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Sunday, February 21, 2010

How To Build Your Coupon Stash!



I’m not going to lie…..it’s nearly impossible to start couponing overnight. It takes several weeks and months of collecting coupons to be any good at it. Don’t get frustrated! Just start collecting those coupons and the savings will begin rolling in.

Here are some of my favorite places to find coupons.

1. Sunday newspaper inserts = These include Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP), Proctor & Gamble (PG), and General Mills (GM). I label the inserts with today’s date and file them in my coupon box. No clipping necessary!

2. Printable coupons = Two of my favorite printable sites are coupons.com and smartsource.com. Usually you can print 2 copies of the same coupon. Just use your browser’s back button to get your second copy.

3. Manufacturer websites = If there is a particular product your family loves, try going directly to the manufacturer’s website. A lot of times, there will be a link to a printable coupon. If not, you can always fill out the comment form or send them an e-mail to request a coupon. See this post for more info.

4. E-mail newsletters = While you are at the manufacturer’s website, sign up to receive e-mail newsletters and coupons, if available. This can also generate lots of unwanted mail, so be sure to set up a separate e-mail account just for this purpose.

5. Family & Friends = Ask your family & friends to save the Sunday inserts for you. No sense in throwing money away!

6. Magazines = A lot of magazines have coupons inside, so be sure to tear them out before recycling. All You is a great source for coupons and can be found at Wal-Mart.

7. Blinkies = While you are shopping, look for coupons available right on the store shelves. These are called “blinkies” because of the blinking red light on the side of the coupon box. Pretty clever, huh? I usually put my husband in charge of this if he is shopping with me. (It keeps him busy so he’s not throwing random things into the cart and throwing off my shopping list!)

8. Catalinas = These are coupons that print out of a machine at the checkout lane. Sometimes these are useless advertisements, cents off coupons for products that you bought, or even dollars off your next order.

9. Store Displays = Watch for store displays with coupon booklets. These can be located anywhere in the store and might be easily overlooked. I find a lot of rebates in the liquor aisle, near the front of the store, or in the soda/snack aisle. So even if you’re not buying alcohol, stroll down the aisle anyway. Many of these rebates do not require a beer purchase!

10. Home mailers = Sometimes companies will have coupon booklets available that can be sent directly to your snail mail box. One of my favorites is the Home Made Simple. This booklet is produced by Proctor & Gamble and includes valuable coupons for products like Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, and Swiffer. This is just one example. I will try to post links to request these booklets as they become available.

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