Today’s post comes from Andrea at MommySnacks.net! She shares how and where you can find extra coupons!
I only get two papers each week. Yeap, only two. They are my subscription newspapers (check out this link
to find the lowest cost subscription for your area). Some weeks I may purchase additional inserts but I have another means to acquire those additional coupons I need without buying the paper just for the inserts (which may be filled with coupons I don’t always need or want). I use coupon clipping services.
Coupon clipping services are just that: companies or sellers who will cut and mail you coupons for a fee. You are paying for the individual’s time to cut and mail you the coupon, not the actual coupons themselves (because coupons cannot be sold or bartered, else they are void). There are several clipping services I utilize and would recommend: The Coupon Master
and Coupons & Things by Dede
I also purchase through clipping services who sell on Ebay. Yes, I said Ebay (crazy, I know, but they have everything). When I make my purchase through Ebay, I click through the cash-back sites BigCrumbs or Ebates
. Not only do I secure several coupons that will save me money, I get paid cash back for buying those coupons through Ebay! You can read a post where I explain the benefits of cash back sites here
at Mommy Snacks.net.
Just a few things to consider if you do decide to utilize a clipping service:
Use the search button
Do a search for the specific name of the coupon you want.
Read the Auction Carefully
The quantities on coupons can make a huge difference. For example, some Cottonelle coupons are for $.50 on ONE and others are for $.50 on TWO. Be sure to inspect what the value and quantity is before you agree to the purchase! That is sometimes the difference between getting it for FREE and actually paying for it!
Also, NEVER order coupons that are internet printables! You cannot tell if they were copied (illegally) and you can probably print them yourself. So, only order actual coupons clipped from the paper or other paper sources.
Buy It Now (if purchasing through an Ebay service)
Buy it Now auctions are the fastest and easiest way to order. Since store sales are only 7 days, I always use this method to ensure I receive my coupons in time for the sale. There has never been a time I have not received my coupons in time (with Ebay or a clipping service)! Honestly, if it’s a really hot sale the store may be out of the item anyway. Always get a rain check to ensure you can still use those coupons!
Consider this (of course) when making a purchase because if an auction is priced too high, you may be better off passing on the deal. Generally, you can get 10-20 coupons for $1-$2. Sometimes you can get FREE shipping or reduced shipping costs if you order multiple auctions if you order on Ebay.
Are Printable Coupons Available?
Many times there are printable coupons available from sites like Coupons.com
and Cool Savings
(you can see my list of Internet Printable Coupon Sites here
). I have found that when I pull together a few friends and tell them I want a certain printable, I manage to get more than enough so ordering isn’t necessary.
While using these services aren’t always necessary, it’s a great way to acquire many coupons and save you lots! Getting coupons through the means above can help you be on your way to making your own dinners for just $5!
Andrea Deckard is the Founder and Author of Mommy Snacks.net which offers money-saving tips that are Mom Tested and Budget Approved! Stop by to find free coupon advice and store highlights, delicious menu planning and recipes, fabulous giveaways, interesting reviews and the best freebies and samples around the web. Also, laugh and share in one mother’s attempt at losing the baby weight…once and for all!