Tear Pads Spotted! I visited the beautifully remodeled Sobeys store in Orleans (eastern suburb of Ottawa, Trim & Innes location) late last evening. It’s a 24 hour store and there was one lonely cashier and a myriad of (rather cheerful) crew members stocking shelves. I went in for some emergency lunchbox fruit and hoped to find some yellow manager’s mark downs but the cashier informed me that they don’t do clearance stickers anymore. Drats – I’d always had good luck at that store in the past. I say “emergency” because I had no coupons and was planning to pay full price instead of my usual 3 Ways to Stretch your Savings on Fresh Fruit. I paid $.20 more/lb for bananas than I usually do, but did find some really nice looking gala apples for just $.88/lb so didn’t blow the budget entirely!
After a fairly one sided conversation with the Cake Boss, I spotted my first tear pad of the evening and the visit turned into a full blown Tear Pad Tour! This location was chock-a-block stocked with new tear pads with some great Canadian Coupons on them! A few of these coupons have been circulating for a while in other stores as well, but this was the first time I’d seen some of them, which I’ve marked as NEW:
- NEW! Clover Leaf $.50 OFF any Clover Leaf Tuna Salad Kit (exp June 30, 2014)
- NEW! Dempster’s $.50 OFF Dempstre’s HotDog and Hamburger Buns (exp Sept 30, 2013)
- Gay Lea $1 OFF Real Whipped Cream (exp Sept 30, 2013)
- NEW! Hall’s $1 OFF any variety of Hall’s Supplement Drops 17, 25, or 30 count bag (exp Sept 30, 2013)
- Kellogg’s $1 OFF Special K low fat Granola 553g box (exp Dec 31, 2013)
- Keurig $3 OFF 2 boxes of 12 K-Cup packs – participating brands (exp Aug 31, 2013)
- NEW! Liberté $.75 OFF Liberté Baby 4x75g yogurt (exp July 31, 2013)
- Oasis $.50 OFF any 1.75 L Oasis SmoOthie (exp Dec 31, 2013)
- Oasis $.50 OFF any 1.75 L Oasis Health Break (exp Dec 31, 2013)
- Smucker’s $1 OFF any Smucker’s topping product – found in large pink recipe booklet (exp Dec 31, 2013)
- Smucker’s $1 OFF any Smucker’s dessert topping product – tear pad (exp Dec 31, 2013)
- Villagio $.50 OFF sausage and crustini buns (exp Sept 30, 2013)
I’m not often in a grocery store so late at night so I don’t know if it was just quieter with so few bodies, or if they really did have the tunes cranked a bit louder. Either way, I couldn’t help but hum along while thinking about how great it was to beat the Evil Dr. Tear-Pad Take’em-All and to have my feelings about the coupons found in flyer inserts validated. If you haven’t read that blog post yet about “I Don’t Get Flyer Inserts … or the Hype“, check it out and see if you agree with my opinion that a good Tear Pad Tour like this one is equally as valuable as getting the Flyer Inserts. And if you haven’t been properly introduced to the Evil Dr. and his sneaky sidekicks who commit crimes against coupon etiquette on a daily basis, check out our Tear Pad Coupon Etiquette 101 post!
Do you have a favourite haunt for Tear Pad Tours? Drop a line in the comments below or join the discussion on the Canadian Coupons facebook page: I love hearing from y’all!
Christa Clips ~ June 13, 2013