Just joining us? Welcome to the NEW SCS Series: Couponing in California. This is a basic overview of couponing in California (or anywhere for that matter) and how to get started! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here
There are lots of sources for coupons. They are all over the place sometimes! Here are the main ones that you will be able to get often:
Sunday paper: Normally there are two regular inserts: Red Plum and Smartsource. Once a month there is a P&G insert. I get 5 papers just so I can have a good amount of coupons. (There are times when there are awesome deals that require you to have multiples of the same coupon)
-Most of the time the Red Plum and Smart Source online sites contain the same coupons as the newspaper.
Now, if you are in desperate need of multiple coupons but you don’t want to buy a ton of newspapers then there are coupon clipping sites where you pay per coupon. These are usually priced at 10% of the coupon value. I recommend:
Some tips on collecting coupons:
- If you are serious about saving money, The General rule is to purchase 1 Sunday paper for every person in your family.
- Some coupon inserts are regional; meaning you may have a different coupon than someone living across the country or even in the next county. (if you are in the So Cal area I suggest the LA Times, it usually has all the good coupons!)
Store specific Coupons:
- These are coupons that can only be used at the specified store, unless otherwise stated.
- Rite Aid Ad Perk (watch a short video in exchange for a coupon on that product)
- Target.com (scroll to the bottom of the page and look for coupons tab) Note: Target Coupons state “TARGET WEB Coupon at top” not all of the coupons on this site are Target coupons.
A great magazine that is sold at Walmart is All You. Its priced at about $2.50 and has great coupons. Right now, you can snag a great deal on All You– Buy One Get One Free. This Magazine Practically Pays for itself with all of the great coupons inside.
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