How many times have you come across a great BOGO deal you could match with a coupon and wished you had a few more coupons? It's bound to happen and you'll be tempted to rush out and buy 10 more Sunday papers. But how many is too many? The answer is: Plan ahead.
Go to the Web to find coupon previews
Most coupon websites will post a preview of coupons that will be in the following Sunday's inserts. Keep in mind, these lists aren't carved in stone. The coupons themselves may vary from marketing region to marketing region and the values may change, too. But you'll get a good basic idea of the coupons you'll find in your Sunday paper. Use these lists to help determine how many Sunday papers you want to buy.
Never buy multiple papers ahead of time
Buy one paper first and check the coupons. If there aren't any coupons that spark your interest then you'd be wasting money buying multiple Sunday papers. Generally, there will be one weekend a month with very few coupons or none at all, and there won't be any on holiday weekends.
If there's a great BOGO coupon in the paper – and it's worth the investment – buy at least two copies of the paper so you can stock up and save.
Read more at "Why it pays to collect multiple coupons"
Evaluate the coupons against the price of the paper
How much does your Sunday paper cost? If it costs $2 and you want to clip $50 worth of coupons, then go for it. You'll be spending $2 to save $50. But if the only coupon you're interested in is a $.40 off coupon, then you're spending $2 to save $.60. Is it really worth it? No.
Instead of buying multiple Sunday papers every week, try this:
- Set up a weekly or bi-weekly coupon swap with family and friends
- Ask your neighbors to save their inserts for you
- Ask local merchants to save inserts from papers that don't sell
- Dumpster dive at your local recycling bin
- Contact a reputable coupon clipping service and buy only the coupons you want
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- Coupon etiquette: Mind your manners while you save
- Survey says consumers can invest one hour and cut grocery bill in half
- Maximize coupon savings: Track prices on items you buy regularly
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- Coupon tips: Would you want it if it were free?