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Are you really saving money buying coupons?
Posted By Crystal Collins On January 2, 2009 @ 12:00 pm In Couponing | 34 Comments
In my Coupon Basics for Newbies post, I talked about sources of coupons. Some of the biggest sources of coupons are the coupon inserts that come in the Sunday paper; ie. the Redplum, Smart Source and PG Brandsaver.
I’ve had several people ask me, are you really saving money by buying papers? I’ll let you in on my big secret: I rarely ever buy papers. How do I do it?
Before you get all grossed out, newspaper dumpsters are nothing to cringe at. They are only for newspapers, so you avoid dealing with any messy stuff. This past week, I stopped at the local dumpster and picked up several coupon inserts just by reaching in and picking some inserts out of some papers on the top. It’s amazing how many people don’t use the coupon inserts.
What will you need? Get one of those long grabbing tools, some kind of box/step-stool and you’re good to go.
Isn’t this illegal? It is illegal to climb inside the dumpster. Anything you can grab without climbing inside the dumpster is fair-game. Just be sure to not trespass on private property when you go newspaper diving. Check with your local laws on this.
Don’t want to newspaper dive? Here are some ways you can get coupons without buying the Sunday papers:
Can I still be saving if I do buy papers? A big YES! The cost of one set of papers can save you fifty dollars or more if you use your coupons wisely. Find the lowest price in town if you must buy the papers. On occasion I will buy the papers for a $1 from the guys who sell them on the corner.
Good luck with your endeavors, and let me know if you have any questions.
(p.s. That is not my bum sticking out of the dumpster. image source)
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