Shopping Saturdays: Free Sources of Coupons


10 places to find couponsThe 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.

5. Samples

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

I get some great printable coupons through the swagbucks coupon section. There are other coupons sites out there, too. I find out about the best online coupons by following Money Saving Mom.

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.

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  1. These are some great tips. Thanks!

  2. Dana Mears says:

    The swagbucks deal is a huge gimmick! It would have been extremely helpful to know that all they want is someone to fill out one long survey after survey. I don’t have time to sit here and answer silly question after question. Very disappointing. You can’t get anything or get anywhere on that site without signing up for useless things. Waste of time in my opinion.

    • Victoria says:

      I agree that the surveys can be time consuming, but I have to disagree that is is a gimmick. I have been a Swagbuck member for years before I had a blog and always earned between $10 to $20 a month or more just doing basic every day tasks that I would be doing anyways, but Swagbucks pays me for them, like shopping online, buying daily deals, doing daily web searches and printing coupons.

  3. I have written into companies before and told them how much I love their products because I have heard that doing so is a great way to get great coupons. But unfortunately, all I got in return was a “Thank you… We’re very pleased to hear that you love our products so much…” Blah blah blah. I have also signed up for numerous free sample things, too, and have never received even one free sample of anything.

  4. Amber Chartier says:

    I just wanted to o say that I am so happy I found this post! I joined recycle Bank yesterday and already I earned enough points for 8 magazines! I love that site! Thank you so much for sharing! Plus on top of the magazines I was able to learn more information about recycling and able to teach my kids about it too! I love that they have kid friendly content!

  5. Angel pitts says:

    Really am happy about the recycle bank….good tips there with nice rewards and it isn’t time consuming…

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