Are you wondering where to find coupons? You probably already know about your newspaper and printables, but what about another place? Below check out more than ten ways to find coupons!
One thing I talk about in couponing for beginners is where to find coupons. The truth is, they are all around you, you just need to know where to look!
Most of these options will help you track down free coupons, but there are a few that for which you will need to pay. But, no matter what, you’ll know where to get the grocery coupons you need and love to save more money at the store!
Make sure you check out our How to Use Coupons page for the help you need to start learning to save more money!
WHERE TO FIND COUPONS
These are commonly referred to as inserts and are usually the easiest way to get coupons. There are three inserts that are the most common:
Smart Source (SS)
Red Plum (RP)
Proctor & Gamble (PG)
You may see additional “special” inserts. These are put out by:
General Mills (GM)
These inserts are not all in each edition of the newspaper every week. You will find ads from different stores/companies in the newspaper, so always go through it all to look it over.
I recommend getting the newspaper delivered to your home. The money you can save in coupons will pay for the newspaper subscription rate over and over again. Not only that, you don’t have to go to the store to get it each Sunday.
Can’t afford the paper? Ask a neighbor or family member to pass along the coupons they don’t want. Some areas even offer FREE inserts only subscriptions. These are limited in area, so you will need to call your local newspaper to determine if you live where these are delivered or not.
Read More: How to find the date on your coupon inserts
Look through the pages of your favorite magazine. You can find inserts or coupons printed on the pages of an ad. So always look them over before you toss them!
Make sure that you never full price for any magazine subscription! Visit Discount Mags; you will see titles at very reasonable prices. Then, use the code PENNYPINCH and save another 20%!
You should also check our daily magazine deals list – where we find a different discount every day of the week and make sure we pass the details along to you!
The trend of coupons has migrated to online printable coupons. In most cases, you can print at least two copies of each coupon you find. Choose and print those you want and leave the rest.
Some coupons are limited to 2 prints per IP address and other per computer. If you have multiple computers in your home, you might be able to print a few more!
These sites include:
You can also find them on the manufacturer’s website or even in your inbox. Make sure you sign up for newsletters for your favorite brands, so you never miss an opportunity to save.
One thing that I have added to help everyone who follows this site is a Coupon Database. Bookmark this so you can refer to it often. You can search to find printable coupons, those from your inserts or magazines.
Search by product name or type and if there is any coupon currently available, we’ll tell you where to find it — and even give you a link to go print it out!
DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER
You can get coupons directly from the manufacturer. These are often higher value and may even be valid for free products.
Walk around your house, or even use your most recent shopping receipt, and make a list of all of the brands you use. Then, visit each manufacturer’s website and sign up to get on the mailing lists. Note: If you can’t find the site, you can try to Google the company name to see if it is part of a larger parent company instead.
Once you sign up, send them e-mails about how much you like their products. I have personally done this and gotten some amazing coupons in the mail or e-mailed to me. I even had a couple of them send me coupons to get the item for FREE.
Read More: How to Get Companies to Send You Coupons
BUY THEM ONLINE
Did you know you can PURCHASE coupons? There are websites where you can buy coupon inserts.
One of my favorites is The Coupon Clippers where you can select the coupons you want and the quantity. For a small fee, they will send you the ones you need.
You may be tempted to buy coupon inserts from eBay. I caution against this as many times; those are fake. Stick with a reputable site when buying inserts.
Finally, make sure to always weigh the cost of the coupon and postage against your savings to be sure it is worth it.
WEEKLY GROCERY STORE AD or IN STORE
Sometimes there are store and manufacturer’s coupons right inside of the weekly ad. They might also be lying in a bin when you first walk into the store. Make sure to check, so you do not miss a chance to save. Some stores offer printable or clipless versions (loaded onto your loyalty) card right online.
Read more: How to use Target Cartwheel Coupons
Have you ever been walking through the store and noticed those little machines with the red blinking lights on them? If not, keep your eyes peeled for them. These machines are affectionately called “Blinkies” in the coupon world.
If you can, get a couple of them, that is great. However, never take more than two, so others can also get them as well.
Remember, just because you get the coupon in the store doesn’t mean you have to use it right then and there – unless of course the item is already on sale and your coupon can turn it into a fantastic deal.
I am sure you have seen those little cardboard sheets that are attached to the shelves where you can rip off a coupon. These are called Tearpads.
Rip off one or two next time you see them. Again – don’t take too many so that lots of people can get them as well and hold onto it unless you get a great deal in the store at that moment.
DIRECTLY ON PRODUCTS
One place to find coupons is directly on the products themselves!!
These are the coupons which you might find on the outside of the package. You can “peel” them off and save instantly. Sometimes they can only be redeemed at the time of purchase, so make sure to watch for “Cashier must remove” wording.
WINE TAGS or HANGTAGS
The coupons which hang directly around the top of the product are wine tags or hangtags. You can save and use them at any time. If you see these, do NOT take them off of the product unless you intend to buy it (proper coupon etiquette).
INSIDE THE PACKAGE
Make sure you look at the box before you toss it into the trash as there may be a coupon hiding on it. In fact, sometimes they will be printed on the inside of the packaging. So give it a once over before you recycle or toss it!
Ever see something online to sign up to get a free sample and thought you didn’t want such a small package cluttering your cabinet? Don’t pass them up! Most samples will include coupons so that you will go to the store and purchase the product.
So, now that you are amazed at how many ways to get your coupons, you will hopefully soon build up quite a collection!
As more and more people use their phones for everything, it has launched a new way of saving – right from your phone! Some of the apps will allow you to score instant savings. These include:
Store Apps (such as your grocery store’s in-store coupons)
There are also apps that are rebate offers. These require you to make a purchase of specific items and then upload the receipt. They then, in turn, deposit the funds into your account, which you can cash out.
Now that you know where to find coupons, you can get started clipping and saving!!