The reason people use coupons is clear: no one wants to spend money that they don’t have to. The only mystery is why more people don’t snip and save.

Do they want to pay full price? Probably not. It must be that not everyone knows just how easy it is to find coupons for pretty much anything they can think of.

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These are the main Ideas on Finding Coupons!

Printables

If you plan on printing up coupons yourself, you should probably start with one of the big three coupon sites: coupons.com, canadiansavers.ca or smartsource.com. Variety is great on these sites but there are restrictions based on area or zip code.

If you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, you may want to try and print coupons offered directly by the retailer or manufacturer. Just visit their websites and see what you can find.

Manufacturers like Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, for example, offer quite a few printable coupons on their sites and Target stores offer savings at coupons.target.com. In most cases, you will have to sign up for a membership to the site if you want to get the savings offered.

Newspaper Inserts

While the thought of clipping coupons from the newspaper discourages many people from getting started in the world of couponing, it is also a very cost-effective way of saving money in the long run.

First, you’ll need to subscribe to a newspaper. If a particular issue has a significantly larger amount of coupons, it’s worth it to go and by a few extra copies, and it’ll pay back in savings.

Most large papers will give you 2-3 coupon inserts per week and some stores, like Target, occasionally put their own coupon inserts into the newspaper.

You can Google previews of upcoming newspaper coupon inserts to better prepare. In fact, with this method, preparation and diligence are your keys to success.

In-Store Coupons

You can pick up manufacturer coupons right in the store.

You can pull them out of blinking devices known as blinkies, you’ve probably seen these.

You can tear them off displays called tearpads, but you may want to get there quick because people have been known to take all of them at once.

You can also find them on the product packaging itself, but you’re supposed to be purchasing said product if you intend to use the coupon, though not everyone follows this rule.

Other Ways

That’s not it. You can find coupons on social media sites like Facebook, this usually involves liking a page first. Also, some companies mail coupons right to your door and you can get more by contacting companies in advance.

You can sometimes find coupons attached to free samples or you can get others via Catalinas (CATS), which is when you order certain products in order. You can also find coupons in certain magazines and purchase or trade for them via forums and even eBay.

These other options are as varied as they are valuable. Next important read and step is Coupon Etiquette