Share by e-mail Print This Post

Extreme Couponing Tip: Tearpad Coupons 101


Extreme Couponing Tip: Tearpad Coupons 101

Tearpads: A pad of manufacturer coupons found near product on shopping aisles.  Tearpad manufacturer coupons may be used at any store, not just the one where you found the coupon. Tear pads are regional and vary by state, city, and store.

Fine print: Tearpad coupons, like blinkies and peelies, are for specific products and sizes.  Ensure that you have the right quantity listed and check that the expiration date has not passed.

Tearpad etiquette: As with peelies and blinkies, we want to make sure those who shop after us also get the chance to have access to the coupons. Leave some for others, and don’t take more than you will use.

Leave a Reply

19 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Tearpad Coupons 101”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tearpad etiquette: As with peelies and blinkies, we want to make sure those who shop after us also get the chance to have access to the coupons. Leave some for others, and don’t take more than you will use. So true! Etiquette….sometimes I wonder if people still know what that is. Sorry I am frustrated, I just got back form the grocery store after having to return the newspapers my husband went to purchase for me while I fixed lunch. When I began to got through the six papers. Only 2 had both sets of coupons! The coupons help us save enough money each week that we can afford to actually purchase the entire paper! I once witnessed a mother with her two children grab a handful of papers, put them in her cart, and headed to the clothes section. There she proceeded to take the coupon sections and insert them into one newspaper. She then handed the “coupon-less” papers to her oldest (4 or 5 years old) to take back to the stand! It still is enough to make me sick just thinking about it!

    • Julia Davis says:

      It happened to me too… Now I stand there and page through all of my papers before getting them. To top that off, my delivery man was taking out my coupon inserts and including extra sets for his friends, who happened to mention getting extra copies from him (while I was getting none). Couponing could be so much more fun, if people were conscious and considerate towards other shoppers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tearpad etiquette: As with peelies and blinkies, we want to make sure those who shop after us also get the chance to have access to the coupons. Leave some for others, and don’t take more than you will use. So true! Etiquette….sometimes I wonder if people still know what that is. Sorry I am frustrated, I just got back form the grocery store after having to return the newspapers my husband went to purchase for me while I fixed lunch. When I began to got through the six papers. Only 2 had both sets of coupons! The coupons help us save enough money each week that we can afford to actually purchase the entire paper! I once witnessed a mother with her two children grab a handful of papers, put them in her cart, and headed to the clothes section. There she proceeded to take the coupon sections and insert them into one newspaper. She then handed the “coupon-less” papers to her oldest (4 or 5 years old) to take back to the stand! It still is enough to make me sick just thinking about it!

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s too bad about what you witnessed. Don’t be afraid to stand up for the right and let them know that what they’re doing is wrong (if you catch them in the act). If they don’t listen, you may want to take it up with the store manager or newspaper and let them know.
      For more on missing inserts and how to avoid them, check out this post: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2011/07/01/missing-inserts-and-what-you-can-do/.
      Best of luck in the future!

    • Julia Davis says:

      That’s stealing!!! Those coupons have monetary value. Please don’t hesitate to report this to the store manager. Those unethical people need to be stopped. They make all couponers look bad.

  3. Amy Hathcock says:

    i always wondered what the etiquette was on the number i could take. I once found a blinkie that made yougurt $.10 and i only took 4 even though i could have used/eatten more. With blinkies there is no telling how many are left…

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s very true! And with tear pads, you don’t have to wait in 20 second intervals to get more than one :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I always forget to check for these. The best places in my experience though, are the gas stations. We don’t really have any crazy couponers in my neck of the woods, so I’m lucky to always be able to find things I’m looking for. On another note, selling coupons on Ebay has become huge, and I’m sure that is where a lot of these tear pad coupons are going.

  5. Anonymous says:

    When the KCL advertises a sale with tearpad coupons, I don’t even bother adding it to my shopping list. The tearpads are never there. Some store managers don’t bother putting them up because they don’t want to have to deal with the coupons.

    • Anonymous says:

      My mother and I shop at the same grocery chain but at different locations within our city. She always has tearpad coupons and mine are always GONE. I swear someone must get up pretty early each day just to take them all. Last week, there was a tearpad for $1 off two particular Sobe drinks. I got 5 of each (because there are 5 in my family) and two large tearpads were left. The drinks were even on sale for .88 cents each. I didn’t clear the shelves, shared the deal with fellow shoppers and still came home with plenty for my family.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s true that like most coupons, tear pads are regional and can vary from state to state, city to city, and store to store. When they are listed in a KCL match up, it’s so you can keep your eye out for them, just in case they’re there.
        And keep in mind that some popular areas might not have one person taking all of them, just many people taking a few, since grocery stores have hundreds of customers going through every day.
        But I’m glad you were able to get some of the Sobe and way to be considerate of the other customers! :)

        • Anonymous says:

          I had also considered that there were many shoppers and that might be the problem. However, I don’t live in a big city. The remainder of the tearpads are usually there — it’s just that the coupons are missing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Did you guys see some of the up coming coupons…Look below…

    $2.00/1 Neutrogena Hair Care Product, excludes trial size and gift set, limit 1 coupon per customer
    $1.00/1 Neutrogena Men Product, limit 1 coupon per customer
    $1.00/1 Neutrogena Hand or Body Lotion, limit 1 coupon per customer
    $1.00/1 Neutrogena Naturals Cleanser, limit 1 coupon per customer

    This what happens when people clear the shelves and not let others have a chance to use their coupons.

  7. Kelsea says:

    Where I live, someone ALWAYS just takes all of them. Sometimes there’s 4 tearpads on one advertisement and it’s ALL gone. It sucks..

    • Anonymous says:

      It can be frustrating, but keep in mind that some popular areas might not have one person taking all of them, just many people taking a few, since grocery stores have hundreds of customers going through every day.