#SimpleSavings with RetailMeNot.ca Win a $200 gift card Canada

I would not consider myself extreme when it comes to saving money. I would however consider myself to be savvy and somewhat frugal. I know what our needs are, our wants and our splurges. I save where I can, when I can, so I can splurge sometimes. Saving money has become a habit for me over the years. Being a stay at home mom to four, I had to get creative about saving money. When I shop, I automatically go to the clearance section of the store. I watch for coupons to use on purchases and I combine the two when possible. Using a coupon on an item you are already saving on, is a double score!

Needs are items we all need for day to day basics

Wants are those items but brand name or trending. Sometimes wants are items that add pleasure to our day but really, we could live without them.

I save on both my families needs and wants.

Then I can splurge on fun things that we really do not need. I can spend a little more for a night out just because or buy myself an extra bag or purse because I saved so much on the other stuff 🙂


I am always surprised to see so many people not using coupons. I often wonder why they do not. My sister is one of those people. I think she is nervous and really unsure how to use them. For her and anyone else not sure about coupons, this is for you.

Couponing 101: Spending More to Save More

Couponing Myths and creative ways to leverage coupons and promo codes

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!

With the cooler weather being here, it was time to buy some winter gear for the family. I do a lot of shopping online because I live in the country, no where near a mall. Plus I love when a company accepts paypal. I have also discovered shopping online has more options for sizing and colour than I would find in store. Only issue I have is shipping costs. So I look for free shipping, or I head to RetailMeNot.ca and search for discount codes that allow for free shipping.

Recently I headed to RetailMeNot.ca and picked up a bunch of great items for the family for winter. I searched by brand to see what coupon codes were available.


Once you find the retailer you are after, you will see a list of discount offers. You will  be prompted to get the code or you will see ‘no code’ is needed.  It is nice to see what is already on sale. The retail sites page will then open in the new window. Be sure to add the discount code in at check out to redeem and save.

I found a code to save 40% at the Gap! That is huge savings! I saved $69.18 using the code. Plus scored free shipping choosing the slower option.


The savings only began there! I found something for everyone and saved on all my items. I also did not pay shipping at all.


Saving this money took no time at all! A few minutes to search and add in. With the extra money I can buy something else or just get ahead. Every purchase I make, I use a code to save the most possible. You should too! See www.retailmenot.ca and start saving today!

giveaway time

RetailMeNot.ca wants you to save as well! Enter below for your chance to win a $200 RetailMeNot.ca Visa gift card which can be used anywhere. Canada only (no Quebec)! Fill out the form below for your chance. Good luck!


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  1. I would spend this gift card at Old Navy.

  2. Travelbuds says

    I love Old Navy so I would use it there for clothes for myself and my 2 kids.

  3. Possibly use it at Indigo Chapters

  4. Hudson’s bay – The bay

  5. Erika Letson says

    I would definitely be spending it with ToysRUs and get some Christmas shopping done!

  6. Florence Cochrane says

    I would use it on Mark’s to get a jacket.

  7. Tricia Cooper says

    I would spend it at Sears!

  8. Old Navy maybe

  9. I would spend it at old Navy

  10. kristen visser says

    I would spend it at Walmart and Toys R Us

  11. Holly O'Gorman says

    I would spend it with Toys R Us.

  12. I would spend it at Walmart or Mark’s Work Warehouse.Entering with joy!

  13. Walmart or Chapters!

  14. Amazon.ca and Walmart! Thanks!

  15. I’d use it at Old Navy!

  16. ivy pluchinsky says

    i would use it at old navy

  17. Wendy Hutton says

    between amazon.ca and walmart, my 2 favorite stores

  18. Old Navy. I’d get some matching Christmas outfits.

  19. Love shopping at amazon.ca!

  20. I would probably spend it at Amazon or the Apple Store

  21. Walmart! Live right next door

  22. I would spend it at La Senza and Le Chateau! Two of my favourite stores but very expensive.

  23. I would spend it on Old Navy!! Mama needs some new clothes 😉

  24. Probably at Chapters 🙂

  25. I would spend it at Old navy 🙂

  26. LILLIAN BROWN says

    I would probably spend it at Walmart and Toys R Us

  27. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    Could well be Old Nave since they have great offers, at the moment they have ‘Entire Store On Sale! Get Up To 60% Off Everything.’

  28. I would be spending it at Old Navy if I won.


    would spend it at Walmart or Mark’s Work Warehouse

  30. Wanda Bergman says

    I would probably spend it at Canadian Tire.

  31. I would buy Christmas presents at Chapters!

  32. probably home depot

  33. Probably at Marks for Christmas gifts for my kids.

  34. Susan Hanley says

    I will be using the gift card at Toys R US and Sears to get some Christmas presents.

  35. I’ve had my eye on a few things at Amazon.ca

  36. Kelly young says

    Amazon has many things I want

  37. kathy downey says

    Amazon.ca and Walmart for sure,thanks for the chance

  38. For me it would be Staples and Walmart.

  39. Walmart or old navy!

  40. I’m not sure maybe between old navy, Walmart and chapters

  41. The Children’s Place. At least half of it 🙂

  42. I would spend half at Sephora and half at Chapters

  43. Old navy or staples I think!

  44. Old navy

  45. Chapters Indigo for me.

  46. Hudson’s Bay

  47. joanne darrell says

    I would spend it at Walmart.

  48. I would spend it at The Bay 40% Off Women’s Coats And Jackets

  49. Angela Mitchell says

    I would probably spend it at Old Navy.

  50. Alayne Langford says

    I would love to use the Visa GC on Ricki’s and Old Navy! 🙂

  51. I would spend it at Bed Bath & Beyond

  52. nenasinclair says

    I would be spending this at Marks and Swiss Chalet!

