And This One Time, At Coupon Camp…

I have a confession to make. There was a time, back when we only had one child, where I may have been one of those crazy coupon binder people that you see on the show Extreme Couponing. Now, I don’t want to say that I am not proud of this fact, because let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with trying to save a few dollars for your family. The problem is in the way I was running this elaborate couponing scheme.

I would visit all my favourite coupon sites, like Save.Ca, print out every coupon they had available, even if I didn’t need them, and then store them in my little black book until they expired. Sure, I used the good ones but I was wasting way more than I used and, in the end, my incompetence became way too much work to manage. Fast forward to today and I feel like I have come a long way from those days of sandwiching coupons for allergy medication (we have no allergies) with a coupon for $1.50 off a Lady Bic disposable razor.

These days I do almost all of my online deal searching at Save.Ca because they have a virtual one stop shop for everything from coupons to flyers and other great deals. They even let you create an online shopping list by clicking on items from the various flyers. Just because I didn’t make it a binder carrying couponer, doesn’t mean I can’t still save money on the things my family actually NEED. In fact, as I was typing this post, I popped in to see what was new and found these two amazing deals immediately:

Michaels CouponIndigo Books

If you are still reading this, I have to ask you why you haven’t already left to check out everything that Save.Ca has to offer?? Okay, okay, before you go I will leave you with the best advice I can give for new couponing families: Only collect and grab the coupons/deals you need! If you only use one type of laundry detergent, don’t print coupons for three different brands. Yes, they are shiny and remind you of money, but you will end up throwing them out and those detergents will never know what it’s like to feel the love of a shopper who is getting a deal.

I think I’ve rambled on enough, don’t you? Look a little bit lower, watch the video about how awesome Save.Ca is and then thank me after you’ve saved 40% on that new glue gun from Michaels, that you have absolutely no use for.

Disclosure: I received compensation for my work with Save.Ca. That said, I couldn’t have made this up if I tried and the whole thing is 100% true.

11 replies
  1. Coffee with Julie
    Coffee with Julie says:

    Um, why did you never tell me about this before?? Coupons for Indigo? I’m in!! I’d never heard of this site before. Bookmarking it today.

    p.s. Yes, I will totally bring up this coupon binder at an event and mock you mercilessly.

  2. Carla
    Carla says:

    I love love my coupon binder! I only started using coupons in the past two years (when I started mat leave) but I can’t imagine not using them. is definitely one of my fave sites to get coupons from!

  3. Shari G
    Shari G says:

    I get the point of a coupon binder, but hubby does most of the shopping and every time I get him to use one something goes horribly wrong. He always says Let me tell you what happened with your coupon that I saved $0.50 off of Cheerios with…. Yeah it’s not pretty.

    And then I always forget to use them if I go. Really good coupons on stuff we buy.

    I do remember to use Michaels coupons! But I have the iphone app and I remember b/c I usually see someone else with a coupon.


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