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There are three main companies that put out inserts: SmartSource (SS), RedPlum (RP), and Procter & Gamble (PG).
Holiday weekends such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Labor Day tend to have fewer or no inserts. In comparison, the first weekend of the month often has the most inserts.
Here at KCL, we recommend subscribing or obtaining multiple copies of newspapers in order to have multiples of each coupon, therefore allowing you to stock up during great sales.
When to Get Fewer Newspapers
If you see that the upcoming inserts won’t have many coupons you’ll use or there will only be one insert, you may choose to only buy one or two copies of the newspaper that weekend. If it’s a holiday weekend and there won’t be any inserts, you may opt to hold your subscription for that week (often with the option of crediting your account or donating your newspaper to a local classroom) or skip the newsstands while out running errands. You will be able to see coupon previews each week here at KCL or an overall tentative schedule at SundayCouponPreview.com.
When to Stock Up on Newspapers
If there will be numerous inserts or inserts filled with your favorite coupons, it’s the time to stock up! Look into picking up additional copies at the store or newsstand (make sure to check your local Dollar Tree to see if they carry $1 Sunday newspapers!) If you don’t want to shell out extra dollars, try asking friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors for unused inserts (perhaps in exchange for some of the freebies you’ll score)!