There are 2 main ways to get coupons: sunday paper inserts & online coupons:
The old way I use to clip coupons from the inserts, and I’m sure some of you still do, is to flip through and only clip coupons that you think you’ll use. WRONG! Start collecting those inserts, that way when a deal pops up, you can take out that insert and clip that coupon! I clip the coupons that I know I will absolutely be using and then file away the rest of the inserts. We will focus on how to organize your coupons in another post. I usually get 2-3 inserts a week, but it is up to you how many you want. You can call around and see where the cheapest paper is, ask friends and family or check out Discounted Newspaper Subscriptions.
Then you can start printing coupons online to add to your collection as well. I’ll try to post whatever deals I see, but it’s also good to check whenever you can as these are updated often. Coupons.com, Smart Source, and Red Plum are great places to print from. When printing coupons from online you will have to download a coupon printer beforehand, this is a one time thing and you shouldn’t have to download it again. Usually internet coupons have a limit of 2, so having more than one computer to print from is also helpful. Just remember, photocopying coupons is a crime, never do that!
Once you get into couponing you will start to realize which coupons are hot, and you’ll also start to see coupons everywhere!
The next thing you’ll want to familiarize yourself with when beginning to coupon is your stores coupon policy. Many will have them posted online, on their facebook fan page, or at customer service in the store. I will try to link to the stores policy when ever I mention them, or maybe even make a post about different stores policies, but they do change! Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of stores change their policies due to coupon fraud!
Continue your learning by following the Couponing 101 series!