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There are many adages of savvy shopping and clever couponing.  Three of them apply to this post about my new BFF (that’s Best Flyer Finds!)

  1. Save your coupons to use when products are at their all-time lowest sale price
  2. Buy the smallest size of a product for the highest percentage of savings
  3. Ask for a raincheque if a sale item is out of stock

Our flyers arrived early this week (what a treat) and my new BFF has to be next week’s Independent Grocer flyer (part of the Loblaw’s family of stores).   Dollar Days will begin this Friday morning and I can match many of the sales to coupons that are either in my binder or that are available to print on-line.  Some deals will end up costing me $O Out of Pocket – or as we like to say at Canadian Coupons OOP$!  You can read about some of my favourite OOP$ moments in previous articles.   There are a lot of great sales this week at the store, too many to list, so here are the highlights of what I consider the best of the BFF  and OOP$ opportunities (bare with me as I think out loud in the parenthesis!):

OOP$ – Neilson Trutaste 1L – $1 minus $1 printable coupon = FREE (while we normally buy our milk in pouches for the environmental factor, we will likely take advantage of this sale this week, being careful to recycle our cartons).

BFF – Bulls-Eye BBQ Sauce 425 mL – $1  sale price, use the BOGO FREE printable coupon (no longer available on the SmartSource page, glad 1 printed 2 earlier) = $.50

BFF – Tide trial size – $1 minus $.50 from inside a Bounty pack a few months ago = $.50 (again, not a fan of small sized bottle for its environmental impact but might be tempted.   We’ll see!)

BFF – Downy 12 load size – $1 minus $.50 from inside a bounty pack a few months ago = $.50 (I will buy one of these even though it’s not the most environmentally friendly packaging in terms of size …. I need a small one in the cupboard and will refill it from the large bulky ones we’d stocked up on at a previous sale)

BFF – Club Pack extra lean ground beef $4/lb minus $3 off coupon Hamburger Helper box = $1/lb (in theory, assuming there are 1 lb packs available).

BFF – White Swan Paper Towels 2 rolls $1 minus $.50 Websaver mail coupon = $.50 (drats, my coupon has just expired and it’s no longer available to order.  I’m sure there are some current ones floating around out there!)

OOP$ – Marc Angelo Pork Souvlaki pkg of 2 – $1 minus $1 mail coupon via facebook offer = FREE

OOP$ – Chapman’s Frozen Yogurt 2L $4.99 minus $5 coupon that you can request once per year from Chapmans = FREE (we’ve been waiting for the yogurt to drop below the $5 mark!)

Many of these items are likely to fly off the shelves this week and I’ll be scoping the store for empty shelves.  In fact, for the milk and souvlaki at least, I’d almost prefer a raincheque over the product so that I can gather more coupons over the next month.  I know from last week’s milk runs for the Neilson Trutaste $3.99 sale that the Independent raincheques are dated for 1 month after date of issue, so I’ll also have a gander at some of the other sales products that I don’t have coupons for, too, and ask for raincheques if they’re sold out.  With any luck, the Olivieri Naturals fresh pasta will be sold out and I’ll be able to redeem my BOGO FREE coupon from the Olivieri facebook offer when it arrives – they’re on sale for $6.99 next week, down from $9.99 when I last checked.

So while a sale price alone isn’t often enough to tempt me into a purchase, the challenge of finding coupons within the 30 day window of rain cheque validity is one I rarely pass up!  Where do I find my coupons?  I’m part of the Canadian Coupons community on facebook and Twitter and receive all of their updates on the latest mail coupons to order, web coupons to print, and FPC (free product coupons) to win through various facebook offers.  And there’s a myriad of coupons available for trade over on CouponSpare.com  – a great new coupon trading site for Canadians.I’ll keep you updated with how my trips to the store go.  Hope you have some BFF and OOP$ moments too, this week – I always enjoy hearing about them so drop a line in the Comments section below.  Happy couponing!

Christa Clips, April 25, 2012.

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