I'm currently on vacation so I thought I would re-post an old "how-to" posts to cover some basics again.
Originally posted April 2009
This is probably the #1 question I get asked. I often end up with multiple copies of the same coupon which of course, I love! But how do I do it?
1. I subscribe to the Washington Post - which is our major newspaper - for $12.00 every six months it's a bargain. I only get the paper on Sunday (the inserts come on Saturdays) so it doesn't clutter up my house with newspapers. It's worth the savings to subscribe to a major newspaper.
2. I subscribe to a local newspaper. This is kind of a fluke but I signed up for it on a whim at a grocery store (no longer under my budget!) but it has paid off in dividends - I get a second copy of the coupons on Sundays.
3. My local paper - I get a free paper every week and it has at least one of the coupons inserts in it (Smartsoucre and/or Red Plum).
4. Papers or flyers that come in the mail - I check them all and I often come up with another copy of the coupons.
5. Ask friends and family to save coupons they don't need. I have 2 friends and my mom save coupons for me so I have another copy of the good coupons.
6. Ebay. Weird, huh? Paying for coupons. Well, legally you are not paying for the coupons you are paying for the person's time to collect them and/or cut them out but I just ordered 6 copies of the Unilever insert that did not come in my paper for $3.00. Since my savings will far outweigh the small cost I find it a great deal. And I was a little annoyed that these great coupons were not in any of my papers.
7. Websites - here are the ones I use most frequently - for more go HERE.
8. Manufacturers sites. Check out manufacturers sites and see if they have any special offers. Generally by signing up you can get a coupon or two from them.
Let me know if you have other thoughts or get your coupons from other places.