Saturday, March 12, 2011

Where to find coupons

There are so many places to find coupons so here's a list of sources. 

I would say the #1 place I get coupons is the Sunday paper. I usually buy one Sunday paper, but when the coupons are good, I go to the Dollar Tree and buy additional newspapers for $1 each. Often the coupons add up to more to $60-200 in coupons, so spending a $1 is definitely worth it to me.  I can then buy multiples of the items I am interested in.

Tear pads
Watch for small pads of coupons (tear pads) posted on displays, shelves or end-caps when you are at the grocery or convenience store. These are free! Be courteous of others and take a reasonable amount of coupons from the tear pad.

Blinkie machines
These are generally posted in the aisles at your local grocery store and they blink and spit out coupons. I always grab a coupon when I walk by these, even if I don’t need it at the time,  you never know when it will come in handy. Be sure to check the expiration date because they don't get checked/replaced that often.

Peelies on products
Watch for products that have coupons attached to them, these are called “peelies”. They will often times say “Save $1 now when you buy this product.” Don’t peel these off unless you are buying the product – they belong to the person who buys the item and are not for public peeling.  In my opinion this is just cheating. 

There are lots of Webs sites that allow you to print coupons from the internet. Popular sites are:,,, etc.  Be careful, not to go download from just any coupon printer from every site. You can pick up viruses that way so try to stick to the larger popular companies because they are more reputable. Not all stores accept online coupons because they can easily be copied and/or counterfeit, so check with customer service to make sure they accept online coupons. Never make photocopies of online coupons and don’t print more than the limit. Misuse of internet printables will spoil it for everyone. You are usually allowed to print two of each coupon.

A lot of companies have e-mail newsletters that you can sign up for and they will e-mail you coupons. I recommend creating an extra e-mail account through a free service such as Gmail or Hotmail to use for signing up for these newsletters – it keeps you from being bombarded with junk mail.

Friends and Family
Tell your friends and family that you’d love to have their coupon inserts! If they are going to throw them away anyway, it’s nice of them to share.

Often times magazines have coupons scattered throughout the magazine. You can subscribe to a magazine called All You, which is exclusively sold at Walmart and is almost all coupons, many of which are high-valued! 

Recycle bins (DUMPSTER DIVING)
Look for newspaper only recycle bins and pull out the coupon inserts. Check your local laws to make sure you aren’t breaking any rules by rummaging.

EBay, Clipping Services and Coupon Trading Boards
You can acquire coupons on EBay or through coupon trading boards. It is illegal to buy or sell coupons, but people get around this by charging you for the “clipping time” and “shipping and handling” of the coupons. People buy coupons all the time on Ebay and on coupon trading boards and although I have never done this, I’ve never heard of anyone having a problem with it. They will charge you a few cents for the coupon to cover their time plus you pay the cost of the stamp.  Although its not free, if you want only specific coupons for items and don't want to buy paper(s) it's the cheapest way to get what you want.

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