Let’s face it we all know the world of coupon frenzy became popular due to the TLC show Extreme Couponing. As a Canadian couponer I always hear “Too bad we couldn’t do what the do in the States” . HUH? OH you saw that show on TV and get all wrapped up in the hype too. Have you really taken a close look at the products they buy on those big hauls they do? I can only speak for myself however I do not need nor would I feed my children 400 packages of starchy instant noodles; nor do I required a stockpile of 400 bottles of pop; or soda as they refer to it south of the boarder. The show these huge stock piles and you get amazed! I have a stockpile too and I live in Nova Scotia !
One main difference from the US VS Canada I find is with our “rewards” system. In the USA you frequently see them use savings cards where they save instantly at the checkout whereas our rewards are in the forms of mail in rebates, Points (that can be redeemed later). Have you ever watched an extreme coupon show from the USA and you see them do what we can do in Canada; esp at our Shoppers Drug Mart Mega Event? Or hear them say WHOOH I got this many bonus points? There rewards are instant; and we need to wait for ours. Would you rather get $200 in items totally free in the USA that consists of many multiples of the same item or would you rather pay $10 for $200 worth of items in Canada at Shoppers and score $60 in Optimum Points to use later (on whatever you little heart desires) , Scan your receipt on the savings apps & than mail in your receipt to score some sort of a Mail in Rebate?
In the USA did you know most places you can only purchase so much cough medicine at various other products in multiples of 2 only and they don’t offer coupons for those.
Which would I rather? 10 bottles of Children’s Tylenol for when the kids get sick that I paid $10 for after coupons or 30 bottles of soda I paid $10 for in the US with coupons?
I can’t speak for everyone however I would rather have 40 boxes of tampons and pads that I got for free than to have 40 bags of cat food for a cat I don’t have.
I know I have used my rewards from various programs such as Air Mile, Optimum to buy items such as laptops, video game systems, prescriptions at the drug store, gas and more! Mail in rebates I have received Pre Paid Credit Cards, Clothing, Gift Cards, Bags, Free products, Checks and more!
How many play-stations & Laptops have you seen on Extreme Couponing TLC? If you live in Canada YOU CAN save & get your balance down to low low low numbers and score a huge amount of points and other bonus’s. You can live in Canada and actually walk out of stores and yes the stores will pay you to do it.
Originally Published on: Dec 1, 2013 @ 12:04