More coupons means more savings at checkout. It’s simple enough math, but how do you get your hands on more coupons? Read on for several winning strategies to add to your arsenal.
Are you devoted to a particular product or brand? If so, check the company’s website to see if they have a free email newsletter that you can sign up for. Subscribers are often rewarded with special coupons, promotions and freebies.
And it’s not just the big national brands that do this. Make a list of the all the local stores and restaurants that you like to shop at. Then, see if they have a newsletter that you can sign up for.
Buy an Extra Paper to Get More Coupon Inserts
There’s no rule that says you can only buy one newspaper. So, when you discover a good coupon inside, go ahead and pick up an extra one (or five). Some stores discount their unsold Sunday papers on Monday, so you’ll get those extra coupons for even less money out of pocket, if you track down a store that does this.
Tip: Buy your papers at the Dollar Tree, and you’ll only pay a dollar a piece for them. They have a limit of three newspapers per customer to keep the extreme couponers in check.
Collect Unwanted Newspaper Coupon Inserts
People often leave unwanted portions of their newspapers behind at coffee shops, restaurants, bus stops and anywhere there’s a waiting room. Keep your eyes open for the opportunity to take these home. If you have friends and family who work in such establishments, see if they’d mind saving the old Sunday papers for you.
Another way to get more inserts: Ask friends and neighbors who don’t coupon to save their coupon inserts for you. They probably won’t mind a bit.
Have Coupons Sent to Your Cell Phone Via Apps
Turn your phone into a source of savings by downloading a few coupon apps. Just have the cashier scan your phone at checkout, and your coupons will automatically be deducted from your total. This is a great way to coupon, if you don’t have the time or energy to clip coupons, or don’t want to spend a bunch of money on printer ink.
Tip: Use little bits of downtime (i.e. when you’re waiting on your kids or waiting for an appointment ) to check for new coupons.
Call Companies to Get Coupons
Take a look at your favorite products and find the toll-free number listed on the label. Then, give those companies a call, and ask if they have any coupons that they can send you. While you’re at it, check their websites, too. They may have printable coupons, a loyalty app or a newsletter you can sign up for.
Get Electronic Coupons
Load coupons onto your grocery store rewards cards, and the savings will come off automatically when they scan your card at the register. This is another good way to get coupon savings even if you want to avoid using, storing and sorting paper coupons.
Most grocery store chains have digital coupons on their website that you can load to your card before you shop. These are usually single-use coupons, but be sure to look at the fine print. Some digital coupons can be used up to five times.
Snag More Digital Coupons
New printable coupons sites keep popping up. You’re leaving money on the table if you don’t browse them for savings on groceries and household goods. Make sure you’re not missing out on any opportunities to print coupons.
Think Outside the Box
Coupons are all over the place; you just have to look for them. Have you just been stuffing receipts and ticket stubs into your purse or wallet? Flip them over and you may discover coupons for the very items and entertainment you just bought.
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