We’ve established that I 1.) like my coupons and 2.) and I am OCD.
I’m still sorta sane about my coupons.
I don’t go crazy – clearing shelves, hording cleaning supplies, arguing with store managers…
Today I’m going to share with you where I get some of my coupons.
Newspaper insert coupons are my coupons of choice.
Almost everyone accepts them! There’s nothing more frustrating that going to purchase an item only to find out that, “Oh, we don’t take those coupons!”
There are a couple of places you can get these coupons – 1. Buy a newspaper! 2. Purchase individual coupons through a clipping service or 3.) Purchase coupons through eBay or another online auction.
Most newspapers carry Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) and monthly Proctor & Gamble (P&G) coupons. These are commonly referred to as coupon inserts.
In our town, we don’t have a Sunday newspaper. I could subscribe to the big city papers or I could probably go to the store and buy 4 or 5 of them. But if I did that then it would be definitive proof to the Ranger that I am losing my mind over coupons.
The BIG city papers typically have the same coupons as small town papers, but the amounts on the coupons are sometimes higher. For example, the Pittsburgh papers would have higher discounts than Johnstown newspapers. Also coupon inserts are sometimes regional with Dallas, TX having a few different coupons than, say, Seattle (my Sissy reminded me to mention that…I forgot).
Now, it is illegal for these people to “sell” you the coupons themselves. What you are paying for is the sellers’ time to clip, package and ship you the coupons.
For clipping services I, personally, like Rachel Woodward of the Coupon Clippers. I’ve used her clipping service for YEARS and I’ve never had a problem or been disappointed in any way! She is the way to go if you only want a couple of a particular coupon.
Another service I’ve heard good things about is the Kuntry Klipper. This service is better if you want to order a LOT of coupons! From the looks of their site, they sell coupons in 20 coupon bundles starting around $1.00 for each bundle. This service also offers free shipping on orders, but will charge you an extra “handling” fee if your order is less than $5.
Clipping services are nice if you don’t want all of the coupons in insert that week or if you don’t have a whole lot of time. I check the preview of coupon inserts from Ms. Couponista (I’ll have more on my dear Ms. Couponista in another blog). That way I know if I want to buy the complete insert or just individual coupons.
They do the work for you! All you have to do is spend 10 or 15 minutes scrolling down the list of “new” coupon, pick how many of each you want, and pay! They stick the coupons (pre-clipped) in the mail to you! When you get them just plop them in your coupon organizer (another blog waiting to happen)!
A couple of things to keep in mind when ordering from a clipping service…
- Look at the coupon expiration date! Will you have time to use the coupon after you get it? I like my coupons to have an expiration date of at least 30 days from the time I order.
- How much is the handling fee vs. how much is the coupon going to save you? I tend to stick with coupons with a handling fee of $.10 or less that are worth at least $.50. This still gives me an overall saving of at least $.40 per coupon.
Now, my Sissy turned me onto ordering my coupon inserts through eBay.
I just started to use it.
I L-O-V-E it!
I use this when I want lots of the coupons that will be inside the inserts that week!
So far I’ve only used the same seller for all of my purchases, but I liked her so much that I just stuck with her for the rest. Besides, it gives me the opportunity to combine shipping charges and saves me money! (and, remember, saving money is what this is all about!)
With eBay you have the opportunity to either purchase entire inserts or individual coupons.
This last week I purchased 10 extra $.50 off Nesquick coupons for $5 (including shipping). This works for me because I will use them at a grocery store that will double my coupons to $1 each. I can’t use them all at once, but this coupon is good until the end of August! Lots o’chocolate milk for us! Over the life of the coupons I will save $5 over the amount I spent on the coupons. All good!
I also purchased 5 complete coupon inserts for both Smart Source, Red Plum and Proctor & Gamble for $12. These inserts will save me a WHOLE lot more than I spent! I can’t give an exact total, but my estimate is over $100. The only issue with this is that I had to clip ALL the coupons myself! ACK!
So, things to remember when buying on eBay…
- Always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check their feedback! NEVER and I mean EVER purchase from someone with less than stellar feedback!
- Sissy advised to buy from someone who is selling from a larger city that is relatively close to you. She shops from someone around Seattle. I shop from someone in Chicago (I couldn’t find anyone closer).
- If you want your coupons in time to use for a current sale, be sure to use “Buy It Now” and let your seller know you are on a time table. They will usually try to work with you to be sure your coupons are shipped quickly. This is also why it is good to buy from a seller somewhat close to you, the closer their proximity the sooner you get your coupons!
- Never EVER buy coupons printed from the internet from eBay! This is coupon fraud – computer generated coupons as a whole different story! Very, VERY naughty! (I’ll have more on internet coupons in another blog).
I’ll be back another time to let you in on a few more places to find coupons and what to do with them once you’ve got them! So, all those places I mention “…in another blog” means I’ve run out of room and had to break things up.
Oh, and for the record, I haven’t received any compensation a’TALL from any of the websites I’ve mentioned here.