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Extreme Couponing Tip: Just One Sunday Newspaper?

Extreme Couponing Tip: Just One Sunday Newspaper?

“Can I be a Krazy Couponer and just get one copy of the Sunday paper?”

We here at KCL strongly recommend getting multiple copies of the Sunday paper in order to receive multiples of the coupon inserts. In order to create and maintain a stockpile, you will need to buy multiples of an item when it’s at a rock bottom price. When you only have one coupon, you can only take advantage of an offer once. You don’t necessarily have to subscribe to more than one Sunday paper if: 1) you have friends and family who will save save inserts for you, 2) you purchase inserts online, 3) you visit a recycling center, 4) swap boxes, or 5) you talk to a local business about picking up their unsold papers.

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81 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Just One Sunday Newspaper?”

  1. Maira says:

    I’m planning to get the sunday paper but I’m not sure witch one I only want coupons

  2. Lynn Bustle says:

    9/17/2011
    The Charlotte Observer is running a special through the month of September.
    You can order a Sunday paper and have it delivered for $1.00!

    DETAILS:
    Subscription: 13 weeks or more
    Quantity: up to 10 per Sunday
    Savings: 50%

    *NOTE: Let’s say you want 2 Sunday papers regularly, but want 5 Sunday papers with P&G coupons… Make sure you CALL The Charlotte Observer a week in advance to let them know your wishes; otherwise they will schedule you for a normal delivery. You will have to pay for the extra papers prior to delivery.

    *ALSO… If there is a HOLIDAY (NO COUPONS), and you don’t want the paper then, call The Charlotte Observer in advance so you can be credited for that Sunday.

    I would suggest CALLING them, rather than subscribing via e-mail. Hope this helps!

    Call 800.532.5350
    Mon-Fri 6am-4pm
    Sat 7am-12noon
    Sun 7am-12noon
    Holidays 7am-12noon
    OR
    Email: subscribe@charlotteobserver.com

  3. Lynn Bustle says:

    9/17/2011
    The Charlotte Observer is running a special through the month of September.
    You can order a Sunday paper and have it delivered for $1.00!

    DETAILS:
    Subcription: 13 weeks or more
    Quantity: up to 10 per Sunday
    Savings: 50%

    *NOTE: Let’s say you want 2 Sunday papers regularly, but want 5 Sunday papers with P&G coupons… Make sure you call The Charlotte Obeserver a week in advance to let them know your wishes, otherwise they will schedule you for a normal delivery. You will have to pay for the extra papers prior to delivery.

    *ALSO… If there is a HOLIDAY (NO COUPONS), and you don’t want the paper then, call The Charlotter Observer in advance so you can be credited for that Sunday.

    I would suggest CALLING them, rather than subscribing via e-mail. Hope this helps!

    Call 800.532.5350
    Mon-Fri 6am-4pm
    Sat 7am-12noon
    Sun 7am-12noon
    Holidays 7am-12noon
    OR
    email: subscribe@charlotteobserver.com

  4. E says:

    Excuse me but I am not rich, I cannot buy 5 or more papers every Sunday…Unfortunately most of us are already on a tight budget and just cannot justify spending $10 or more on the Sunday paper when especially everything has gone up in our economy…I can barely afford gas for my car and basic everyday things…I am doing just fine buying 1 paper and have slowly built a small but growing stockpile…Please remember that we are not like you in regards to your financial status thank you.

  5. Lori McKenna says:

    I was buying multiple papers until I realized how bad the inserts are in my local paper. there was one week that I ordered inserts online and picked up a paper. The inserts I ordered had 30+ coupons in each insert. My local paper? The red plum had 5 coupons in it and the smart source had 6.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Don’t want to spend the extra money (esp if that week is a dud)? Then check out McDonalds and Starbucks on Sunday around lunch time. Why? Because you should find at least one paper that someone has left from their morning breakfast. There are racks/bins at my local establishments. Wouldn’t hurt to check BK and your local coffee shops too! Great idea huh?!! I know your telling yourself why didn’t I think of that?!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Don’t want to spend the extra money (esp if that week is a dud)? Then check out McDonalds and Starbucks on Sunday around lunch time. Why? Because you should find at least one paper that someone has left from their morning breakfast. There are racks/bins at my local establishments. Wouldn’t hurt to check BK and your local coffee shops too! Great idea huh?!! I know your telling yourself why didn’t I think of that?!!

