Working in the newspaper industry for as long as I did, I heard from people on both sides.
There are those who get the Sunday paper only for the ads.
Then there are those who don’t get the Sunday paper because they don’t want to deal with all those ads.
(I’ve always sort of thought anyone who didn’t subscribe to the paper simply because they couldn’t stick the pile of ads in the recycling bin was a bit, well, silly. But what do I know?)
As it turns out, though, the Sunday paper is only one spot to find deals.
Nicole McDonald’s (momsavesmoney.net) Monday guest posts continue today with where to find coupons outside of the newspaper.
Nicole McDonald, momsavesmoney.net
Top 10 most unique places to find coupons:
- Wine tags – Check the liquor aisle for coupons hanging from bottles of wine. I’ve found coupons for meat, cheese, flour and produce and most with no alcohol purchase required.
- Magazines – Most magazines have coupons. All You magazine, available only at Wal-mart, regularly has more than $50 in coupons in every issue. Other magazines may have two or three coupons or a discount to a major clothing retailer.
- The doctor’s office– Next time you visit your doctor, peruse their literature. Often, you can find coupons for lotions, medicines, formula and even diapers. Some offices will give away recent magazines and those may include coupons. I’ve even scored a few All You magazines from my pediatrician.
- Birthdays – Many stores and restaurants will issue coupons for free items on your birthday. Just sign up for their birthday club online and wait for emails and mail to arrive a few weeks before your birthday. I get a free Starbucks drink every year in the mail and each of my kids gets a free $3 Toys R’ Us gift card for their birthday.
- Facebook and Twitter – Follow your favorite brands online and often they will issue coupons or freebies to followers.
- Ebay – It’s true: ebay has everything, including coupons. Technically, the coupons are free (since selling them is illegal) and you are paying for the seller’s time to clip them. Just make sure you are buying a legit coupon if you buy on ebay. If it looks like it might be photocopied, steer clear.
- Convenience stores – Check the cooler section for high value drink and candy coupons.
- Product packaging – Always double check the inside of the box or wrapper for a coupon. Frozen foods sometimes have a coupon in a small plastic bag and cereal boxes have the coupons printed directly on the cardboard box. I’ve been known to buy boxes of cereal, of course, with a coupon, just to get the coupons that come with it.
- Free samples – There are lots of free samples available online and many of them come with high value coupons. If it’s a new product, you can often match the coupon with a sale promotion and get a full-size item for free.
- Sampling programs – Companies want you to try their new products and will send you coupons for free products through their sampling programs. Kraftfirsttaste.com, vocalpoint.com and pssst.generalmills.com are all companies that work with brand-name products.
What other unusual places have you found coupons?
(Learn how to coupon and more at Nicole’s next coupon class this Wednesday, Nov. 30. Full details and sign up here.)
Nicole McDonald writes about freebies, coupons, deals and product reviews and hosts giveaways at www.momsavesmoney.net.