Asked & Answered – FREE Coupon Sources

by Beth Montgomery on March 16, 2010 · 0 comments

in Coupons & Rebates, Freebies & Samples, Tips & Basics

Asked:

I don’t get the Sunday paper so I don’t have a lot of the print coupons that can be used in deals.   How can I maximize my savings with only online coupons and coupons that I receive in the mail directly from various companies?   Any other ways of obtaining coupons other than paying for them?

Reader’s Survey

Answered:

This is a hard one for me, because I so want to tell you to sign up for the newspaper!   You can get a coupon code inside to get it for as low as $0.50 a paper or $1 for a week.   It will more than pay for it’s self with the coupons you use.   However, if you don’t want to purchase a newspaper, you can snag coupons FREE from many sources.

Here’s 10 wonderful sources for FREE coupons:

  1. Make use of online coupon sites like Smart Source, Red Plum, Cool Savings, and Coupons.com.
  2. Collect coupon in-store from blinkies and tearpads.
  3. Sign up for Facebook to make use of the freebies and coupons available to fans.
  4. Register with store and manufacturer websites to get exclusive coupons via e-mail and mail.
  5. Collect online samples for the high-value coupons that typically come with them.
  6. Become a member of rewards sites like MyPoints, UPromise, and Vocalpoint for the coupon offers.
  7. Look inside product packages to find hidden coupons.   I just found one inside a package of Dentek Floss Picks today.
  8. Register your loyalty cards on sites like Cellfire and Shortcuts for e-coupons
  9. Print store coupons online from stores that offer coupons like Kroger, Target, and Meijer
  10. Pick up ads in-store to get coupons inside from companies like CVS, Walgreens, Meijer, and Baesler’s Market

That being said, 82% of coupons come from newspaper inserts.   And a large number of coupons I use are from the newspaper or All You Magazine.   But, you don’t have to necessarily buy a newspaper to get the coupons.

Here are 5 legal ways to snag a few FREE inserts:

  1. Ask neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family who don’t use their newspaper coupons if you can have them.   A large amount of coupon inserts are simply thrown away.
  2. Visit stores or gas stations on Sunday at the very end of the day and ask if they mind if you take the leftovers.   Many stores throw theirs out at the end of the day and appreciate someone taking them off their hands, so they don’t have to bundle them up and waste them.   Plus, it saves them a trip to the dumpster.
  3. Make use of your time by clipping coupons from newspapers in waiting rooms when you are at the doctor’s office, car repair shop, hair dressers, or wherever!
  4. If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, call and see if you can get the Yes! Shopper’s Guide.   It’s name varies by location, but it’s delivered FREE to certain zipcodes and includes a few coupon inserts.   Start your subscription by calling: 1-888-357-7827.
  5. If all else fails, dumpster dive.   It sounds gross and I’ve never done it myself, but I hear you can pick up extra newspapers behind stores and the newspaper’s headquarters.   You don’t actually have do dive in the dumpster.   According to my sources, they are often out and available to snag one or two FREE.

Help us out! Have a great coupon source? Or a way to get FREE inserts?   Share!

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