Save Money with Your Sunday Newspaper
We All Used to Read the Sunday Newspaper
Many, many years ago (at least 10) newspapers were all the rage in media. Before cable news went nuts with the 24 hour news cycle and the explosion of internet news, people subscribed to the local paper of record to get national, local, sports, and....coupons!
Obviously now you can get your news in your pocket with your smartphone, or by doing a Google search on your computer. But there's still good reasons to get a newspaper, not the least of which are inserts and coupons. Read along and see what you're missing out on.
The Newspaper is a Marketplace
Full disclosure: I subscribe to the Sunday newspaper. I used to be get the newspaper every day but got tired of recycling so much paper at the end of the week, that I cut back. But it amazes me that when I flip through the paper in this digital age, I'm still more drawn to this idea of the marketplace. Here's what I noticed:
- When it was time to buy a car, I checked the Auto section - Sure, I did my due diligence by reading online reviews, looking at Cars.com or Carmax, but I knew deep inside that the best local deals would probably be somewhere in the Auto or Cars section. Not only was the car I was interested featured by 1 dealer for a lease, but also by another dealer 15 miles away for sale.
- I notice the pictures in Main News - I'm not a heavy heavy reader. I like going through the editorials and I'll occasionally skim an article when it has a catchy headline. BUT when I see a major full page color ad by Toyota or Samsung, I take notice. I've gotten wind of lots of sales and new promotions just by flipping through the paper.
- I like coupons - lots of coupons - It's true that there are other ways to get coupons like printing directly from Coupons.com or just searching via Google. But there's something about having a bunch of stores in my area trying to get me to visit them that I really enjoy.
No Excuses, Go Get Your Paper
Let's face it, the Sunday newspaper costs somewhere around a $ a week if you do some online searching, or if you call in to get a special deal. Do you seriously think that you won't find two $0.50 coupons to cover the cost, or *gasp* you may actually read something that will be entertaining and/or enlightening?
As you'll see in the table below, it's really quite simple. You've got three choices (don't get the newspaper, get Sunday or get daily) and frankly only one of them offers minimal benefit.
Newspaper Subscription Choices
Best Deal and most value
Lots of recycling
Coupons and Bundle
I believe that being frugal and making smart money choices is like any other exercise. As we continue to practice good habits in saving money where possible, finding deals for what we want, and having a good time at it, then we become better at dealing for a living.
I'm committed to sharing my experiences with getting the most out of using credit cards, saving and spending tips, and I might even add a slice of perspective without trying to be a psychoanalyst like some other personal finance folks out there.
Please let me know what you think and if you'd like to hear my take on a specific topic.
PS. I've also started writing on my own site: dealforaliving.com.