The first thing about couponing is you need to find your coupons.
Over the next few two weeks I am going to cover where to find coupons. I am splitting this up over 2 weeks since there are a lot of different places to find coupons.
There are many different places you can find coupons, I am going to talk about the top 7, which are:
- Sunday Newspaper Inserts
- Internet Printable Coupons
- Home Mailers
- In the store
- In/on products (peelies)
- Coupon Clipping Service
- Coupon Trading/Swapping
Sunday Newspaper Inserts
The most popular place to get coupons is from the Sunday newspaper inserts. There are four possible inserts in the newspaper:
SS – Smart Source
RP – Redplum
GM – General Mills
PG or P&G – Proctor & Gamble (Monthly insert)
On your average week you will just receive Smart Source (SS) and Redplum (RP) in your paper but once a month (usually the first or last Sunday of the month) you will receive the Proctor & Gamble (PG) insert. The coupons in the PG insert usually expire by the end of the month. Then every now and then you will receive a General Mills (GM) insert. It all just varies on your location.
I recommend buying at least 2 copies of the Sunday paper. I particularly buy 4 so I can get 2-4 deals (depending on the coupons). I know people that get 10 papers. It just varies on the amount of deals you need and people in your household.
One recommendation I hear constantly is to buy the number of papers for people in your household + 1 (which I do on accident). Also, make sure you buy an even number of papers so you have two coupons for BOGO deals.
If you would like any recommendations on how many papers you should buy just let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Internet Printable Coupons (IPC)
Many coupons can be printed off the Internet at websites such as coupons.com and smartsource.com. I have a link for coupons.com on this very website.
There are also many websites that will provide coupons. For example dove.com had a $1.00 off coupon on their website not too long ago.
Another way to get IPC’s is by liking facebook pages. Many companies will provide coupons via their facebook page if you like them.
The last place to find coupons we’re going to talk about today is Home Mailers.
These are a little bit tricky. Many stores/companies will send these mailers to you via snail mail. Several stores that do this are Kroger, Publix, and Target. I am sure there are many others it just depends on your region.
The problem with these mailers is there is no guarantee to receive them. Publix you can fill out a card at the store and will start receiving them in the mail. If you fill different things out you may or may not get them. The other problem about these mailers is at many stores (like Kroger) they are based on what products you purchase so everyone won’t get the same coupons.
Another form of a Mailer is Magazines. Many magazines will have coupons in them so always be a look out. Now we don’t want to go buying TEN million magazines because that is not helping us “save money” but one magazine that always has over $50 in coupons is the All You magazine. This magazine also is all about tips on saving money so it’s a two for one deal. Only down side is this magazine can only be subscribed to or bought at Wal-Mart.
The key for Home Mailers is to just keep an eye out for the deals and sign-up for them when the opportunities arise.
That is all of the couponing tips for today. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.