Coupons are all around us. Especially when you know where to look. But even the most veteran coupon users can sometimes use a refresher on how to best fill up their binders or boxes. We all get into familiar patterns and fail to explore every avenue.
So as a quick refresher for us all here are The 9 Best Places To Find Coupons:
Customer Service Representatives– Many couponers will steal whole tear pads of coupons from the grocery store so smart Customer Service Representatives have begun keeping them behind the counter at the front of the store. Take a moment to ask- you never know what you might find!
The Newspaper– The Newspaper is the oldest way to grab coupons. Remember that the price of the newspaper is completely negotiable. If you and five of your friends get together you will likely discover all of you are paying a different price for the paper. I pay $20 a year for just the Sunday paper delivered to my house. You can set this as a goal price. Or you can grab as many copies as you like at the store. In my area they are available at the Dollar Store so you can stock up on Sunday mornings. Just be sure to check for the coupons- people like to steal the inserts and leave the rest of the paper at the store.
The Alcohol Section– One of the most overlooked places for rebates/coupons is the Alcohol Section at your local grocery store. A large percentage of the rebates don’t actually require an alcohol purchase at all. Companies want to give you rebates/coupons on items they think you associate with their product. So around Superbowl we will see rebates/coupons for frozen pizzas, potato chips and salsa. The beginning of May we see rebates/coupons for salsa, tortillas, limes and lemons. Next time you go to the store be sure to talk a walk through and check for forms. Sometimes they will keep these at the Customer Service desk to keep people from taking the entire tearpad.
Facebook– Facebook is huge for coupons. Companies are dying for you to “like” them. Any time you see a new razor, shampoo or laundry detergent you can bet they have social media pages. Check them out for coupons. A few places I recommend because of their coupon frequency are Old Navy, Bath and Body Works, Farm Fresh Supermarkets (for my local readers) and, of course, A Frugal Chick!
The Internet– Printable Coupons are all the rage now. Companies love giving you coupons to print because they see more of them used than the ones they put in the paper. Remember any time you print a coupon you can do two per computer (not two per printer). So if you are like me and you have more computers in your house than you do people you can move from computer to computer (or tablet to tablet) and print multiple copies. We don’t photocopy printable coupons so they do have to be printed. The best sites to use are Coupons.com, RedPlum.com, and SmartSource.com though there are certainly others!
Your Neighbors and Friends- When I had an office job I used to ask my co-workers to bring in their unused coupons. Many times this allowed me to have four or five copies of an insert without paying for them. My family members and I also trade coupons (you can picture the text messages- “I will trade you Huggies for Cinnamon Toast Crunch!”). Some couponing friends get together once a week and do a big swap- especially if they all live in the same neighborhood. Take advantage of your different shopping habits and save together!
Your Smart Phone– As technology has changed so have coupons. While the newspaper is still the tried and true method for coupons those with smart phones, tablets and home computers have seen some new, very cool toys to help save. Some help you save directly at checkout (like Target Cartwheel). But my favorites are the ones that give you rebates. All you do is take a picture of the receipt and the item to get money back. The best two are Ibotta and Checkout51! Also some stores have their own smart phone apps (Target and Harris Teeter are my favorites) so be sure to check your store!
Your Store Website- Stores spend millions of dollars every year on their websites. They REALLY want you to come visit them. In exchange many have printable coupons or coupons you can load to your store loyalty card. For one example check out Target.com’s Printable Coupons!
Your Store Loyalty Card– Almost every store in the US has a loyalty card now. In exchange for giving you discounts the store tracks your spending for targeted marketing campaigns. Some stores (like Kroger and Harris Teeter) have special coupons you can load onto your card through their websites.
Whether this is new information or a refresher keep your eyes open a little wider this week- you may find even more savings than before!