Extreme Couponing Tip: Ensure Your Newspaper Has Inserts

It can be frustrating to get a newspaper without inserts! Follow these tips so you don’ t miss out:

No Insert Sunday
On many national holidays, newspapers carry fewer or no inserts (New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Always check the Sunday Coupon Preview before purchasing a paper. If there are no inserts that week, feel free to skip the stands.

Limited Inserts
Several newspaper companies only have a certain number of inserts and ad circulars available for distribution on any given Sunday. The first priority is to the home delivery customers, followed by newsstands and stores. If your newsstand newspaper had not inserts, this may be why: there were simply not enough that week to make it to all the stands. If possible, opt for an open store stand over a machine. A store’s open stand allows you to make sure the inserts are there.

Newspaper availability 

Some smaller newspapers have limited inserts or no inserts at all. No inserts tend to occur when an area receives RedPlum, Procter & Gamble or Smart Source in their weekly mail with store flyers. So those newspapers are less likely to carry the mailed inserts. Before subscribing, ask each newspaper company which inserts they regularly carry so you’ll know what’s missing. If you are missing inserts, contact the newspaper customer service or circulation departments and explain. Some newspapers may give you a refund, get you the inserts or send a new paper.

Remember, it is ILLEGAL to take coupon inserts from a newspaper you did not purchase. Krazy Couponers have high ethical standards and do not participate in theft of any kind, including taking inserts without paying.

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28 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Ensure Your Newspaper Has Inserts”

  1. Pat Hargrave says:

    I have home delivery and on some Sundays right on the front page it says $350.00 coupons in todays paper and then there will only be one insert. I called the circulation dept. right then on Sunday and the lady told me what inserts were supposed to be in the paper . She said she would   send out another paper ,but it had only one insert. Same problem call back nothing they could do. I have been having this problem off and on for several months now and it is very frustrating..

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d call and tell them that I don’t want a subscription to a newspaper if I’m not getting all the benefits, we’ve had to.
      usually they’ll get more serious when they know you’re wiling to drop them.

  2. Ajcoffman37 says:

    Our local Walgreens has had so many problems with people stealing inserts that they have implemented a new policy. They now hold all coupon inserts behind the counter. After you have paid for your newspaper, they will give you the coupons. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish more places did that though, then you know you’re getting all your inserts and the people who only buy the paper for the articles just get the part they would use (at Orlandos airport tower, we have people who leave the whole newspaper in a breakroom on sundays because they just wanted to read the articles, and that was the week they had the free good n natural bar coupon and the $1 sun drop)

  3. I wish more people understood its illegal to take coupons from a newspaper. My husband has recently started delivering to a large area and frequently does not get reimbursed from the company on unsold Sunday papers because someone has stolen all the coupons from them and the newspaper considers them nonreturnable. Its rude to cost someone else money to save yourself some, its not a crime against a big business, its a family mostly barely making ends meet you are ripping off when you do so!

  4. Dianne says:

    Can you go to a site on line and buy the insert. I am willing to pay for extra inserts

    • Tonyaatk says:

      THAT would be awesome. I would do that, if I could!!

    • Littleteau says:

      Fellow Krazies, before buying any inserts find out where your newspaper distributor is located. (that’s the place where the delivery people go to pick up the papers for their individual paper route…late sunday morning  (after the drivers are gone and the papers have all been delivered) you can pull any unused inserts from their dumpster. There are probably SEVERAL HUNDRED inserts  where I go. some are bundles that have never even been opened….I only pull 30-40 of ea. redplum and smartsource out each week. (scored over 60 cans of Pure Silk shaving creme for free from Stop and Shop this week)

      • Har says:

        I think that is a awesome I am going to try to find out where live to see if I could score some too

    • Anonymous says:

      I emailed Orlando Sentinel about just gettin gthe inserts once because I told them I thought it was wasteful to have multiple papers delivered when a family only needs one paper but wants multiple inserts,,, they said they can’t

  5. Jennifer says:

    Another tip is never to pick the top newspaper off of the stack. I always pull one lower in the stack because it hasn’t been touched. Most of the time when I see the top newspaper it’s mangled and no coupons to be found, let alone any of the sales flyers.

