How to Get Multiple Coupon Inserts

inserts1 How to Get Multiple Coupon Inserts
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These are questions I am getting often these days “How do most people get FOUR coupons from the weekly inserts? Do you buy four Sunday papers?” Well, that’s an option. Here are other alternatives for getting your hands on multiple coupon inserts:

  • Buy multiple newspapers: This is perhaps the easiest one, though not the cheapest. Usually Sunday versions of the newspaper cost higher than everyday versions. To work around that I suggest you check your local dollar store to see if they carry Sunday newspapers. Another option is to find a cheaper newspaper. If you take a look at your coupon inserts, on the spine of it on very tiny print you will find the list of newspapers that carry that version of those inserts. See if you can find a cheaper alternative among those listed.
  • Buy multiple inserts: You also have the alternative of just buying the inserts. Of the top of my head I know “Coupons and Things by Dede” offers the service. I am sure you can find full inserts being auctioned on that big auction site.  Please make sure to make a cost/benefit analysis before you decide to use any coupon clipping service.
  • Ask friends, family and neighbors: It is a fact that coupon users are a minority. Chances are friends and family are throwing away their coupon inserts intact or mostly intact. Don’t be afraid to ask them for their copies. For them it may be a free way to lend a hand.  Plus you can also show them your gratefulness by sharing some of your freebies with them.
  • Make friends with paper delivery person: It is very likely that the person who delivers your Sunday newspaper has a surplus of newspapers at the end of his/her run. Leave him/her a note saying you would like to get in touch with her. When she gets in touch with you explain to her that you would like to get your hands in multiple coupon inserts and if she has any left when she’s done delivering newspapers. Offer to pay for them or maybe to share with her some of the freebies you score. I have a friend who has worked this arrangement with her delivery person and she keeps the delivery person well stocked with the free goodies she’s able to score with multiple coupons.
  • Take a walk around neighborhood: another option is to take a walk around your neighborhood before the recycling truck visits and pick newspaper inserts from your neighbor’s bins. If this is too close for comfort maybe you can hit another neighborhood? I have to admit this is a little too gutsy for me and I would be more comfortable exploring the last option:
  • Take a dive: Not in the pool, in the dumpster! Dumpster diving is perhaps the cheapest way to get your hands on lots of coupon inserts. First, make sure you find out if it is legal to dumpster dive in your state. Then all you need to do is find a recycling bin, someone to go with and take the plunge, literally, ha ha! For more information on some tools to make dumpster diving easier make sure to check this post.

However, I also want to take the time of ways NOT to get multiple coupon inserts.  I have also received emails and comments from readers sharing these:

  • Take all of the newspapers inside the newspaper box when you have only paid for one.
  • Take the coupon inserts from other newspapers in the stack at the store when you are only paying for one newspaper.

What other creative ways for getting multiple coupon inserts have you found?  Share them with us to help others who are looking for help with this.

Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    Don’t take them from in front of your neighbors door either – it’s really not appreciative!

  2. Mary Cherrix says:

    I love going to the recycle bins. I feel like I’m recycling and I’ve met other couponers there :-)

  3. Karen says:

    I buy mine on Saturday. Our local paper puts all the ads and coupons in the Saturday paper and it sells for 75 cents. The Sunday paper with the same stuff is $1.50. The Sunday paper includes a second newspaper from the nearby metro area, but hey, I can get all that news on the internet for free! :)

  4. Toni says:

    I go online and print them 2 more times :)

  5. Anna says:

    Our local newspaper lets you buy extra papers for much less the day after delivery. (Usually 1.50 and day after they sell them for .50) I do this when I see there are for sure coupons I want

  6. Lydia M. says:

    I visit my local Starbucks on Sunday mornings and am able to pick up a few extra copies of the inserts there. Also, my colleagues at work now bring me their inserts since I started “Freebie Fridays” to share my stockpile with them.

  7. karen says:

    I hope most of us don`t follow the advise of some readers to steal inserts. Because those of us who try to get them honestly to use for our own family, won`t be able to find any. I can`t beilive someone would steal to save a few dollars.Some times you have to be happy with what you have.

    • nikki E says:

      I feel like “karma” returns in those situations. I coupon as honestly and fairly as possible because I sense that if I do not then it will come back to me one way or another. Maybe a coupon will get rejected in my near future or I can’t find a great item in stock, ya never know! haha. So, even if there is a good peelie, I only take a few. Of course, I go back later or the next day to see if there are any left and take some more :) Hey, I give others a chance! :)

  8. Zule says:

    My daughter’s elementary school has 2 HUGE recycle bins of paper, so Monday’s when I drop her off to school I park my car wait for the bell and after everybodies gone I dumpster dive! It’s awesome! I get sunday inserts, plus I’ve found other goodies such as home mailers.

