I have had several people ask me about why I “pay money” to buy coupons. To them, it seems counterproductive. I can understand why, on the surface, it might seem that way, but actually using a coupon clipping service to stock up on “hot” coupons helps me to build my stockpile and save a LOT of money in the long run.
For example, in my area, Bird’s Eye Steamfresh vegetables frequently go on sale 10/$10. My stores double and triple coupons and there are frequently coupons for $.35/1 or $.50/1 for these items which means they are free when combined with a sale price and coupons that double or triple. So, I may pay $1-2 to get 10-20 coupons, but I end up getting 10-20 bags of vegetables ($10-$20+ value) for just $1-2.
In most areas, a Sunday paper ranges from $2-$2.50 in price. You could buy multiple copies of the Sunday paper, but then you probably end up with a lot of coupons that you don’t need and a lot of extra work for yourself clipping all those coupons. Using a coupon clipping service saves time and is more cost effective for me.
How do I know which coupons to stock up on?
Typically, from my experience, if there are coupons in the Sunday inserts, a sale will follow. So, if there is a coupon in the Sunday paper for an item that your family uses regularly, it’s a good idea to purchase some extras.
If there are “high dollar” or “free” coupons for items your family uses regularly, these are also great coupons to stock up on. Examples of recent coupons I have stocked up on include the $4 Gillette razor coupons and the $2.50 Electrasol coupons.
How do I know which coupon clipping services are reliable?
Word of mouth is a great resource! You want to look for coupon clipping services with a good track record overall and good turn around time. You may also want to consider location and factor that in to how long it might take to receive your coupons.
Here are three coupon clipping services that I have used and had good experiences with:
*Collectable Coupons – There is a minimum purchase amount of $2.75 to place an order. Turn around time is quick and prices are traditionally lower than some of the other coupon clipping services.
*My Coupon Hunter ~ This is my favorite coupon clipping service. She doesn’t have minimum purchase requirements, turn around time is quick, and her communication is great! She ships from Florida.
*The Coupon Clippers ~ This was the first coupon clipping service I ever used, but their prices tend to be higher than the other two services and there are minimum order requirements ($3.94 including shipping/handling), so I don’t order from them much anymore.
How exactly do these coupon clipping services work?
The services receive a large number of inserts each week and you pay them a small fee (usually $.05-.40 depending on the coupon) to collect and send the coupons to you. You go in and select the coupons you want, pay the shipping and handling fees, and your coupons arrive within a few days!
It seems like the good coupons are always gone – Why can’t I find the coupons I want and need?
Like everything else, there are “supply and demand” issues and if there are hot coupons, they usually go quickly. Most coupon clipping services post their coupons early on Saturday (and sometimes even on Friday night), so it’s good to learn when they post their coupons and place your order early to make sure you get what you want. The Sunday coupon preview is usually posted by Wednesday or Thursday, so you can also get a “heads up” on what coupons you want to get your hands on that week!
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