  6. Rsiserir says:

    One of the problems where I live is that the newspapers do not deliver in my area.  When I would go to town I would buy a newspaper (you have to go really early because they sell out by 9 a.m. or earlier) sometimes I would forget to check and get home without coupons or the pages I wanted would not be there.  Now I just print them off the internet or order them off ebay.  I was wasting so much money in gas and trying to get newspapers and now I am not :)  BTW, we are moving this month and I will finally get to order a newspaper and actually have it delivered to my door!  Can’t imagine the luxury :)

  7. Samantha says:

    My local grocery store is open 24 hours a day and my neighbor is a night manager there, so she saves me some coupon inserts because they need to send the papers back if they are not purchased and the coupons would be wasted. On Sunday night/Monday morning, she and my fiance sat down at the store and picked out 42 P&G inserts by hand at 2am from half of the unsold newspapers. We got them for free, but it isn’t really stealing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Awesome! As long as you get the okay from those in charge, you can score some free inserts just by asking!

  8. Iklopez15 says:

    If it’s illegal to take coupons from from a newspaper you did not purchase, then is it illegal to take coupons from the recycling center?

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on the recycling center– some do not allow individuals to go through the recyclables while others do happily. When in doubt, ask!

    • Momonabudget says:

       In my area they no longer supply news stands that are located outside of grocery store’s or restaurants etc.. on  Sunday’s because people would only pay for one copy and steal the rest.

    • Anonymous says:

      I know this is a while ago
      but my understanding is that if an item is in a companys bin (like the recycling ones provided to homes) you cannot remove from it because it is their property unless given express permission.

  9. I get home delivery to two papers, with my local paper, it’s supposed to give me the inserts first right? Because I’ve been lacking on some alot in the past few weeks and I’m tempted to take it up with the company or just drop them all together.

  10. Jennifer Trimble says:

    this doesn’t really have to do with coupons…but its another no no…the CVS i shop at is having problems with a customer or customers coming in and ripping all the clearance signs down!! i was wondering why the sales on here are never advertised at “my store” but when i scan the item…it comes up the sale price. well they finally caught on that the signs were/are being taken down…the conclusion we’ve come to is that someone wants all the good deals for themselves so they remove the tags, until they can either afford the items or pair it with a good coupon. i sure hope none of my fellow KCL’s would do anything like that….just like one of the employees told me, the put the signs up to draw customers to that item, if the signs not there, the customer isn’t aware of it being a fantastic deal! i.e. between yesterday and today i bought 9 items that were clearanced that i would have NEVER bought otherwise! 

    • Anonymous says:

      That is unbelievable! Hopefully they will catch the person.

    • That is too bad. Good (Krazy) couponers are honest (Krazy) couponers. 

    • Momonabudget says:

       Unfortunately there are a lot of selfish people out there that want all the good deals to themselves, especially now that more and more people are using coupons. In my area I always deal with the same lady who always wipes out all the drug stores that are open 24/7 and by the time I get there, there’s nothing left. I mean I understand that a great deal is hard to pass up but let’s be considerate and understand that we are not the only one’s that shop.

    • It’s also possible that a child is doing it. I have seen children in my local grocery store being allowed to do what ever they want to do just as long as they don’t bother mommy while she is shopping. The little coupon dispensers that are attached to the shelves are a favorite target for the children. The mommy will be right there and never says one word to the child who is getting the dispenser to keep spitting out the coupons.

  11. Monica says:

    Before I started getting the paper delivered, I always checked the paper before I bought the newspaper to make sure they were all there.  I would get weird looks from the cashiers, but I didn’t care.  Also, I noticed that the inserts were sometimes better when they were delivered to the house than at the store.  Now I just have 2 papers delivered on Sunday.

    • Momonabudget says:

       I use to the same at my local grocery store they would look at me like I was nuts. I also noticed that there’s better inserts when you get home delivery