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Printing Coupons: Java Troubleshooting (SmartSource)

Many forum members have mentioned issues printing SmartSource coupons recently. According to SmartSource, often the issue comes from java updates on your computer.  Your computer asks for an update, you click yes, but it does not fully uninstall the old version and some browsers (especially Firefox and Internet Explorer) have issues when there are multiple …Read More

Using Mail in Rebates on Promotion Day Tips

While we all love to make the most of our coupons and rebates to save, mail in rebates have specific requirements that mean that using multiple rebates for free points on 20x day at Shoppers Drug Mart or towards spend $60 for Checkout 51 may not work out so well for you. We often get …Read More

How To Make The Most Of Your Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Card – Bonus Point Days

Since today is an optimum promotion at Shoppers Drug Mart, I thought it would be a good time to give an overview of getting the most from your Optimum cards for those who have one in their wallet and rarely use it. The basic Shoppers Drug Mart program gives you 10 points per dollar spent …Read More

Tips For Entering Contests

See people entering contests and wish it could be you winning? SmartCanucks’ member koala shared her tips and tricks for winning contests with us in the contest forum. Nothing beats the high of receiving that Congratulations email, or “the” phone call.  On occasion, notification may arrive by mail, or will just arrive at your doorstep.  …Read More

Say Goodbye To The Penny

Just a reminder that we are saying goodbye to the Penny on February 4th.  Businesses will start to round totals for cash only to the nearest $0.05. Totals ending in $0.01 rounded down to $0.00 Totals ending in $0.02 rounded down to $0.00 Totals ending in $0.03 rounded up to $0.05 Totals ending in $0.04 …Read More

Mail in Rebates – Are They Worth It?

Mail in Rebates can get you free items, but there is some risk attached. I like using mail-in-rebates to lower my out of pocket cost on days when you can earn points for spending (like 20x bonus Optimum points).   While many are credited without issue, some are very slow or the rebate never arrives.  A …Read More

Why You Need Social Media Accounts & A New Email Address

Many freebies, coupons and contests will require your email address.  Some are very good about using your email address only for that coupon or giveaway but others will sell your information or send you very regular emails. If you are just starting out, it is a good idea to make an email address just for …Read More

Guide to Coupon-ese and Forum Lingo

Saving, couponing and the forum can be overwhelming when you don’t know what all the acronyms and unusual words mean. A/C: After Coupon BB/ BBF: Best Before BOGO or B1G1: Buy One, Get One (free) – watch for the small print on this, it could be BOGO 1/2 price in which yo get the second …Read More

Scanning Code of Practice / Voluntary Price Accuracy Code

Ever been shopping and the item scans higher than advertised? You could be getting that product free! The Scanning Code of Practice is a voluntary code (although many stores do participate) through the Competition Bureau and Retail Council of Canada. If the scanned price of a non-price ticketed item is higher than the shelf price …Read More

So You Want To Be A Couponer?

There are so many misconceptions to couponing in Canada, from people thinking you must be poor or on welfare to coupon to people who have watched Extreme Couponing and think it is that easy to get hundreds of items for free at one time. Canada does not have the same rules as the US, few …Read More

Getting Your Family Onboard With Money Management & Saving

When we tried the cash jar method, it was something that both of us agreed to and were pretty careful about making sure the budget would work, but this was not the case with all of my ideas for saving and paying off our debts. No money management idea will work if your whole family …Read More

Cash Jar/Envelope Budget Method (Gail Vaz-Oxlade Style)

It is as simple as don’t spend more than you earn, right? Sure, but you could still be living paycheque to paycheque. When we first tried the Gail Vaz-Oxlade method of budgeting using cash jars/envelopes, we were badly overspending. We were all too fond of putting it on our credit card and worrying about it …Read More

Meal Planning To Save Money and Time

You know how it is, you get home, you are tired and still have housework to do and order a pizza or Chinese or you start making your favourite recipe only to find you are missing a key ingredient. Meal planning can save you both time a money. Personally, I am not into one day …Read More

How To Reduce Your Grocery Bill

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I used to go to the same grocery store weekly, with roughly the same list yet my bill really varied. We bought the same brands because we were used to them, we picked up whatever looked interesting. Typical shoppers. Now I cringe when I am behind someone with …Read More

Saving Money – Start With The Easy Stuff

The best way to meet your long term goals is to set short term ones. If you have been overspending, the shock of a frugal lifestyle can be a bit much but cutting down bit by bit can set you in the right path for the future. Start with the easy stuff Bills: are you …Read More

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