Finding Coupons

I am often asked, “How do you grow your coupon collection?”

Slowly and steadily.

Here are a few of the ways I acquire coupons…

1. The Sunday paper.

We buy one every Sunday on the way to church. This is cheaper than subscribing to even the most inexpensive plan in Knoxville. (Our paper – the Knoxville News Sentinel)

2. Friends and Family.

I have several friends who coupon; so we share. For example: My kids drink only soy milk; my friends’ kids don’t. So, if there is a soy milk coupon in the paper my friends usually give me their soy milk coupons. Also, you may have friends and family that don’t use their Sunday coupons. Grab them! It doesn’t take long to become known as one of those crazy coupon ladies. Use that to your advantage and be willing to accept any coupons people want to save for you.

3. Online Printable coupons are now accepted at most stores.

Be sure to check first. If they are accepted, they can be a great way to save. You can just Google Printable Coupons or a specific product and find some great coupons.

4. Load them on your shopping card.

Here in Knoxville, Kroger is the only store I know of that has this option. It is so simple. There are three websites you can visits:

Register and put in your Kroger Plus Card number, then click on the coupons you want. Those coupons will be added to your Kroger Plus Card. When you check out the savings will automatically come off your bill. The best part is these coupons can be combined with paper coupons to make for some superb deals.

5. Recycling centers.

I have never personally tried this method but I know several people who have. Often you can find clean newspapers in your city’s recycling bins. From what I hear it just takes a little effort to find several coupon inserts. I have been tempted to try lately, when I do I’ll update you on my finds.

6. In Stores.

I rarely pass by a coupon display, machine or “blinkie” in a store without taking a coupon. They can be a great source and are usually manufacturer’s coupons, which means they can be used at any store. One note here, coupon etiquette says no matter how great you think the coupon is don’t take more than you will truly use.

Where do you find your coupons? Comment below or email me your great coupon finds and I’ll try to post them on this site.