Are you clipping coupons from your Sunday paper, checking your store’s circular, and printing coupons from the internet, but you still don’t feel like you have enough to make a dent in your expenses?! Check out these creative ways to get more coupons (none of which involves dumpster diving!).
Trade with Your Friends
In one of our favorite movies, Mr. Mom, Michael Keaton starts a poker game where coupons are used instead of money. While you don’t necessarily have to gamble for them, trading coupons with friends is a great way to get rid of coupons you don’t need and get some you do in return. It's also not a bad excuse to get together! Pretty soon you'll know your friends' favorite brands almost as well as you know your own.
Create a Source for Coupons
Want even more people to trade with? How about making a “Take a Coupon, Leave a Coupon” box? Set it up at your office, or ask your library or a local cafe if you can place one there. Everyone leaves coupons they can’t use, and takes what they can. You’ll love stopping by to see what you can get your hands on.
Coupons for the Asking
Believe it or not, many stores—especially department stores—have coupons available for anyone who asks! You may not see them advertised in the store, but if you go up to the customer service counter and ask for any current coupons, don’t be surprised if you’re handed some big savings!
Coupons in the Yellow Pages
Especially if you’re looking for coupons on services like house cleaning or plumbing, the Yellow Pages are a great source of coupons. Before you recycle your phone book, take a look to see if there’s a special coupon section, and skim the ads inside to see if there are any big coupons you may want to use.
Coupons on Mall Websites
Did you know that the websites of many malls now offer coupons? If you’re headed to the mall, check their site for exclusive coupons and links to the coupons offered by the websites of the various stores inside.
Check the Post Office
Looking for coupons for big-ticket items for your home like washing machines, TVs, and more? Stop by your local post office and grab a packet for people who are moving and would like their mail forwarded. Even if you don’t fill out the forwarding card, these packets often contain coupons from stores (like big box hardware stores) targeting those who have recently moved.
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