I love a good deal. Of course it’s always great to save money, but I just love the challenge of finding the best deal. That used to involve gathering newspapers and participating in coupon chains, but these days it is so much easier. The best deals can be found just be logging onto the internet and visiting RetailMeNot.ca.
RetailMeNot.ca is a digital offers site that compiles the best in-store and online deals. They aim to encourage Canadians to develop savvy spending habits and one of the best ways to do that is to use coupons or offer codes on everyday items. There are some great deals to be found on RetailMeNot.ca right now. Take a look at my top picks…
- Toys R Us: Get free shipping on orders of $19 or more or Get Free In-Store Pick-up with no minimum! Expires on 01/01/2016.
- City of Toronto Canada: Receive 15% off online services.
- Swiss Chalet: Sign up for the Swiss Chalet newsletter and receive a free appetizer with your next meal. Limited time only.
- Old Navy Canada: Entire Store On Sale! Get Up To 60% Off Everything. Restrictions apply. Expires on 11/11/2015.
- Home Depot Canada: Special Buy of the Day! Get Today Only Savings While Supplies Last. Online Only. Item changes daily, so check back often.
Now for some savvy spending tips that dispel the myths about couponing in Canada from Smart Cookie Sandra Hanna.
Myth 1: Couponing takes too much time
Couponing is not what it used to be. You don’t need piles of flyers, a colour-coded binder and five hours on a Sunday to save big money. Today, all you need is your smart phone and 15 seconds, and you can save instantly almost every time you make a purchase both online and in-store. In the time it takes to check in on your Instagram feed, you can save yourself some extra cash!
Myth 2: You can’t get a coupon on a premium item
Coupons and promo codes can be used for much more than toilet paper and toothpaste. Consumers are becoming savvy to promo codes and high-end retailers are listening, with brands like Club Monaco and Sephora offering discounts in this fashion. Using RetailMeNot.ca, we recently found a promo code for $10 off the entire order and free shipping for high-quality organic and natural items at Well.ca, which carries brands like Honest Company and Method. And if you’re looking for a unique homemade gift, don’t forget to search for a promo code before you buy from Etsy.
Myth 3: Doubling up on savings is against Canadian laws and regulations
Many people often think the sale price is the best price. False – certain retailers will allow you to stack your savings in Canada by adding promo codes or coupons on top of sale prices. Banana Republic is a great example – with frequent sales like 40 per cent off, you can save even more by stacking your savings with a promo code, giving you an extra 40 per cent off sale styles. Talk about a win, win! We recently found a promo code on RetailMeNot.ca for an extra 25 per cent off of sale items at Kate Spade as well.
Myth 4: Couponing isn’t worth the time invested
If you knew that a 15 second search for a coupon code each time you were able to make a purchase could add up to more than $1,500 at the end of the year, would you do it? Of course you would! In fact, RetailMeNot users report an average savings of $20 per transaction, which easily adds to big savings if you shop twice a week or more (who doesn’t)? Look for deals on everything from free shipping to deep discounts. The more purchases you make, the more you save!
Myth 5: Online shopping costs more in Canada than the in the U.S.
We’ve all been there – an item on a U.S. retail site seems costs less than on a Canadian site. Blame Canada? Not so fast! Once you factor in the exchange rate, duty, taxes and shipping, those supposed “savings” disappear quickly – meaning there has never been a better time to shop on Canadian-based sites. There are a ton of great Canadian retailers that ship from our home and native land, including Joe Fresh and Sears. Keep your eyes peeled for free shipping and sales, and you’ll be singing “Oh Canada” in no time!
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I am participating in the #SimpleSavings campaign with RetailMeNot.ca and have received special perks. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.