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Common Questions About Coupons

Updated on October 1, 2012
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1. Where do you often go to find coupons/coupon codes?

When shopping online there are places like My Coupons, Flamingo World, Groupon, Smart Source, Cool Savings, Fat Wallet and Coupons , My Points, and eBates to save you time and money. Those days of running to the local market in search of the Sunday paper coupon inserts are over. With the power of the internet and your printer you can now search, click and print. Place like A Full Cup join shoppers for tips and tricks. Users can share lists, coupon ideas, and match up coupons to the sales flyers.

Codes are available for online shopping and coupons can be printed for in-store shopping. Sites like Flamingo World have forums where users can post links to coupons, rebates and free offers. Codes are listed for online savings as well.

How to get free grocery coupons in the mail?

It is extremely simple to get free coupons in the mail. Visit the product or company website of the product you like and contact their customer service. Companies have a “contact us” link provided on the website and they love to hear how much you love the product and are willing to send out coupons in order to keep your business.

You can also call the product number that can be found on many product labels and boxes. Customer service lines are set up to hear complaints and praises. Customer service representatives will take your name and address and in a week’s time you could be opening your mailbox to an envelope full of coupons.

How can I organize a coupon swap?

Organizing a coupon swap is a simple way to get rid of the coupons you will not use and trade with someone for coupons you will use. Setting up a coupon swap does not have to be terribly difficult. Call all your family members and friends who use coupons. See if the local library or church will allow you to have a weekly or monthly meeting time to host your trade. Invite the public for a large turnout and more coupons to trade.

How do you organize your coupons?

Every person has their own individual style, so it is only natural their organizational style vary as well. Some prefer small accordion style organizers that fit in just about any size purse. This is what I started with. For those who do not have many coupons, or are just starting out, this is a perfect size for a beginner.

Others prefer a notebook style and would rather have a page for each category.Some might prefer the style of a full size three ring binder (the ones with handles are best for larger loads) complete with clear pockets (baseball card sheets are perfect for this) in order to see every coupon category as well as pockets for those about to expire or being used for that day's purchase.

Having a place to keep your pen, pair of scissors, a blank notepad or even your lists handy is also ideal.

How do I use a coupon?

This is the easiest part. Once you have made your purchase, pulled out the matching coupon, hand it to the cashier and they will do the rest. You just get to sit back and enjoy the savings.


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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Very informative article. I didn't realize about all these coupon sites either. I found the coupon swaps very interesting too. My mother God bless her soul sits there every day cutting coupons and using one of those accordion style coupon binders. She is not real comfortable on the computer I've tried a few times I think I'll use this information here as a reason to get her to try it. She can save tones trying some of these websites you mentioned her. Thanks for a great Hub as always.

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      SunsetSky 5 years ago from USA

      I didn't know of some of those coupon sites. Thanks for all the great info!

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      Chrystal Mahan 5 years ago from Michigan

      Chanel - I just don't have the extra money for newspapers. I know people say you have to spend the money to get the real deals but the truth is, the best paper is Detroit. And it is also the most exspensive. Even with coupons I find our local grocery store brands to be cheaper. I'm not into stockpiles either. I think it is great that those folks on Extreme Couponing have 40 hours a week to visit 10 different stores, but I don't! But I will take the time to print coupons off the internet for products I know I will use and sign up on websites for the products we use to get freebies and coupons.

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      Chanel11985 5 years ago

      These are some helpful tips. I always thought that you had to pay to get coupons on the internet. I also didn't know you could free coupons in the mail. I only got coupons in the newspaper, but I don't subscribe anymore.

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      Chrystal Mahan 5 years ago from Michigan

      This is where my husband gets our ink in bulk:

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the info about the super cheap ink on line. I am going to have to check that out!

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      Chrystal Mahan 5 years ago from Michigan

      I get my ink super cheap from an ink store online. We buy in bulk. I only print coupons for things I know I will buy. I don't buy stuff just because I have a coupon for it. Most times store brand is cheaper than the item with coupon. I can't get into extreme couponing, its just not something I want to put effort into. I dont have the coupon resources or selection of stores available to me.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      I'm on the fence about coupons. I know that I can print a lot of them on-line but with the cost of ink I wonder if the cost to print outweighs the cost of the coupon. I am looking for ways to get a lot of free coupons without spending any money on ink or buying the newspaper. I know, I'm cheap!