Coupons: Where to Find Them
Sunday Paper– There are several places you can obtain coupons and your best bet is the Sunday paper. Every Sunday (excluding holidays) there are usually two coupon inserts, the Smartsource and RMN (RetailMeNot). Once a month (the first or last Sunday) there is third insert from Proctor & Gamble. Occasionally, there will be an extra Smartsource or Redplum or inserts from other companies such as General Mills, Campbell’s, and Kelloggs/Keebler. You want to obtain at least 3-5 copies of each insert. You can do this by asking your friends and relatives to save them for you or if you have a Dollar Tree close by, most of them sell the Sunday paper for just $1.00! You need the extra copies for stockpiling. We’ll discuss stockpiling in later a lesson.
Online– Printables or IP coupons as they’re called are fast becoming the way of the future as far as saving money at the store. There are so many sources for coupons online, almost too many to mention here. A lot of times manufacturer’s will offer coupons on their website or their facebook page but your best bet for coupons are from the following:
This list above contains just a few of the places you can find printable coupons but it will get you started.
You may notice wording on some printables concerning their use at specific stores. It all depends on how the coupon is worded as to where it can be used. If the coupon states “redeemable at” or “available at” a particular store it’s just a suggestion to use it there – we can actually use it anywhere. If the coupon states “redeem at”, “redeemable only at” or simply “at” (for example “at Walmart”) it has to be used at the store designated on the coupon.
Grocery Store– Grocery stores can be a treasure trove of coupons if you know where to look. Here’s some places to look for coupons when you shop:
- Store ads– many stores will have manufacturer’s coupons or store coupons in their weekly ads or have special coupon fliers in the store. Usually you’ll find them on display near the entrance.
- Peelies– Manufacturer’s will often place coupons right on their products that you can peel off and use. Peelies can be on boxes, cans and even frozen foods.
- Tearpads– Another way manufacturer’s entice you to buy their products is to send pads of coupons to retailers. Stores then place the coupon pads near the intended product for you to tear off and use.
- Blinkies– When my kids were little they were fascinated with these things. Blinkie machines are found in the grocery isles, have little blinking red lights and automatically spit out coupons. Blinkies however, are usually low in value. But don’t discount them. If your store doubles coupons, most blinkies double now (they didn’t in the past). Your store may clearance something down that you can get free with a blinkie.
- Coupon Booklets – Around holidays, big sporting events and the start of a new year are the best times to find coupon booklets. Look for displays of products for these events and you may find a container attached with booklets of recipes and coupons!
- Wine Tags – If your state allows wine to be sold in stores (Okla. does not) then watch for coupons hanging around the neck of the bottles. Most state you do not have to buy the wine to use them.
Magazines- More and more magazines are placing manufacturer’s coupons in their issues.
Blogs: Follow a blog and/or facebook keep up with all the latest coupon deals. They do all the work for you by searching out places to find coupons such as facebook, manufacturer’s websites etc. and posting in their blog or message forum.
Dentist’s Office: Be sure and ask your dentist if they have any coupons. Most will get Crest and Colgate coupons from reps 😉