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What is a Coupon & Where Can I Find It?

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I hope you all had a great week!  Last week I chatted with you about how you can get started couponing with an easy introduction to Couponing 101. This week I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Audrey.  She is the person who inspired me to start couponing and really convinced me that I could do it.  And I’m so excited for you to meet her!

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Hi all!  I’m so happy to be posting on Cook. Craft. Love. today and so thankful Meaghan invited me to talk to you all!  Last week Meaghan talked to you about how to get started.  I loved her advice about changing your mindset because it’s so true!  Now that you know how to think about couponing I’m going to tell you what a coupon is and where you can find it!

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At some point you’ve probably interacted with some kind of coupon.  A coupon is something that you can use to save money on something you purchase.  That’s it!  And a lot of people just simply ignore them or toss them in the trash!  But these little pieces of paper have serious value!  A coupon isn’t just a tangible piece of paper either.  These savings come in many different forms and can be applied to products, entire purchases, events, or services.  In this day and age pretty much any company offers coupons.  It’s just a matter of doing some research and finding the ones that do!

Now that you know what a coupon is you might be wondering where you can find them.  Like I said coupons come in many different forms and they’re pretty easy to find.  The most common ones come from your newspaper.  Luckily papers can be found pretty much anywhere.  At gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.  But it’s usually cheaper to have them delivered to your house.

The main inserts you’ll find in newspapers include RedPlum, SmartSource, and P&G.

Couponing for Beginners Series: What is a Coupon and Where Can I Find It? | Cook. Craft. Love.

You’ll see manufacturer coupons in these inserts that generally look like this.

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It’s also common to see restaurant coupons or ads in them as well.  Another type of coupon that’s growing in popularity is the internet printable.  You can find internet coupons on product websites, Facebook, Target.com, and there are even websites focused solely on coupons!  Some of these include coupons.com, redplum.com, smartsource.com, and healthyessentials.com.  You can only print 2 like coupons {unless otherwise stated} per computer and they usually look like this.

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But do you really have time to search through all these different coupons to find the ones you need each week?  Neither do I!  There are lots of different websites out there that maintain a coupon database.  You just pull up the website and use their search engine to look for active coupons.  My favorite is krazycouponlady.com.  She has a database for insert and internet coupons that tells you where to find it and when it expires!

The paper and internet coupons are two types of coupons you probably already knew about.  And while these may be the main ways to obtain coupons there are lots more options.  Target offers mobile coupons that they’ll send to your phone like a text message once you sign up for their service.  CVS and Walgreens offer mobile savings that you can add to your rewards card and they both offer rewards programs that give you cash back on items you purchase in their store!  For example, a CVS ExtraBuck prints at the bottom of your receipt and looks like this.

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Some other types of coupons you’ll see are peelies, blinkies, and tear pads.  A peelie is a coupon that is stuck to the front of a product.  Make sure you check the expiration date on these!  Sometimes they’ll expire before a store puts the product on the shelves.  They generally look like this.

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A blinkie is found in a machine near the product on the shelf and will have a blinking red light on it.  You’ll pull the coupon out, hear a little whir, and another coupon will appear.  They generally look like this.

Couponing for Beginners Series: What is a Coupon and Where Can I Find It? | Cook. Craft. Love. 

A tear pad is basically what is sounds like.  It’s a pad of coupons that is found on a product display or shelf and you can tear coupons off like a pad of paper.  They generally look like this.

Couponing for Beginners Series: What is a Coupon and Where Can I Find It? | Cook. Craft. Love.

I hope that this information has helped you on your journey to becoming a couponing pro.  Thanks so much for having me today!

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Thanks Audrey!  I love finding coupons like peelies, blinkies, and tearpads in the store because sometimes I get some fun recipe ideas from them!  I made this One Pot Chicken Alfredo after finding a peelie on a package of chicken of all things!  And the only reason these Cupcakes with Rainbow Frosting happened is because I found an online coupon for the gel food coloring.  That stuff is expensive!

If you’re new or joining us in the middle then make sure you read up on the other posts in Couponing for Beginners Series!

Did we answer all your questions about what coupons are and where to find them?  If not please leave a comment below!

Meaghan

 

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Lillian

Saturday 1st of July 2017

Hi. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm like an infant because I know nothing about couponing. So your breakdown about peelie, blinkie and tear pad coupon was really informative. I look forward to the other parts in your series and to couponing. Thank you

Edwina Joy Balthazar

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Hi, Meaghan. Your blog and this series is the first I have ever read on couponing. After suffering a serious illness last year that caused me to have to retire unexpectedly, I find myself in the unfortunate position of having to choose between paying bills or buying groceries. It finally dawned on me that couponing may be just the thing to allow me to do both.

I am so encouraged by all I have read so far and will definitely go through the entire series taking notes along the way. I am thinking I should collect coupons actively for about six weeks to build up a few prior to starting. That would probably ease up on frustration when I see posts about deals. I look forward to starting this journey with all of you. Please feel welcome to help this senior citizen with all the suggestions you have.

Happy couponing!

Meaghan

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Edwina, I'm so sorry to hear about your early retirement! I understand how hard it can be to suddenly have to make the choice between keeping the lights on or putting gas in the car and eating and it can be really scary! Couponing changed my life and I'm happy to help you do the same! Here are my best suggestions for successful couponing that may or may not be mentioned in my series. * Make a list before you go to the store and add up your pre-tax total. Whenever I don't do this I always end up missing something. A product doesn't ring up right or a coupon doesn't come off and then I pay more than I need to. Know what you're supposed to be paying before you go to make sure you don't miss anything! * Find an organizational system that works for you. There are lots of ways to do this and I talk about the two most popular in another post but find one that works just for you and you'll be 10 times more successful than if you force yourself to conform to someone else's system. * Don't feel compelled to purchase the newspaper for coupons. After about 5 or 6 months I realized that I was paying $2.50 a week for the newspaper but was printing most of my coupons off the internet so I canceled my subscription! If there's a really hot deal that I want to do I'll run to a local convenience store to buy a copy of the paper but for the most part I'm happy just being able to print them from home! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this series and if you ever have any questions you can email me directly at cookcraftloveblog@gmail.com! Good luck on your couponing journey!

~Meaghan

www.homeimprovementdaily.com

Friday 3rd of October 2014

Hey there, You have done a great job. I'll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they'll be benefited from this website.

Meaghan

Friday 3rd of October 2014

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! I hope this series helps your friends!

~Meaghan

Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal

Monday 8th of September 2014

I love the Krazy Coupon Lady! This was great info! Excited to see and learn more from this series!

Meaghan

Monday 8th of September 2014

Isn't she great?! Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see you again next week!

~Meaghan

rippednglittered

Friday 5th of September 2014

Loved this! I totally need all the help I can get with couponing!!!

Meaghan

Friday 5th of September 2014

I'm so glad this helped you! I love helping people learn how to coupon and save money! Thanks for stopping by and come back next week for how to organize all those coupons you just found!!

~Meaghan