Whether your end-game is to save on groceries, or retail, or get started down the path to coupon stacking — this guide to couponing like a boss!
Where Can I Get Coupons?
1. Sunday Newspaper
The most popular way that shoppers find coupons, especially for groceries and household items, is through the Sunday coupon inserts. These are found along with the weekly ads in each Sunday’s newspaper and include manufacturer coupons that can be clipped and used at the register to save at the time of purchase. Included inserts vary by week, but the “big three” companies to compile these inserts are P&G (Procter & Gamble), RetailMeNot, and SmartSource.
Even if you don’t subscribe to the Sunday newspaper or pick one up at the newsstand, you may still get these coupon inserts send to your home in a mid-week mailer along with local ads; it just depends on the area in which you live and the stores available near you. Usually, the coupons in these inserts don’t expire for several weeks or even months, so you can collect your inserts over time and allow your coupon stash to grow. You can purchase the Sunday newspaper each week to get your inserts, but also consider asking friends, family members, and neighbors if they will save their inserts for you.
2. Weekly Grocery Store Ads
As you’re looking through your Sunday newspaper or mid-week mailer to find coupon inserts, be sure to look at the weekly grocery store ads for coupons. You’ll typically find a lot of store coupons that can usually be stacked with manufacturer coupons (like the ones you get in the inserts) for even more savings. Plus, looking through the ad will give you a better sense of what you can stock up on during a particular week and which coupons from your stash will help you save on the weekly sale prices.
3. Online Printable Coupons
Lots of coupons are just a click away when you have a printer at the ready. Browse websites like Coupons.com
, KelloggsFamilyRewards, Printable Coupons
, and PGEveryday to supplement your coupon collection. These websites have many of the same coupons that you might find in the Sunday coupon inserts, plus additional high value coupons that are only available online. It’s also helpful to check the manufacturer’s website for coupons. If you’ve found a new product that you absolutely love, do a quick search of the manufacturer’s website to see if they have any special offers like printable coupons or free samples
available to request.
4. Digital Coupons
Printed manufacturer coupons are still very popular, but digital coupons are gaining traction every day.
Coupons.com and KelloggsFamilyRewards.com have digital coupons that can be loaded directly to your store’s loyalty card for money off at the time of purchase – no clipping required! Plus, the digital coupons allow manufacturers to limit how many coupons can be used by the consumer and more easily reimburse the store for the coupons redeemed.
5. Coupon Apps
Going along with the digital theme, another good way to find coupons is by checking out some coupon apps. These either give you money off at the time of purchase, or your earned rebate offers accumulate in an account you can cash out later.
Some of our favorite best coupon apps include:
Browse the list of offers available, shop, and upload a photo of your receipt to see the savings build up in a cashback account. Save on everything from body wash to laundry detergent to rotisserie chicken. Ibotta
is a fun app to browse!
loads offers to your store’s loyalty card, then gives you the savings after your purchase. It’s available via many store cards to help you save, or you can simply scan your receipt.
Checkout 51: This app is great for shoppers who live in the boonies and can’t find many coupons, much fewer coupons for a specific store. Most of Checkout 51’s offers can be redeemed at any store. Again, this is a cashback app, so you’ll see the savings pile up in your account rather than at the time of purchase.
6. At the Store
Once you’re shopping at the store, keep your eyes open as there are coupons everywhere. Manufacturers love to put coupons near or even attached to certain products to entice you to buy them. In the coupon world, these are called “blinkies,” “peelies,” “hangtag,” or “tearpad” coupons (just so you know the lingo…they’re pretty self-explanatory). Also, be sure to check the coupons that print out with or on your receipt. These coupons are typically triggered by the purchases you make and will give you money off a particular product or even money off a future purchase at that store.
7. Social Media
If you love a particular product or product line, check their social media pages and give them a follow to stay on top of any promotions or coupons they might be offering. Facebook
is especially good for offering printable coupons and a heads-up on in-store promotions.
TIP: if you’re following a Facebook page so that you know when a company is offering deals or coupons, be sure that you are “following” the page (a.k.a. you haven’t just “liked” it) and that you’ve enabled notifications so you are alerted when a new top post goes up.
8. Mailing Lists
If you sign up for a store’s loyalty program, be sure that you include your mailing address as oftentimes stores will mail you exclusive coupons once they have you on the list (paired with ads, of course, but hey – coupons!). Also, sign up for a company’s email newsletter or text alerts list to receive coupons that you may not be able to find elsewhere. Some of the best mailing lists for frequent coupons include Kohl’s
, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Children’s Place, and Target
9. Inside Products and Packages
Before you toss a product’s packaging, check inside for coupons off your future purchase. This is especially typical for products that require you to purchase refills (razors, disposable cleaners, etc.). If you’ve ordered a free sample
, there will often be at least one coupon inside to help you save on the full-size purchase. You also may find coupons stuffed inside packages that you’ve ordered from an online retailer.
Printed magazines aren’t as popular as they used to be, but they can still be a great source for coupons. Parenting magazines like Parents
typically contain coupons for products like diapers or stores like The Children’s Place. You may be able to find household product coupons in magazines like Good Housekeeping
or Real Simple
. And don’t forget to check Cosmopolitan
for coupons on makeup and other beauty products. There’s no guarantee that they’ll be included, but it’s worth a look.
11. Contact the Manufacturer
If you really, really love a product, write the manufacturer and tell them! Everyone enjoys positive feedback, and they may send you product coupons as a thank you. You can specifically ask for coupons, if you wish, but others have found success just by writing and saying thanks for making a stellar product. This can go the other way, of course, too – if you had a problem with a particular product, let the company know (nicely) and ask if there’s anything that can be done to make your experience a more positive one.
Do I need to Download Printer Software for printable coupons?
If the site you are trying to print from requires it, then the answer is yes. In most cases, it's a safe browser add-on that is necessary to enable your computer to build and print the coupons. The software is required to print the coupons with the security information that conform to manufacturer and retailer requirements for redemption.
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Do I need to Download the Printer Software Each Time I want to print?
No, if you are printing from the same site. Once the software is installed, it will be available every time you print.
Why do my coupons print without a barcode?
Coupons need a barcode so that they can be scanned at the store. If your coupon prints without a barcode, this is usually a sign that there is an issue with Java on your computer. Try to update Java on your computer to see if that helps.
Why does the site say Print Limit Reached when I have not printed the coupon yet?
This message will appear when you have printed the coupon the number of times allowed. However, it will also appear when the total amount printed (this amount is usually set by the manufacturer) has been reached. For example, a manufacturer may allow 50,000 to be printed. Once it reaches 50,000, the coupon will no longer be available to print.
How many coupons can I print?
Most manufacturers or coupon sites allow you to print 2 coupons per computer. To print 2, you can go back to the original page and print again or just simply hit your back browser. In some cases, you may need to refresh the page to view the coupon again.
Can I make a copy of the coupon?
Absolutely not! Making copies of coupons, printable or from the newspaper, is against the law.
Here are some basic couponing tips to help you
- Be sure to keep your printer drivers updated. You can do this by going to the printer's manufacturer website to see if there are updates available.
- Try to switch browsers. For example, if you are using Firefox browser, open up Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari to see if that will help. Sometimes there are setting in the browser that will prevent certain applications from running
- Download the newest version of Java
- Check your Firewall or Virus Protections. Sometimes they are set high and block the coupon printing software from working. Try disabling it and then be sure to enable it again once you are done.