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PostSubject: The Basics of Couponing   Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:05 pm

Where to Look for Coupons

There are lots of coupons up for grabs, if you know where to find them. By far, the best places to look are:

• Newspapers- the Smart Source and Valassis coupon inserts appear on a near-weekly basis. The Procter and Gamble insert
appears at the start of each month
• Magazines- women's publications such as Woman's Day, Red Book, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping frequently carry
manufacturer coupons
• In store- look for coupons on store shelves, on products and on the back of your receipts. Also look for coupons to print
out at the register

Additional places to look:
• Online- look to different coupon sites for loads of printable coupons. Not all stores take them; but if yours does,
you’re in luck
• Junk mail- high-value manufacturer coupons have started to appear in junk mailers, so be sure to look before you toss
• Direct from the manufacturer- check manufacturer websites for printable coupons or contact companies (by mail, e-mail
or phone) to request coupons
• Store mailings- get a frequent shopper card for the grocery stores that you shop, and you may be rewarded with special
coupon mailings
• On products- look in and on the packaging of the products that you buy for special loyalty coupons

How to Maximize Your Savings:
• Buy in anticipation of need rather than in need – Build a pantry and you will pay yourself back tremendously. This is an art
that has been lost in the ease of jumping in the car and running to the store. Instead determine the items you use most
frequently and buy them while on sale & with a coupon. Learn how often the item is on sale to determine how much to
buy. Or if it is more than 75% off, buy it and store it for future use.
• Buy multiple Sunday papers - Find a bunch of good coupons in the paper? Then, consider buying an extra copy – or copies.
If you know that the coupons in this week's paper will save you $12, then spending $2 on another paper makes sense.
• Shop at stores that double coupons – Kroger, Publix, Ingles
• Keep your coupons with you at all times – you never know when a deal might pop up
• Match coupons to sales – use browse sales ads from Sunday & Thursday newspaper
• Sign up for email notifications of sales – Most companies have email notifications of their special unadvertised sales. CVS,
Target, RiteAid, Walgreen’s, etc.
• Price matching – Save gas and find out which stores price match the competitors in your area. WalMart matches all sales
ads and takes the coupons but they don’t double coupon.
• Check your receipt – Kroger is notorious for having errors in their computer system. If you find something rings up
incorrectly, go to the service desk. You’ll get the first item in error free and multiples at the correct price. Most grocery
stores have this policy.
• Get creative:
o Stack Coupons - You can stack plates, you can stack laundry, but did you know that you can stack coupons too?
Increase your savings by combining a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon for the same item; or take it to
the savings extreme by combining a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon, a sale and a rebate.
o Did you know that the Sunday coupon inserts vary from region to region? It's true; and in fact, it's great news if
you like to travel. Pick up a Sunday paper whenever you go out of town, and you're likely to net coupons that
you've never seen before. Have relatives mail you their coupons. Trade with people from other parts of the
country. Buy papers while you travel.
o Like freebies? Then try this: combine a buy one get one free coupon with a buy one get one free sale, and you'll
get both items free. Pretty slick, eh?
o Clearance prices are good, but they can get even better. Carry your coupons with you at all times, and you'll be
ready to match coupons on the fly.
o Trial Size it - Most coupons specify the size of the product that must be purchased, but when they don't it's an
invitation to get creative. Take your "any size" coupons to the trial size section of the store, and match them up
to those pint-sized goodies. Then, load your cart with lots of free loot.
o Triple your Savings - Many grocery stores double coupons, but some will even triple them from time to time. Do
a little research to see if such a store exists in your area. Then, keep those coupons neatly filed and ready to go.
o Check out papers for other Nationalities – There is a free Hispanic paper that has coupons frequently. It’s free
at CVS.
o Network – Sign up for blogs or network with friends to find deals. Everyone can’t find everything. So use other
people’s skills.
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