In order to start couponing, you will have to know where to find your coupons. Where are they? Let’s cover some of the most popular places to find coupons.
Newspapers are the first stop when you want to look for coupons. Even beginner couponers know that the Sunday paper offers a nice insert filled with various coupons. In your Sunday paper you will usually see the Smart Source coupon insert appear on a weekly basis (with some holiday exceptions). The Procter and Gamble (P&G) insert appears at the start of each month, this one is very valuable! Some areas also have the RedPlum in the Sunday Paper or in areas like where I live it comes with the mail weekly.
Smart Source & RedPlum are not only an insert for newspapers but can also be found online as well at Redplum.com and Smartsource.com.
Want to know what coupons will be in the Sunday paper before you buy it? Just go to www.sundaycouponpreview.com and you can even see the year’s inserts that are scheduled to be included.
Getting Coupons Online
As a couponer who is just starting out, you might think that newspaper coupon inserts are the main way of getting coupons. While they do give you plenty of savings, you have to search other places, too. Online printable coupons are one huge way to save and are becoming more and more popular.
You can look to sites like coupons.com, redplum, smartsource.com, eatbetteramerica.com and commonkindess.com for loads of printable coupons. You can even print coupons right from coupon blogs like Esavingsblog.com which feature a Coupon Center! Don’t see a Coupon you want? Check the Coupon Database! Just type in the name or brand name and it will display where you can find a coupon. For example: Need bread? Type in “bread” and see the results come up of where to get coupons for bread.
Go Straight to the Manufacturer
Besides newspaper, magazine and online coupons, you can go straight to the source – the companies that make the products that you like to use. Why do manufacturers like giving coupons to customers? A customer who saves money is happy and a happy customer becomes a loyal customer. Usually all you have to do to tap into this source is find the company online and sign up for their mailing list or newsletters. Some manufacturers have social media pages, too so be sure to check those out for coupons and deals.
eCoupons & Coupon Apps
eCoupons are not the same as the coupons you clip. You never actually even touch them. These sites link whatever coupons you pick out to the store’s shopping card that you use.
For example, if you look at www.savingstar.com, then you’ll see that you can pick out savings on the site. You’ll also see there are no coupons to clip. It’s very eco-friendly, too.
How it works is that when you finish shopping (and this can be used for drugstores, too), you check out with the items you picked the coupons for. You won’t see any minus symbols on your register receipt – and for those who are used to using print coupons, this can be a bit of an adjustment at first. But what happens is that while you don’t get the money discounted right then, it does come back to you – but as money sent straight to your bank or Paypal account. It’s a pretty neat way to watch your money come back to you!
Other coupon apps I love are BerryCart, IBotta and Snap by Groupon.