How To Negotiate Newspaper Home Delivery Prices

As a couponer the newspaper is a pivotal tool in my arsenal of savings.  And since (atleast in my town) you receive better coupons when you get a subscription to the paper than you do when you buy it a drug store or gas station getting the paper delivered is necessary.

While in some large cities people may have more than one paper to chose from most of you are only going to have one option for the paper.  Since they have a monopoly it is important to get the best deal possible.  I have found in most markets the price of the paper is negotiable- very rarely do I see a flat rate everyone pays.

I get e-mails about once a week asking how to get the best price on our local paper.  I thought these same tips might be helpful for the rest of the country as well.

1.  Figure out what it would cost to buy the paper every week.  In my area you can grab the local paper at the Dollar Tree.  So I can get 6 months of the paper with  little trouble from the store for $26.  That sets my base price.

2.  Then I call the paper and get their starting price.  Let’s say it’s $60 for 6 months.  Then I ask if there are any sales.  Most of the time they say no.

3.  Then I ask if there are any gift card deals- often they will give free months or gift cards to local grocery stores or restaurants.  My goal is to get down to that $26.

4.  If the price has not gotten any lower I will let them know that I can buy it at the store for $26 so I will not be paying any more than that.

5.  If they still will not lower the price I tell them to call me back when the paper hits $26 and give them my phone number.  Everytime I have done that they have called within 24 hours with a lower price.

6.  My rule of thumb with the newspaper is that you should receive one paper per person in the house who is eating.  So for a family of 4 you need 4 papers.  All the major papers will deliver multiple copies to your house at a discounted rate.  So once you get your base rate ask what the cost is per additional paper delivered.

Newspapers realize that couponers are an important part of keeping them in business- people are getting more and more of their news online and the papers are making their money through ads.

So make sure to get the best deal possible- this is an additional way or saving some money!


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  1. says

    i have tried this w/ my paper, the news and observer, not a great paper anyway. owned by mcclatchy. every expensive, more than the washington post, which is a much better paper. the cust service is terrible. i tried the discount route but they refused to accept it, said it was not a valid offer, they will not negotiate, and now they started charging the daily cust. an additional fee of 32/yr on top of the 175.00 for online access and any freebies. i heard from one of the independent vendors it was going to go up to 425 or so per yr. no more daily paper for me, i will watch the news or read the washington post online,

  2. Kat says

    I got an awesome deal from the LA Times last year (Sunday only for $0.50, which is list $1.50) and I was not looking forward to renewal and having to re-negotiate, but since I set up my online account and did auto renew, I locked in my rate, as long as I keep auto-renew! We only get one copy, as we’re cutting out processed foods, so it’s more for the household products, and some cheese/yogurt coupons, and there’s only 2 of us!

  3. Tonya says

    Ask for credit card payment discounts. My paper gave me a locked in forever rate for doing this I now pay way less than my other family members.