My typical answer is to smile and politely say, “Oh yes, I more then make my money back.” hoping that they ask the follow up question:
If you learn to use coupons, you can easily offset the costs of a few newspapers each week! I’d say that that initial $6 investment could save me more then 10 times that amount of money over the next few months. The key is knowing when to use the coupon and only buying at certain times. Today though, we are just going to go over 10 ways to obtain coupons and we’ll cover how exactly to use them in the next post of this series.
10 Places to Find Coupons
1. The newspaper: The most well known spot for coupons is in your local newspaper. In some cities, it’s cheaper to just subscribe to your local newspaper. In others, purchasing from a local vendor is a better deal.
2. Online: Printable coupons are everywhere. Follow this blog daily and print out the coupons that I post on a regular basis. Or seek them out on your own. Looking for a specific online coupon? A great place to start is my coupon database here on Family Friendly Frugality. You should also follow brands you love on Facebook and check out their pages on occasion.
Here are some other great printable coupon sites:
3. Magazines and Home Mailers: All You is notorious for being jam packed with fantastic coupons. Many grocery stores and drugstores also send home mailers when you give them your address (either online or in person). Parade Magazine in the Sunday paper often has coupons as well.
4. Friends, Family & Neighbors: Ask around. Tell family, friends and neighbors not to throw out their coupons and you’ll be by to pick them up!
5. Email companies directly: Go ahead and email a company to let them know you love their products and ask if they’d be willing to send you any coupons! Some companies will take it a step forward and even send you samples!
6. Coupon clipping services or Ebay: You can’t sell coupons, but there are services nowadays that charge for the cost of their time and supplies clipping and shipping coupons. These are called clipping services (like Coupon Dede). You can also check out Ebay for coupons as well.
7. Forum Trading: We Use Coupons, A Full Cup and Hot Coupon World all have very active coupon trading forums. You don’t have a baby in diapers? Trade those diaper coupons for the pet food coupons you really need!
8. Digital Coupons: Digital coupons are really becoming the rage nowadays. Be sure to link your shoppers card up to the following sites:
Kroger stores also have digital coupons on their website.
9. Store Receipts: Either on the back of the receipt, on the bottom or printed out along with your receipt (these are called Catalina Coupons), make sure you don’t throw out the receipt until you are sure there aren’t any coupons you would like!
10. Inside products or on products: Sometimes coupons will be attached to the outside of the product itself (peelies) or they will be printed on the inside or outside of the box OR they could just be floating around inside. Either way, do a quick once over before you throw out the box and be sure there aren’t money saving coupons you could keep!
Coupons are all over the place when you know where to look!
Where do you find coupons?
Be sure to check out the ENTIRE Strategic Shopping Series today!