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Today MrSmith and I had a day off so I wrangled him into going coupon shopping with me. Oh, the exciting life of a ExtremeShopper! I had a few coupons and freebies to get so I convinced him that making a date out of it was a good idea.

Off we went, MrSmith driving, while I made sure all my coupons were ready to go (in my handy dandy ziploc bag - and all my class students chime in here - "that I got for free!")

First stop, SuperWalmart on Grandview in Vancouver - I'd never been as I'd always sent MrSmith on SuperWalmart runs.

We ended up not getting anything there (they were sold out) but I did pick up a new to me coupon for Dempsters and Maple Leaf - so keep an eye out for those!

Next up, Superstore on Grandview - again, I'd never been and it's always interesting to shop at a new to me store. I didn't particularly enjoy this one as I found the layout confusing and the signs were small.

I was able to get quite a number of items including some free Kiju juice, free dogfood, free lotion and cheap pizza. What a combo! The cashier was fantastic as well - thumbs up!

After that, it was off to HomeSense on Cambie & 8th, to pick up our free $10 giftcards as posted about here.

I had not realized that they would just give you a giftcard to spend at any HomeSense store, I thought you had to spend it at that particular branch. However my sister had gone in a few days ago with her coupon and was given the giftcard and so I was prepared knowing that I would just get a giftcard and could spend it at any of their branches. I hope you read my previous post and was able to get your free $10 giftcard, as the promotion is now over. If you managed to get registered in time, you have until December 12 to redeem for a giftcard.

By this time MrSmith was starting to feel famished so we hit a Boston Pizza where we got a free pasta dish courtesy of Boston Pizza. Did you know that if you sign up for Boston Pizza's email club and give them your birth date, they'll send you a coupon for a free pasta or dessert for your birthday? My birthday was in November but the coupon is good for a month (or so), so we redeemed it today.
He had the Homestyle Lasagna and I had the Spicy Perogy pizza that I got hooked on during this outing. Delish. Thank you, Boston Pizza! PS Another incentive to sign up for their email club? They'll send you a free pizza coupon on your one year newsletter sign-up anniversary! Woot! We ate at the Boston Pizza Lougheed (Burnaby) location. It was quiet, the service was good, and the food was hot and well prepared. It was a very relaxing meal and we recuperated from the morning's shopping and prepared for another bout of ExtremeShopping.

That will be reported in Mr&Mrs Smith's Excellent Adventure, part deux, to come soon!

Did a bit of ExtremeShopping this week and focused on saving on food and not purchasing any other supplies that I do not currently need. Here's what I bought today:

  • bananas
  • 3 boxes of Eggos
  • pack of hamburger buns

I spent: $4.28
I saved: $3.75

I also purchased:

  • 5 Ocean Spray juice bottles
  • Advil 100s
  • Oral B toothbrush
  • a bag of Spitz sunflower seeds
  • 3 packs of Country Harvest bread

I spent: $3.85 (the cashier made a mistake and overcharged me $2 but that was remedied)
I saved: $33.55

I still have food from my last shop last week and I also received fruits/veggies from my mom who overbought, plus we will be eating free plums for a while as well! I am picking the last of our summer lettuce and peas but should more strawberries for the next month or so, and I've also planted new lettuce for the Fall - didn't get organized enough to plant any fall peas/beans though.

Want to learn how to shop and save like MrsSmith? Take the ExtremeShopper online class here and start saving right away!

One of the many questions I get from blog readers and ExtremeShopping students regularly is "MrsSmith, when does a [specific type of] coupon come out? As in, when will I start seeing pasta coupons or sales? Or ones for coffee, soup, butter, and on and on?" I thought I'd address this topic on the blog and share with you what I have found from experience.

Coupons are a form of advertising for a manufacturer - it is a more focused, "buy me now" call to action - if you see a coupon next to a product, the premise is that you would purchase the item because of the savings afforded to you right then and there. Yes, that does not convert into sales all the time, but it might be enough to get someone to stop and think about purchasing and then *maybe* purchasing. This is especially true if the product is new, or is competing with other more established products or is trying to reach a different/new market. Imagine the implications if the coupon managed to make a sale 10% of the time - that is 1 in 10 people, 10 in 100, 100 in 1000, and so on. Coupons are big money.

