I save a lot of money on groceries by using coupons and a lot of that comes from using high dollar coupons (meaning more than $1 off) or coupons for FREE products. I get a lot of these. I even give them away on this blog!
But where do my coupons come from? Here is a rundown of where I get most of my coupons:
The sunday paper: I get a lot of coupons here, but I also toss alot from the paper. Our paper averages 3-4 really good coupons per week and 1 or 2 good freebie coupons per month. This is the place to get the most variety of coupons and some great high value ones, especially if you play the drug store games.
Print coupons online: There are a bunch of great places to print coupons. Save on Groceries at Coupons.com!, and coolsavings.com, and smartsource.com. You can even print coupons from the box on the right hand side of this blog. Sometimes I get e-mail notifications about high value coupons directly from the company. Make a list of your favorite products, then check out their websites and sign up for their newsletters. They will often alert you of coupons, rebates, and other deals.
Contact companies: While you are siging up for the newsletter, go ahead and contact the company. Tell them how much you like their product and go ahead and ask for some coupons. Sometimes they will politely tell you that they do not give out coupons but most often they will mail you a few. I've gotten a lot of FREE product coupons this way. A LOT.
Join a word of mouth group: I usually get 1 free coupon per month from one of these wom groups. Vocalpoint.com, KraftFirstTaste.com, Pssst.com or Buzz Agent.
Look around the store: I find some some really good coupons at blinkies (little machines that spit out coupons) and on tearpads. If it's a product I want to buy, I will take a coupon and hold onto it until the product is on sale. When I do this, I try to take only 1 or 2 because it's not fair to other customers and it's not why stores put them out there. In the spirit of proper coupon etiquette, try to take only a few. :)
Magazines: I get a lot of magazines (for free...I post the free deals when they pop up, so you may want to check the deals section and look for any current offers) and they often have good coupons. One magazine that has a lot of coupons is All You. You can get this magazine at Walmart (or by subscription) and it's fairly inexpensive as far as magazines go.
Inside product packages: Every once in a while I will buy something and find a coupon inside or on the back of the box. This is rare for me, but it still happens. :)
Buying Coupons: I've actually bought coupons when I knew a great coupon was coming out. You can check Taylortownpreview to see the Sunday paper coupons one week in advance. She sells some there, but the best ones are gone right away. You can find coupons for sale at Couponclippers and ebay. Just be sure you aren't paying a lot to buy something you may not use. This is one of the ways people get 20-30 coupons of the same thing and end up doing major deals that only cost pennies on the dollar. Be careful not to overdo it! You can also buy multiple copies of the Sunday paper, but that creates a lot of waste and sorting trouble. The coupon sellers on ebay or clippers have already done all the work and it's a lot of times cheaper and easier than buying multiple papers.
Other great resources: Check out hotcouponworld.com or afullcup.com. These great sites are full of people that map out every deal for every store. They even get sales flyers weeks (and sometimes months) in advance and post them up so you can plan your sales. They also have coupon trading. I've never personally traded coupons, but you might want to check it out.
Well, there you have it. If you have any other great coupon sources you'd like to share, please pass them along!