Maximizing Coupon Value – The How-Tos

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Maximizing Coupon Value

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We all, from time to time, find ourselves with a handful of coupons and, while some don’t seem worth the bother, they can still contribute to savings through maximizing coupon value.

Unfortunately, there are many more restrictions about coupon use in Canada than in the States. For instance, coupon stacking – using multiple coupons for one product – is popular in the States but not something that’s available here. Even so, we can still make the best of what we have to work with and do it without a lot of hassle.

Maximizing Coupon Value – the How-To’s:

  1. COUPON: Save $2.00 off any Colgate Mouthwash. Expires Dec.31/13.

Maximizing Coupon Value: Since this coupon doesn’t specify size or state ‘not applicable on trial size, travel size or value pack’  those small sizes are the ones to check first. If the item is not available in those sizes you simply move up to the next smallest, least expensive one.

  • To illustrate the difference in savings, $2.00 off an item valued at $4.00 means a discount of 50% while $2.00 off $5.00 means a discount off only 40%. The greater the price, the smaller the discount percentage.


  1. COUPON: Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY one Dial, Dial for Men, Dial Kids Body Wash (354ml or larger), 8-pack Dial Bar Soap, Dial Lotion, or 1.18L liquid hand wash refill pouch. Expires June 23/13.

Maximizing Coupon Value:  The coupon wording is specific as to which products are included. Using this coupon to purchase a sale product will make a big difference when it comes to maximizing the savings.

  • Example: This past week an out-of-the-way store had the Dial 8-pack Bar Soap on sale for $2.97, regular price $4.47. I did need to pick up some things at Walmart therefore using their AdMatch feature together with the coupon the product only cost $0.97, an additional saving of $1.50.
    I have another one of these coupons and since with six weeks before expiry date, I’m watching for Dial for Men or the liquid hand wash refill pouch to come on sale to use it.


  1. COUPON: FREE TRIAL of one Vileda Dish Scrunge. The amount to be filled in by dealer. Expires May 30/13.

Maximizing Value: This coupon clearly states which product is eligible. With this type of coupon it makes sense to use it someplace where you can get something extra, like reward points at Shoppers or AirMiles at Rexall.

  • I was out of luck at Shoppers since our local store doesn’t carry Vileda products. I’ll be driving by a Rexall sometime this week so will check there. If they don’t sell Vileda then I’ll just pick one up with my big shopping at the end of the month. This is not a product I would normally buy, but since it’s free, it’s worth trying.


  1. COUPON: (BOGO – Buy One Get One ) When you buy any one PANTENE product, get any one PANTENE product of lesser or equal value FREE up to $11.99. Cashier to fill in selling price. Expires May 31/13.

Maximizing CouponValue: With BOGO buy a needed item as close to $11.99 for the best value.  Since the coupon doesn’t state the items have to be identical, the FREE item can be any other PANTENE product. The FREE product will always be the one with the lesser value.

  • I purchased the largest size Pantene shampoo for $10.99 (something we use all the time anyway) and received a Silver Expressions Shampoo worth $9.99 for free. Since Shoppers were having their own promotion I also received a bonus card with 8,000 points plus both products (including the retail value of the free one) qualified for more points.


  1. COUPON: Save $3.00 when you buy any Tide AND Downy Product. Not applicable on trial size, travel size, value pack, gift pack and bonus packs or Tide PODS. Expires May 1/13.

Maximizing Coupon Value: Both products need to be purchased to redeem this coupon, so buying the smallest size provides the greatest value. Keeping an eye on the sales may show up even more opportunities to save.

  • This is a coupon I’ll never use. I like Tide but never use Downy so the coupon is of no value to me. But there is no sense wasting a good coupon, and since it’s worth $3.o0, no doubt one of my friends will be able to use it.


Maximizing coupon value can make a big difference on the savings you gain.

Maximizing Coupon Value

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