Inside each Sunday paper are "Coupon Inserts" called SmartSource (SS), RedPlum (RP) or Procter & Gamble (PG). As a Krazy Coupon Lady, you will want to get between 4 and 6 Sunday Papers. Sunday newspapers are still the top source for coupons.
The first step to finding a subscription is to call your local paper's circulation department. You'll need to ask them these important questions:
- What coupon inserts does your paper carry (out of 3: SmartSource, RedPlum and Procter & Gamble)?
- 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, we say that if you can get a Sunday-only or weekend-only subscription for under $2 per week per paper or less, it's a pretty good deal*. We suggest subscribing to 4-6 copies of the Sunday paper. This way, you'll have 4-6 copies of each coupon, and you'll be able to stockpile items when they are free or cheap! For those whose papers are in the realm of $3 each or more AND for those whose papers do not carry some of the inserts OR, since coupon distribution varies by region and you live in a rural area where the insert coupons’ quantity and quality are substandard, you can purchase whole inserts online from services like Collectable Coupons, The Coupon Clippers or eBay.
*Other ways to get papers for cheaper: if you have a Dollar Tree store nearby, ask if they carry Sunday papers. Most locations do and the price is just $1.00. Also look into a Sunday Advance edition option for a possible discount.
Want newspaper coupon inserts but don't want to pay? You've got some options which include asking 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. Also, try checking out neighborhood and city Recycling Centers.