Top 5 Places to Find Coupons

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Where to Find the Best Coupons

Where to Find the Best Coupons

If you haven’t seen TLC’s latest show, Extreme Couponing, you’re missing out on quite a spectacle. To give you an idea, these bargain shoppers frequently pay less than 10 percent of their grocery bills, most of which are greater than $500. That’s a lot of free stuff! But one question many consumers have, especially when watching this show, is where to actually find these coupons. We’ve taken the guesswork out of “couponing” with our list of the top five places to find coupons:

1. Sunday Paper

This is usually where most consumers find coupons, and for good reason. The Sunday paper is full of inserts with manufacturer coupons from various sources, like SmartSource and RedPlum and even specific brand names, like Proctor & Gamble or KRAFT. If you want to be extreme, you can go “dumpster diving” (yes, literally going through dumpsters and recycling bins to find coupons) or stop at gas stations, bookstores and your neighbor’s house to pick up extra copies.

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2. In-Store Coupons

Although most of the weekly ads put out by grocery stores only advertise what’s on sale that week, often times you will find additional coupons in the circular. It’s also a good idea to hit up customer service to ask for store coupons, which can only be used at that specific store. But don’t stop there. As you’re perusing the aisles, keep your eyes peeled for those peel off coupons and blinking dispensers that provide savings for specific items.

3. eCoupons

If the idea of spending hours with a pair of scissors in hand, hunched over your kitchen table makes you cringe, or if you want to boost your savings, be sure to check out printable coupon sites like Coupons.com that allow you to print coupons directly from your computer. There are also some great couponing sites that allow users to upload coupons directly to their loyalty cards. Try Cellfire.com or Shortcuts.com.

4. Mobile Coupons

Another seamless way to avoid paper cuts is to take advantage of your Smartphone with mobile coupon apps and texts. Text “OFFERS” to Target (827438) to receive mobile coupons to use on your next visit or check out Shoptext.com to receive mobile coupons via text message.

5. Social Media

Finally, never underestimate the power of social media when it comes to couponing. Whether you follow your favorite brands and stores on Twitter or are a “fan” on Facebook, social media is a great way to score savings that most people don’t know about. If you don’t have time to follow 20 different brands, just follow Coupon Tweet and/or Cheap Tweet, which pool the best deals on the web into one spot!

It seems almost silly to ever pay full retail price for anything when you see how many different ways you can be saving money. Get couponing!

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What’s your favorite way to save money with coupons? Let us know in the comments!

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  • dawn

    Is there a way other then printing out coupons from the internet to save money at wal-mart stores.

  • LE

    1) In my experience, especially in grocery stores, the house brand is usually still cheaper, even after deducting the coupon “savings” from the name brand of the same item.
    2) I’ve had internet coupons rejected because photocopying was disallowed–even though I did NOT photocopy them..but…I have only a black-and-white printer, and the coupons seem to all be in color. It’s not my fault that I can’t afford a color printer! That should not be an excuse for rejecting the coupon. That tells me that they don’t REALLY want you to save money, and will back out of the deal on any pretext.

    • mel

      You might be able to get a free color printer at freecycle.com. If not free than Goodwill sells printers for $15 at the regular store or $5 at their as is store. Try to get one that comes with cartridges. Then to save on ink, learn to refill the cartridge by watching the refill videos on Youtube

    • janemarie

      I have found by bringing with me when I shop at a store with coupons is to bring a copy of there policy on what they accept and do not accept. Recently had an experience where the cashier did not want to accept my printed out coupon and was told that only mfg coupons were accepted then I took out my copy of the store policy from the company and it showed that the printed out coupons were indeed accepted. One has to cover all there bases to be sure what is accepted is rightly accepted.

      • mrsB

        janemarie has a great tip here! In my experience cashiers at these places will argue with you and you could end up paying through the nose if you give in. Don’t hesitate to prove them wrong!

