As a frugal lifestyle blogger and a mom of 4 I don’t like to pay full price for anything . Not only is it better for my budget but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I get my family things they need and not have to pay what’s on the price tag . I love me some coupons. One thing my friends and coworkers have asked me more than a few times is “Where do you get coupons for that?” So here’s some places to look to find coupons for the things you want and need.
1. Newspaper – ok this might be the obvious one but did you know that different areas might have different coupons? For example: When I buy my coupon papers I buy a Johnstown paper and a Pittsburgh paper. Often they have different coupons OR when it comes to Procter & Gamble inserts and things like that I get several then.
2. Coupon websites – sites like coupons.com, savingsstar.com, and more offer coupons you can either print or load to a grocery store card. Sites like coupons.com will usually allow you to print each coupon twice so if you see a 2 for deal or just really like a product, go ahead and print 2.
3. Load to card – Those rewards cards you have for Rite Aid, Giant Eagle, etc. If you go to the website you can register your reward card and load coupons right to your card. Then when you buy that product the coupon gets taken off automatically. No worries about forgetting your coupon. My only issues is, sometimes I forget what coupons I have on there and when they expires. So it’s a good idea to print a list and keep it in your car or purse. Cross it off when the coupon expires or you’ve used it. It’s easy. Often they have a load to card option on the site once you’re logged in. Just tick off the coupons you want and they’re on your card. Here’s what Rite Aid’s load2card option looks like. You can find the load2card option for Riteaid under the “Deals” category and select the load2card option or under the wellness+ option:
4. Company websites – sometimes the coupons aren’t in the paper or on a printable site. BUT occasionally the company websites has coupons. I’ll give you a for instance. Giant Eagle recently had International Delight coffee creamer on sale 2 for $4. I love my coffee creamer but wanted to see if I could get an even better deal. I couldn’t find a coupon anywhere else so I went to the company website. I registered on InternationalDelight.com and there it was a printable coupon for $1 off 1 International Delight Coffee Creamer. I was able to print it twice and got my creamers for $1 a piece! Also it helps to sign up for your favorite brand’s emails newsletters.
5. Write the company – When all else fails, you can sometimes have luck with emailing or writing the company . I had a thing for those Annie Chun’s soup bowls for a while. They were a bit expensive. I emailed the company to let them now how much I liked their soups and praised them for their eco-friendly packaging. They wrote back, thanked me and offered to send me coupons. I of course accepted and they sent me a small stack of coupons for their soups.
6. Coupon kiosks – My local BILO store actually had a coupon kiosk where you could print BILO store coupons you might need for your shopping visit. You need to print only the ones you needed because they normally expired within a day or two but it was nice to grab an extra coupon or two when shopping.
7. Check your receipts and register printouts – Plenty of stores will have coupons either right on your receipt or as a separate print out. Giant Eagle does a separate print out, Rite Aid will print them right on the receipt, Dollar General has them right on the receipt ($5 off $25 purchase sometimes), etc. Check your receipts!
8. Right on the package – Occasionally you will buy a product that has a coupon taped right to the package or sometimes a tag around the neck of a bottle like a cleaning product or soda, for instance. Sometimes it will even say something like “save $2 now save $2 later” etc. These you can use. Do NOT cut coupons off of packages.
9. Sales papers – sometimes your sales papers will have a store coupon in them. Rite Aid usually has one or two each sales week. CVS will do this too.
10. Sampling kiosks – Walmart does this often. They have someone at a sampling kiosk and you can try a little taste of whatever they’re trying to sell that day. Often there will be a small pile of coupons meant for you to take one or two to buy the product. I tried a sample of a Kellogg’s cereal the one time. The lady had a huge stack of coupons. I took one (never be greedy) and she said “honey you can take more than one” so I took two. She said “Take more than that, I have plenty” so I did. lol
11. In the package – diapers will do this often . Pampers, Luvs, Huggies will kindly put a coupon inside the package. You’ll sometimes find them inside the back panel of cereal boxes or frozen foods.
12. Magazines – Magazines like all you, Parenting, Taste of Home and more will have coupons in them sometimes as small booklets or right in the ad for the product.
I wrote a guest post on how to save money on vehicle maintenance too. As soon as it’s like I’ll post the link here.