Monday, March 10, 2008

Newspaper Coupons

The Sunday paper is one of the best sources for coupons. Most Sundays there will be more than one coupon insert. There are three different types of coupon inserts. They are: Smart Source, Red Plum (Valassis), and the P & G Saver. The first two typically come weekly and have varying expiration dates. The P&G Saver is usually a once-a-month insert and the coupons generally expire within 30 days.

The Sunday after a holiday, there will be no Smart Source or Red Plum inserts. This happens on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Sometimes you will still find a P&G Saver in these papers though.

You can either subscribe to the newspaper, pick up an early edition on Saturday or pick up the regular edition on Sunday. Do whatever works best for you.

The biggest money saving mistake coupon novices make is get a coupon and use it right away. Wrong! Just because you have a coupon for an item doesn't mean you have to use it right then. Wait for the item to go on sale... then use that coupon! Sales usually rotate, so if you recall a sale the previous week, hang tight... it will most likely come around again. Now that you have that coupon, it makes for a much better deal.

Once you’ve pulled all of your coupons from the paper, recylce it!

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