Types of Coupons
There are two kinds of coupons: manufacturer's coupons and store coupons. Manufacturer's coupons come straight from production companies and are good at any store where their merchandise is sold.
Store coupons are store-specific coupons, for use only at a particular store or a particular location.
Sources for Coupons
The Internet is a great place to find coupons. redplum.com and smartsource.com offer a big selection of manufacturer's coupons, as well as deals on local restaurants and particular grocery stores when you enter your zip code. (Note: you must have a printer and be able to install the coupon printer application in order to use the coupons from these two sites.)
Some stores also offer digital coupons that you can "upload" to your shopper's card from their website. Kroger, for example, lets you upload up to 150 coupons to your shopper's card online - and when the cashier scans your shopper's card at the store, your coupons will automatically register on the screen. These "digi-coupons" are separate from printed coupons and are available only online. Other stores that provide digital coupons downloadable onto your shopper's card include: Albertson's, Safeway, Smith's, Von's, and Fred Meyer. Click on any of these store names - the links'll take you right where you need to be to get started! (Note: you can't register on a store's website unless you already have a shopper's card.)
Manufacturer's coupons can also sometimes be found on companies' websites, so check those out, too. They may have printable coupons or they may send out coupons by regular mail. To get your company coupon search started, here are a few companies/brands whose websites are currently offering coupons: Campbell's Soup/Swanson Broths, Listerine mouthwash, Ronzoni Pasta, and Chi Chi's salsa.
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Coupons also are sometimes sent in "mailers" or "inserts": SmartSource, for instance, might come to your house, so be sure to check what looks like junk mail for savings you can actually use before you throw these out!
Remember that sometimes buying something with a coupon is still not always the best deal. Be sure to compare brands by scanning shelf prices while you are shopping (and to check out your local store's weekly sales/ad!) to be sure you're getting the best bang for your buck!
Happy coupon cutting, peeps -- and here's to another great week of savings!