Here’s the answers to a few frequently asked questions about coupons:
Where do you get all your coupons from? Why don’t I have the same ones?
When I do the weekly ad reviews, all the coupons I mention are from newspaper inserts from previous weeks. If it’s a printable coupon, I’ll link to it, and if it’s from another source, I’ll indicate where it came from.
If you’re just getting started couponing and haven’t been getting insert coupons for awhile, you may not have some of the same ones I do. Most coupons expire within 1-3 months, but there are a few that are good for longer, so you may be missing a few that I have.
OK, I’ve gotten the paper for several months now, and I still don’t have a lot of the same coupons you do.
Which newspaper are you subscribing to? I highly recommend subscribing to the Denver Post for one reason only – they (and other larger city newspapers) have more coupons than the local paper, the Gazette. [See one comparison of one Sunday’s inserts from each paper, and still another Sunday.] I actually subscribe to both – the Post for the coupons, and the Gazette for the weekly ads in addition to the coupons, because the Sunday ads don’t come in the Denver Post when it’s delivered here in the Springs.
If I buy extra newspapers, I always buy the Post because of the fact that there are more coupons. Even if you have to pay 50¢ more it is well worth it. I suscribe to the Gazette because occasionally it does have some coupons the Post doesn’t, plus it also includes all the local ads. This is somewhat important when Safeway puts out a midweek insert, because those Safeway Sunday flyers often include in-ad coupons, extra of which may or may not be available in the store.
How much should I pay for a newspaper subscription?
I really, really try to pay less than $1 per week for a subscription to any newspaper. At DiscountedNewspapers.com, you can get the Denver Post for 64 ¢ per week, and the Gazette for 77 ¢ per week. You can call the newspapers directly and order, in my experience but they won’t cut you a deal.
The prices above are for your first subscription only. If you want to subscribe to multiple copies of the same newspaper, you’ll typically pay almost newsstand price for the second subscription.
Because of that, if I want to buy extra newspapers, I’ll stop by the gas station on Sunday to pick up a couple of extra newspapers. There aren’t coupons in the paper on weeks with major holidays, and sometimes there are so few coupons that it’s not worth the extra expense.
By the way, I recently added the coupon insert schedule to the calendar.
Hope that was helpful to some of you! I answer a lot more questions about coupons at the workshops; here’s information on upcoming dates.
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