Where To Find Coupons
If you feel like you cannot find coupons, this is a post you will not want to skip over! This will give you all the places where you can find coupons.
The biggest and most obvious source is, of course…….
SUNDAY NEWSPAPER. These are commonly referred to as inserts and are usually the easiest way to get coupons.
There are 3 inserts that are the most common – SmartSource (SS), Red Plum (RP), and Proctor & Gamble (PG). You may see additional “special” inserts that are put out by Unilver (UL), Keebler (K), or General Mills (GM).
Keep in mind that the amount of inserts will vary each week and the coupons within the inserts vary based on the paper as well.
You can even find ads from different stores/companies in the newspaper so always go through it all to look it over. And, don’t forget to check your Parade or Star Magazine as they sometimes have coupons “hidden” within their pages as well.
I highly recommend getting a subscription delivered right to your house so you don’t forget to pick up a paper or papers each week.
MAGAZINES. Another easy way to get coupons is through magazines that you already read. You can find tear out inserts or even some printed within an ad. So, always look them over before you toss them!
INTERNET PRINTABLES. The trend of coupons is rapidly migrating to internet printables. These allow you to (typically) print out two of each coupon you find. You can pick and choose what you want or need and leave the rest.
There are some common sites that are used to locate coupons. Some of them require you to sign up to print the coupons, others you can just print without becoming a member. They include Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com, Hopster.com, Savings.com, SaveInStore, BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, BoxTops4Education.com, and Kellogg’s Family Rewards.
MOBILE COUPONS/eCOUPONS. There are a number of stores that have mobile or digital store coupons (ie: Kroger, Target Cartwheel or Target Mobile, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General). In some situations, these can be used in addition to a manufacturer coupon. You will need to refer to each stores coupon policy to know what is acceptable. In addition to these stores, Cellfire and UPromise are two sites that offer digital coupons loaded right to your shopper loyalty card. They come off of your bill when your card is scanned and you have purchased the qualifying item.
DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER. This can be a great way to get coupons – and sometimes coupons for FREE items. Google the manufacturers of the most common brand of products you use and email them to tell them how much you love their products and get on their mailing list. I have personally done this and received great coupons in the mail or e-mailed to me. I even had a couple of them send me coupons to get the item for FREE. Go HERE for a master list of coupon friendly companies with their contact information!
BLINKIES. Have you ever been walking through the store and noticed those little machines with the red blinking lights on them? These machines are called “Blinkies” in the coupon world. If you can, get a couple of them but be courteous and don’t take all of them. Remember, just because you get the coupon in the store doesn’t mean you have to use it right then and there – unless, of course, the item is already on sale and your coupon can turn it into a fantastic deal.
TEARPADS. I am sure you have seen those little cardboard sheets that are attached to the shelves where you can rip off a coupon. These are called Tearpads. Rip off one or two next time you see them. Again – don’t take take all of them and of course you don’t have to use it that very moment – unless the item is already on sale.
STORE COUPONS. I mentioned previously about “stacking” coupons (see Mobile Coupons above) – which means to use both a store and manufacturer’s coupon. This is hands down one of the best ways to really save money. So, another resource is the store itself.
PEELIES / WINETAGS. Ever see those little peel-able stickers on the package or the ones on string around the cap? Those are referred to as Peelies and Winetags.
ITEM PACKAGING. Before you toss that box, look it over and make sure that there isn’t a coupon on it that you can clip. Sometimes they will be printed on the inside of the packaging. So give it a once over before you recycle or toss it!
FREE SAMPLES. Ever see an offer online to sign up to get a free sample and thought you didn’t want such a small package cluttering your cabinet? Well, think twice about passing them up. Most samples will include coupons so that you will go to the store and purchase the product.
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