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Canadian Store Coupon Policies

When I first started couponing, I made the mistake of not checking the store’s coupon policy prior to planning my visit. I did my shopping and organized all coupons with the items at the cash. Then I was told that the store didn’t accept Internet coupons. That threw my perfectly planned purchase into a loop and I ended up having to put a few of the items back. I left the store frustrated and disappointed.

I turned a negative experience into a positive one though. As this was a learning experience and I was still new, I made sure to always check a store’s coupon policy prior to shopping. This way there should be no surprises at the cash and (hopefully) all will go smoothly.

Canadian Store Coupon Policies - huge list of coupon policies for popular stores in Canada!

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I decided to make a list to have as many Canadian store coupon policies in one spot that I could find for both myself to reference and for you too! I hope this helps you plan your grocery shopping purchases and saves you time (and money)!

1. No Frills: Accepts Internet coupons.

2. Walmart Canada: Does not have an official coupon policy and what is accepted will vary by store.

3. Sobeys: Accepts Internet coupons, but has restrictions to note (e.g. coupon cannot exceed $5, must be a photo of the product on the coupon, etc.)

4. Price Chopper: Accepts Internet coupons, but has restrictions to note (e.g. coupon cannot exceed $5, must be a photo of the product on the coupon, etc.)

5. FreshCo: Accepts Internet coupons, but has restrictions to note (e.g. coupon cannot exceed $5, must be a photo of the product on the coupon, etc.)

6. Foodland: Accepts Internet coupons, but has restrictions to note (e.g. coupon cannot exceed $5, must be a photo of the product on the coupon, etc.)

7. Giant Tiger: Accepts Internet coupons as well as Coupgon digital coupons.

8. Real Canadian Superstore: Accepts Internet coupons.

9. Metro: Accepts Internet coupons. Note Internet coupons for FREE products are not accepted.

10. Food Basics: Accepts Internet coupons. Note Internet coupons for FREE products are not accepted.

11. Shoppers Drug Mart: Accepts Internet coupons. Note Internet coupons for FREE products are not accepted.

12. Canadian Tire: Does not have an official coupon policy and what is accepted will vary by store.

13. Rexall: Does not have an official coupon policy and what is accepted will vary by store.

14. Pharmasave: Accepts Internet coupons. Coupons must have an expiry date.

15. Costco: Does not accept any manufacturer’s coupons including Internet coupons.

16. London Drugs: Accepts Internet coupons and also allows you to stack coupons on one purchase as long as the coupons are different.

17. Jean Coutu: Accepts Internet coupons. Note Internet coupons for FREE products are not accepted. Internet coupon must have expiry date within six months of the current date.

18. Longos: Accepts Internet coupons.

19. Safeway: Accepts Internet coupons. Note Internet coupons for FREE products are not accepted.

20. Save-On Foods: Accepts Internet coupons.

21. Valu-Mart: Accepts Internet coupons.

It was nice to see that most of the stores on this list accept Internet coupons. The grocery store in my town is locally owned and operated and isn’t on this list. I wish they would start accepting Internet coupons too!

Notice that some stores won’t give you free products with Internet coupons? Sometimes you can luck out and find a sweet printable coupon for a free product. It’s good to know which stores will be more likely to accept them.

My one frustration is with Walmart Canada and their lack of coupon policy. Our local Walmart has a restrictive coupon (and ad matching) policy compared to other Walmart stores in Canada. I wish they would all be uniform so that I can’t have the same benefits as others living in different communities. Also, I notice the policy changes depending on which cashier you get. It’s frustrating at times when some cashiers give you a hard time and others are super helpful and nice.

Did you see that Giant Tiger accepts Coupgon digital coupons? I’m going to have to research that more and see if I can use any to help me save money. I shop at Giant Tiger for groceries quite often.

If you use coupons or want to start, bookmark or pin this list to save it for future references. Over time, you’ll get to know the coupon policies of the stores you frequent. Sometimes, it’s nice to get a little refresher.

For more money-saving posts, check out 17 ways to save money on groceries, how to save money on groceries with Checkout 51, how to price match with flyers, 10 sites to find coupons online in Canada, how to save money shopping online and four apps to save money on groceries in Canada.

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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