Need more coupons? I’m sure everyone does! I know newspapers are a popular source of coupons, but since newspapers cost money, it can be discouraging for beginners who may not have room in their budget for a newspaper subscription.
If you are looking to get started couponing without making a big investment, here are 11 free ways to get more coupons:
1. Email the Manufacturer
Send a quick note to your favorite brands and they will likely send you coupons. Best of all, they will be for products you know you like!
2. Friends and Family
You likely know a few people who get a newspaper but don’t use the coupons. Ask if you can have their inserts and they will likely give them to you.
3. Print Coupons
There are many free places to print coupons online. Some of my favorites include Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smartsource, and Redplum. You can also find the newest “hidden” coupons here on Couponing101.com.
If you have any magazine subscriptions, be sure to look through each issue carefully. Many magazines have coupons in them! My favorite is All You Magazine.
5. Coffee Shops and Airports
Many people like to sit in coffee shops, drink their morning coffee, and read the newspaper. Ask the establishment if you can take the Sunday newspapers that people leave behind.
6. Libraries and Doctor’s Offices
Ask your local library, dentist, or doctor if you can have the coupons from their old magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
7. Request Coupons and Samples
Many companies offer free coupons online that you can request. Sometimes they are even for free products! Be sure to sign up for free samples too because they sometimes come with coupons.
8. In-Store Coupons
Look for peelies (just don’t take them without buying the product), tearpads, blinkies, and coupon books throughout the store. These are free for the taking! Just take one or two though, not the whole stack. Be sure to think beyond supermarkets – I often find coupons at gas stations!
9. Coupon Buddies
If you have coupons you don’t use, you could try trading with a friend. Maybe they have a dog, but no kids while you have kids, but no dog. You could give your friend your dog food coupons and she could give you her baby product coupons. It’s a win-win!
10. Rewards Programs
There are some programs that offer high value coupons (often coupons for free products) in exchange for you taking a quiz or giving your opinion of the product. Some of my favorites are Kraft First Taste, Vocalpoint, BzzAgent, and Recyclebank.
11. Use eCoupons
Digital coupons are on the rise! These coupons cost you nothing – you don’t even have to print or clip. Just load them to your shopping card and they automatically come off at checkout. Some of my favorites are: Shortcuts, P&G eSaver, Cellfire, Upromise, Kroger, and Target Mobile Coupons.
Do you know of any other ways to get free coupons?