"How do you get so many coupons?"
I am asked this question all the time, so here is the answer - from all kinds of places! :) It's true. The Sunday paper coupon inserts, internet printables, blinkie machines, peelie coupons, tearpads, gas stations, in-store flyers, catalina machines, friends, neighbors, family, .... I could literally go on and on!
I get the majority of my coupons from the Sunday paper coupon inserts, so let's talk about those. When I first started this crazy coupon addiction, I thought I needed to subscribe to get the Sunday paper delivered to my house. When I called to get a subscription, I was shocked by the amount they wanted! So, being the cheapo that I am, I started searching around for other alternatives. I funded my coupon habit through free inserts from the East Valley Tribune for a while in 2009, but when they changed their format, the free coupon inserts disappeared.
Then, I found out about La Voz newspapers on Pinching Your Pennies. It's a free hispanic newspaper that comes out once a week on Fridays and has a condensed version of the SS insert from the previous Sunday. They are distributed in front of Food City, Circle K, and lots of other businesses. DO NOT RANSACK THE LA VOZ NEWSPAPERS! These newspapers are for everyone, not one person. If you abuse this system, it will go away and you will ruin it for everyone. I have one spot near my work where I get my coupon inserts. I don't take the paper, I just take the inserts out. My supply spot has at least 50 papers and I always take 10 sets of inserts. As I mentioned earlier, they are condensed, so a lot of the hot coupons are not in there. That's why I also buy 5 sets off Ebay, but we'll save that for another day and another post.
Obviously, the more coupons you can add to your coupons stash, the better savings you'll see at the register! Stay tuned for more posts on coupon sources!