Friday, January 2, 2009


You can get these  by buying a copy of your Sunday paper.  There are 3 major coupon inserts. They are Red Plum (RP), SmartSource (SS), and Proctor & Gamble (P&G). Sometimes there are extras like a UniLever (UL) or a General Mills Insert (GM).  (Get familiar with these abbreviations, because you’ll be seeing quite a bit of them) Sometimes you’ll only get one insert, sometimes two, and there may even be times that you’ll get more than three.   

You don’t have to buy the Sunday paper.  There are oodles and oodles of other ways to obtain coupons:
Inside your food packages is one place to look.  I can’t tell you how many Betty Crocker Warm Delights I have gotten for free and how many Gorton’s frozen fish products I’ve bought very cheap because of these coupons. 
Peelies:  Sometimes, the coupons are right there on the product.  Now don’t go peeling all of those off just to get coupons.  Yes…people do that and it’s one of my biggest pet peeves.   Only peel off  the ones you’ll be buying!!
Blinkie machines.  Have you ever noticed those little boxes with the blinking red light with a coupon sticking out them.  They are located right by the product that the coupon is for?  I bet your kids have lol.   Many grocery stores have them and the coupons can be used at any store that accepts coupons, not just the store that you found them in.
Tearpads:  The name says it all.  These are the coupons, you see hanging by some products that you simply tear off.  (I’ll bet the kiddos have found these as well)  They are usually manufacturer’s coupons that can be used at any store.

You can ask your friends and family for their inserts if they don’t use them. 
You can buy entire coupon inserts from coupon clipping services and on Ebay. (I have not gone this route, but there are plenty of people that do.) 
Internet printables:  There are also many online coupons you can get.   Before you try online coupons, ask your store if they accept internet printable (IP) coupons (there‘s another abbreviation for you to learn).  Many stores will accept them, but it’s always nice to know in advance.  If they do, then you can go directly to the  manufacturer’s website for printable coupons, such as General Mills, Kraft, Kellogg’s etc. Or you can go to coupon websites such as or 
Catalina’s:  These are the coupons that the cashier hands you when she hands you your receipt.  I have received many high value coupons this way! 

There are so many ways to get your paws on some coupons, so get out there and get them and then come back here and I’ll show you what to do with them next!!

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