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The fist question people always ask me when they see me shopping with my coupons is “Where do you get all those coupons?” The truth is they are all around, you just need to look for them. You will be surprised how may coupons are available once you start looking.
There are two main places to find your coupons and you will need to collect them from both places to get some sweet deals.
1. Newspaper Inserts
The Sunday newspaper inserts is one of the most common and easiest sources for coupons.
The best place to find coupons is in the Sunday paper. You will find 3 different types of inserts that are in there regularly: Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), and Procter & Gamble (PG). The Sunday papers usually have at least 2 inserts in them each week. On the first weekend of the month, there is usually a Proctor & Gamble (PG) insert as well as the other inserts. Occasionally there are extra inserts sponsored by other companies like Unilever (U) and General Mills (GM). Don’t forget to look through the Sunday Magazine Parade, because you can find coupons in there too. Many local weekly papers get inserts as well.
TIP: You will need to get 4 to 6 copies of each of the coupon inserts that come out each week. I know you probably think, she’s nuts !!! But that’s the way to save money and to stock up and buy multiple products when they are at their lowest prices and get free items. I get 6 Sunday Baltimore Sun’s delivered to me weekly.
Where To Get The Sunday Paper? Just call your local newspaper circulation and ask them if they have any deals going on and will they discount if you order multiple subscriptions. You will want to find out if they offer a “Sunday Only” or “Weekend Only” subscription? If you can get a Sunday Only or Weekend Only subscription for under $2 per week for each paper, that’s a really good deal. For those who can’t find a good deal on newspapers locally or inserts are missing, there are other options like purchasing whole inserts online from clipping services or auction sites like CouponDede.com and The Coupon Clippers. Feel free to check out the coupon clipper sites.
TIP: A great source to find free inserts is going to your local recycling dumpsters and looking through them for inserts. I admit it, before I got my 6 subscriptions, I use to go around to all the recycling dumpsters in my area and I would score big time. I mean, people don’t even open their papers and throw them away in the plastic wrapper and I was very happy.
2. Internet Printable Coupons
The Internet has a lot of printable coupons where you can print your coupons for free.
Printing coupons from your home computer is very easy and it’s free. The first time you print from any online coupon site, you will be required to download their printing software so that you can print securely from home. Once the software is installed, you will never be prompted to install anything and you can start printing your coupons. Find the full list of internet printable coupons by clicking on my Print Coupons link.
TIP: All coupon printing sites limit you to printing 2 coupons per computer. After your 2 print limit, it will not allow you to print anymore coupons from that computer. If you have 2 computers, then you can use both computers to get 4 coupons. NEVER photocopy coupons because that’s illegal. If you play by the rules it makes it better for everyone who uses coupons.
Here are some additional places to find coupons.
Just go to your local grocery store and look around and you will find them all over the grocery store. You can find tearpads, peelies, catalina coupons and blinkies. Some stores like Walgreens, carry their own coupon booklets filled with coupons. Make sure you check your receipt because you will sometimes get coupons on the bottom of your receipt. Store events usually have great coupons to go with their samples. If you see a table where someone is giving out samples, go check it out because changes are they have coupons for the item being sampled.
A lot of the household and mom magazines have coupons in them. The most popular is All You magazine because they carry between $50 to $100 worth of coupons in each magazine issue. The magazine is found exclusively at Walmart or by subscription.
Store Websites and Circulars
A lot of the stores now put out coupons in their weekly ads. Some of the drug stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid are popular for printing coupons in their weekly ads. Many stores have loyalty cards that you can now go online and link to electronic coupons that come off when you scan your card in the store. Some stores like CVS have a kiosk that you can scan your loyalty card and get printed coupons.
Sign up to Get Coupons in The Mail or Your Email
There are a few places online that you can sign up to receive coupons to be delivered to you through the mail. Procter & Gamble (PG) is one of the sources and sometimes Target has mailers that come with coupons. Sign up for sample products and you get a free product and they usually come with a high value coupon. Lots of manufactures websites now allow you to sign up online and they will send you a coupon in your email that you can print.
Family & Friends
If your family and friends get Sunday Papers then they get coupons. Ask them if they will give you the coupons that they don’t use. Most of the times they just throw the coupons out so that’s an easy way to get the coupons.
eCoupons are coupons that you can load onto your store loyalty card and your mobile phone. They are deducted at the register when you make a qualifying purchase by scanning your loyalty card or the barcode on your mobile phone.