If you're new to couponing, below is a list of places to find coupons. This is not a complete list, but it should help you get started.
- Sunday newspapers (Be sure to look within the paper itself, not just through the inserts.)
- Weekly newspapers (The Sun newspapers are published every Thursday and are 75 cents each, even less expensive than the Sunday newspapers available at a discount on Mondays.)
- Red Plum insert (These inserts are included in the Sunday newspaper in some areas and delivered via mail in other areas.)
- Online coupon sites (e.g., Smartsource.com, Redplum.com, Coupons.com)
- All You magazine (This magazine is available via subscription or at Wal-Mart and contains so many coupons, the table of contents includes a coupon index and each issue's cover indicates total coupon savings. Also, check through your own favorite magazine for coupons.)
- On the product itself (Sometimes coupons are on the outside of a product and can be peeled off. These coupons are known as peelies. Other coupons may be printed on the inside of a box that contains a product, such as cereal or toothpaste, so check before recycling the package.)
- Coupon dispensers (also known as blinkies)
- Coupon tearpads (usually found in front of in-store product displays)
- Coupon kiosks (such as the red machine located at the front of CVS; to use, you must have a CVS ExtraCare card)
- Direct mail (To have coupons mailed to you, simply register online for free samples offered by specific manufacturers; the samples often come with coupons. Also, when you create a free account at Vocalpoint.com and participate in the online community, you occasionally will receive sample products in the mail that come with high-value coupons.)
- E-mail (Sign up for e-mail alerts from your favorite retailer, and you will often receive coupons you can print and take to that store.)
- Manufacturer's or store's Web site (Target is one store that posts its own coupons online; you can print these and pair them with manufacturers' coupons for additional savings. Known as stacking, this can be done with virtually any store-specific and manufacturers' coupons.)
- Coupon exchange (One version of this is to trade coupons with friends; online coupon exchanges also exist.)
- At the checkout (i.e., catalinas, which are coupons printed at the register at the time you receive your receipt.)
- E-coupons (These are coupons you can add directly to your store loyalty card.)
- Receipts (As an example, Rite Aid receipts currently offer a printable coupon for $3 off a purchase of $15 or more when you answer a short survey online.)
- Mobile phone apps (e.g., Cellfire)
- Facebook (If you "Like" a product on Facebook, you can usually print a coupon for it from the Facebook page.)
Coupons are also available online to purchase through coupon clipping services and through eBay, although I have never obtained coupons this way.
Save your unused and expired coupons! You can donate those, too. The United States military allows service men and women living overseas to use expired coupons (up to six months from the printed expiration date) when shopping on military bases. Visit the Overseas Coupon Program site to learn where and how to send your expired coupons.