceriesI’ve been couponing for years now, and have heard many like-minded people state that this cannot be done in Canada effectively.

In the United States, it seems like a fairly easy thing to accomplish. We’ve all seen the shows: lucky shoppers who manage to bring their checkout totals down so low that they are being paid to wheel all those goodies out the door! Those examples are more of a half truth. Only the best shopping trips are highlighted on the show, and in the States there are much fewer restrictions on the use of coupons.

Here in Canada, as usual, we are over regulated in terms and conditions and couponing is no exception. The only store I am aware of that allows customers to more than one paper coupon on a single item is London Drugs, which I explain fully in a section below. But don’t lose hope, there is a way for us crafty Canadians to come out on top!

What Type Of Offers Can Be Stacked

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My System For Stacking Grocery Deals & Coupons

My system for stacking grocery deals and couponsSo, you have an organized binder full of great coupons and maybe you have even signed up with one or more of the Canadian coupon apps and are ready to find yourself some good deals. There’s only one problem: digging through your coupon binder and trying to match them with sale prices can be very time consuming.

I’m here to tell you that there is an easier way, and the system to do it all for you is a program already installed on your computer! It will not only help you find great deals, but sometimes you’ll even score free items when you stack paper coupons with online offers and rewards programs. When going through the weekly flyers, it will help you prepare a detailed shopping list to take with you to the grocery store.

“Window Shopping”

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The Top 5 Cash Back Couponing Apps For Canadians

Top 5 cash-back couponing apps for CanadiansMany brand manufacturers are opting to go paperless when offering coupons on their products. When you consider the printing, paper and postage costs they incur with paper coupons, it makes sense because they can still offer great savings to potential customers while controlling their costs.

Since there are often no restrictions except for size and quantity on these offers, some really great stacking opportunities can present themselves, which is great news for couponers. All that is needed to access these apps is a compatible smartphone and a data plan or wireless connection.

Quite often the same product will be offered on more than one app, in addition to paper coupons, meaning you might get 3 or more discounts on the same product!

The Top 5 Apps In Detail

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Multiply Your Savings With A Coupon Book

Multiply your savings with a coupon bookLast year I managed to save a significant amount of money on groceries by using coupons I found in a coupon book.

Not only did I save money from the coupons I found, I also managed to multiply my savings so that I saved much more than originally planned.

Stumbling My Way To Big Savings

My strategy for multiplying my savings was something I stumbled upon in the process of using my coupons.

I bought a coupon book online for a fundraiser that raises money for local schools. The coupon book cost $20 but was huge – it had hundreds of coupons inside. I bought it for the grocery coupons as those were the ones that I knew I would use and would save me money. The book had about $60 in grocery coupons that I was sure to use, so I’d easily make my money back.

In the process of searching for the coupon book through online classifieds I noticed that there were others who were in the same position I was – they also bought the coupon book but would only use 5-10 coupons out of the hundreds that were available.

I noticed ads placed by others who wanted to trade the coupons they weren’t planning to use for the ones they would use.

Related: Couponing For Beginners

It was easy to find plenty of people to trade coupons with, as certain people were looking for certain coupons and almost everyone had coupons they weren’t planning to use.

I contacted a few of them and asked if they’d want to trade and I was in luck. I traded with numerous people via regular mail since it saved us the time and hassle of meeting to trade for relatively low-value coupons.

How Much Money I’ve Saved

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Organizing Your Coupon Binder Made Easy

Organizing your coupon binder made easyFor those who are just getting started with using coupons, you may find it a bit overwhelming to keep track of them. Perhaps you get frustrated trying to locate a specific coupon while in the grocery store, or get shot down at the cashier for not noticing that one has expired. There is a simple way to ensure your shopping trips go quickly and smoothly: organization!

Give Your Coupon Binder An Upgrade

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How To Get Started With Couponing

How to get started with couponingYou may have seen the show Extreme Couponing, or may have been stuck behind an "extreme couponer" at the checkout. How do they do it? Where do they get those coupons from? Does it take a long time to plan and get organized? Well, read on to find out!

I didn't use coupons until a few years ago when I discovered coupon inserts in our local flyers. When I looked through them, I would clip the few coupons I thought I would need and recycled the rest. Back then, I could hold these few coupons in my wallet and still find them easily. Over time, I realized that you could actually get free items, or even make money with coupons!

This was a whole new revelation. I began saving coupons for products that I didn't ordinarily use on the chance that I could pick up a great deal. Generally, these bargains were not on my tested and true brands. Often, I had to purchase something we'd never tried before, but it was close to free or free. At that price, we could definitely afford to try it out!

Gradually, a small stockpile began to take shape. To keep clutter to a minimum, the products that I couldn't use before the expiry date or didn't need were either donated or shared with others. My ever expanding coupon collection needed a new home, so I now keep them in a sturdy pencil case. Extra coupons that I may not use but are still valid, I keep in a letter tray.

Years have gone by since my first days of couponing and I now have enough for our household that I don't need to jump on every sale. In fact, if you do miss a sale, keep in mind that sales occur in cycles and another is right around the corner.

Related: What To Do When Something You Already Bought Goes On Sale

Know What You Need

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PC Plus Loyalty Program Review And Tips

PC Plus Loyalty Program review and tipsThe Loblaws Company points program, originally called PC Points, has been around since 1998. Initially one could only earn points at a select few Loblaws grocery stores. In the spring of 2013, the program expanded to include other stores under the Loblaws banner throughout Ontario as a trial run, and subsequently expanded to all provinces in November of 2013.

When the revamped program first rolled out, there were some technical glitches as the new program is largely digital now and minor issues go with the territory. Some customers experienced the app crashing at checkout, and some lost points as opposed to gaining them. However, the customer service for this program is fast so a quick call in will get any issue resolved.

Why You Should Join

The PC Plus program gives you points for things you are most likely to buy. By swiping your card on every visit, the program learns your buying patterns and begins to adjust its offers to best suit what you would actually purchase. In turn, those points can be used to purchase just about anything in the store.

This program significantly closes the gap on the lack of coupons for fresh produce. You can actually earn points on fruits and vegetables and can redeem points for them as well. Users can also specify dietary restrictions such as “vegetarian”, which would keep the program from offering you points on meat, making sure the focus is on what you prefer. This is currently the most personalized grocery loyalty program available. Keep reading » about PC Plus Loyalty Program Review And Tips