Couponing Tutorial: Week 1- Where to Find Coupons
I have been asked by many people to explain how to use coupons and how to get the best deals on items. This is a 10 week series that will explain the best way to shop at specific stores including: Target, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.
I will also go through where you can find coupons.
Stretching your coupons the ‘ins and outs’
Deals galore How to Get what you need for FREE or Less than a $1!
My price point… What my family is willing to spend on items
Beyond coupons How to get the best deal for everyday expenses
I hope that you will find this series informative and if you have any questions please fill free to ask.
This week I we will discuss where you can find coupons. There are many ways you can find coupons and you don’t necessarily have to pay anything for them either!
Here is a list of the best ways to find coupons:
1. The Newspaper! Each Sunday paper contains two coupon leaflets a Red Plum and either a Smart Source or P&G. These coupons can save literally hundreds of dollars over the course of a few months! I purchase 2 newspapers each Sunday and that seems to be plenty for my family of four. I have heard of others that will purchase only one or one for each family member. My suggestion is to start off with one or two and see how that goes if you need more than add one at a time until you feel like you have an adequate amount of coupons each week.
I personally feel that a $1 a piece each week for newspapers totaling just $8 a month is nothing compared to what we save so I am more than happy to pay. I know that others don’t agree with my take and there are ways to get those coupons for FREE too. If you head into a coffee shop you can usually go through newspapers and grab coupons from their. Also some friends or family members may get the Sunday paper but don’t use coupons, you could definitely ask and get their coupons as well.
Either way this is a great way to get some high quality coupons!
2. Coupons.com! This a great online source for coupons! The site gets new coupons at the beginning of each month. They have everything from food, household items, hygiene items and much more including $$ off on movies. One thing to note is that there is a print limit (this applies both to individual prints and a limit to how many they will allow printed of each coupon overall.
3. Smartsource.com and RedPlum.com! These are similar to Coupons.com but have a smaller selection of coupons.
4. Catalina Coupons! These are great! They are coupons that print out at the register at stores. You can get everything from $.50 an item or $$ off your next shopping trip!
5. Blinkies! Coupons that are found in a blinking red box along the aisles are called blinkies they are usually near the item that is for sale.
6. Store Coupon Booklets! These booklets can range from a monthly booklet like that at Walgreens to periodic booklets at stores such as CVS, Safeway and Food Max. They will typically carry both store specific coupons and Manufactures coupons. The store specific coupons can be combined with other manufactures coupons for a better deal.
The above are a list of the more common ways to find coupons but are by no means the only places to find them! Always keep an eye out and you may be surprised to find them in other places as well! I found $3 off on Triaminic at my daughters pediatricians office!
Next Thursday we will go over how to shop at CVS!