Thursday, March 18, 2010

Where To Get Coupons

When I first started clipping coupons, I assumed I would not be able to find the coupons I needed for products that I regularly purchase. Boy was I wrong! There are thousands of coupons available everyday, I just wasn’t looking the right places. To get started collecting your coupons, you first need to know how many products you buy, and what you buy. You also should have a good idea of the number of times you buy this product per year. If you follow the first rule of couponing, and buy items while on sale, you’ll need to know how many of each coupon you need to get you through a year’s time. For example, if you buy XXX brand of shampoo, and you use 12 bottles per year, you know you need 12 coupons.

Do you only use one brand of shampoo? Then it’s easy, look for that manufactures website. Almost all high volume producers of consumable products have websites. Many will have a special section for Offers and Promotions. This is where you will find free coupons. Many can only be printed once every 3-6 months. You can spend quite a bit of time searching for one coupon at a time, but you will definitely get the coupon you need.

You can also go to websites that list ALL the online free printable coupons that are available online. Check out these sites:

These sites have lists with quick links to the page that prints coupons. This can save you a lot of time in your coupon searches. Most have a special section with quick links to free printables.

Review your pantry before you plan to hit the stores. Also keep looking when you get to the store. This is a Dr. Pepper "Peelie." It peels right off for instant savings. Many packages have printed coupons on the packs themselves. These simply peel off for redemption. Some are printed on the backside of the label or the inside of the box. By getting in the habit of checking before you throw any container out, you will find coupons on products you already purchase on a regular basis.

Online message boards list groups of coupons that other frugal shoppers have that they would like to trade with you. They may not purchase the same type of cereal that you do, so they are willing to trade. Most will trade groups of 12 of a type in one trade. Keep all the coupons that you do not intend to use out of your Sunday paper for trading purposes. You can also consider selling or buying coupon bundles on Ebay. Auction sites such as eBay have become a popular source for finding manufacture coupons. Selling coupons is illegal; however charging for the time spent to collect and organize the coupons acceptable practice.

If you have a favorite brand, let them know! By sending favorable feedback, many manufacturer public relations departments will reward you by sending you coupons by mail. Just visit online, let them know 3 things you like about the product. Be sure to fill in your contact information including a current address.

Join a direct mail coupon club. I belong to a good one: offers members monthly mail service of coupons. These companies send a packet of coupons that can save you ten fold. Since many manufacturers are offering their coupons direct to club members, these coupons tend to have a higher face value than the ones you find in local newspapers.