Where to Find FREE Coupons
*NOTE: This is part ONE of our Beginner’s Guide To Couponing
Are you ready to SAVE some SERIOUS money at the store? Let’s do this!Newspapers can be expensive. Especially if you’re starting from scratch and want to be sure couponing is for you before spending money on coupons in the paper. THEY WILL NOT FALL INTO YOUR LAP – You will need to do the footwork to get your EXTRA COUPONS!
FIRST, take note, there are TWO main coupons. The printable coupon and the coupons that come in the newspaper, or coupon inserts. Neither are technically “FREE”. So, before we get into 100% FREE coupons, let’s talk about these two types of coupons.
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Printable coupons are not technically bought, however, we do pay for the ink and the paper that they are printed on. So, unless you are getting free ink, paper, and internet, there is a small cost to print each coupon. Tip: BE SURE you will use the coupons you print. If you’re not sure…you may want to skip printing. Check to see that you only have the coupons checked that you want to print, if not, you may be printing pages and pages of unwanted coupons, and wasting a lot of ink (aka: money).
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Newspaper inserts are both free AND not free. What do I mean? Some areas offer FREE papers OR FREE Inserts sent via mail. Example: My local Redplum used to come on Tuesdays in the mail along with some local grocery store ads. Also, here in Orlando, you can sometimes find the “El Sentinel” on Saturdays that have some of the inserts inside. Check with your local paper to see if they offer these freebies as well. If not, call and negotiate a subscription cost that fits your budget.
NOTE: IT IS NOT ETHICAL TO PURCHASE INSERTS OR BUNDLES FROM PEOPLE OR COMPANIES. It is considered FRAUD. Source: CIC. Be VERY cautious of anyone selling coupons. Many times they are getting them in an illegal way. I highly suggest not purchasing them to be safe.
Be sure to check out your local grocery stores. Checking the rounders (when you first walk into your store, where the ads are kept) and looking for cardboard displays throughout the store are great ways to find coupon booklets. Some booklets are placed by the manufacturer and some are store booklets-filled with coupons that can only be used at that store- but can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon to maximize your savings. Also, keep an eye out for “sample stations”. When you see employees handing out samples, they usually have coupons to hand out also. If you don’t see them, just ask!
As you’re shopping throughout the store, keep an eye out for tearpads on the shelves, coupons taped to products your purchasing or peelies stuck to those products, and stacks of coupons on display tables. Also, check out the bottle necks for hang tags. They can be found on all sorts of bottles-wine bottles, soda bottles, detergents, cooking oils, and more. If you’re buying the product anyway, make sure you grab the coupon to use at checkout.
ANOTHER FREE OPTION:
While you’re looking online for printable coupons on manufacturers websites , find the “contact” button and request coupons! You will be surprised at how quickly your mailbox and/or email box will fill up with coupons. Or, check out our HUGE LIST OF COMPANIES to email for coupons. We rounded up our faves and put it into one amazing post for you HERE.
Another option to get EXTRA INSERT COUPONS and MORE is to trade coupons with your friends and family! I have a group of friends that I trade coupons with each month. We do not have pets at our home, but we do have kids, so I gather all of my pet food and pet essential coupons and trade for kids juice, diapers, wipes, and more. We have our own COUPONERS UNITED TRADE GROUP HERE.
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When you’re out on Sunday at coffee shops, car repair shops, restaurants, you will find that many people leave their papers behind. It doesn’t hurt to ask the owner or manager if you can take the inserts! They may enjoy you helping to “clean” the table! If you have neighbors that receive the Sunday paper, you can ask them to leave the inserts out for you if they are not couponers. Might as well ask!!
ASK ASK ASK: For example, we have a local community board that we use through our homeowners association. Anyone can post on there. Ask for neighbors papers! Why not? They will be tossed if you don’t get them, right?
Always remember to get your coupons in multiples of two. If you are buying the newspaper, purchase them in twos- buy 2, 4, 6, or 8. If you’re grabbing a coupon booklet, grab TWO. When an item goes on sale, buy one get one free, you can use a coupon on both the item your paying for AND the free item-so be sure to have two coupons.
ARE YOU READY FOR MORE? Go check out what’s next in our BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COUPONING.
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