One of my favorite ways to save extra cash is to coupon. Am I an extreme couponer? No, I don’t think so, but my family might disagree. Do me a favor and just don’t ask them okay?
So, where do I find my coupons? I'm glad you asked.
My grandma always depended on the Sunday paper for her coupons, but people nowadays usually turn to the internet, but let’s face it, how many times have you looked through the Sunday paper flyers and found, if you’re lucky, 3 coupons that you’d actually use?
I have done this many times, but because I don’t like to waste, I’d clip the coupons anyway and give them away. If I couldn’t find anyone that wanted them, I’d take them with me to the store and leave them for someone else to find. Yeah, I know it’s a little weird, but I can’t stand the thought of wasting.
Finally, I canceled my newspaper subscription and asked a few close friends and family if I could have their unwanted coupons. So far, that’s worked out great and I don’t have to spend any more money for flyer coupons. I still give away what I don’t use.
Magazines is another good place to find coupons. You can get coupons from almost any magazine. If you are like me, you don’t really subscribe to many magazines, so you can ask your family and friends to save these for you as well. You could also clip the coupons from waiting rooms. Don’t laugh! I’ve done this before.
Store coupons are great, too. If you don’t get a store circular mailed to you, you can always grab one while you are there at the store or make a special trip to get it so you have time to plan. You can always save more if you take the time to plan.
At checkout, some stores will give you a hand full of store coupons. Most of them are for a certain percentage off of your next shopping trip. Some stores have coupons on the back of the receipt. These are easily overlooked.
Manufacturer coupons are a little harder to come by but are very worthwhile. You can write to the manufacturer, email them, or sign up for their newsletters and oftentimes they will mail/email coupons. Sometimes they will give you a coupon for a free item!
Coupons can be found on the product itself or inside the package. Always look for things like this because they are easily overlooked. I remember throwing away an empty pack of lunchmeat and then realizing it had a coupon inside. I thought it was one of those packs that keep foods fresh. Did I get it back out of the trash? Yes!
I’ve gotten several coupons by using coupon dispensers in the store. You can usually find these close to the item you want to purchase. It’s in a little box that usually lights up. If you don’t want to buy the product now, you can always take one for later, but don’t be greedy.
There’re some places online where you can purchase coupons. I personally do not recommend this. I’m afraid I’ll get coupons that are not real. Then I’ve wasted my money and my time and probably faced some embarrassment at the store. However, if you choose to do this, please be careful. If the coupons are for free items or offer a large amount off, they are probably not real.
OKAY, SO WHERE’S MY GO-TO FOR INTERNET COUPONS?
I also use Facebook as a coupon source. I know what brands I typically use and I like and follow all of the brands pages. From time to time, they offer special deals where you can get coupons and free samples.
For now, these are the ways I find coupons. I’ll update the list if I find any new ways.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR COUPONS?
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