  8. rachiti says:

    To everyone who buys only one paper unless there are “good” coupons in it. What may be not so good now is great when a BOGO pops up in a couple of weeks and KCL lets us know about it. I always get 2 so I have enough for BOGOs even though it’s just me at home.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I only get 2 copies of the newspaper and sometimes i need more coupons for the sales. I noticed that my 2 neighbors also get the paper deliver and i’m sure they don’t even use their coupons. I want to ask them if i can have their coupons but i’m really shy and I don’t know how. I don’t even know their names and sometimes i just wave to say hi.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I get Los Angeles Times deliver to my home for .65 cents and The Press enterprise for .54 cents . Right now I only get 2 copies but I’m planing of getting 2 more copies deliver to my mom’s home because i don’t think i can’t get them more copies deliver at this price since i got a special price when i subscribed. I live in So Cal. 8]-l-<

  11. Christina says:

    I can’t stand it when people take an entire tear pad and turn around and sell the coupons on ebay for a ridiculous price! Especially when it makes the item free :(

  12. edaisie says:

    I would love to try dumpster diving…how do you find a newspaper recycle dumpster?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I don’t buy the paper anymore but when i did i checked it first if it was worth it i bought a paper… pay 1.50 for the paper and get a 2 dollar off tampons and 2 dollar off detergent then yes worth it…. if the only coupon i could use was for 50 cents off rice… then no i wouldn’t get it… remeber you are going to toss out (or donate) 90 percent of your coupons…..i don’t really buy “whats a good deal” unless we can actually use it…. see if you can get ppl around you to trade like the lady i used to live next door to would up and give me her inserts to walk her dog…. which i walked mine too so it wasn’t a big deal. My hygene pile is stocked up for about 4 months so i will skip those deals for a while… so if there is a coupon for it in the paper (that a deal will be coming soon) i use self control to not get it unless its for food that we will use.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don’t buy the paper anymore but when i did i checked it first if it was worth it i bought a paper… pay 1.50 for the paper and get a 2 dollar off tampons and 2 dollar off detergent then yes worth it…. if the only coupon i could use was for 50 cents off rice… then no i wouldn’t get it… remeber you are going to toss out (or donate) 90 percent of your coupons…..i don’t really buy “whats a good deal” unless we can actually use it…. see if you can get ppl around you to trade like the lady i used to live next door to would up and give me her inserts to walk her dog…. which i walked mine too so it wasn’t a big deal. My hygene pile is stocked up for about 4 months so i will skip those deals for a while… so if there is a coupon for it in the paper (that a deal will be coming soon) i use self control to not get it unless its for food that we will use.

  15. in Florida you can sign up to receive Sunday coupons delivered to your house for free every week

  16. in Florida you can sign up to receive Sunday coupons delivered to your house for free every week

    • edaisie says:

      Can you tell me how to do this? I am on the Space Coast and would love Sunday coupons for free. Thanks!

    • edaisie says:

      Can you tell me how to do this? I am on the Space Coast and would love Sunday coupons for free. Thanks!

    • Plz tell me how, I am in the Tampa Bay area. I don’t even read the paper, I read all my news online, so I am only buying them for the inserts, if I could eliminate that step and just have them delivered to me for free, that would be icing :)

    • Plz tell me how, I am in the Tampa Bay area. I don’t even read the paper, I read all my news online, so I am only buying them for the inserts, if I could eliminate that step and just have them delivered to me for free, that would be icing :)

    • Jody Cmarda says:

      I also live on the space coat and would like to know how to get the inserts for free!!! Please share!!! =()

  17. Anonymous says:

    Somebody in my town sell the inserts for the upcoming sales on Friday before the sales. I get 10 of each inserts on Fridays. I use 4 and 2 of my friends share the other 6. I get 1 sunday paper delivered and I keep those inserts intact as reference. If there is a great sale and I want to get 6 of an item, I buy an extra paper so I get 6 of an item. Did that with the tide deal a few weeks ago.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, I forgot to say, 10 of each inserts $10
      When it is just SS and RP, it’s 20 inserts, and the more inserts in a paper, he gives me times 10.

