Coupon 101: Printable Coupons and Zip Codes

If you have been following this site for more than a few months, you may have noticed a MAJOR “policy change” of mine in the last week or so.

For two years, I refused to post zip codes for printable coupons.  This was because I believed that the coupon companies did not want us to be sharing the zip codes for coupons….that we should either search within our zip codes or without one at all.

And in those two years, I was in the minority among coupon/deal blogs.  It seemed that everyone else was posting zip codes except me….and most of the time when I posted about a coupon, I got either emails or comments asking me what zip code they should use.

And so I decided to talk to the people at the coupon companies….and you know what?  They are just FINE with us posting zip codes.

I started posting zip codes for coupons in the last week and the funniest thing happened.  After 2 years of me getting yelled at for NOT posting zip codes, now I am getting yelled at FOR posting zip codes.

Oh well – can’t please everyone, I guess!

For those of you who have noticed this change and welcome it, I hope that you are now able to find some of the more elusive coupons.  For those of you who do not like this change, I am sorry that you are upset, but this has been an issue that has been one of my major “sticking points” since I started this site and I hope that you understand that this is a HUGE policy change for me.  I did not make the decision to start posting zip codes on a “whim”.  This was a much thought about and well-researched decision (to the point of me actually obsessing about it).

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program……

Comments

  1. jen says

    I find it unreal that anyone would yell at you for posting zip codes. Your blog is awesome and you do sooooo much for us! Thanks, Mindi, for all that you do!

  2. Nicole W. says

    Nothing but praise and thanks for posting zip codes! I’ve been using other zip codes to get the coupons I want b/c my real zip carries less than stellar coupons. Why should someone in Seattle get better deals than someone in the sticks of Tennessee?

  3. Christina says

    It’s your blog and you’re allowed to stick to your guns! I’m really sorry that people got angry with you, but seriously those people need to really learn to pick their battles. Thanks for all the helpful couponing tips you’ve given us over the years!

  4. Sunnie says

    I also find in unbelievable that people would yell at you for this. You are doing us all a huge favor by putting in this blog, Im sure it is a lot of work, thank you for this! That’d be nice if you could unsubscribe those people!

  5. Gina says

    Shouldn’t your loyalty be to save your fans money? I’m am sure you have printed coupons from other zip codes. You are the one who preaches that there are different coupons different regions? I am not sure why you never posted them in the first place. I didn’t miss out but…I also don’t get people not wanting you to post the zips. Saving “MOMS” several hundred dollars a year on groceries would never have been a second thought to me.

  6. Beth says

    The first time I saw a zip code posted here I did double check to make sure I was reading the blog I thought I was, using an RSS reader they all look pretty similar, LOL. I knew you wouldn’t have made the change without a lot of thought and would never consider giving you a hard time about it either way!

  7. Candice D. says

    I love the zip codes! It’s frustrating to go look for a coupon, and not be able to find it. You don’t know if it is no longer available, or just for a different zip. Thanks!

  8. PK says

    I love your site! It has made such a difference in my life. I respect the fact that you researched the zipcode issue and confirmed with the companies that it is ok. I don’t know why anyone would have a problem with giving out more information but……………..you can’t please all the people all the time.

  9. Lindsay says

    I find it unreal that anyone would take the time to email you to complain when you’re trying to save them money, at no cost to them. Some people have too much time on their hands. It’s your site, use whatever policies you see fit. Thanks for all you do. There are lots of followers who appreciate it!