One of the most helpful things in becoming a grocery hound is knowing where to look for and get coupons.
In mid-november when I decided to becoome a grocery hound like other people I had read about and seen on tv I knew about a couple of resources. Since then I have learned so much more. Here is a list of resources for coupons I utilize.
1) The Sunday newspaper. You will find coupon inserts in the large metropolitan paper closest to you. You can even go to Taylor Town Coupon Preview and preview the coupons that will be coming out in the Sunday paper on Wednesday! I have found that the majority of the time this preview is correct for my area. There may be a coupon or two that will vary. (it always seems to be one I want too! lol)
2) Printables. Coupons can now be printed off the internet at a bunch of different websites. A couple of my favorites are: Coupon Loop and Super Pages The printable coupons on most websites have a limit of how many times a coupon can be printed in a certain time frame. They are updated usually once a month with new coupons. Some of the sites will even email you when they have updated and added new coupons to the database.
3) Tearpads. This is the little note pad type books of coupons you see hanging through out stores. They normally will hang on the shelf by the product or on a display in the isle. Most of the time they can be redeemed at ANY store that accepts manufacturer coupons, not just the store where you receive them.
4) Peelies. Peelies will be found directly on the product. They are the little peel off sticker coupons. They are desgned to be redeemed right then at the time of purchase. I always check the expiration date on them and if it's for a later date than the coupon I already have in hand, then the peelie does not get redeemed then.
5) Magazines. Many magazines have advertisements paid for by the manufacturer that will include a clippable coupon.
6) Blinkies. This is the little dispensing machines with the blinking light you see hanging off the shelves in stores. If it's a product that I really like and buy often, I will get at least half a dozen coupons, especially if the expiration date is decent!
7) Booklets. These are information books or brochures manufacturers print up to inform us, the consumer, about their product. To get you to try the product, they often will include coupons and rebates in the books, brochures or pamphlets. The expiration date on these are usually 6 months to a year due to the cost of printing the material up and printing of mass quantities. Look for them at your pharmacy, doctor's office, dentist office, and vet's office.
8) Home Mailers. Be sure to check that junk mail before pitching for rebates and coupons. I am the bookkeeper for two companies owned by two brothers. I get all the companies mail daily. Guess what I got in the mail the other day? A household research survey. For 10 minutes of my time I will be getting a package of coupons from them. Did you get one? You can also fill this survey out on line. Go to Household Research Survey.
9) Hang Tags. These are tags found hanging around the neck of a bottle. I have found hang tags on ketchup, mustard, salad dressing and shampoo. I've heard that the latest is hang tags on wine bottles. I've not been fortunate enough to find those.... yet!
10) Inside or on product packaging. Be sure to check your pet food bags, frozen foods, etc. I have even found them on the reverse side of labels off canned food.