Finding Coupons

Posted by The Andersons Sunday, February 28, 2010
Where do we find all of our coupons?

This is a question we both get a lot. When we started, we had no coupons except for inserts from the papers we bought on Sunday. Now? We have more coupons than you can imagine. So, where do we get them?

1. Newspapers
Well, the first and obvious answer is of course, in the Sunday newspaper. The common Sunday coupon inserts are RedPlum (RP) and Smartsource (SS). Usually on the first Sunday of the month, a Proctor and Gamble (P&G) insert will be included. Coupons are regional. For example, Pensacola often gets “better” and higher dollar coupons than we do in Mobile. Occasionally, we will buy the Pensacola paper because of the coupons in it that week.

2. Manufacturer’s Websites
I am always amazed at how few people have written their favorite manufacturer! Did you know that by writing many companies a quick comment, they will send you a coupon? Many companies LOVE to hear from their consumers. Think of what you use. Think of what you would like to use but maybe cannot afford. Write that company a short email of praise or mention you are curious about their product. If you feel comfortable, ask if they have any coupons they can send you. Honestly, most of my emails were simple praise and thank you notes. Occasionally, we will just get a
thank you. Sometimes we have to hear the dreaded words “NO, we do not just give out coupons”. Shrug it off and write someone else!

Be sure to sign up for different manufacturer emails. We use one of our side email addresses for this (just be sure to check it often!). A lot of companies and brands will send weekly or monthly email updates, recipes and random news. Occasionally in these emails, they will also send you a coupon just for being on their email list.

3. Internet Prints
Internet prints are all over the internet. As mentioned above, you can often find coupons on a manufacturer’s website to print off. Also, Smartsource and RedPlum have sites to print from, too! These coupons reset at the beginning of each month. If you have been directed to a site like RedPlum or and cannot find a coupon mentioned, try a different zip code. Just like Sunday coupons are regional, so can IP coupons. We check 90210. It’s silly, but works. Also, feel free to ask other online couponers what zip code they are using. We are all in this together!

Before you learn this lesson the hard way, let us warn you. Do NOT print every single coupon offered on these sites. It will become an overwhelming mess quickly. Besides, you probably will not want, need or use every single coupon on there anyway.

You will also come across bricks coupons. If you are sent to a link to use a Bricks coupon, first print the coupon. BUT WAIT! Click back three times. Woohoo! You now have that coupon TWICE!

4. Blinkies
What is a blinkie? Have you ever noticed those little red or black machines hanging on a shelf as you shop? They spit out little coupons and have a blinking light and usually go beep beep as you pull
a coupon out. Take a few, but please don’t be greedy. Taking every single one is just rude.

5. Tearpads
Tearpads are found in several places. One location is hanging off of a shelf. Check out displays. You know those big beer displays you always walk by? You can sometimes find GREAT tearpad coupons them! Next time you stop for some gas and a drink, check the gas station out! You can find tearpads on their displays, shelves and sometimes in their drink coolers! Tear you off some coupons, but again, please do not take them all.

6. Peelies
Peelies are coupons found on the items and can be peeled off. Now, there is a great debate in the coupon world regarding coupons. Should you peel and steal or leave it and miss a deal? There are two sides as always on this subject. If you take it, knowing you will use it, knowing it is on sale somewhere else or will be, you save! Of course, then if you do, you are taking that savings from whoever is actually buying the item the peelie is on. Some consider taking a peelie off of an item without buying that item, stealing. Others call is fair grounds. We don't peel and steal. Our thoughts are that is just isn't right.

7. Books
Books are pamphlets with information and coupons found in them. Publix has books that it gives out. As usual, these are regional. Sometimes our Publix gets the books, sometimes they do not. Walgreens also has their own coupon books they put out. Some are monthly books, some are specific like a Diabetes magazine. You can also find manufacturer books in other stores, too. Once again, check out those displays! We recently found some with eight coupons in each book. In less than a week, we had used three of those coupons already!

8. Magazines
Magazines are a great place to find coupons, too! Next time you are flipping through pay attention to the advertisements. You never know where you are going to see a coupon! Also, start buying ALL YOU magazine. This magazine is full of coupons and is often listed in the coupons needed for sales. We never miss an issue, and sometimes buy two. ALL YOU can only be found at WalMart or you can get a subscription. We do need to mention though that recently there was a sale at Publix and in the coupon matchups, ALL YOU came up several times. The problem? It seems the subscribers did not get some of the major coupons found in the same magazine bought in the store. We buy ours.

9. Store Coupons
Store Coupons are different from a manufacturer’s coupon. A store coupon is obviously distributed by the store and can actually be used with a manufacturer coupon. Target, Publix, Walgreens, RiteAid and CVS all have store coupons.

For Target’s coupons, go to their website, scroll towards the bottom and you will links for different areas of the site. You will see a link for Grocery Coupons. You are allowed to print Target coupons twice from each computer. Some of the coupons offered are store coupons, and some are manufacturer. The only way to know which you are getting is by printing. They will also mail coupons and feature coupons in their advertisements so keep an eye out for these!

For Walgreens, RiteAid, and CVS check the front of the store and back by the pharmacy. These stores also have online coupons! Check each store’s online website. RiteAid is slightly different with theirs. They have a site that gets you to watch videos to be able to print a coupon (for whatever item you were watching in the video). Sign up for emails from these different stores and you can receive special coupons! CVS is notorious for sending their email subscribers $5/$25 or $4/$20 purchases.

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