  18. I only get one copy delivered. Then if I look through the coupons and there are a bunch of great ones, I will go over to the Dollar Tree and pick up 3 more copies.

  19. I only get one copy delivered. Then if I look through the coupons and there are a bunch of great ones, I will go over to the Dollar Tree and pick up 3 more copies.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I was the same way at first. Before the TLC had their show on I could sleep in for a little while. Now I have to get up before the sun comes up to go with the paper I receive at home. Also can anyone tell me if you are having any trouble with their coupon printer at different websites. I can use it at Coupons.com but not from product sites,HELP!!!!!! Thank you

  21. Anonymous says:

    I was told when I started couponing to purchase 1 paper for each person in my household. Therefore I have been buying 5 every Sunday. Sometimes it’s worth it and sometimes it’s not. I have a good stockpile going on things like razors, shaving cream and deo but not so much in groceries. For some strange reason my computer (which is ancient) won’t let me print coupons and my lap top is acting crazy so I can only print online coupons at work and that’s doesn’t happen very often so I depend heavily on my Sunday papers. And in my area there is no such thing as unsold copies. If you don’t get to the stores quick enough your just out of luck. I made the mistake last Sunday of forgetting to go to the store early and had to go out of town to get only 4 copies. And I was lucky there cause that’s all they had left! I think I’m going to try to start selling my unused/unwanted coupons on ebay as well. Maybe it’ll help with the $10+ I pay every week.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How do all of you get around the limited quantites on sales and store rewards? It seems like my drugstores are all limit one or limit 2 on the good sales and it makes buying extra papers worthless. Any ideas?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I buy 20 papers a week for 10.00 from a lady I met at the grocerry she gets a deal from the Indianapolis star and resells them to other couponers I don’t no how but I don’t care the indy star is 1.75 so paying .50 a paper is great and in Indiana we get one red plum in the mail and my lady sells redplum too so I buy 10 of those for 5.00 since we only get one a week glad I met her I was paying 20.00 for 10 papers plus I didn’t get any red plum

  24. Anonymous says:

    I buy 2 papers (on Sunday they are packaged 2 in a bundle, so I get 2 for $3.75). That, along with printable coupons (we have 3 computers) is plenty for my family of 4. The same coupons come out every month or so, so I am still able to build a stockpile. I don’t need to buy 20 of an item at once to get a nice stockpile. If I hit the library at just the right time I am able to grab a local paper with more coupons, but a group of 6 or 7 women usually clear out all 300 or so papers before anyone else gets a chance. :( I was lucky twice and was able to get one.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    I’m trying to get my Mom to coupon better, and we don’t know if it is legal to visit recycling centers (even the ones on school grounds) and take the papers. Is it? Because if it’s legal, I might as well do that and then recycle what is left.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I visit the recycling center. They always throw the unsold local Sunday papers there. I have been getting so many inserts.

    I still subscribe one Sunday paper though, because in my area, the coupons and all ads come on Sat. So I can look though them before going out to shop on Sun.

  27. angie says:

    I have to feel alittle discouraged about this newspaper thing. I am a crazy coupon shopper. I’ve couponed since May and have grown my stockpile to much over the past few months that my husband is putting shelves in our room! But I’ve only purchased 1 Sunday paper then stopped. I did it mostly for religious views since Sunday is the Sabbath. But between instore coupons, printing on-line coupons and getting the Redplum in the mail I have a huge binder full of coupons and save about 50-70% off my bill. So it’s really up to you. So even with 1-2 coupons I still have over TONS and TONS of stuff so it can happen :-)

