One of the things I have people ask me so often is where I find all of the coupons that I use. I wish I had a simple answer for that but I just don’t. There are tons of great websites and so many different ways you can add to your coupon collection. Come check out some of my suggestions and stick around for a fun giveaway!
Here are some of the places I’ve gotten coupons from:
(Please note there’s some coupon lingo below that you might not be familiar with yet. That’s totally ok! I’ve tried to include links to lots of different couponing and deal websites to hopefully help you understand better as well as become familiar with some of the many sites out there to help you become a couponing wiz. Some couponing sites do charge you for access to couponing information. I’ve never been comfortable personally paying for this information when it can be found in other places for free. You will need to decide if you want to pay for services you come across; just please use caution.)
- Sunday (and sometimes weekday) Newspaper – if your local paper offers a subscription for just Sunday papers (if you don’t really read the rest of the week), this might be a good bet for you. The coupons will come to your newspaper box or driveway minimizing the work you’ve got to do to get your coupons. If you have more than one local paper near you (here we’ve got four different Sunday papers), pick up a copy of each. If the papers are in different markets, you’ll get different coupons in each paper (we’ve got three different different versions here and usually there’s a variation to the inserts). There are websites that will tell you what coupons are scheduled to be in the different inserts each week. My local Wednesday paper also has Sunday’s coupons in it (and costs less than the Sunday paper!).
- Friends – everyone’s trying to save money these days and so many people get the Sunday newspaper to catch up on the news of the week. If you’ve got friends who either don’t use their coupons or don’t use all of them, ask for their unused coupons. Remember if they clip coupons too, offer your unused coupons to them to help spread some coupon and savings pixie dust.
- Coupon Trains – this is a really great way to get coupons from all over the country. Like I mentioned above, different areas or regions get different coupons. There are tons of places on line you can find to join a coupon train. If you’ve got friends or family spread across the country, start a swap among your friends and family. Basically, you clip every coupon from your Sunday papers. Take out the coupons you’ll use for your family then send the rest on to the next car in the train (usually names and addresses are provided by the person organizing the train). Every week (or however often your train decides), you should be sending and receiving new coupons in the mail.
- E-Coupons – There are several websites you can visit like Shortcuts, Cellfire, Kroger and Upromise to load coupons onto your store’s shopping card. I would suggest you set up an email address specifically for money saving things like signing up for electronic coupons, surveys, giveaways, ect.
- Blinkies – many stores have “blinkies” on the shelf that dispense coupons for specific products. If you see a blinkie that has a coupon with a high value or is for a hard to find brand, be sure to stock up (but remember to leave some coupons for others too; we’re all trying to save money). These are a great thing to put the kids on locating in the store while you’re there! My boys love trying to spot them and see how many coupons they can gather during a shopping trip.
- Catalinas – you’ve probably gotten coupons handed to you with your receipt before. Well, the “technical” name for those are catalinas. These coupons are usually manufacturer coupon (which means they don’t need to be used at the store you got them from) and are connected to things you’ve purchased during your trip.
- By Mail – many stores will mail coupons to customers specific to their store to entice you to shop with them instead of with their competitors. I receive coupons from Kroger and Target regularly. (Remember, you can “stack” a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon to increase your savings on an item!) There are also sites you can visit to purchase an item and receive coupons with it (many coupons state they cannot be sold so people will “sell” you the envelope the coupons come with and the coupons are your free gift for buying the envelope. I’ve never gotten coupons this way personally, but it is an option you could pursue). You may also be able to receive coupon inserts via mail if you don’t receive them in your local newspaper.
- Printable Coupons – there are many different places you can go to print coupons. Be sure to check your store’s coupon policy to make sure they accept printed coupons before you waste time, paper and ink on them. Stores like Target have store coupons available to print on their website. Websites with coupon matching lists will usually note where the coupons come from and provide a link to the coupons if they’re printable.