I heard a statistic recently that 75% of consumers in all income brackets use coupons at sometime or the other. Although most people think about looking for their coupons in the Sunday paper, there are so many more places to find these little treasures.
The same companies that offer coupons in the Sunday paper also offer printable coupons on their websites. Websites like, Smart Source, Red Plum have coupons available for the printing. The coupons differ from the ones in the Sunday paper, so to maximize your savings, look for both.
Company websites try to make it easy for their shoppers and sometimes offer online coupons and printable coupons as well. Obvious places to try are websites of your favorite retailers (before you go shopping). I also recently discovered that websites for department and drug stores such as: Target and CVS also have coupons available for printing, so don’t miss out on those.
What are your favorite magazines? Even if you don’t currently buy any, be aware that companies often include coupons amidst those articles. This is especially true in health, beauty and women’s magazines. So the next time you are reading your favorite magazine, keep a pair of scissors handy.
One of the fastest growing areas of marketing is through the Internet. Once you sign up for store loyalty programs, promotions and events, email addresses are also used to alert you of savings in the form of sales and (printable as well as online) coupons.
If your neighbor is not using their coupon inserts or just throwing them away, then they may be willing to pass the savings on to you. Always, ask first though. Although it is a newspaper, it is still someone else’s property. I don’t condone stealing of papers or coupons.
Besides just alerting consumers of ongoing sales and specials, some store circulars even include store coupons that require clipping. Safeway grocery store and Target are some examples.
When engaging on your quest to increase your coupon repertoire, don’t forget product packaging. Boxes of cereal, foil paper, pasta, pretty much anything is fare game.
A friend of mine bought me my first Entertainment Book when I moved to Atlanta years ago. It is chocked full of coupons for restaurants, entertainment, vendors and other goods and services. It has been 10 years since I got my first book and I have moved to several places since Atlanta, but one thing is certain, I have never turned back. The Entertainment Book is available in several cities and travel destinations and there is currently a special on all 2011 books.
Daily Deal and Group Savings Sites
Websites such as Groupon, Tippr, and Living Social give consumers an opportunity to explore tremendous savings from the convenience of their computer. Sites like Living Social and Groupon offer daily deals (with discounts up to 90% off), while the deals on Tippr are somewhat based on volume. The more you share the deal, the better the deal gets. On Living Social if three people buy the deal using your link then that deal is free to you.
So really, there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t be using coupons. They are there to get people to try new products but ultimately, they save consumers money. Are there any unexpected places that you have found coupons?
Lisa Leslie-Williams, Pharm D is a wife and the devoted mother of one active toddler. She quickly realized after the birth of her daughter that she was not only destined to be a mom but that her true passion lies in empowering women to live life at home with finesse and style. Even as a licensed health care professional, Lisa has spent the last 10 years living and fine tuning her “domestic life style lessons” on budgeting, beauty, family health, entertaining and all things in the kitchen. She shares these lessons and other home management tips as a life style consultant, a featured contributor and as the author of her blog, The Domestic Life Stylist. Lisa’s blog was voted in the “top three”, in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Home Management blog contest where she has also become a featured contributor.
To read more articles written by Lisa go to her blog: http://thedomesticlifestylist.blogspot.com/
Lisa is also the author of the ebook “21 Smart Ways to Save Money Now”.
“Empowering women to live life at home with finesse and style”.