“After deducting the coupons, we owe her $104″
WARNING: “Coupon Clipping is addicting and habit forming, and could cause lack of sleep!”
Welcome to my weekly column, “Frugal Living Series”
How to Obtain A Nice Collection Of Coupons!
Hello, My name is Deborah Sutherland, and I am addicted to coupons!!
Yes, that is correct, I am addicted to using coupons and saving thousands of dollars each year on food, household items and toiletries.
When I first started couponing I stared with a small envelope of coupons. Now I am up to a three- inch packed binder (Plus inserts).
How did I obtain this many coupons, you may ask? Simple – one coupon at a time!
Today, I would like to share with all of you how to obtain coupons from a wide range of resources available to everyone. It is not hard to obtain a nice stash of coupons, it is just knowing where to find them.
One of the most common places to start a coupon collection is from your local Sunday paper. Most Sunday papers have any where from one, four, sometimes even five coupon inserts in them.
I personally get 3 Sunday papers delivered to my home for $1 each. That’s only $3 for hundreds of $$ worth of coupons every week delivered to my door. Home delivery will save you money, and I suggest trying to get a better price on your paper by buying more than one copy.
Most Sunday papers have discontinued carrying the RedPlum inserts. If this is so with your Sunday paper, you can request that the RedPlum insert be mailed to your home by visiting RedPlum.com (also known as Valassis) and signing up for their mailing list. You do not want to overlook this insert, as it has many high-value coupons in it.
Buying the Sunday Paper definitely pays for itself and is worth every penny you spend. Most of the time just one coupon pays for the entire paper. *Reminder:* AC Moore and Michaels 40% -50% off coupons are in the Sunday paper, as well as occasional restaurant coupons that add savings to your Sunday paper.
In the past two years, the internet has exploded with the availability of on-line printable coupons. There are so many sites that offer free printable coupons. Most printable coupons can be printed twice per computer, which means if you have more than one computer you can print more than two coupons.
The best sites to check several times a month, besides Frugal Living And Having Fun :), are the following sites. Though this list is not an exhaustive list, it will certainly keep you busy printing and will save you hundreds of dollars each month.
On-Line Printable Coupon Sites:
- Eat Better America.com
It is becoming very popular these days to find several great coupons in every day magazine such as Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Rachael Ray and the like. You will notice that every night around 10:00 I post one – three great magazines priced between $1.99 ~ $5.99/ Year. I highly suggest you subscribe to the magazines you enjoy at these low prices and thumb through them to find the coupons. This is the perma-link to the daily deals on magazines.
My Coupon DataBase
I have installed a Coupon Data Base this year on my website. It is free and very simple to use. All you do is search your product name and it will show you all the available printable coupons with their corresponding direct links, and/or coupons still active from current inserts.
Feel free to use My Coupon Data Base as often as you would like. It can be found under my menu bar under Coupons.
Friends and Family:
Another great place to get coupons would be your friends!! This is a wonderful resource you don’t want to overlook. Ask relatives, neighbors, and friends if they use their Sunday coupon inserts. If they don’t, ask them if you could be the recipient of them. I get a wonderful amount of coupons from my friends and family, who would otherwise, throw them out!!!
Exchange coupons with other avid couponers! “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”!
Another great way to obtain very high-valued coupons is to call the companies that make the products you love. Most companies would be thrilled to hear positive feedback about the products they sell and are happy to send you several of their manufacturer’s coupons. I have scored a great deal of free items this way from companies like Kashi, Arnold Bread, Glade, and others.
Sign up for all the Free Samples that I post. Most of the time, Free Samples have very high-value coupons attached to them. I have cashed in on some very high-valued coupons from Samples in the past.
Blinkies and Tear Pads
Keep your eyes open at stores you shop at. In the past couple of years “Blinkies, the little black boxes that blink”, have gained popularity in every type of store. These coupons are usually very high in value, and are in front of the products that are featured on the coupon. This is a nice addition to anyone’s coupon collection.
Tear Pads – Pads of coupons in front of the items the coupon is promoting. Again, these are usually very high in value and can really help to maximize your savings.
I have trained all family members that shop with me to be on the lookout for Blinkies and Tear Pads.
Coupon Clipping Services
If you are one who likes to stockpile, you may even want to consider buying coupons from several of the well-known “Coupon Clipping Services”. I often buy about $3-$4 worth of coupons a week on items that are on sale that I want to stockpile. I have save hundreds of $$$ by doing this. Most coupons are around $0.08 ~ $0.20 depending on the face value of a coupon. I just bought 10 $2.25/1 Finish Electrasol Tablets for ONLY $0.20 each. So I spent only $2.00 to save $22.50 ~ That is a $20.50 savings.
This is especially helpful when working the CVS Extra Bucks and the Rite Aid + Up Rewards deals, where you have to buy several of the same item for the added savings. Here is a link to several of the best coupon clipping services.
Coupon On Packaging
Always watch for coupons on packaging. This can really add to your savings. More and more companies are placing coupons on their packages. I call these coupons, “peelies”. Sometimes it is for the item you are buying that day, and/or for a future purchase. My girls are all trained to watch for coupons on packaging.
This is a magazine that is put out by Walmart. Every month it has about $80-$100 worth of very high-value coupons in it. I love this magazine! The recipes and money saving tips are really good, too. I do suggest you buy the magazine through a monthly subscription to save quite a bit of money per magazine. I would never give up my All You magazine. As a matter of fact, I may even go as far as saying buy two. One coupon pays for the whole magazine.
Dumpster Diving / Recycle Bins
If you know of any recycle dumpsters and/or bins in the general area where you live, I highly recommend you do not overlook this option for tons of FREE coupons. Remember, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Right? NOW, I personally do not do this, as I do not know of any place to get them. However, I have tons of friends in other states that do this, and are very successful at gathering hundreds of dollars’ worth of coupons that others throw out. If I could, I would, trust me.
Catalinas / Register Coupons
These are the long coupons that come out of the registers at the time of checkout. They are called Catalinas because the machine that prints them out is called Catalina. Most of the time these are manufacturer coupons and can be combined with a store coupon. I have used these several times, and have saved a lot of money by doing so. So don’t forget to check those coupons when you checkout before throwing them away.
Frugal Living And Having Fun
Yes, that is right!! ;) I will post several great printable coupons each week, and often pair it up with a current or upcoming sale to use it with.
Remember: If you are looking for a particular coupon, please search My Coupon Database Here. It will give you every coupon that is current and available.
Most of all, be patient, and enjoy collecting your coupons. Coupons can be a very enjoyable way of saving your family thousands of dollars a year. Even if you consider yourself well off, why not tell your money where to go! ~ Deb