Coupons, coupons, coupons! You want to start using coupons but you aren’t sure what to do. The Frugal Housewife can help! The first thing you need to do is start collecting coupons. Where do you get coupons? Below is a list of all the places where we (The Frugal Hubby and I) get our printable coupons.
The Sunday newspaper. Each week you can find a list of the coupons that are going to be in the next week’s coupon inserts by going to the website named Sunday Coupon Preview. Each week they list the coupons that will be included in the next Sunday’s coupon inserts. One thing you need to remember is that the coupons may vary due to region and by value. The larger cities tend to have all the coupons that are listed while the smaller cities, like the one I live in, has about half of the coupons that get listed. Be sure to bookmark the website so that you can go to it each week.
Manufacturer’s Websites. Great source of printable coupons! Just visit the website for the manufacturer of the products you use. Here’s an example. Go to Lysol.com and sign up. Make sure you activate your account. After you activate your account and log in, check under the special offers tab. At the time of this writing (May, 2014), there were 9 coupons available to be printed. These are manufacturer’s coupons and usually have an expiration date of a month. You usually can print these twice by either hitting the refresh button or by going back to the offers and reclicking your choice of coupons.
Facebook. Be sure to check product Facebook pages. You usually have to “like” the pages in order to get the coupons that are listed. If you don’t want the product pages to show up in your newsfeed, you need to either create a list for the product pages, uncheck the “Get notifications”, or “unlike” the page. One piece of advice — Go to the product webpage to get their Facebook link. I have used the Facebook search only to be taken to pages that look like the actual product page but the reality was that it was a page phishing for my information.
The store. Your grocery store may have several places to get coupons. Look for “peelies”, “blinkies” and tearpads. You may be asking yourself “What is she talking about?”. Peelies are coupons that are like stickers stuck on the actual product. “Blinkies” are usually found on the cereal aisle and are dispersed from a red box. They are usually SmartSource coupons. “Tearpads” are found on the displays or shelves. The “blinkies” and “tearpads” can be used on later trips when the products are on sale. “Peelies” are usually good at the time of purchase. Make sure you read the fine print on the coupon. If the coupons can be used for a later purchase, please use coupon etiquette and resist the urge to take all the “peelies” off products you are not purchasing.
Catalina Coupons. Catalina coupons are coupons printed on the back of the cash register tape after you’ve purchased an item. Most of the time, they are manufacturer’s coupons that can be used at other stores.
Printable coupons. You want to print coupons from reputable coupon sites. They include the following:
Friends and family. Check with your family and friends to see if they get the Sunday newspaper and use coupons. If they get the newspaper but don’t use the coupons, ask them to save the inserts for you.
Be sure to check back often as we are updating The Frugal Housewife and are adding more to our Coupon Basics series.
Till next time, In Him