Finding coupons is pretty easy. I am in no way an extreme couponer and the only stockpile I really have is the two Costco-sized toilet papers I’ve been storing. But I do try – yes sometimes I forget – to use coupons as much as possible. And if I get my hands on coupons of things that my family likes I will stock up. Once you know where to find coupons, you’ll be surprised that you hadn’t noticed them as much before.
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Where To Find Coupons
Coupons are everywhere. Once you start actively looking, you’ll believe me.
01. Coupon Websites
There are a bunch of sites where you can either print coupons or have them mailed out to you.
Usually, you’ll go through the site’s coupons and pick the ones you would like to print – and most of them are printable – or mail.
This will require a printer unless you’re just looking at mailable ones. The mail ones usually require you to order a certain amount to get them.
If you’re Canadian, those sites won’t work for you, here’s a list of Canadian coupon Sites.
02. Manufacturer’s Websites
Some manufacturers will have coupons right on their website. Most -if not all – require you to have some kind of account though. This will give you an added bonus which I mention below though.
Not a lot of manufacturers have coupons on their websites, but it is super easy to find out. Usually, I just google a company I like and coupons. It looks like this:
If they do have coupons, the result will be fairly close to the top on the first page. I’ve never had to look on the second page. And you’re looking for their website. The link might look like:
Newspapers, in my opinion, are the absolute BEST way to get coupons. They come right to your door! And yes, I realize that is super lazy and I’m ok with that.
If your newspaper has coupons, they are usually in a mini magazine-style book called an insert. This insert is, in my experience, tucked inside the newspaper. Although I have had it tucked inside flyers, that were tucked into my newspaper.
04. Coupon Apps
Coupons apps are also another one of those lazy favorites. The coupons are right on your phone and you can just search for the item to see if there are any coupons.
In my opinion, the easier couponing is, the more likely I’ll use it. I wouldn’t spend hours couponing unless I have trains full of food and I’m walking out of there without paying a dime.
The app will need to be downloaded to your phone and you’re ready to go. Make sure you look at the app BEFORE you buy. Some apps you can use the coupons at checkout while others are redeemed after purchase. The after purchase coupons will require you to scan your receipt. It’s usually processed pretty quickly too – within an hour or two.
05. Store apps
Have a favorite store or a few favorite stores that you shop at? Check to see if they have an app.
Unless your willing to actually shop at these stores, don’t download their apps. Or at least don’t keep their apps. It might be worth downloading if you live close enough to check out their deals. It may make you consider switching.
Personally, I know that I’m limited on stores that I can shop at. There are only 4 stores within 15 minutes of me and I’m not willing to drive further than that unless the deals are amazing.
06. In-Store Tear Pads
Some stores have tear pads placed all over the store with coupons.
It’s also worth looking down every aisle for coupons. I have found taco coupons in the cereal section. Even though it’s NOWHERE near the taco stuff. I’d like to think that it’s to keep people in the stores longer since they have to double back to the tacos aisle nut I’m not sure if that’s actually the case.
07. On Packages
Certain manufacturers will have coupons on the packaging of their products for the product itself or for other products they make.
Some times they have coupons for completely different products altogether. Kind of like a toy inside a cereal box but instead of a toy it’s a coupon.
08. Email Manufacturers
There are two ways to go about this. You can directly email manufacturers and ask for coupons or just praise them. And apparently they send you coupons. I just want to add I’ve never done this so I can’t say for sure if it works or not.
What I have done is sign up for their email list. This email list usually includes coupons – especially if they are coming out with a new product.
I mentioned up above about manufacturer websites sign-ups when I sign up I always opt-in for their email list.
09. Buy Them
The closest I’ve ever done to buying coupons is Groupon and that doesn’t actually seem like the same thing.
I’ve done the research but I haven’t actually tried any of these.
The only way buying coupons makes sense to me is if you’re planning on making a stockpile. A lot of these coupons are sold by lot – either 10 or 20.
And as far as I can tell, you get more value for what you’re paying. But at the same time, why do you need 20 dish soaps. Or 20 perishable food items. Just something to consider before you start buying a bunch of coupons.
Another benefit is the sites that sell these coupons make it really easy to find coupons you’re looking for.
Bonus: sell all the unwanted coupons that you collect to balance out the money you spend.
10. Trade them
If you have friends and family who coupon, by all means, trade with them.
I’ve never traded with anyone – the closest I’ve ever been to trading is making my entire family keep coupons for me.
The biggest reason why I don’t trade coupons – and why it’s on the bottom of my list is because a lot of coupon trading requires mailing coupons and meeting people. And like I mentioned before, I’m not huge on paying for coupons and mailing costs seems like paying for coupons.
Trading coupons seems a bit riskier than buying coupons though, you send them coupons and what if they don’t trade back. At least you aren’t out of a lot of money, but I would imagine that it still sucks.
Where the best place you find coupons? Comment below!
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