Today, we’ve got a new guest post from Steven Zussino, co-founder of GroceryAlerts.ca, the Canadian website specializing in grocery coupons and Canadian flyer deals. Steven is going to share some shopping tips on how you can optimize your points in the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Program. [Anna]
I really enjoy shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart. It is Canada's largest pharmacy chain with more than 1,200 stores operating under the names Shoppers Drug Mart in nine provinces and two territories and Pharmaprix in Quebec.
The Shoppers Optimum Card is a loyalty card program that is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores. Anyone can apply to be a member and collect Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points that may be redeemed on purchases within the store.
Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum members receive 10 points for every dollar spent at the store. This excludes the purchase of lottery, tobacco products, transit tickets and passes, prescription items, any products containing codeine, Canada Post products and gift cards (except Shoppers gift cards).
They also have several bonus offers available that award bonus Optimum points (for example 1,500 bonus Optimum points with the purchase of a certain brand of Tylenol).
Throughout the year, Shoppers Drug Mart has special weekend sales where customers receive 20 times the regular points when they spend a certain amount.
The points that you earn at Shoppers Drug Mart can be redeemed for reward merchandise at Shoppers Drug Mart. Now, earning 10 points for every dollar spent will not go very far in earning any rewards at Shoppers Drug Mart. But here are some ways to optimise your Shoppers Drug Mart points:
1. Purchase a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card before your spending.
Not many people know this, but you can buy a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and show your Optimum card, and receive points for that purchase. So, before you shop, buy a $50 gift card and receive 500 points. As you checkout, pay for $50 with that gift card and show your Optimum card once again for an additional 500 points. It is like double-dipping!
2. Shop on Bonus Redemption days
When Shoppers Drug Mart announces a bonus redemption day, it's time to start shopping. Their bonus redemption day allows anyone with many Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points to get extra savings.
Here are some examples at some redemption levels:
- Redeem 30,000 points and get up to $60 off (instead of the usual $40)
- Redeem 50,000 points and get up to $120 off (instead of the usual $85)
- Redeem 95,000 points and get up to $250 off (instead of the usual $170)
It is best practice to wait for these redemption days to optimize your return on your points.
3. Bonus Points on Individual Products
Shoppers Drug Mart offers extra bonus points on individual products across the store every single day. These products vary from their own brands, to brand name products.
One example is that I earned 1,500 Optimum points with the purchase of Advil Nighttimes (size 10s) when purchased for $3.99. I used a $4 off coupon and bought 15 packages (to be given away to friends and family).
4. Multiple Point Event Days or Special Points Events on Product Categories
Get thousands of extra Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points on "20x the Points" event days. An example would be to spend $50 and get 10,000 points instead of 500.
They also have these events on categories of products in the store, i.e. (10x the points on health products, or 20x the points on cosmetics).