Store coupons are different than manufacturer coupons because they’re issued directly by the store.
This means you can typically combine them with a manufacturer coupon and multiply your savings! We call it “stacking.”
But first, you have to know where to find these precious store coupons! Here are a few places to start:
1. Download store apps to access digital coupons.
You’ll probably have to also join a store loyalty program at a few of these, but not all.
Note that store apps often also have manufacturer coupons available. Look for percent-off coupons or wording that indicates it’s a store coupon to tell the difference.
Dollar-off coupons are usually manufacturer (not store) coupons at grocery stores.
2. Give your address out to all the stores to get coupons in the mail.
Just give your address to any store that asks for it. They’ll probably put you on their snail mail list.
Coupons in your mailbox aren’t super common, but they’re worth it when you get them.
For example, Bath & Body Works sends coupons in the mail they don’t send over email. These often include a coupon for a totally free item — no purchase necessary.
Or take Bed Bath & Beyond — their 20%-off coupon is becoming rarer, but you can still get them in your mailbox a few times a year.
3. Check a store’s weekly ad flier before you recycle it.
Before automatically recycling the stack of weekly fliers when they come, thumb through and clip out any store coupons you’ll use.
Last week I got a $10-off-a-$50 purchase coupon from the Target flier I got in the mail.
4. Dumpster dive to find store coupons at recycling centers.
It’s not like you’re someone who actually cares what other people think, right?!
Saving money can sometimes be a contact sport — contact with recycling bins, that is. Just rock it — assuming it’s safe and not breaking any laws.
5. Tap “follow” on social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Follow your favorite stores on social media and you’ll get updates on events, promotions and sometimes even coupons.
6. Look through the aisles for hanging coupons when you’re grocery shopping.
I see this most often at Fred Meyer (Kroger), but other grocery stores do it too — especially smaller, local grocery stores.
Look for store coupons hanging from a tear-off pad or from a chain or string. You can usually use one per product you’re buying.
7. Find printable coupons and online promo codes at RetailMeNot.
You can find a lot of printable store coupons and promo codes to use online for retail purchases at stores like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Office Depot and more at RetailMeNot.
Each offer indicates whether it’s an in-store coupon (printable) or an online digital code you can use.
8. Thumb through Sunday newspaper inserts for store coupons.
If you’re already looking through it and clipping newspaper coupons, you may as well be on the lookout for store coupons.
Your mileage may vary, but it never hurts to try.