That said, coupons are then used to "push" product. It makes sense then that coupons are seasonal, which means, in the summer time you might have seen lots of coupons for pop and chips, sunscreen and haircare products, and not so much for pastas and soups. The good news is as we are headed into the Fall season here in BC, that the pasta and soup coupons should be on their way in since they are cold-weather products. We would not usually see sunscreen coupons in November or December, but rather we'd see hot food/drink product coupons such as coffee and such.

It's not only those type of coupons we'll be seeing though. As September ushers in one of the most busiest times of the year for families, we will be seeing more sales and coupons on convenience products, such as packaged treats and meals. Also, because Fall and Winter are more traditionally the times where produce becomes more expensive, we'll see sales/coupons for alternative healthy alternatives, such as yogurt, cheese, pre-packaged fruits, and frozen vegetables. Same reasoning for the fact that more people get colds, flus, etc - so you'll see coupons for those types of medicines, or products that promise to ward off those pesky illnesses. I'm also anticipating Ziploc coupons, hand/body lotion coupons, pasta sauce coupons (these usually come out in full force in November-January), and hot cereal coupons.

Of course, the staples will still be around - toilet paper, cleaners, diapers and such. I for one took most of the summer off from ExtremeShopping and am looking forward to replenishing my stash, especially my soup stockpile. And if you are an ExtremeShopping student, don't forget to read the Class Blog now as I show you how to get Advil for free this week.

I've also been receiving lots of emails about the P&G Brandsaver coupon insert and when it will be released - I believe it will be out the weekend of September 11. For more information on when to expect coupon inserts, please go to the coupon insert schedule.

EDIT: I have to push back the announcement as there has been new complications in how to deliver this new service/opportunity and we can't seem to get the answers at the moment. Sorry for the delay. For now I will keep the prices the same but they will increase October 1 regardless. Thank you!

I am surrounded by piles of paper filled with notes, plans and ideas for a very exciting September for, of which I hope you will play a big part of! I will be announcing some major updates and opportunities on September 1st and you will want to be around for it because.... well... I can't tell you that yet... that's the secret, you see. But trust me, you'll want to be in on it.

Another thing I'm working on that is NOT a secret is the upcoming launch of the MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper USA Online class. I've tentatively named it "ExtremeShopping in the US, Eh" and it will be in the form of an e-book filled with photos and videos and is currently many, many, pages long, I could just go on and on about the exciting world of how to coupon shop in the USA. There is just so much information that I want to share and of course it will come with email support from MrsSmith. This has been a long project in the making and I am excited to launch it, tentatively for September 13. I will be offering an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to class students for the first week or so and hope that will make all of you who are waiting on for the class happy.

I have a couple side projects going on as well. One of them is something that I've heard over and over at classes and although it doesn't directly have to do with couponing it seems to be a theme that I could not help but see, again and again. It's a need that I am working hard to see if I can fill, but I won't share until I have mastered a solution and can share it with the same confidence and knowledge as I do with the MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper classes. One of the opportunities I will be announcing on September 1 is inspired by this need.

Hostesses, class payments are being calculated and mailed soon out so watch for those if you are expecting them. Thank you for your patience.

A reminder: the class fee will go up as of September 1 (it will be part of the announcement I will be making) so if you want to host a class, please book by August 30 and as long as your class is held by September 30 I will honour the lower class fee. In the same vein, if you are considering taking the online class, take it by August 31 to save yourself some money.

One last thing: For those of you who are thinking of taking the class, but have not, why not email me? I'd love to chat with you over any concerns or questions and see what I can do to help you towards a decision. And also, as I tell anyone who will listen,"Don't just take my word for it. Read what other students have said about the class, or ask them about it. They've taken the class and are seeing the successes for themselves." And if you've taken the class, won't you take a minute to share your thoughts here? I would appreciate it very much.

Onward and upwards, ExtremeShoppers - here's to a great September!

Lisa was one of the winners of the Boston Pizza, MrsSmith and Thou contest that was recently hosted here at After the evening was over, I sent her a little questionnaire, and here's what she had to say:

1) What were your expectations of the evening?

I was expecting almost exactly what transpired.  That we would sit and get to know each other and compare shopping stories (or lack there of) and get advice on how to do things most effectively.

2) How did BP and MrsSmith meet or beat your expectations? If they did not meet or beat your expectations, what can BP and MrsSmith do in the future to enhance the experience?

