Since the popularity of TLC’s Extreme Couponing television show has become widespread there have been numerous stories about people dumpster diving and even being arrested for taking extra coupons out of newspaper vending machines, and picking up leftover newspapers off of trash cans in order to get their hands on more coupons. Although many newspaper publishers are happy that people are wanting more papers, they’re also trying to educate people so they’ll quit stealing from their neighbors’ driveways and so they’ll understand that the thefts are hurting the delivery people who have to pay for those missing newspapers.
September is National Coupon Month so I thought it would be a great time to discuss some legal and ethical ways to collect additional coupons. The easiest way of course is to buy extra newspapers when it’s a good week for inserts. Check out the coupon insert schedule so you’ll always know in advance when it’s worth the investment. There are also plenty of ways to get free coupons:
- Ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who aren’t couponers if they’ll save their inserts for you.
- Join online coupon forums where members trade their extra coupons with one another.
- Look for or start your own local coupon club and share coupons with other members.
- Sign up for free programs like VocalPoint and Kraft First Taste to get notified by email when coupons become available.
- Visit the websites of major brands for printable coupons like BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, and General Mills.
- Follow your favorite brands on Twitter and Facebook so you’ll be notified when they release special coupons.
- Bookmark the major coupon sites and visit a few times a month to print your favorites as they’re constantly releasing new printable coupons:
Make a habit of doing these things and you won’t have to jump in any dirty dumpsters or swipe your neighbor’s paper to save a bundle on your grocery bill!
About the Author: Denise Hoyle is the creator of the Coupon Clutch binder cover and epattern, and she enjoys being a work-at-home mom of five year old quadruplets and a seven year old son. Keep up with her at Shopper Strategy where she blogs about shopping, deals and strategies for saving money.