10 Places to Find Coupons & Deals
1.) Your Sunday Newspaper
Get a subscription to your house, buy on Sundays, or wait until Monday for marked down papers and grab a few! Don’t forget to ask neighbors and family to save their coupon inserts!
2.) Direct Mailing
In some regions, you can get Red Plum in the mail with grocery fliers during the week.
3.) Printable Coupons
NOTE: Check out your favorite leading brand websites for more printable coupons. Some stores do not accept printed coupons, so make sure to check your store’s policy.
4.) Grocery Store Catalinas
Keep an eye out at your grocery store for red automatic machines, peelies on products, tear pads, store fliers, back of receipts, and coupon machines that print next to your receipts (Catalinas, or CATS). You can grab these coupons and save it for when the item is on sale, which is the best time to use a coupon. You can also use these coupons from store to store, as long as it’s not a store coupon. Manufacturer coupons can be used at any store accepting coupons.
5.) Grocery Store Websites
Many grocery stores chains have e-coupons that you can load right onto your shopping card and can be used with other coupons. For example, say you have an e-coupon for Crest toothpaste, you can it along with a paper coupon, which doubles up your savings. Again, check with your store’s policy before attempting to do this.
6.) Dumpster Dive/Ask Your Recycling Facility
Now, I don’t really do this but many people do! It’s not a bad option. Around here, we have big dumpsters in random parking lots for paper recycling, so people rummage through to find coupons. I don’t do this often, but if I am dropping off my recyclables and see newspapers right at the top, I will grab a few extra inserts. Some recycle centers will hold them for you. NOTE: Check with your local recycling facility’s rules before doing this!
Frugal blogs host printable coupons embedded in their site from advertisers. A couple of Mom Spark‘s favorites are Consumer Queen and Coupon Princess. Also, if you “Like” certain brands on Facebook, they often offer coupons.
Some magazines have coupons in each issue. The one I am most familiar with is ALL YOU, which can be purchased at Wal-Mart or subscribed to here.
9.) Random Mailings
Sign up for newsletters from your favorite products and you may receive coupons via mail or email. Also, check out the Valpak mailings in your mailbox, as they contain coupons for surrounding companies and restaurants.
10.) Groupon & Living Social
If you haven’t signed up for Groupon or Living Social yet, do so now! These sites will save you a lot of money, especially with the kids home this summer. Fun outings for a fraction of the cost! Check out this post on how to spot a good deal from these sites. You can sign up for Groupon here and Living Social here. (referral links)