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
I get this question a lot. My answer may shock you. Ready?
First, we have a family of 5. And I buy…
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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