Asked & Answered – Getting Multiple Inserts

by Beth Montgomery on March 9, 2010 · 2 comments

in Coupons & Rebates

Asked:

I have a family of 6.   I buy 4 papers a week.   How many papers do you buy and how many do you recommend??   I’ve read of people buying 10-20 papers and that just seems like a lot.   I’m thinking about going to 5-6 papers.

– From In Good Cents Reader’s Survey

Answered:

I get this question a lot.   My answer may shock you.   Ready?

First, we have a family of 5.   And I buy…

ONE!

Really.   Just one newspaper each week.   It’s the one I have delivered to my house.

I’ve found that when great deals come along, I always have the coupons I need to take advantage of it.   How?   Well, while there may be one coupon in this week’s insert, I also find an identical coupon in an insert from a month ago, one I printed online, one I got in a homemailer,   and so on.   There are so many coupon sources, if I utilize them all, I do wonderful with just my one set of inserts.   For a list of great places to get coupons, read my Recommended Coupon Sources.

Now, I will admit that every so often, I am guilty of kidnapping newspaper inserts from my mother-in-law, who only uses the yogurt coupons typically, or someone else I know who doesn’t utilize their coupons.   I just can’t see them go to waste.

However, this is also a way to help me coupon with grace.   With limited coupons, I don’t give in to my urge to clear the shelves and I make sure to leave some for the next couponer who comes along.

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