Are you wondering: How can I get free Sunday newspaper coupons?

That’s a great question. We’ve found some thinking-out-of-the box ways to get free (or super cheap) coupon inserts without subscribing to the Sunday newspaper. Check it out!

 

But first — the 411 on Sunday newspaper coupon inserts:

Inside each Sunday paper are coupon booklets, also known as “freestanding inserts.” There are three different inserts that come out on a regular basis: Smart Source (SS), RetailMeNot Everyday (RMN, formerly Red Plum), and Procter & Gamble (PG). Here at KCL, we break down exactly how to use coupons from each of these inserts in order to score huge savings on each product.

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1. Look for free local papers like Your Essential Shopper (also known as Yes!).

Some cities publish free local newspapers that carry coupon inserts. One newspaper, called Yes!, is found in several cities and is actually delivered right to your door for free (do a Google search to see if Yes! is available in your city).

Sometimes you can spot free local papers like these around town on Sunday morning — just be sure to only grab a few from each location. You don’t want to wipe out the entire supply in one spot.

 

2. Contact your local recycling center, and see if they’ll let you go through their bins.

Locate your nearest center here.

 

 

3. Call local schools and see if they have a newspaper recycling program.

Many schools have newspaper programs to help get kids involved in the local and national news — that means a recycle bin (with tons of coupon inserts) in almost every classroom!

 

4. Ask gas station and convenience store managers if you can have their unsold newspaper inserts.

Check with the gas stations and convenience stores around town. In some cities, the gas stations only have to give the first page of the unsold paper back to the carrier. What do they do with the rest of the leftover papers? Toss them in the trash!

Ask the manager if they’d save the newspapers for you (or at least the inserts). Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t work everywhere — some newspaper carriers actually come and collect all of the old papers.

 

5. Go dumpster diving.

Hey, if you don’t mind getting a little dirty to save money, try it for yourself. It’s not so bad.

 

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6. Ask neighbors if you can have their unwanted inserts.

There are usually tons of old newspaper coupons in my neighbors’ curbside recycle bins. Most of my neighbors are okay with me taking their discarded inserts, but definitely double-check with yours before you go rifling through their trash.

 

7. Find discounted Sunday papers on Monday mornings.

I like to scout out my favorite grocery stores on Monday morning, where I usually find discounted Sunday newspapers. Once, the manager even let me have some for free!

 

8. Check coffee shops and fast food restaurants where you’re a patron.

 

 

9. Ask a librarian if you can have the coupon inserts in the library’s Sunday papers.

Your local library probably receives the Sunday paper along with all of its coupon inserts. Check with them to see if you can go through the papers on Monday.

 

10. Go to the dollar store.

Most Dollar Trees sell $1 newspapers on Sunday, but make sure to get there early in order to snag one. Please take only one or two so other couponers can reap the savings as well!

 

11. Dig into the surplus of unwanted coupons near your mailbox.

This is especially applicable if you live in an apartment and/or share a common mail room. Grab those unwanted coupons your neighbors left behind!

 

Still can’t find free newspaper coupons? Don’t fret. Get printable coupons for free.

Check out KCL’s database of free printable coupons. We list coupons from Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, RetailMeNot.com and more.

So even if you refuse to get a newspaper subscription or are afraid your neighbor is going to think you’re a weirdo for digging through their trash, you can still score amazing savings by printing coupons from home — for free!

 

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11 Ways to Get Free Sunday Newspaper Coupons