Day 2: Show Me the Coupons
The number one question people ask when they see how much I save is: Where do you find all the coupons? It’s really not a secret. They’re everywhere! Once you start paying attention, you’ll be amazed at the number and variety of coupons available.
For beginners, there are two main categories of coupons. You’ll need them both to cash in on all the Krazy deals.
1. Newspaper Inserts
The best place to find coupons is in the Sunday paper. There are three different inserts that come out on a regular basis: Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) and Procter & Gamble (PG). Now here’s the BIG secret: to become a Krazy Coupon Lady (or Gent), you’ll want to get your hands on four to six copies of each of these coupons inserts. Sound a bit bizarre?? The way to save Krazy money is to buy multiple products when they’re at rock bottom prices. So when deodorant is free with a coupon, why not get six of them? Getting more than one newspaper allows you to do just that.
So how do you get the Sunday paper? The most conventional way is through a subscription. The first step to finding a subscription is to call your local paper’s circulation department and ask the following questions: Which of the three coupon inserts does your paper carry? Do you offer a Sunday-only or weekend-only subscription? Do you offer any discount if I order multiple copies of your Sunday paper?
As a general rule, if you can get a Sunday or weekend-only subscription for under $2 per week per paper, that’s a pretty good deal. For those whose papers are $2 each or more, for those whose papers do not carry some of the inserts, or (since coupons vary by region) for those whose coupon inserts are thin and sparse, there is still hope! You can purchase whole inserts online from services like The Coupon Clippers or Coupons and Things by Dede.
Want the coupon inserts but don’t want to pay? Less conventional methods are just as effective. Ask friends, neighbors or co-workers to save their coupons for you. Talk to local business owners or convenience stores and ask if you can have their unsold papers at the end of the week. OR—my personal favorite—try your hand (or feet!) at dumpster diving in a newspaper-only recycle bin!
2. Printable Coupons
Printing coupons from your home computer is safe, free and easy! The first time you print from any source, you’ll be required to download quick and safe software so that you can print securely from home. After the software is installed, printing coupons is just a click away! For a great place to find over 2,000 printable coupons, head to TheKrazyCouponLady.com and click “Print Coupons.” Remember, it’s illegal to photocopy coupons!
Where do you find all the coupons? Now you know the answer. Get a newspaper subscription! Start printing coupons at home! Soon you’ll be ready to slash your grocery bill in half! And if you’re still questioning whether you really need to subscribe to multiple copies of the Sunday paper, the answer is YES! Still unsure? Begin by finding deals that utilize printable coupons only. When you start to see the savings potential, you’ll be convinced that subscribing to a few copies of the Sunday paper will pay for itself on your first shopping trip.
Showed you the coupons! Let’s go to Day 3 and Get Organized!