Guest Post – Coupons!

 

Hi everyone! My name is Tara, and I’m so excited to be guest posting at Heavenly Savings! My friends and I started Froogaloo.com in March 2010 to share our money saving tips and tricks with others.

We quickly realized that, day in and day out, we’re all working very hard for many different goals, such as education, retirement, vacation, a car, a home, family, etc. So, we created Froogaloo.com, which is a community focused on helping you find resources (both online & offline) for a fit wallet, so you can live your lifestyle! Members receive free access to the community, where discussions take place in the forum, examples are shared on the blog and more. Additionally, members receive free tips by e-mail and webinars. In the future, we’ll develop more opportunities, such as training seminars. Please take a minute to visit the site and sign up! It’s free and filled with great information.

One of the questions I frequently get from friends and family is, “Where do you get all of those coupons?” Today, I’m going to share with you my Top 10 favorite places to find coupons, so you can build your very own coupon stash!

1. Sunday newspaper inserts = These include Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP), Proctor & Gamble (PG), and General Mills (GM). I label the inserts with the date and file them in my coupon box. No clipping necessary! Keep in mind that you can buy discounted newspapers at Sam’s Club and dollar stores in most areas.

2. Printable coupons = Two of my favorite printable sites are coupons.com and smartsource.com. Usually you can print 2 copies of the same coupon. Just use your browser’s back button to print your second copy.

3. Manufacturer websites = If there is a particular product your family loves, try going directly to the manufacturer’s website. A lot of times, there will be a link to a printable coupon. If not, you can always fill out the comment form or send them an e-mail to request a coupon. I like to e-mail companies to tell them how much I love their product or to tell them about a negative experience. They are grateful for the feedback and will often send coupons.

4. E-mail newsletters = While you are at the manufacturer’s website, sign up to receive e-mail newsletters. These newsletters often have printable coupons inside. This can also generate lots of unwanted mail, so you might want to set up a separate e-mail account just for this purpose.

5. Family & Friends = Ask your family & friends to save the Sunday inserts for you. No sense in throwing money away!

6. Magazines = A lot of magazines have coupons inside, so be sure to tear them out before recycling. All You is a great source for coupons and can be found at Wal-Mart.

7. Blinkies & Tearpads = While you are shopping, look for coupons available right on the store shelves. “Blinkies” have a blinking red light on the side of the coupon box. “Tearpads” are pads that you tear the coupon off of. Pretty clever, huh? I usually put my husband in charge of this if he is shopping with me. It keeps him busy so he’s not putting random things into the cart and throwing off my shopping list!

8. Catalinas = These are coupons that print out of a machine at the checkout lane. Sometimes these are useless advertisements, cents off coupons for products, or even dollars off your next order.

9. Store Displays = Watch for store displays with coupon booklets. These can be located anywhere in the store and might be easily overlooked. I find a lot of rebates in the liquor aisle, near the front of the store, or in the soda/snack aisle. So even if you’re not buying alcohol, stroll down the aisle anyway. Many of these rebates do not require a beer purchase.

10. Home mailers = Sometimes companies will have coupon booklets available that can be sent directly to your snail mail box. One of my favorites is Home Made Simple. This booklet is produced by Proctor & Gamble and includes valuable coupons for products like Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, and Swiffer. There is a new booklet available for request HERE.

Do you have any other coupon resources to add to the list?

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