The Sunday paper in my area recently went up to $3. Since my family eats very little processed foods, and we use homemade cleaners, rarely would the price of the paper be more than the value of the few enclosed coupons I might use.
I haven’t however stopped using coupons. Here are 10 places I find coupons for products and services my family will use.
1. Free Magazines
In Building a Home Library Inexpensively I wrote about all the free ways I receive magazines. I have a confession to make the free magazines that don’t cost me point rewards, I sign up for almost all of them even if I know I will never read them, just in case there might be coupons in them.
I found $13 worth of coupons for things my family uses in November’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens ( I read that one)
2. Junk Mail
Often within a pile of what looks like junk mail will be a coupons for restaurants my family frequent and products we use.
3. Receipt Tape
There are of course Catlinas that print out separately from your receipt, but don’t forget to look at the bottom or top of your receipt for coupons too. Often I find either $5 off $30 purchase coupons or a phone number or website I can call or go to and be rewarded for doing a short survey with a free item or discount.
4. Mailing Lists
In store point programs like Finish Line’s Winners Circle, often come with mailing lists that send out high value coupons to you in the mail. Other stores have no point programs but do send out coupons in the mail like Joann.
Money Saving Mom is a good blog to follow to find free samples. Sign up for those that your family uses, and the majority of the samples will come with coupons.
6. E-mail Lists
I have written about my favorite e-mail clubs before, as well as my favorite birthday clubs, however I might have missed some of your favorite stores, so make sure you visit each and every website of the stores you love to see if they have a e-mail club you could join that sends out coupons to members.
7. Company websites
Got a favorite brand of yogurt? Look up the website and see if it has a coupon section.
9. Online coupon sites
10. Tear Pads at Stores
In some stores these are in front of the product they are for, in others there are boards full of them found in one central spot of the store. Most are not store exclusive so if you know you will find the product for less at another store, save them.
Bonus tip: Write your favorite companies: I just read a great article on this that reminded me that taking an extra second to either send in a compliment or a complaint to companies can earn you high value coupons.