There are many sources and when combined, they can save you hundreds of dollars each month. To help you get started, here’s a list of great places I use when finding coupons.
#1 Store Circular
The first place to look for coupons is in your store’s circular. These weekly publications can arrive in one of four ways: mailed to you, included in your weekly newspaper, made available online, or found in the store. Get in the regular habit of tracking down your store’s weekly publication. There will be a nice list of what’s on sale, as well as a few store or manufacturer coupons.
#2 Newspaper Supplements and Magazines
Your weekly newspaper generally includes a large supplement on Wednesdays and Sundays. Or if you live in a small town like mine, the inserts are in the weekend addition distributed on Saturdays. The supplement is usually packed with coupons from a variety of retailers and manufacturers and it’s a veritable coupon bonanza! Clip away and organize your coupons either by category or expiration date so you never miss a deal.
Don’t forget to check many family and household magazines (that you probably got as a free subscription). As a added bonus, they often have coupons inside as part of an advertisement. For example, you may see an ad for air freshener and a coupon for the product in the lower right hand corner. Pay attention the next time you’re flipping through Good Housekeeping – you may be missing valuable coupons. In my experience, these coupons often have longer expiration dates than
There are actually a number of consistently useful online coupon sources. First, start with websites that offer printable manufacturer coupons. I’ve added several websites to the blog to make printing easy and convenient.
Second, check with your own store’s online coupons. Most of the major retailers have online coupons. You can clip them, which involves printing them in your home and then using them at the store. Or you can often load the coupons to your loyalty card. One swipe of your card and all applicable coupons are used. It saves sorting through all that paper.
Take note – some stores offer both print and online coupons. When you swipe your loyalty card, that coupon is automatically used. This often negates the printed coupon which may have saved you more money. The print coupons and the loyalty card coupons aren’t always the same.
You can also make use of many online coupon resources. Many of these sites – like Coupon Mom – are membership sites, so you may pay a monthly fee. However, they do aggregate coupons from a number of big chain stores and manufacturers. They can be a valuable and time-saving resource.
Finally, don’t forget to look in your mailbox. Every week you probably receive an envelope packed with coupons for local retailers. You may even receive supplements from your neighborhood grocery and big box stores. When these couponing resources are combined, it’s easy to see why saving hundreds of dollars a month is a realistic possibility.
You are now in the right coupon mindset. You know where to look for and find coupons? We talked about some of my favorite sites to find online coupons. What if you don’t want to bother with clipping coupons yet? What are some savings app that you can add to your store loyalty cards? What are some fun ways to organize your coupons? How can you meal plan with coupons?
Stay Tuned as we explore and answer all of these questions and more!
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