Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Use the Web to find coupons

Have you ever looked through the coupons in the paper and thought, “I don’t buy any of this stuff”?

That seems to be me every week.

About a month ago I was complaining about this at work, when one of my colleagues, Whitney, gave me a scoop about how she gets coupons for the exact products she uses week to week.

Why I never thought about this, I don’t know, because it seems so obvious – go to the Web sites of the manufacturers who produce the products that you use. Rather than wait for them to come to you with coupons, go to them.

By making a list of the products she needs at the grocery store and going to those products’ Web sites to look for coupons, Whitney said she saves roughly $30 every time she goes to the grocery store.

So I thought I’d give it a try and see what I came up with. Grabbing my pen and paper, I went through my fridge, pantry and cupboards and wrote down everything I regularly purchase at the store. Then I hit the computer, looking up each individual product’s Web site.

When it was all said and done, I came up with about $20 worth of coupons. While it wasn’t as much as I had hoped, 99 percent of the sites had a place where you can sign up to receive coupons and updates on other promotions. Some even offered free samples. Within a couple of weeks of visiting all the Web sites, I had received at least another $10 to $20 worth of coupons in my e-mail inbox. Some of the samples I signed up for also came with coupons.

(As a side note, if you’re someone who hates spam just as much as I do, sign up for a free e-mail account through yahoo, google, hotmail, etc. and use that e-mail address when you sign up on these Web sites.)

While some may be avid newspaper coupon clippers and others prefer coupon-specific Web sites, here’s another option that keeps you up-to-date on the latest offerings and coupons specific to what fills your pantry at home.
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