- My first rule of thumb when couponing is to become familiar with the coupon policies put in place at your local retailers and grocery stores. Secondly, follow the rules stated on the coupons, and only use them for the items listed or printed. By doing so, you increase your chances of avoiding Check-Out Drama when there are 20 people in the line behind you, a child in total meltdown, and the already treacherous purse search for your debit card!
Where do you find coupons?
Coupons can be found in many places. Most well-known are the Sunday paper and the Internet. The Sunday papers will vary according to your region and/or the paper you receive. For example, we receive a smaller local Sunday paper, Gwinnett Daily Post, opposed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Accordingly, our coupons are usually in smaller or edited quantities. There are three main coupon inserts for the Sunday Paper:
SmartSource (SS): Runs Weekly
RedPlum (RP): Runs Weekly
Proctor and Gamble (P&G): Runs Monthly
Outside of the Sunday paper, the next, and perhaps most popular source, for coupons is the internet. There are several reputable sources for internet printable coupons. Again, before you print a stack of coupons, make sure your intended retail or grocery store accepts internet printable coupons. (If you are local and unsure, shoot me an email! I'm pretty familair with most retailers in Georgia. ) Here are the four primary internet sources I use for printing coupons:
www.cellfire.com : Provides downloadable coupons which load to your preferred shopper's card such as a Kroger Plus Card. No Clipping required!)
There are some special rules which apply to printable internet coupons. First, and most important, never ever ever make photocopies or abuse printable coupons. Each coupon prints with a unique bar code or identification number, so they cannot be replicated. Each website sets a print limit on their coupons. (Most allow 2 prints per IP Address.)Check back in for the next part of the Financial Drama mini-series which will focus on using coupons to get the best deals!