Couponing {where do you get them?}

If you have been around my blog for a while, you will have noticed that I have a thing for coupons.
If you haven’t… I have a possible addiction to couponing.
And per request on my fb page, I thought I would do a week series on what I know on the subject. 
But I feel like first I need to have a disclaimer:
*I am no expert- you will not see me on TV couponing any time in the near future. Along the same lines, I don’t know everything there is to know. 
*My couponing is more extreme than buying one paper a week but not as extreme as having 100 of the same coupon, this is somewhere in the middle. 
*I am not the first one to do a series on coupoing, and I won’t be the last. Please look around, the more you read the better prepared you are. 
*Everything varies by where you live. It just does. 
*I don’t know how to get $6,500 worth of groceries for free, but that would be amazing. 
Phew, I feel better. Now we can start. 
First things first- inspirational picture (you know, if you find pictures of food inspirational)
Let’s start at the beginning:
{where do you get coupons?}
click “Read More” to find out!
You would think that the answer to this would be simple- the newspaper. But these days you can get them from tons of additional sources. For example:
Newspaper: I buy at least 4 a week, and I buy mine on Saturday because in San Diego, they have all the coupons but not the Sunday paper price. 
Mail: In my area, I get the Smart Source in the newspaper but my Red Plum comes in the mail, in many other areas, they both come in the newspaper. It is cool because I get it for free, but a bummer because I have to get creative as to how I acquire more (friends, family, the recycle bin by the mailbox at my dad’s apartment complex, etc.).
Internet: These days there are tons of websites to print coupons from, just google it, you will see. My go to website is coupons.com. Also, check your grocery stores website for coupons, even Target has coupons on their website- and a lot of them. 
Magazines: More and more lately you can find coupons in many magazines, generally the home, garden and cooking magazines. 
Facebook: Many times you can like your favorite companies and they will share coupons on their fb page. 
Peelies“: These are little coupons that you find on the product that you can peel off and use immediately, don’t just grab them without buying the product, don’t be that person. That person is a jerk, just sayin’.
Blinkies“: These are the coupons in a machine near the item.
Catalinas: These are coupons that come out of the register with your reciept.

Ebay or Clipping Services: Sometimes if it is a really great insert, I will check out clipping services or reliable ebay sellers. Keep in mind, you may not sell a coupon, the price you pay online is for the persons time to organize, clip, package and mail the coupons. 

Main Office of Newspaper: I missed getting my newspapers one weekend and so I went down to the newspaper office and there (at least at mine) they keep past issues for up to 30 days back. So, I was able to buy four of the one I missed. I wish I had known this when I was first starting because then I could have just gone down there and bough the last four weeks worth of papers and not waited for my coupon archive to build up
Alright, that was longer than I thought it would be- now that you are overwhelmed, I will give you a break. 
Stay tuned for the rest of the series:
{Things you just need to accept}
{How to use coupons and terminology}
{Coupon Organization}
{Where and how to find deals}
{Pharmacies of department stores}
{You know you are a couponer if…}
Hope you find this helpful!!
 

3 Responses to Couponing {where do you get them?}

  1. Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters January 31, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    Great post! I love to use coupons! Today I was able to get shaving cream basically for free at CVS! It makes my day!

  2. Stacy @ Cardigans and Crayons January 31, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    Thank you for doing this!! I bought a binder to begin my couponing yesterday, and am thinking “now what?!” Yay! Thanks!

  3. Kara @ Mine for the Making January 31, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    GOOD post my friend! I have already learned a TON. I cannot wait for the rest of this series :)