Coupons aren’t just in the Sunday paper anymore.
The sheer volume of coupons that are available makes it easier than ever to save money.
Here are some of the most popular places you’ll be able to find coupons:
The Sunday newspaper. This is the easiest place to find coupons. For just a couple of bucks, you can get hundreds of dollars worth of coupons. If you want to know what coupons will be in the Sunday paper before you rush out to pick one up, check out the Sunday Coupon Preview each week.
Printable Coupons. Printables are my one of my favorite ways to clip coupons because they’re often higher value and come in more varieties than what you’ll see in the Sunday paper. Check out Coupons.com, SmartSource, RedPlum and ValPak for the biggest collections of printables.
Magazines. Many popular women’s magazines such as Women’s Day, Ladie’s Home Journal, Oprah, Parents, Parenting, and All You (my personal favorite for coupons!) have valuable coupons in them each month. I wouldn’t run out to buy these magazines just for the coupons (except for All You – they even have an index of available coupons in the beginning of each issue), but if you are already a subscriber to several magazines, keep an eye out for coupons as you flip the pages.
Stores and store websites. Many supermarkets, department stores and drugstores offer their very own store coupons either in sales circulars, in home mailers, or on their websites. These store coupons can usually be used in conjunction with manufacturer coupons for even more savings. Some stores, such as Target, Walmart, and Kmart, are also starting to offer manufacturer coupons on their sites for your convenience. You may also find coupons right in the stores on displays or on tearpads. Store coupons are the most popular way you can save on produce and meats.
On or inside products. Pay attention to the packaging when you purchase and open up a product. There are often coupons attached to the front of products that you can use at checkout (these are called “peelies”) or coupons printed on the inside of packages. If you get any free samples of products, be sure to check those. Manufacturers love to give coupons away with their freebies.
Facebook. Facebook is the hot new spot for coupons. Many companies offer coupons either by mail or e-mail when you become a fan of their product. While you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to become a fan of Northern Cheapskate. Sometimes I share coupons there that I don’t always have time to blog about!
Cellphones. Sign up for services like Cellfire to load coupons directly to your cell phone. This service isn’t available in my area yet, but I hear it’s a simple way to use coupons with no clipping involved!
Direct from the source. If you’re looking for a coupon for a specifc product, look no further than the company’s website. You’ll most likely see links to special offers, coupons, or other promotions. Sign-up for the company’s e-mail list and you’ll probably be rewarded with coupons in your inbox or your mailbox. Consider calling the company and asking them for coupons. Or tell them how much you love their product (be honest!) and chances are, you’ll get a coupon. Sometimes it pays to be nice!
From Word-of-Mouth marketers. Join free organizations like Vocal Point, Kraft FirstTaste or SheSpeaks for a chance to try free products and in addition to the samples, you’ll also get coupons. In return, all you need to do is give your honest opinions about their products.
Online Coupons. If you’re shopping online, visit sites like RetailMeNot, FreeShipping.org, or Ebates, to snag some savings. You can also find household goods with coupon savings and free shipping available at Alice.com.
These are just some of the many places you’ll find coupons.
Stay tuned until tomorrow when I share my tips for how to get the most from your coupons.