Couponing has gained immense popularity in the last century, especially with shows like Extreme Couponing. Obtaining coupons can be as simple as clipping some from your local Sunday newspaper. However, aside from this, especially if you don’t already subscribe to your local paper, there are many ways that you can get coupons without having to spend a cent. The following are a list of ways you can try to get obtain coupons for free.
- Get them from friends, relatives, and co-workers
Of all the people who get the Sunday paper, there are bound to be those who just throw out their coupons from either lack of interest or some other reason. This is the easiest place to start getting your coupons for free. Ask around with those you are familiar with and you’re sure to get some free coupons.
- Get them from Starbucks or McDonald’s on Sunday afternoons
Starbucks and McDonald’s are popular places people choose to go and read their Sunday morning papers. Some of these newspapers get left behind, meaning you can scrounge up some Starbucks and McDonald’s locations and most likely score some free coupons. Furthermore, if you know anyone who works at a Starbucks or McDonald’s on Sundays, you can always ask them to collect the left-behind Sunday papers for you.
- Get copies of extra unsold Sunday newspapers
Some places, like gas stations, will hand out extra unsold Sunday newspapers. Furthermore, if you know anyone who delivers newspapers, some places allow them to hand out any extras as well.
You yourself undoubtedly toss unwanted coupons aside, meaning others most likely do as well. Find a way to trade unwanted coupons. You can do this by exchanging with familiars like friends, relatives, and co-workers, or you can search for other local coupon groups or online forums.
- Get them from Coupon Trains
Coupon Trains work almost like trading, but among multiple people and in a train-like fashion. Starting with one individual, he or she will take some coupons from a mailed coupon and add some as well before passing it on to the next person on the mailing list, who will do the same. Coupon Trains are another excellent option for obtaining free coupons.
- Get them from your local library
Most libraries stock newspaper subscriptions and will allow you to have the coupon inserts. Make sure to ask early since they most likely do so on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Get them from your dumpster
This may not be the most glamorous way to to obtain your coupons, but if you’re someone who’s hesitant to ask others for their coupons, this is an easy way to get a bunch of them.
Stores often offer coupons on tearpads or dispensers, so be sure to keep your eyes open when pursuing any of these. Don’t hesitate to grab a few extra as well.
Getting coupons online can be as easy as just typing a search into a search engine. Just make sure the place you’re printing coupons for accepts online printable coupons.
- Get them by writing in and asking for them
The last option is writing into manufacturers and, while complimenting their products, request any coupons they may have.