There are many ways to get extra Sunday coupon inserts and the main key is that if you want to get them for free you may need to think outside of the box. But you definitely want to try to find a way to score extra coupon inserts.
Why? Because in order to save the most money and use coupons to their max potential you want to get more than one coupon so that you can buy more than one product when it is on sale. So if Kraft cheese, for example, is on sale this week for $1.99 at your local grocery store you want to buy 5, 10, 15, 20 packages of cheese using coupons on each package of cheese so that you are purchasing that cheese at its lowest price point instead of paying $3.99 for that cheese at full price when you need it because you are out of cheese. This is called stockpiling and in order to stockpile, you need multiple coupons.
- Buy extra newspapers (full price) – This is the simplest way to get multiple coupon inserts albeit the most expensive option since the Sunday edition of the newspaper usually costs more than the other days of the week. The average cost of the Sunday paper in most parts of the United States is around $2.00. However in larger cities the newspaper can carry $20, $40, $50 even $90 or more in valuable coupons. So it can actually be worth investing $2.00 per paper as long as you end up saving more money than you spent.
- Buy extra newspapers (discounted) – There are some stores that sell newspapers at a discounted rate. While this can vary regionally you may want to check out your local dollar stores and convenience stores to see if anyone in your area sells papers at a discounted rate. Another option is to call up your local newspaper company and ask them if they can offer you a discounted subscription rate for multiple issues of just the Sunday paper. Again this is hit or miss, some newspapers do this, some don’t but it never hurts to ask.
- Purchase coupon inserts from a clipping service– There are many coupon clipping services that offer the option to not just buy clipped coupons but also whole inserts. The rates can vary greatly from coupon clipping site to coupon clipping site but expect to pay anywhere from 10¢ to $1.00 per insert plus the cost of shipping.
- Glean inserts from the junk mail box if you live in an apartment – Some apartment complexes have a box next to the centrally located mail boxes where residents can toss their junk mail. This box can be a source of left over inserts as well as many non-couponers open up their paper and just toss the sale ads and coupons without even glancing at them. Also in some areas the RedPlum insert is not put in newspapers but is sent by mail, many people perceive these inserts are mere junk mail.
- Free paper – Some communities put out a free newspaper usually mid-week that contains coupon inserts. This paper is sometimes delivered door to door or/and put in coupon boxes around town free for the taking. Be sure to be mindful of any signage on these coupon boxes that limits each person to a certain number of papers. While the papers are free it is not fair to other people who want a paper, the newspaper company or their advertisers.
- Purchase coupon inserts from eBay – There are quite a few eBay sellers that sell whole inserts as well. Before buying check the seller’s feedback, previous auctions to make sure everything checks out and you are dealing with a reputable seller. Also it is wise that you find out what coupons are in the inserts you are buying. If the coupon listing does not include a list go ahead and ask the seller. Most good sellers will be willing to send you a list so that you can make sure you are getting your money’s worth. It should not go without saying that smaller cities get fewer coupons in their papers than larger cities and some unscrupulous sellers sell those smaller paper’s whole inserts and when you get your package in the mail you are very disappointed to find out that the whole inserts you just paid for have only 3 or 4 coupons in them and tons of junk pages.
- Purchase or trade coupons online – Many of the trading members right here at HotCouponworld get extra inserts (from the same sources listed right here in this article). Post in our coupon that you are ISO (In Search Of) whole inserts and see if anyone sends you a private message and you guys can work out a deal.
- Ask people you know – Out of the millions of coupons issued very few coupons are actually redeemed so that means that there is a good chance that someone you know is not using their coupons. So it can be worthwhile to ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members, PTA members, and anyone else you can think of if they would not mind saving their extra coupon inserts for you.
- Ask your newspaper carrier – It never hurts to ask the newspaper carrier what he or she does with papers that did not sell or were extras. Many carriers are not allowed to give away their extra un-sold papers as they have to return them in for redemption and credit however you just never know unless you ask.
- Ask at your local stores – Gas stations, grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores or anywhere they sell the paper can be another possible resource for whole inserts. Ask the manager (not the cashier) what they do with their leftover unsold newspapers. Some stores have to return them to the newspaper company however in some locations they just dump them in the trash. If that is the case ask if you can have them instead.
- Dumpster Dive – That right, this method may sound a little creepy, gross or extreme but for some couponers checking out what was thrown in the recycling bin by other people is a viable option as a source for extra coupon inserts. We are not actually talking about digging in a bin full of dirty garbage but instead looking in clean, paper only recycling bins. Check out the site Earth911 to find a local recycling center. Before you dive check to see if it is legal or not in your city to dive.
- Scout out places where others leave their papers behind – There are many places where other people buy a newspaper, read it and leave it behind for other customers. Take a cruise around town and visit your local coffee shop, burger joint, laundromat, diner or donut or bagel shop and see if anyone left their coupon inserts behind. While you are there you may want to try talking with the manager to see if maybe they can save those leftover papers for you.
- Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Hotels – Think about all of the places in your town that offers their guests or patients a free newspaper and then go in and ask if they would be willing to help you out by saving those leftover papers for you.
- Public Library – Many libraries get a subscription to each of the area newspapers (sometimes more than one!), visit your local library on Sunday, if they are open, or Monday morning and ask the librarian if you can have the coupon inserts from the papers.
- Craiglist, Freecycle, & other local classifieds – You may want to try posting on your local free classifieds, Craigslist and/or Freecycle to see if anyone is willing to give you their leftover coupons. If you do this be cautious about meeting strangers at their home or yours and instead try to meet the other person in a public place in broad daylight. If a person is unwilling to meet you in public pass up on their offer of coupons, it is not worth risking your life over a few extra coupons!
The biggest thing to remember if you want to get extra coupon inserts for free or cheap is to not be afraid to ask around. Couponing is not usually for the timid, you sometimes have to be willing to put yourself out there and ask. Remember the worse thing someone is going to say to you is no. Not the end of the world. However you will never know unless you ask.
How NOT get whole inserts – these methods are illegal or unethical.
– Pay for one newspaper from the coupon box and then proceed to take more than one newspaper – This is called stealing and you can be prosecuted.
– Go through the newspapers in the store and steal the coupons from inside the paper – Again, stealing you could go to jail…not worth it!
– Taking newspapers off of other peoples driveway, curb, lawn, doorstep – These people pay for their newspaper subscription you did not. Not only could you get busted for stealing but also trespassing.
– Going through people’s trash – In most municipalities it is illegal to go through curbside trash or even the recycling bins that people set out at the street. Even if it is not illegal where you live to dig in others trash you may upset your neighbors when they see you rifling through their bins. People are very concerned about identity theft (although people really should be shredding their important papers to prevent that) and don’t want others rooting around in their trash.
What other ways have you found to get extra coupon inserts? Let us know in the comments below.