If you’ve spent any time on Closetsamples.com, you’ve probably seen mention of coupons from “SS 12/7” or “RMN 12/13.” If you’re new, you might think we’re speaking in code. We don’t mean to confuse you.
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about Sunday newspaper coupons.
What are Sunday newspaper coupons?
Even with the recent growth of printable and mobile coupons, newspaper coupons from the Sunday paper still account for 41% of total coupons redeemed. Values usually range from $0.25 to $2 off a product.
What’s the best way to get coupon inserts?
We suggest you subscribe or purchase more than one copy of the Sunday newspaper to get multiples of each coupon. You should have one copy of the Sunday paper for each member of your family, or four copies total, whichever is less.
The first step to finding a subscription is to call your local paper’s circulation department and ask them which inserts they carry, if they offer a Sunday-only or weekend-only subscription, and if they offer a discount for ordering multiple copies of the Sunday paper. Some newspapers also sell a Saturday advance paper that has coupons, but for the lower Saturday cost.
You can also check out your local Dollar Tree; they often carry the Sunday newspaper for only a buck. Walmart carries the Sunday paper all week, but the sticker price is at least $2.
Why do I need multiple copies?
The easiest way to save big is to buy multiple products when they’re at rock-bottom prices. Trust me, when you find your first box of Cheerios for under a buck, you’ll understand why. Instead of buying one box to last you a week, you’ll get four to last a month—thanks to four copies of the Sunday paper!
Where can I get Sunday coupons for free?
Want newspaper coupon inserts, but don’t want to pay for them? You’ve got some options, including asking friends, neighbors, or co-workers to save their coupons for you.
Talk to local business owners or convenience stores and ask if you can have their unsold papers at the end of the week. Also, try checking out neighborhood and city recycling centers. Feeling adventurous? Jump in!
How do I know which coupons will be in the paper?
We usually see two to three inserts in each Sunday newspaper—with the exception of holiday weeks when there may be none.
If your local newspaper doesn’t have the coupon you’re looking for, consider trading coupons on Closet of Free Samples Facebook page or purchasing clipped coupons online.
Note: If you’re considering hiring someone to clip coupons for you, make sure you read customer comments and ratings for legitimacy. You should also be very careful about expiration dates—you don’t want to receive coupons you can’t use!
How do I clip and organize newspaper coupons?
There are a couple methods of organizing newspaper coupons, the simplest of which is keeping whole inserts in a portable file box.
The most thorough method involves clipping individual coupons and filing them by category in a coupon binder.
What else do I need to know?
A couple of good things to know: newspaper coupons often vary by region.
Some regions will receive a $1 off Pantene coupon while another region receives $2 off, and a third region doesn’t get any Pantene coupons at all.
Additionally, different manufacturers publish different rules in the fine print including one coupon per purchase, limit 4 identical coupons per day, etc.