Sounds pretty obvious right? You’d be surprised how many times I have to explain to people why they are not saving as much as I am. It is because they just don’t have enough coupons! Think of coupons as money. Do you want a little pile of money or a big pile of money? You’re going to have to decide where you’re going to get your coupons from. Most people think well I’m going to get it from the newspaper…
If you’re from my area we are considered a “low food cost area”. Which basically means our inserts have very low value coupons. The local papers do not carry a RedPlum insert. If you don’t get it in the mail then you’re not going to get one at all. My town doesn’t get RedPlum in the mail. The Smart Source in the local papers is usually very weak. Procter & Gamble inserts come out once a month and is “usually” the same nationwide.
People question my sanity sometimes when I tell them that I pay a service to send me inserts. I pay about $.60 plus shipping for an insert-usually there’s two inserts every week, that’s a $1.20. How much is a Sunday newspaper? Mine is $2. Much better coupons – less money than a newspaper! How many inserts do you need a week? I usually recommend two sets of inserts per person that you’re feeding in your household. If you’re feeding 4 people-that’s 8 “sets” of inserts. That’ll give you enough coupons when something goes on sale to stock up on that item. If there is something good on sale that I know will be free with the coupon, I will buy extra clipped coupons from a coupon clipper. Just recently I bought 100 Barilla pasta coupons. Got 100 boxes for free, paid 5 cents a coupon. So basically I paid .05/box. Was it worth it? To me it was. People are always having spaghetti dinners around here as fundraisers. I like being able to donate what they need!
If buying inserts and coupons makes you nervous, just stick to the inserts you can get around here, until you get more comfortable. (Buy the way…insert providers will tell you, you are paying their service of hunting down the coupons for you and sending them-not buying them.)
There are a lot of ways for you to get coupons on the Internet for free and I’m going to talk about that tomorrow.
Here are a few services I have used and can reccomend, the first one is the one I use:
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