You may be wondering where those of us who always seem to have a ton of coupons FIND them all.
The first and most obvious source of coupons is your Sunday paper. Each week there are anywhere from 0 (on holiday weekends) to 3 (the weeks that the Proctor & Gamble insert is published) coupon inserts. If you are just starting out and are mainly shopping for yourself and your family, it is best to just get 1-2 copies each week. Don't overwhelm yourself! Once you get more experience, you can be a nut like me and get up to 10 copies (but I do quite a bit of couponing in order to donate to a food pantry as well as stock my own). To see how many inserts and what specific coupons will be in your paper each week, visit this site. For instance, I know from looking at it that I will only be buying 5 papers this week….there is only 1 insert and only a few coupons that I HAVE to have and with which I know I can make some great deals.
I wish that I could tell you that I get all the coupons that I need from just the Sunday paper. Alas, that is oftentimes NOT where the really good ones are to be found.
So where do I go? Online, baby!
Some of my favorite sites are:
In all cases, you will be prompted to download a “Coupon Printer” program if this is the first time you are printing off Internet coupons. Don't be afraid to download the program. I have never heard of anyone having a problem with their computer as a result of this program…and you won't be able to print coupons from any site without it! Most sites will only let you print 2 copies of each coupon before it tells you that you have reached your print limit. Don't despair! Many of the good ones will refresh every 30 days and you can print some more!
One thing I have to say right here….if you find yourself wanting more copies of a coupon, DO NOT photocopy them. That is coupon fraud and is against the law. While I am all about getting the deals, I will never advocate getting them illegally. My integrity is worth more than another $.55 off a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and I hope yours is as well!
Other sources of coupons:
Ask your neighbors, friends, family etc to give you any coupons from their paper that they aren't using. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for me as my family lives far enough away that I don't see them often enough to pick them up…and I've “turned on” most of my neighbors to couponing so they are keeping them for themselves!
Visit the websites for some of your favorite products! Often there will be a coupon on there for one of their newest products
Call, write or email your favorite companies and ask them for coupons. I have a list of about 150 companies and I make an effort to contact 2-3 per day. As a result, I now get coupons (sometimes with free samples as well) in the mail about 3-5 days per week!