One of the most challenging aspects of extreme couponing is finding the coupons. We all know to get the Sunday paper, print coupons online, and to get the coupons off the packaging of previously purchased products. But where else can you look and what else can you do to get valuable coupons? Here are six ideas to help you build up your coupon collection to enable you to save more:
1. Ask Neighbors and Friends – There are a lot of people out there that do not take the time to collect and use coupons. Perhaps they don’t know how much money they could be saving or perhaps they believe they do not have the time for it. There is a good chance that these people are still receiving coupons one way or another though. If your neighbors get a newspaper, ask them if they are going to use their coupons. This way you can have multiple copies of coupons. Then, you can load up on free discount grocery coupons to stack coupons at your local grocery store or use them multiple times before they expire. Ask your friends if they have any extra coupons that you can have. I have a wonderful neighbor across the street from me, and he always gives me any baby-related coupons that he receives.
2. Magazines – I tend to avoid magazine subscriptions because first of all, I don’t read them, and secondly, they are just another expense for me. However, some stores issue free magazines full of both store and manufacturer coupons. If you tend to shop at a particular store, go on their website and see if they have any mailers that you can sign up for. I shop at Publix, and they actually offer 3 different magazines and various clubs, such as the Baby Club, that all send out coupons. As far as subscription magazines are concerned, All You has a lot of manufacturer coupons and is a good one to check out.
3. Contact Manufacturers Directly – Often, manufacturers have coupons on their website that you can receive when you sign up for their newsletter or email. Then, you will receive extra coupons along with the newsletters and emails. To go a step further, call manufactures and just ask them for coupons. Many companies offer coupons upon request as well as free samples. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
4. eBay – Although it may seem strange to buy coupons on eBay, you can actually save a ton of money this way. This is an especially good strategy for things you buy regularly or buy in bulk. Some coupons that I typically see on there are for coffee, diapers, and milk. So how does it work exactly? Let’s say you love Starbucks Coffee which is fairly expensive to buy in the grocery store. Go on eBay, and you can buy ten $1.50 off Starbucks Coffee for about $1. You now have $15 off of Starbucks Coffee, and it only cost you $1 plus shipping. What a great deal!
5. Facebook – Pretty much every manufacturer and store is on Facebook now. If you go to the Facebook page of one of your favorite manufacturers, they might offer a coupon or free sample for those who simply click that you “Like” them. I have even gotten some coupons by just going to their page and not even having to click that “Like” button. Just in the past week, I got a free pack of gum and a $1.50 off of creamer using this strategy.
6. Coupon Trading – There are several sites on the Internet that provide a marketplace for coupons where you can trade unwanted coupons for coupons that you need. These sites also provide great forums where you can ask questions about coupons and share any great deals you have come across. A very popular one is CouponForum.com. And if you have a baby, the BabyCenter Trading Post is a great place to trade baby-related coupons such as diapers and formula.
Finding valuable coupons can sometimes be the most difficult part of becoming an extreme couponer. Try out these tips, be creative, and you’ll definitely find some great success.
Where have you found valuable coupons?
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