Online Shopping in Canada: Hacks & Resources

Online Shopping Hacks Resources Discounts Coupons for Canadians Canada
[ewell type=”small”] [icon icon=”exclamation-circle” size=”large” color=”#57005b”] This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Online Shopping in Canada [icon icon=”external-link”] series, to show you how to buy almost anything you want online! If you live in Canada and would love to shop more in your underwear, definitely check it out! [/ewell]

Below are a variety of awesome tools & resources for Canadians to use when shopping online. These resources will help you save money, save time, and find the best deals on things you are looking to buy!

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[eicon type=”fa fa-magic” fontsize=”30″] CUSTOMS & DUTIES CALCULATORS

Here are a few calculators available online to help you estimate your customs & duty fees for your international orders:

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[eicon type=”fa fa-tags” fontsize=”30″] DEALS, COUPONS, DISCOUNTS

Here are some Canadian websites that post hot deals, coupons, discount codes, and freebies to help you save some money when shopping online! When you shop online, before you make your purchase, always check these sites to see if you can get any additional savings, discounts, or promo codes!

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[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Retail Me Not

[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] RedFlagDeals

[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Bargain Moose

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[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Smart Canucks

[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Canada Free Stuff

[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Simply Frugal

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[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Mrs. January

[icon icon=”tags” color=”#340035″] Hot Canada Deals [/su_column] [/su_row]Here’s a handy overview of what each site provides:

online shopping canada discount coupon code

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[eicon type=”fa fa-dollar” fontsize=”30″] ONLINE REBATES (CASH BACK)

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Join a rebates site & use it as much as possible whenever you shop online to earn cash back![/ewell]

There are a couple different online rebates sites for Canadians but I use ebates.ca [eicon type=”fa fa-external-link” color=”#340035″] and I think it’s the best one out there currently.  It’s free and they are in partnership with many retailers online. You can get anywhere between 1%-20% cash back when you order through Ebates!  All you have to do is search up the retailer you want to shop at, click-through to the site, & start shopping!  Ebates will automatically track your purchases & rebate amount…and you’ll get a “Big Fat Cheque” of all your rebates every 3 months in the mail!

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[eicon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-search” fontsize=”30″] SHOPPING COMPARISON SITES

If you want to compare similar items from different stores or want to keep tabs on price changes for the items on your wishlist, use shopping comparison sites to save you some time.  Here are my top picks:

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  • Shoptoit: Searches Canadian and also US sites that ship to Canada.
  • ShopBot: From my experience, this site seems to only search Canadian stores.
  • Google Shopping: Doesn’t search Canadian stores but does a very thorough US search so worth a look if you are open to shopping from US sites.
  • Shop it to me: Not a traditional comparison site, but a very useful aggregate tool to keep track & send you updates on sales from your favourite brands & retailers.

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[eicon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-envelope” fontsize=”30″] EMAIL SIGN-UPS

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Opt-in to receive email newsletters from your favourite retailers.[/ewell]

I say “favourite” because I know we all hate spam, but retailers often give exclusive sale previews, discount codes, and special offers through emails.  On certain sites you can also change the settings on when, how often, and what kind of emails you want to receive.

[su_highlight background=”#fefea6″]*Additional Tip*[/su_highlight] Pick a couple of sites you shop on more often and try to track their discounting behaviors by monitoring the emails they send.  Most retailers tend to have a pattern to the discount percentages they give in a period of time. So you might be able to decipher when during the week/month/season a store will most likely give higher discounts.

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I hope the tools above will make your shopping trips more efficient, less expensive, and more fun! Before you start shopping, you can also check out:

[icon icon=”exclamation-triangle” color=”#300634″] Online Shopping Tips & Warnings for Canadians

[icon icon=”heart” color=”#300634″] Your Ultimate Guide to Online Shopping in Canada

If you know of anymore resources or websites that help Canadians shop better online, please share with me in the comments below & I’ll add it to the list!

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