Coupon Basics

If  your like me and want to figure out this whole coupon thing. These are some of the best resources by far.

  • Sunday Newspapers – These are the biggest sources of coupons. To find additional copies, check recycling bins or ask your family/friends if they are using theirs. There are anywhere from none to three inserts per paper.
  • Mail – You can sign-up for coupons from any of these sites.
  • Free Samples – Signing up for free samples is a great way to get some higher dollar coupons. I’d advise creating a separate email address for “freebies.”
  • In-Store – You can often find coupons called “blinkies,” which are the little machines that spit out coupons by the products they are for. There are also “tear-pads,”as well. You can sometimes even find “peelies” right on the products themselves.
  • Printable Sites – Two of the big printable sites are and Smart Source and Red Plum. These coupons rotate week after week and sometimes even have maximum printings that when the limit is reached, they are pulled off the site. So if you see one you think you might need, you should print it. (You can usually print two per computer.) Other sites are CoolSavings and EverSave.
  • Blogs – Blogs are a great place to find coupons. I stumble upon several at my fellow blogger’s sites throughout the week. I compile them throughout the week and post them on Mondays.
  • Join Groups/Surveys – There are some groups you can sign-up for that will offer/mail you coupons from time-to-time. Some are: Vocal Point Upromise Ebates Cashbaq
  • Manufacturers Websites – More and more manufacturers are hosting coupons on their own sites now. If you use a lot of a particular item/brand, check their website to see if they offer coupons. If they don’t, email/mail them and request some. I’ve gotten a few this way. Go here for a list.
  • Magazines – By far, the magazine with the most coupons lately has been All You magazine, which you can only get by subscription or at Wal-Mart. The price of the magazine is well worth the coupons inside. Make sure you check your magazines to see if there are some inside.
  • eBay – There are several coupon clippers that sell their services and send you coupons for a fee. Just type in the product and the word coupon to see what’s available. Be sure to go through Ebates to earn 3% more.
  • Forums – There are several great forums out there to check into. The top ones I’ve found are, HotCouponWorld and AFullCup. You have to register at each of them, but it’s free.And you will gain valuable info.
  • Store Websites – Make sure you sign-up for your local store’s loyalty programs and register at their websites so you can get emailed coupons. You can also sign-up to have them pre-loaded at Shortcuts or Cellfire.
  • And last but not least All you mag. Great site with fantastic info.
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1 comment to Coupon Basics

  • rita

    i can’t understand the way to figure this out: if there is a product 2 for $5 with $1 off 2 coupon,what is the final price? $2 or $1.50 each?

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