  28. Anonymous says:

    I also started selling coupons for things I don’t use on ebay to offset the cost.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I get one paper delivered every sunday and go through the inserts when I wake up… depending on the deals, I go out to 7-11 and get coffee and up to 6 more papers, but usually only 2 or 3. If I need more coupons for something, I buy them on ebay in lots of 20, but I NEVER pay more than $2.00 for the entire lot, and only if I know I can use them the following week, since our circulars come out on Wednesday – I do all my ebay buy and pay immediately Wed nite so they arive by Monday or Tuesday in time for the sales. I give myself a budget of up to $10 for ebay coupons, but since I save about $200 EVERY week on my shopping bill, I figure $20 bucks on ebay and papers is worth it. I’m hoping in the coming weeks to bring that number down to about $15 or $12 because I’ve finally got a pretty good stockpile going. :)

  30. I worked out a deal with my paper carrier that he brings me all the extra inserts he has left over (usually around 5) and I pay him $.50 for each set of inserts! It’s a super sweet deal, I hope I never get a new carrier!

  31. I usually buy 1 paper for every member of our household. That makes 5 papers a week. Depending on the inserts I will buy 1 of each of the papers sold in my area for each member. Usually comes up to 15 papers a week. It is well worth it in the end!!!

  32. Flor Tamse says:

    Ours cost $3.00 each for San Francisco Chronicle, ouch!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Flor,

      I get the SF Chronicle too. You can sign up for a subscription and get it for $2/each. It is nice because they deliver it at 3am. I also subscribe to the SJ Mercury for less than a $1 an issue. They have dif Qs, usually the SF is better though.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Flor,

      I get the SF Chronicle too. You can sign up for a subscription and get it for $2/each. It is nice because they deliver it at 3am. I also subscribe to the SJ Mercury for less than a $1 an issue. They have dif Qs, usually the SF is better though.

    • Anonymous says:

      i recently started by Sunday only SF Chronicle for only 70 cents a week–$19.00 for 26 weeks. It came in the weekly “junk mail” as a postcard. I live in Hayward and also get the Daily Review but the Chronicle has all of the best Q’s.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I buy one paper look to see if there are good coupons and if there are the grocery store by my work sells theday old Sunday for $1.00 I usually buy 4 if there are really good, and I also have about 6 people who bring me there inserts, sometimes missing a coupon or two but those are free so I can’t complain :)

  34. Anonymous says:

    if you live near an army post check the post papers… they are free and usually include inserts…. i know everywhere i have lived they come out thurs. night/friday morning (lately the s.s has been a week behind… no biggie tho as i can do the deals friday or saturday… if they have the stock) My hubby stops in and grabs them for me on his way home from work…. b/c he’s awesome and loves me so much lol

  35. Anonymous says:

    I buy one paper look to see if there are good coupons and if there are the grocery store by my work sells theday old Sunday for $1.00 I usually buy 4 if there are really good, and I also have about 6 people who bring me there inserts, sometimes missing a coupon or two but those are free so I can’t complain :)

  36. Gael Noel says:

    need some help ladies… I live in Canada but go to the USA at least once every two weeks and want to get coupon inserts – I have emailed several recycling depots and they said they do not allow people to rummage through the paper bins..any tips or ideas for me???

  37. Megan Salois says:

    We fill up our cars with gas all on Sundays here. There is a local gas station chain that offers free Sunday papers for filling up at their station.

  38. Do coupons all come in Sunday papers? Or do newspapers include them on Wednesday or Thursday?

  39. I have 2 delivered at hom and buy more if I want them. I like an even number so I have pairs for BOGO deals.

  40. Annalyce Shufelt says:

    Unfortunately, my local paper is a whopping $3.50 per Sunday paper! I also live in a neighborhood where papers are often stolen – when I had a subscription, it wasn’t there at least 75% of the time (I even woke up early to go get it!). Now, I usually buy only one unless there are some really great coupons – otherwise, it is not worth it.

  41. Annalyce Shufelt says:

    Unfortunately, my local paper is a whopping $3.50 per Sunday paper! I also live in a neighborhood where papers are often stolen – when I had a subscription, it wasn’t there at least 75% of the time (I even woke up early to go get it!). Now, I usually buy only one unless there are some really great coupons – otherwise, it is not worth it.