  53. I would spend it at Bed Bath & Beyond

  54. julielaura1 says

    I would spend it at Old Navy!

  55. I’ll be spending it on Christmas presents on Amazon!

  56. Leanne Robinson says

    I would spend it at rikkis

  57. I will spend it on groceries at Wal-Mart.

  58. i may shop at Aeropostale, for my daughter!

  59. Deanna Barkley says

    I would spend it at Walmart and Canadian Tire.

  60. I would spend it at Walmart and get stuff the kids need – they always need something!

    Thanks for the chance!


  61. Mark’s for my teen!

  62. prairiebelle says

    Old Navy or Sears are on the top of my list

  63. Walmart for sure!

  64. Its a toss up…ToysRus or Canadian Tire or Walmart

  65. I’d pick Sears.

  66. Ronald Gagnon says

    I have so many nieces and nephews……..ToysRUs

  67. Susan Patterson says

    I would love to spend it at Chapters Indigo! Thank you!

  68. Chapters Indigo!

  69. I would spend it at Costco

  70. I would spend it at Sport Chek on clothing for my son.

  71. Susanne McCarthy says

    Old Navy for Christmas gifts!

  72. I’ll spend the Visa card at Bath & Body Works

  73. Swiss Chalet. thanks

  74. I’d spend it at Amazon.ca.

  75. I would get something at Staples

  76. Dayna Wilson says

    I’d spend it at Sephora.

  77. I would spend it at Sephora.

  78. Old Navey

  79. Anne Taylor says

    Old Navy

  80. I am a huge fan of amazon,thanks so much for the chance!

  81. I enjoy shopping on Amazon.

  82. Sears!

  83. I would be excited to spend the gift certificate at my favorite clothing store, Le Chateau!!! I would be so grateful to win a gift card. RetailMeNot.ca offers awesome savings!

  84. lisa neutel says

    walmart for sure possiblt sport chek or Aero for my older kids

  85. I will be spending it at bench

  86. lisa mclain says

    Old Navy

  87. Probably Sephora – so many lovely things to spoil my mommy friends with! 🙂

  88. I love Old Navy I would have to see what is on sale, I need a new coat and boots so depends on where the sale is. thanks for the chance to win

  89. Hudson’s Bay!

  90. I would spend it at The Children’s Place.

  91. Indigo Chapters would instantly be my choice!

  92. I guess I couldn’t go wrong at Chapters – they always have luxe items available around the holidays.

  93. Hudson’s Bay & Home Outfitters

  94. Indigo Chapters

  95. Walmart and Chapters

  96. I would spend the gift card with Old Navy or GAP.

  97. If I won, I use it at retailmenot’s Sears store.

  98. I think I’d spend it at Old Navy

  99. stacey dempsey says

    I would probably use it on amazon and maybe some on walmart too

  100. Would use at Marks, lots of gifts & items to buy there

  101. Walmart.ca or Amazon.ca

  102. I would shop at The Bay

  103. Re: WOW, I need the prize to buy much needed grocery & supplement to get well soon. Wow, prize Visa gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

  104. I would most likely be spending it at Amazon.ca

  105. walmart.ca

  106. Rosanne Robinson says

    Walmart, Marks’s or Old Navy

  107. Walmart or Amazon

  108. Old navy, for certain.

  109. Kayla Gilbert says

    I would spend it on Sephora and Wal-Mart.

  110. Carter’s/Oshkosh would be my choice.

  111. SEPHORAAAAAA that’s where. 🙂

  112. Most likely at Amazon or Walmart, whatever place has the new bedding I want for Christmas!

  113. I would spend it at Old Navy.

  114. Victoria Ess says

    I’d spend it at Walmart!

  115. Irene Eichler says

    I love Amazon .. so probably there !

  116. Carol Denny says

    I would spend it at Old Navy or Walmart.

  117. I would spend it at Lowes.

  118. I would spend it at Sears or The Home Depot

  119. There’s a number of stores to choose from. For Staples, I’d get a new office chair as the one I got a few years ago has the upholstery peeled off. For Mark’s, tough winter boots like Dakotas. For Home Depot, an LED desk lamp as I don’t really have one so, I’m typing this in the dark. From Amazon, I’d get the sakura ingredients to make desserts as they’re the only ones selling it and it is not available locally. For Best Buy, an air purifier with ionizer as I’m allergic & indoor air quality is not the best at home. Whichever store I spend it on, I’ll be sure to post about it to Ranting Ginger and Retail Me Not, thanks!

  120. I would probably spend it a Sears or Chapters.

  121. I would spend it at Indigo or home depot

  122. I’d spend it at my favourite store, Chapters Indigo.

  123. I would love to treat myself to my first items from Sephora if I were to win this GC.. 😀

  124. I like Amazon.ca

  125. Maria McLachlan says

    I’d probably buy some gifts at Indigo

  126. angela september says

    I would likely spend it at HBC or Toys R Us … as much as I’d like to say Kate Spade lol

  127. I would use it at Toys R US

  128. With Christmas coming up, and LEGO on my daughter’s wish list, I would probably spend it at Toys R Us or Walmart depending on pricing.

  129. toysrus for Christmas gifts

  130. favgreen(Rhonda W G.) says

    Most likely Walmart…ty

  131. There are quite a few items at Walmart I’d love to get for myself.

  132. It would be Indigo

  133. Valerie Mallette says

    I would spend it at Amazon.ca

  134. I will be spending it at old navy.

  135. I would spend it at Old Navy.

  136. Amazon.ca, I can always find something there.

  137. There are so many to choose from – maybe I’d use it at Hudson’s Bay or Sears.

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