Shoppers Drug Mart App- Worth the Download

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A few months ago I ran into the Shoppers Drug Mart across the street with just my debit card in hand to grab something (no recollection of what it was – I’m there so often) but this time was different. When I approached the cashier she kindly asked, as they always do…

“Do you have an Optimum card?”

“Not on me,” I stated in disappointment.

“Do you have your cellphone on you? I can just scan the app.”


“The what? The app? There’s an app?”, I asked in complete surprise.

She informed me that the app can act as a digital card making it easy to scan if you forget your card, for me, that was enough info to look into downloading it. Little did I know, that the Shoppers Drug Mart app- iOS and Android– offers far more than just a digital Optimum card.

There’s a plethora of goodies I soon discovered as I perused the app. Personalized coupons, current flyers, notifications on special offers (20X the points and Redemption days) and it is by far the easiest way to check your points and rewards levels.

Before I was told about the app, I collected Optimum points just because it’s what you “do,” not because I knew anything about the program. However, now that I’m an informed consumer, it has completely changed the way I shop.

For example, this weekend is 20X the points.

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Therefore, I can rake up 20X the points by just shopping on Saturday for my regular necessities (toilet paper, toothpaste, copious amounts of nail polish, etc.) or, if I’m in need of a new Hoola Bronzer or Smashbox Primer I can grab both of those from the beautyBOUTIQUE and easily make my $50.

I spend $50 and I get 10,000 points instead of the regular 500 points- pretty decent deal.

On top of 20X the points days, they also offer redemption days (spend your points and you’ll get more bang for your buck). If you want to get into the real nitty-gritty of Optimum Points I suggest you check out Coupon Christine but for me, I’m keeping it simple- download the app.

Shoppers Optimum Points 101

You earn 10 points for every dollar you spend before taxes. i.e. You spend $50 you receive 500 points.

The point breakdown looks like this:


One question I get asked a lot since I have started preaching about the Shoppers app is, “can I collect points on prescriptions?”. Sadly, in the province of BC, you can no longer collect points when you fill a prescription, however, different provinces have different rules so check with your pharmacist to see if collecting is permitted in your province.

I’m not preaching “Spend just for the sake of spending and getting a few points,” but I am saying, if you are a member of a rewards program, any rewards program, learn how to utilize it so you get the most value out of it otherwise- what’s the point?

Lesson learned Sarah… lesson learned.

Oh, and one more thing, you can also order online from beautyBOUTIQUE and they offer some great deals on Optimum points.

Did you know about the Shoppers Drug Mart app? If so, has it changed the way you shop?


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