A question from Brenna:
I’ve been getting the Denver Post for years because of the larger subscription base [which means its coupon inserts have more coupons]. A friend and I are considering use the Gazette because we can get it a lot cheaper. What are your experiences with each paper and what paper do you use when quoting your deal match ups?
I wanted to pose this question to you all, because my priorities and grocery shopping habits have changed over the past couple of years, and I don’t subscribe to the paper or use coupons extensively myself right now.
The Denver Post typically has larger coupon inserts than the Gazette, because as Brenna mentioned, it has a larger subscriber base and gets on the “A” list for coupon inserts. The Gazette definitely has coupons, but the Post’s inserts usually have quite a few that the smaller newspapers’ inserts don’t.
I assume that this is the same as it has been in the past, but for those of you who regularly clip coupons, have you noticed that this is still the case? Do you think it’s worth paying a bit more for the Denver Post to get the additional coupons?
When I do the grocery sale and coupon matchups, I pull from a national database of coupon inserts, so there are occasions where neither the Post nor the Gazette received a coupon that’s in the database, because different regions do get different coupons.
Coupons that were region-specific are usually marked with an “R” next to the insert information. (I did used to have an assistant that tracked which coupons came in our local papers and I only used those coupons in the matchups, but that was one of the things that I had to cut back a couple of years ago.)
So, readers: have you compared the coupon inserts in the Gazette and the Post lately? Does the Post still get more coupons than the Gazette? And do you think the difference is great enough to pay more for the Post?