        Recently at Staples the cashier tried to ring up a packet of only 25 Staples-brand envelopes for nearly $5 even though I told him the price sticker in the aisle was labeled 99cents for a purchase of less than 3 and $4+ for the 4th item. He just continued arguing with me and even refused to let me show him where the sale price sticker was until my Mom pointed out the sales flyer (which was right under his nose, right next to his register, if he’d bothered to check it) and he had to reluctantly admit that it was indeed on sale for 99 cents. $5 for 25 plain white envelopes without inner security tinting? Who would pay that? That schmuck was trying to charge me 5 times the price! He clearly wasn’t good at his job, but I don’t see the need for the attitute. I happened to really need an envelope, or I would have just left. It was a lot of trouble for one stinking envelope!

    • Nicole

      You don’t have to print color coupons in color. Just change the setting on your printer…

    • donna

      Yes, I know what you mean…I recently took the time to print coupons off the internet only to have the store cashier at Wal-Mart refuse most of them and most annoying was how she shot me a hateful look as though I was trying to steal or something! It takes time and uses ink from my printer to print them and in the end I get treated like I’m trying to shoplift when I’m only trying to redeem the blasted coupons which were completely legitimate! I refuse to pay the high price for both the color and B&W ink cartidges, so when I print coupons I print them in black ink only. I don’t see why that should make the coupons not scan correctly. I checked the barcodes on all of the coupons and they all looked crisp (unsmeared) and dark (unfaded, like when your printer is about to run out of ink),so I can only surmise that it’s a waste of time and resources for me to bother with trying to print coupons from the internet (what with the cost of ink, etc. and the time wasted). I’ll clip a coupon from a flyer here and there but I won’t waste my time going out of my way again.

      • Jessie

        I know that Walmart is very reluctant to accept printed coupons. Personally I don’t like Walmart, I think they sell cheap stuff (meaning bad quality stuff) and I know for personal experience they mistreat their employees. I prefer Target for clothes and appliances, they have good deals cuter stuff. If it happens that there is a Winco Foods in your area, I would suggest you to go there instead to do your grocery shopping, it is way cheaper than Walmart, they have no problem accepting printed coupons (even black and white ones), they are nice with customers and it seems they treat their employees well. Good luck!

  • http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2011/05/top-5-places-to-find-coupons/ Angela

    To answer your question about Walmart savings, yes there are other ways. Walmart also does price matching from other places: grocery stores, pharmacies, electronics stores etc., but you have to have their sales flyer (a printout of their sales will not do). Most of the time these fliers are delivered to your home or can be found in the Sunday paper. Also, clipping coupons from magazines and newspapers and/or looking for merchandise with coupons or promos on them helps. Visiting individual websites for your favorite products and signing up for promos and email alerts for deals is another way. If shopping online, look for discount codes before checking out. Try combining coupons with a sale (At other stores, you can combine a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon and a sale price/price match for the best results.) Lastly, be willing to try other brands. You may find a better deal on a brand you don’t normally use. Hope this helps and good luck.

  • http://quizzle Renee

    Target also offers 5% off total purchase when using Target “Red Card”.

    • donna

      Renee, Thanks for the reminder about the Target card! In addition to 5% off your purchases I seem to remember something about a percentage of every purchase being donated to local schools. (I think it’s 1%, however, I may be remembering the whole thing incorrectly:)

  • Taryn

    The way I use coupons; I try to use only the ones I need when I need them. Although it’s fun to buy things you want with coupons it’s usually just more money you’ll spend. I also try to make sure things are also on sale when I use coupons to get the most for my money.

  • Janice

    Thank you foe all the information!!

  • Nicole

    The key to getting name brand items cheaper than store brand is to combine store coupons, manufacture coupons and store sales. If you can commit the time and effort to couponing you can truely save money. It’s a good feeling to see your grocery bill cut in half (sometimes more) just by a little time and effort.