  42. Beth Anne Saves says:

    I started out buying 5 papers. But then I realized with BOGO’s I needed an even number so now I only get 4 papers. And really for the 3 of us that is PLENTY. I have a HUGE stockpile in only 3 months. I even found a special with the newspaper for Sunday only for $1 after I went to a couponing workshop. So I paid $200 for all my papers for the year and I’ve saved over $1000!

  43. Heather Heinzer says:

    I just posted an article last week on how subscribing to multiple copies can be a great money saver if the free options don’t work! I’m now getting 10 copies for $6.70 per week!!

  44. Our local dollar tree has the early edition on Saturdays! It’s just a buck too. The only downside, limit 3 per customer. So I take someone with me and get 6. I have since found a better way to obtain inserts and have started my own coupon clipping service I help others with inserts through FB. It’s nice to help for a much lower cost than the $2 for a paper! :)

  45. I just buy one paper but if I see a good coupon online, I’ll use multiple computers to print more =) I’ve saved quite a bit of money doing that. I <3 couponing.

  46. Ann Mcdonald says:

    I buy 2 papers, unless there are some awesome coupons that I really want, then I buy 4. My Grandpa gives my mom and I (she is starting to coupon too) his coupons to split up. I also get a Door Store (which are weekly store fliers with the SmartSource, and Redplum coupon inserts inside) to my house and that is delivered for free!!! So free coupons! It is so cool to get it every saturday. But its kind of a hit or miss thing in some neighborhoods, my mom lives 3 minutes away and she doesnt get it.

    • Who do you contact to get the weekly store fliers sent to your house for free? Or even who do you contact to get the weekly store fliers for free?

      • Ann Mcdonald says:

        I dont contact anyone!!! Everyone in my neighborhood gets it! Im not sure how the Door Store gets money, Im guessing that the local buisnesses pay them to send out fliers. I get all the stores around me, kroger, meijer, remke, aldi, and save a lot. Its pretty awesome!

      • Ann Mcdonald says:

        I looked it up online, it looks like it might be a Cincinnati thing, not sure if other cities have something similar.

        • we get something similar on tuesdays in Portland. It has a Rite Aid ad, some local ads and a SS circular that is a mini version of the one that will come the following Sunday. Red Plum usually sends a bunch of crap ads too.

        • I live right outside Jacksonville, FL and my neighborhood gets them, too. But ours come with ads from the local stores (except Publix for some reason), a few restaurant coupons and the redplum from the following Sunday.

      • Anonymous says:

        I get Red Plum in mail, but my friend didn’t and she called Red Plum. I think she found number on line or in one of the inserts I shared with her. They put her on the mailing list and after 6 weeks she started getting them!
        So try to contact them via phone.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I was totally resistant to the multiple copies at first…then I decided to give it a try. Now I understand that it is totally worth it! Yes, I do have to pay $30 a month for the papers…but it pays for itself very quickly. It’s worth every penny to have multiple copies of each coupon to use.

    • woooow that’s incredibly unbelievable I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://fzy.co/1Sj

    • woooow that’s incredibly unbelievable I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://fzy.co/1Sj

    • Anonymous says:

      $30/year or $30/month?

      • Anonymous says:

        $30/a month. I get 5 copies each Sunday and they were $1.50 each (they just raised it to $2 so it’s going to start costing a bit more, but they tend to give you a little break if you get a subscription/delivery). So 5 papers x $1.50 each =$7.50 a week x 4 weeks=$30/month. It sounds expensive, but trust me it’s worth it. I know some can find them in recycling bins, etc for free which is great, but I just don’t have time for all that.

        • Misha Mishka says:

          our subscription is $18.40/mo for 1 paper, however, I just found out that now they offer special for couponers (additional 4 Sunday papers) just for $18. It is CHEAPER than I am paying now. So, just because of that I am calling my newspaper tomorrow. You should ask around if it’s available in your area.