Where You Can Find Coupons
Times are tough and prices just keep rising. When I was at the grocery store today the check out clerk was telling me how prices are going to keep rising. I kind of figured that, but to hear it from the grocery store itself was a little upsetting. How many price increases can we take? It is getting increasingly difficult to feed our families and stay in our budgets.
Some people, unfortunately, do not have more to spend and end up cutting necessary items out and going hungry. In our paper this weekend they had interviewed a woman who had cut down to eating just two meals a day because she couldn't afford any more food than that.
My answer to rising grocery prices is to use coupons. Especially for someone who has not couponed in the past this is a way to actually reduce your grocery, toiletry and household spending, even in the face of rising prices. The trick is finding coupons and there are actually plenty of places to find them.
The most well known way to obtain coupons is through the local Sunday paper. There are coupon inserts each week (except holidays). Usually two inserts, sometimes one, sometimes three and very rarely up to five. You can see a preview of the week to come at Taylortown coupon preview. The weeks where there are lots of great coupons, I plan on buying extra papers. I also get extra inserts from neighbors that don't coupon. This way when something hits a rock bottom price, I have lots of coupons to use and can get multiple items for a free or a very low price.
You can order coupons online as well. I have had good luck winning auctions on Ebay for specific coupons I want. You can also use a coupon clipping service and order specific coupons in the quantity that you want. You typically pay for each coupon as well as a small fee for the clipping and postage. There are some sites that sell whole inserts for relatively low prices, if you are looking for a group of coupons.
There is also a whole world of coupon traders. Did you realize that the coupons that come out in New York can be drastically different than the coupons that come out in California? Every area is different - in the types of products that coupons are for as well as the amount of the coupon. One state might get a $.50 off one can of Progresso soup, while another state might get $.75 off three coupon for the same item. Another area might not get a Progresso soup coupon at all. This is why trading is so popular. You don't have to trade coupons for coupons; traders will accept a wide range of things in exchange for coupons they don't want.
Now that the internet is so popular you can print lots of coupons right from the internet as well. You do have your paper and ink costs to factor in, but frequently internet printed coupons are for a higher dollar amount, therefore are more desirable then a Sunday insert coupon. Keep in mind that not all stores accept printed coupons though, so find out before you print a bunch yourself. There are sites devoted to coupons and the coupons available to print vary from month to month. You can also try going to a specific product's website to print coupons. If the product website doesn't have coupons offered, you can try emailing them asking for coupons. You never know who will send you coupons just for the asking.
You can find coupons in stores as well. There are frequently red blinking machines scattered throughout stores that print coupons. There are also sometimes coupons on products, or pads of coupons hanging near products. Wine bottles sometimes have coupons hanging from them as well. Finally, sometimes coupons will print out at the register for you to use on your next trip.
So, as you can see there are plenty of ways to find coupons for the items you buy. Coupons allow me to save, on average, over $100 each month. Next time you want to find a coupon for what you need, try one of these ways and start saving money.