10 Tips to Increase Your Coupon Stash

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by on March 26, 2009

I know some of you are new to couponing, so I wanted to share my tips to beginning and growing your coupon stash.

1. Subscribe to the Sunday paper. There are anywhere between 1-4 inserts each Sunday and after just a few weeks, you’ll have a good start to your stash. The typical inserts include Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP), and P&G. There is usually a big P&G insert at the beginning of the month, so you’ll want to make sure to get that one.

I recommend subscribing rather than just picking up the paper, though, since there are more coupons for subscribers. Many papers offer options to just buy the weekend or Sunday paper, which may be cheaper for you.

2. Along the same lines, it can help to get multiple copies of the inserts. Some ways to do this include asking friends, family, or neighbors that don’t use coupons for theirs, checking recycling centers/bins, or ordering multiple papers. And yes, I have gone to the recycling bins and I’m amazed at how many coupons are thrown away each week!

3. Sign up for Samples. Each week, I highlight many different FREEBIES that companies are offering. Although it is great to try the samples, they usually come with some high value coupons as well.

4. Use Printable Coupons. There are multiple places to get printable coupons. You can scroll and print coupons from coupons.com in my sidebar or go directly to Coupons.com! You can print each coupon twice (until they are reset) and new coupons come out each month.

Other places to get printable coupons include:

CoolSavings

MySavings

Pillsbury

Betty Crocker

5. Check your grocery store for “blinkies”, those little machines on the isles that have coupons. I never paid attention to these before, and actually didn’t even see them. But once I started using coupons, I was amazed at how many of these machines are out there! Many times the coupon will match with an item already on sale, but if it doesn’t I just hold on to it until that sale comes up (and since they are manufacturer coupons, you can use them at any store that takes coupons).

6. After you check out, you will probably get coupons or “catalinas” printed with your receipt (especially if you used coupons in your transaction). Many people disregard these, but they tend to be products that you have just purchased or similar products. They usually can only be used at the store you just shopped at, but if you frequent the store, you will most likely use it.

7. Check the products you buy for coupons inside packaging. Many products come with coupons to buy the same product, most Glade products, razors, feminine products or diapers do this (in my experience). Again, this is something I didn’t pay attention to until I started couponing, but there are plenty of products with coupons in them, and many times they are high value, too.

8. Sign up for e-coupons. These sites allow you to load coupons onto your shopping card. Nice service so you don’t have to clip or carry any of the coupons.

Shortcuts.com

P&G eSaver

Cellfire

9. Many stores also have printable coupons on their websites, too. Some duplicate each other, but if it is an item you need/want then that is a good thing!

Walgreens

CVS

Safeway

Target

10. Check resources. Use the Coupon Database to find coupons for the products you want or need. It will save you time and money!

Of course these are just some things that work for me. Are there ways that you have built your coupon stash? What works/what doesn’t? I’d love to hear your tips!

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  • Courtney

    ASWESOME post! Thanks for being a GREAT resource! You rock :-)

  • Jackie

    Thanks for all the places to look for getting coupons. I’m pretty lucky with the Sunday Washington Post. My next door neighbor is a WP delivery guy. Whatever he has left, he gives to me! YAY! I just love your site! Thanks for all your wonderful wisdom!

  • ~Sara

    Great post. What a wonderful list.

  • Joy

    Awesome tips, thanks!

    One more thing I like to do is email manufacturers of products I like and ask if they’ll send me coupons.

  • The Sensible Momma

    Thanks Ladies! So glad this is helpful to you!

    Joy, great tip! I will definitely try that, too!

  • Mary aka Canadagirl

    I sure wished cupons was bigger up here in Canada. We really only seem to have in store cupons. Thanks for sharing on a area I don't have a lot of ins and outs with.

    Blessings in Him<><
    -Mary

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Canadagirl

  • Jenn

    When you say recycling centers/bins, what do you really mean? I would love to get some “free” inserts but not sure where to go to find them.

  • Hi Jenn,

    There are newspaper recycle bins that I’ve dropped by to get inserts. Probably the best bet is to ask neighbors, friends, or family that don’t use their coupons. Hope this helps!!

  • Kristen

    I’ve found that CVS gives out great coupons via their price scanners throughout the store. Just scan your CVS card before you begin shopping. The scanner will print out a few coupons that you might just be able to use. The best part about CVS coupons is that you can COMBINE them with a manufacturer’s coupon for much greater savings.

  • christina

    ASWESOME post! Thanks for being a GREAT resource

  • Thanks, Christina! Glad I can help. :)

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