MrsSmith definitely met and beat my expectations.  She is so easy to talk to and soooooo enthusiastic about what she does and is obvious that she just wants everyone to use her method to save money.  She explains things very easily and answers all questions and checks in with you as she is going to make sure you are understanding everything.  Her enthusiasm is contagious.  I went home and spent three hours doing coupon stuff on the internet and then I woke up early the next morning as I was so excited from the night before!!!

3) Was it your first time at the specific BP location? How does it compare to the other locations you have been to?

This was my first visit to this BP location.  I loved how it was laid out.  Parking lot was a bit tight due to the construction going on around!  Staff was great and helpful.  Food was great.

4) How has the mini personal consult impacted your ExtremeShopping?

I now KNOW what I am doing I think.  I felt like before the consult I understood how it all worked but was not sure how I was ever going to get anything for free with the amount of coupons I had amassed to that point.  But MrsSmith (and Karen) gave me a lot of secrets to success...their coupon binders were both amazing!!  I feel now that in a few weeks I will be able to go and do my first shop very successfully.

5) Review (any other words):

I had a great experience overall.  The mini consult was great so I can only imagine what a regular consult would be like.  I think that the money spent on the class and on a consult for anyone is money well spent.  You would not regret it at all.

Thank you Lisa, for your review! You can also read Karen's review and MrsSmith's review on the evening.

Karen was one of the winners of the Boston Pizza, MrsSmith and Thou contest that was recently hosted here at After the evening was over, I sent her a little questionnaire, and here's what she had to say:

1) What were your expectations of the evening?
I was very excited to see my name as one of the winners for the dinner and personal consult with MrsSmith. I was looking forward to enjoying a great meal and learning more about extreme shopping, as well as meeting another person who had taken the class.

2) How did BP and MrsSmith meet or beat your expectations? If they did not meet or beat your expectations, what can BP and MrsSmith do in the future to enhance the experience?
I had a wonderful evening at BP with MrsSmith. The staff at BP was very accommodating and made a great impression on our party. MrsSmith was friendly, personable, and very open with her journey of success into the
extreme shopping method.

3) Was it your first time at the specific BP location? How does it compare to the other locations you have been to?
This was my first time to the Maillardville Coquitlam BP location. The location was clean and modern. Our waitress Marley was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The location was a bit hard to get to because there is no direct entrance from Lougheed Highway and the parking lot was quite full. There are four other BP locations that are closer to my house, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back to the Coquitlam location, but I would definitely recommend it to people who live in that community.

4) How has the mini personal consult impacted your ExtremeShopping?
I learned so much from the mini personal consult. The two things I used immediately were the deal sheet and the “price tally.” I made a deal sheet the day after the mini personal consult and was able to get my deals in 10 minutes, when it would usually take me three times as long! I started to keep a list of products and their prices to help me keep track of weekly and monthly pricing trends. I was amazed at how prices varied between stores in the same week! I look forward to updating this list every week and using it to further enhance my couponing and extreme shopping.

5) Review (any other words):
I am so happy that I have learned how to use the extreme shopping method to help support my family. At first, it seemed ridiculous that little pieces of paper would have such an immense impact on the way we budget our finances. As I told MrsSmith, extreme shopping has played a big part in allowing me to stop working a full-time job and only work 8 hours a week so I can stay home with our daughter – all from spending a few hours a week organizing coupons and looking through flyers! I would highly recommend a personal consult for anyone who has taken the extreme shopping class. Even though I had done several successful shops, the personal consult enabled me to “fine tune” my shopping method so that I can buy items more efficiently. A big thank you to MrsSmith for all her hard work and dedication to her students, and thank you to BP for hosting such a wonderful evening! 

Thank you, Karen, for your company and for your review! I am always excited to hear success stories like Karen's, where ExtremeShopping can make such a difference in a family's finances. If you have a success story, please email me at kmemeric at hotmail dot com and I will share it with the rest of the blog readers here!

Interested in more? You can read Lisa's review and MrsSmith's review as well.

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Want to save on groceries and more in Canada? Learn how to use coupons, store policies and tricks of the trade to start saving yourself hundreds of dollars every month! Now you can take the ExtremeShopping (CDN version) online in the comfort of your own home! I've heard from so many of you who live outside of the GVRD area or who could not make it to a live class, but wanted to learn the secrets to saving hundreds of dollars each month. Now you can do so, with the online class!

Please visit the ExtremeShopping (CDN) Online class page to sign up for the class, available NOW!

