“Where do you find all of those coupons?” I hear this question almost every week either from my lovely cashiers, or from amazed customers in line behind me who are watching my total drop as the cash register beeps constantly while clearing a huge pile of coupons.
One thing you should know about couponing is that there is no one ultimate source for getting coupons. You do not HAVE to use the newspapers, nor do you HAVE to use the printable sites. Of course the more ways you diversify your resources for coupons, the more deals you’ll be able to get, so we’re going to provide you with a list of the best places we know of to look for coupons.
This is the first and most obvious place people think of when they think of coupons. The Sunday papers usually have on average two different coupon inserts in them every week. We at Couponing in Iowa suggest that if you are going to become a super couponer, that you will want to get at least one copy of the newspaper for each member of your household, plus one. So if you have a family of 4, you would want to get 5 copies of the paper every week. Yes, we realize that is $10. When we tell people how many copies of the Sunday newspaper we buy, people look at us like we’re crazy. We used to think the same thing when reading over and over again on the internet how you should be buying 3-4 or more copies of the Sunday papers.
But the good news is that you can actually save money on newspapers too! And you don’t have to do it by digging through dumpsters (though you’ll see on TLC’s extreme couponing show that there are people that do that!) The best newspapers are free newspapers — check with your neighbors, family and friends to see if they already have a subscription and ask if you can have their coupons. Try checking at your workplace to see if they get the paper and if you can have the coupons from it as well. Check with the local small stores and gas stations and ask what they do with leftover papers and if you can buy them at a discount on Mondays. CVS will often sell Sunday papers at half price. This is not advertised, nor is it guaranteed to happen every week, but it’s worth checking out if you’re going to spend the money anyway!
You can also get your own subscription. You can subscribe to some newspapers by using your frequent flyer miles etc. Or you can contact the paper’s offices directly. Many papers do offer Sunday only subscriptions although they aren’t advertised.
There are reputable sites for printing multiple coupons – coupons.com, smartsource.com, redplum.com and allyou.com are the most popular for manufacturer coupons. Target.com has their own printable coupons, some are manufacturer and some are store coupons. Most manufacturers will offer coupons through their websites or facebook pages etc.
Many couponing websites offer a listing of all currently known available printable coupons. While that is not something we do currently have the time and resources for here at Couponing in Iowa – we will happily point you to the list maintained by Joanie, The Krazy Coupon Lady. We will always make sure we provide you links to any active printable coupons in the matchups and will let you know whenever we see new coupons or coupons that will likely reach their print limits quickly!
Many magazines have coupons in them that can be clipped as well. The most common magazine referenced on Couponing in Iowa is “All You“. This magazine can be purchased at Walmart, or you can get a subscription online. Whenever we see a good deal on the subscription to this we always make sure to pass it on to you as well!
Never, ever underestimate the power of an email or a letter. We’ve sent letters of praise, emails of complaint etc to different manufacturers and the vast majority of the time they will respond with a coupon, we’ve even received coupons for free items or $5 worth of a company’s product. Never be afraid to contact the manufacturers of your favorite products! Whenever we’ve sent emails or letters we never specifically request coupons, but rather have simply expressed our opinion (good or bad) and ensured that our contact information was made available at the end of the message. This is always a great thing to do, as getting the coupons in the mail is usually a surprise, and it’s nice to get something besides bills!