How To Coupon: Where to Find a Treasure Trove of Coupons
Last week I wrote about trading coupons with friends and cautioned against buying coupons for fear of ending up with counterfeit coupons.
But what if you don’t have any couponing friends to trade with? We’ve all heard about dumpster divers, but for those of us not willing to take that plunge, there exist websites that sell whole newspaper inserts. The Whole Coupon Insert site sells legitimate (i.e., non-counterfeit) inserts, and it lists the face value of all the coupons in each insert.
The inclusion of the coupons’ face value is, well, valuable, because the face value changes across the country. My grocery store doubles coupons up to 99 cents, so for me, a coupon with a face value of 75 cents is actually more valuable than one with a face value of $1, since I’ll get a discount of $1.50 once the 75-cent coupon is doubled. Perhaps because of that, the face value of most coupons in my local inserts are — you guessed it! — $1. Many stores in the South don’t double, however, and in those markets, inserts are more likely to have coupons with a value of 99 cents or less. So…if a product I really like is on sale, I’ll look on Whole Coupon Inserts to see if there’s a coupon with a face value that, once doubled, will be worth more than the coupon in my local insert.
When you buy inserts, they usually cost between 50–90 cents each, plus there’s a flat shipping rate of $5.50, so it’s important to take a moment to figure out whether your savings will total more than the cost of buying the inserts. Otherwise, it might not be worth it.
The site ships orders out immediately, so customers in the lower 48 states usually get their desired inserts within the week to use on their current sales.
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