Coupons are generally distributed by manufacturers, though some are also issued by individual stores. Generally, store coupons can only be used at the issuing store, while manufacturer's coupons can be used at any retailer that will accept them. The only exception to the store-coupon rule is when you have another store that is willing to take competitor's coupons.
The most popular way to obtain coupons is through your local newspaper. Most major publications include coupon inserts in their Sunday edition, but if you live in a large metropolitan region, you may also be able to find them in the Thursday paper. If you're unsure if your local newspaper includes coupon inserts, give them a call or check with major coupon distributors, such as P&G Brand Saver or CouponChief.
Watching Your Mail Closely: Stores and manufacturers routinely mail out coupons. Keep a closer eye on your mail to find flyers, inserts and postcards with coupons. Make sure that you open all mail (even if it looks like junk mail) to see what's hiding inside.
Requesting Them: Do you have a favorite brand or store? Check out their website or send them an email, and let them know how much of a valued customer you are. While you're at it, ask them if they have any coupons they can send you. More often than not, they'll direct you to a special coupon section on their website or even send you a few goodies through standard mail.
Get in Touch Through Social Media: Websites like Facebook and Twitter have made themselves at home in our everyday lives. Just about everyone has a social presence these days -- including manufacturers and retailers. Follow these brands and stores on social media to keep up to date on the latest sales, specials -- and you guessed it -- coupons.
Join the Club: … a coupon-trading club, that is! Whether you're a mom, a student, a busy professionalor somewhere in between, there's a club somewhere that will take you in with open arms. The most convenient coupon-trading clubs will be those that are local to you. Check with your local library or newspaper to see if there are any clubs that meet in your area. If you can't find any, turn your attention online. Look on Facebook to find both regional and national coupon-trading groups. The only downside to these kinds of groups is that you'll have to mail out your coupons or wait for yours to arrive. This means you have to plan well to ensure you receive your coupons in time for the right sale or use them before the expiration date.
Pay to Save: Despite the fact that most coupons have very clear verbiage in the terms and conditions banning their sale, you'll still find that there are many places online where you can buy and sell coupons. While some of these avenues are reputable (or as reputable as they can be considering that you're violating a coupon's terms), buying coupons online is risky. In the event your seller doesn't deliver on his promise, you won't have much recourse. Selling platforms like eBay prohibit the sale of coupons, and payment processors like PayPal are likely to direct you to a coupon's terms and conditions regarding sales when denying your request for a refund from an !5 unscrupulous seller. The bottom line: if you're really trying to save money, avoid buying coupons.
Printing Coupons from Home: If you've got internet access and a printer, you can print coupons from home! There are a number of reputable sources online, such as Couponchief that offer genuine coupons that you can print and use at your favorite stores.
Printable coupons function the same way as coupons you receive from other sources; however, there are some special rules that you must keep in mind when printing and using these types of certificates: