Couponing 101: Saving Money Clipping Coupons
You've probably stood in a checkout line behind someone who has
a coupon for every item they've purchased, and it seems like
eternity until they are finished. But, they probably saved over
50% to 80% off their grocery bill in that few minutes!
How, you ask?
If you want to try your hand at snipping scissors for savings,
first you need the coupons! The best source for coupons is in
the Sunday newspapers. The inserts are tucked in the middle with
With the cost of a Sunday paper usually ranging from $1.00 -
$1.50, it is a good investment with sometimes hundreds of
dollars worth of coupons. And can you believe most people throw
them away? Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors to save the
inserts for you. Be on the lookout for businesses who subscribe
and leave papers around for customers to read (ie Gas Stations,
Laundry Mats). Check recycling bins. "Dumpster dive" if you have
On Monday, ask your newspaper carrier and stores if they have
any leftover Sunday papers that didn't sell. Vendors usually
only have to send in certain parts of the newspaper (ie the
heading) of those that didn't sell to get credit for unsold
papers. But they still have the coupons inside!
Unfortunately around Holidays, coupon inserts aren't as
plentiful. So, you may want to check the Newspaper in the
Newsstand on Mother's Day before searching the couch cushions
for pocket change. And not all Sunday newspaper carry the same
inserts. Some may have one, and another three. And even if they
carry the same inserts, the amounts of the coupons may be
different! It is common that coupons have a higher dollar value
in an urban area over a rural area.
More ways to obtain coupons is directly from the manufacturers.
Call the toll-free number on your favorite brands asking for
coupons. Telling them first how much you like their product is a
good introduction to your plea. Most will be happy to mail you
coupons. Also check out to see if the product has a website.
Email them or use their contact form to inquire. Don't forget to
include your mailing address.
Look over your empty canned goods labels and boxed food items
before throwing them in the trash. Usually you can find a
toll-free number to call (see above) on the package. Some
packages also adorn their own coupons good on their next
purchase. And many companies are now participating in Boxtops
for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education, so take a
second to cut out the little symbol for the school of your
choice. Those 10