But there are way more places to find some of the rarest high-value coupons, and you’d be surprised at how often they’re dismissed. Pay attention to these overlooked resources — it could save you…BIG TIME.
1. Free Samples
Reach out to manufacturers to order free samples (start with these 32 Best Internet Freebies You Can Request Right Now). Requesting them is easy; just head to your favorite manufacturers’ websites and Facebook. You may have to fill out a short form or download their app.
2. Manufacturer Rewards Programs
Join manufacturer rewards programs like Kellogg’s Family Rewards and Driscoll’s where you can earn points every time you purchase one of their products. Then redeem those points for high-value coupons.
Bonus: Driscoll’s will send you coupons just for joining!
3. Special-Request Manufacturer Coupons
It pays to go straight to the manufacturer — especially when you want more free coupons. Simply click on the “Contact Us” link on your favorite brands’ websites and write a short email requesting coupons.
When I did this, I got a bunch of free-product and high-value offers. Check out these 16 Companies That Will Send You Free High-Value Coupons to get started.
4. Inside Magazines
Womans’ Day and Better Homes & Gardens are just a couple magazines that offer coupons. When you’re standing in line at checkout, be sure to scan the pages of these publications to determine if it’s worth buying a copy.
5. Store Clubs and Programs
Check if your local grocery and drugstore have store clubs and programs. For instance, Publix has free baby and pet clubs. Signing up for both will get you exclusive savings and coupons. CVS has a free beauty club, which also gets you access to makeup and store coupons.
6. Monthly Retailer Coupon Books
Always, always check near the entrance of a store for a monthly coupon book. Drugstores, Whole Foods, Publix, and more retailers release a savings book full of coupons each month. Most of the time, you can use manufacturer coupons on top of any store coupon offers for bigger savings.
7. Weekly Ads
A lot of grocery stores have monthly flyers on top of the regular weekly ads. These flyers typically have coupons and deals. If you can’t find your store’s ad, ask at the customer service desk.
8. Coffee Shops
Stop by your local coffee shops and fast food joints on Sundays. Most coffee shops and restaurants get the Sunday newspaper for customers to read and often just discard the coupon inserts. Ask if you can have them.
9. Shopping Bags
10. The Library
11. In-Store Sample Stations
Don’t just grab your free sample and leave. Stop and talk to the sample-station attendant and take a close look at what’s being offered. Often, you’ll get a coupon along with your free snack.
12. Gas Stations
Ask at gas stations if you can have the unsold inserts from their newspapers. Most of the time the gas stations only have to give the first page of the unsold paper back to the carrier.
13. The Dumpster
14. Loyalty Card Scanners
Some retailers — like CVS — have coupon machines that will spew out coupons whenever you scan your loyalty card. These coupons are always store coupons, but often you can stack manufacturer coupons to score free products.
If you don’t already receive Valpak‘s blue envelope full of coupons, sign up for it — it’s free.
Also, when you sign up for a store loyalty program, always fill out your profile information. Doing this will increase your chances of receiving special store mailers with valuable coupons.
16. Product Packaging
17. Tear Pads & Blinkies
This may seem obvious to some, but for many, tear-pad coupons and blinkies (coupons that pop out of a little dispenser with a blinking light) are simply advertisements that should be ignored. Definitely don’t ignore these coupons! They’re often high-value and can only be found in retailer shopping aisles.
Hangtags are coupons or rebate forms that are attached to the necks of bottles, jars, and other products — so be on the lookout!
19. Abandoned Online Shopping Carts
Online retailers really want you to buy from their website. When you leave items in your online shopping cart, some stores (like these 7 retailers) will even send you an email asking you to complete your purchase, and in that email, you’ll often find a nice coupon to persuade you.
But you gotta go all the way through to the payment screen before abandoning your cart. Also, make sure you’re a registered user of the site so the merchant has your email address.
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