Read what others are saying about the class here.

I've been spending the last few weeks thinking about the MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper class and how I could improve on it and also enhance the student experience and follow up support. On top of that, I'm rolling out the online class and a few other surprises, so look for some upgrades come September!

What can you expect? The same class, but better. The same service and email support, exponentially improved. The class won't throw so much information at you all at once - a lot of students leave the classes excited but slightly overwhelmed with the incredible amount of resources and information provided. I've found a way to provide the basic information to get you started on shopping and saving, and will provide the extras to you via email and video launches as the weeks go by. This way you will get the information you need, when it makes sense to get it. Support, that was already very accessible, will be made even more so. Veteran students, what do you think of this approach?

When it is all said and done, I am still here to show you how to save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, as you shop for your groceries, household items and cleaning products. My commitment is still to pass on the blessing that is Extreme Shopping to as many people as possible, because it has blessed my family so incredibly. The blog and Facebook page will continue, and class students will enjoy extra perks besides the Class Blog.

I'm incredibly excited to show you what is in store, continue saving with you, and to welcome new ExtremeShoppers to the savings journey!

I haven't posted any ExtremeShopping photos here lately because to tell you the truth, I've not been shopping very much. I tell students in the MrsSmith class that after a while, your shelves will be so full, you will not need to shop as much. Happily, that is the case with me as we are not in need of much, thanks to the ExtremeShopping method. Nowadays I just shop to keep current, to buy items for doorprizes that are given away at classes, and for giveaway (watch for those diapers and wipes for Day 6 and 7 of Baby Week).

And yes, I admit, sometimes I just extremeshop just because it is so much fun getting things for free!

Here's yesterday's shop:
- 2 packs of Pampers diapers
- 2 tubs of Pampers wipes
- 7 Gillette Bodywashes
- 4 Reach toothbrushes
- 3 packs Primo spaghetti
- 1 Finish detergent pacs (25's)

Total before ExtremeShopping: $89.24
ExtremeShopping final price: $7.37 (nothing but tax)
Total savings: $81.87!

A few weeks ago, I posted a call for help and I'm glad to report that with your help, we were able to bless the socks off this woman in her time of need. You donated food products, hair and beauty items, cleaning products, household items, clothes, and more. The items made their way to the Island where she is, and I recently received an email from her, expressing her gratitude, a portion of which I will share below, but first here is what was donated:

From Naomi:

From Sylvia:

From MrsSmith and Marianne:

From MrsSmith:

From Shannon:

From Caryn:

From Michelle:

From MrsSmith (sorry, lots of last minute add ins):

From MrsSmith (sorry, lots of last minute add ins):

From Deanna:

"OVERWHELMED!!!  I don't know how else to put it.....I just could not believe that people "Who do not even know me" would go out of their way to do this.....You all will have no idea just the impact you had made until you get to heaven.....I'm sure of it.

I received the goods about 10 days normal settings I am quite prompt about getting back to people.......a combination of not having time to sit down and share my gratitude and not being able to find the words to express that impact this has all made...has unfortunately allowed me to procastinate.

This is Christ.....these are people who have Jesus in their hearts....I think it was around Acts you realize the bible clearly states that the christians were not in need as everyone contributed into the body of Christ.....Your folks giving....not only met desperate needs but also opened my eyes to what it says in the bible about letting resources flow to and from my hands....I apologize, but between crying and just simply overwhelmed.....I cannot find the words to express my gratitude.

My four and a half year old son just looked at me surprised at why I was so surprised....."Jesus always wants to give us good gifts mommy".......

I'm probably not making very much sense or relaying the impact this has all made on me......but I want you and the others to know that I am very very gratefull for all that you had given us.....I pray God will both show you that as well I pray that the Lord will bless each and everyone of you a tenfold of all that you have given have no idea what your generousity has done.

Thankyou.....thankyou for everything....I apologize once again for taking so long to share w/ you just how gratefull I am.....I wish I could find the words to show you the impact it has made on me.

Blessings and thank you."

Although the email was addressed to me, she knew this was an effort that included others, so I wanted to pass on the thanks to you as well. We never know when one small act of kindness can help someone else in a bigger way than expected, and in the same vein, we never know when we might need to be the recipient of kindness. I want to thank you for participating and blessing this woman and thank you to Marianne, who let me know about this need in the first place, thank you for allowing us to help!