Remember when having stacks of Canadian Tire money only made us feel rich? Well, in today's day and age, your old bills might actually make you rich.

In a new article by Maclean's, it was reported that one man's $2 Canadian Tire bill from 1989 recently went up for auction at a reserve price of $3,000. This indicates that old Canadian Tire money may have far greater worth than simply its face value.

Marc-André Lemire, the owner of the bill, had gone shopping at Canadian Tire one day and noticed that the bill had a unique serial number arrangement on the back of it, where the amount of space between the ten digits was a few millimetres less than on a standard bill. He saved the bill, had it looked at, and found that it was actually worth a lot of money.

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"If I tell somebody that I collect Canadian Tire money they usually laugh and say something like, 'Oh, so you want to buy a new barbecue?'" says Lemire. "They don’t know that these coupons can actually be worth something."

In a similar case, a 50-cent note from 1958 is now also worth much more and is being auctioned for upwards of $1,500.

Maclean's also noted that a Canadian Tire Coupon Collector's Club actually exists, and they've been compiling a list of every piece of Canadian Tire money ever found in hopes that they'd find a golden bill like Lemire did.

When it comes to determining the value of a Canadian Tire bill, collectors look for a few key things. First, the bill is more likely to be worth more if it is old. This is because it may feature certain one-of-a-kind anomalies, like mismatched serial numbers or slight changes to Sandy McTire's face. Some collectors even look for the highest and lowest serial numbers for every bill printed.

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Collectors are also more interested in the story behind the bills, rather than having full collections of them.

With the company's recent switch to a digital rewards program, the dwindling circulation of old Canadian Tire bills could one day make them very valuable. The moral of the story? Keep your Canadian Tire bills handy.

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