  9. Hilda says:

    I’m all for the “coupon walk” on recycling day-in my own neighborhood or others. Best of all, in my area, is to score some Boston Globe coupons along with my area coupons as the BG’s are often different. I also pick up Coke points, Fresh Step Paw Points, Kohl’s Cash (the ones they send out on a postcard-you’d be surprised but people do just throw them away…I know, might as well just throw away money), Victoria’s Secret coupons….I could go on and on. Of course, I try not to dig too much and I always put everything back neater than I found it. The Sunday papers stay on sale in the 2 major grocery stores (Shaw’s & Hannaford) for as long as they last and I believe that it’s 25 cents off at Shaw’s with your Rewards Card.

    What I want to know is how did the guy on “Extreme Couponing” get 100+ of the $5 Target Jeans coupon, LEGALLY? I suppose maybe everyone in his church printed 2 of them? Still, seems sketchy…..

    • Jenn says:

      I know~I’ve only seen clips of Extreme Couponing, I wanted to know how that woman go ahold of IDK like 1200 inserts?? All I want is maybe 6, lol….

    • Heather says:

      I thought the same about the target jeans coupons. Photo copying is still fraud and really awful!

  10. Being on the receiving end of purchasing Sunday papers with no coupon inserts is maddening. Don’t steal. It’s wrong and it’s wrong. There’s no other way around it. Find legitimate means to get your hands on coupons. Two more dollars is not going to kill you.

  11. Robin says:

    I’m a dumpster diver AND neighborhood gal. I have not paid for a newspaper yet, and have gotten most of the great deals you’ve listed! I HAVE purchased sets of coupons on ebay for the really hot deals tho.
    The newspaper people are often at my gorcery store trying to get new subscribers and ask me where I get my Sunday newspaper. I just smile and tell them It depends on whatever is most convenient that week:)

  12. Karen Vaughan says:

    I live in the Atlanta area and here, there are often newspaper delivery people selling the Sunday paper on Saturday for $1 on street corners. I try to schedule my errands so I’m passing them and then I grab 2-3 from them, depending on how good the inserts are projected to be. They also sell double sets in the grocery stores and Walmart on Sunday for $3 which is cheaper than buying two at $2 each. Last week I bought the paper at Publix expecting all the inserts but when I read it (close to midnight on Sunday), I found that someone had stolen the inserts! NOT COOL! Please don’t do that, it’s STEALING! The newspaper refunded my money but I’m left without the PG insert for the month. Sniff, sniff…

    • leslie says:

      I have had that happen to me to. from a paperbox on the street. I check all my papers before buying. I have been accused of stealing them. I said no I got an empty paper last time.

  13. GME says:

    Be careful about going through the recycling bins in your city. In our city, once the recycling bin is street-side and ready for pick-up, the contents belong to the city and anyone caught removing *anything* from them is subject to prosecution. (this was on our local news a year or two ago). So, that advice should be offered with the caveat to check your city’s laws on going through neighborhood recycling bins.

  14. Nan M says:

    Thanks so much. I’ve been couponing for almost and year and missed the obvious….. ask my family & friends for the inserts when they’re done. I know most people only cut out 1 or 2 that they know they’ll use.

  15. Char says:

    i buy 2 papers on saturday that has ALL of the coupons and its only .50! i have also asked my local convenience store (mom & pop type) to save any left over papers. i pick them up on monday. all you have to do is ask!

  16. Heather says:

    I purchased my local paper from someone selling it at the store on a weekend for dupe cheap. When renewal came around I asked what it would cost to get extra copies delivered on Sunday’s only and got the other copies at about 50% off of what I pay for my first copy. So needless to say I get 7 days a week and 2 on Sundays for only $52. Thats only a dollar a week! So call your paper and ask for a discount on multiple copies, LEGALLY and HONESTLY!!!

  17. Dani M says:

    about 1/2 of what you have suggested is illegal. Dumpster diving, asking your delivery guy, and buying online. Asking people for theirs is fine but you should always check with the CIC (Coupon Information Corp) and News America (aka SmartSource).

  18. LMAO, this was rather amusing to read. Have you used that site you mentioned about ordering more from?
    We recently set up a coupon club, between my mom & my best friend. We shimmy the packets thru each other and we all take what we need. Then i’ve started hitting the websites to print as well.

  19. Mary says:

    My husband manages a restaurant that gets a daily paper. On Sundays I visit him at work and he lets me take the coupons out of the paper. Also, both my sister and I clip coupons. Luckily we don’t use a lot of the same products (she has kids, I have a dog) so every Sunday we call each other and go through the inserts together and I clip coupons she wants and vice versa.

  20. Delores says:

    Check with local assisted living vacalties – people there get their own papers and usually don’t use the coupons. Ask at the front desk if you can get the coupons from their recycle bin. I have had much
    success this way.

  21. nmls29 says:

    I use my eb’s to buy the sunday paper and also do my shopping while im there.

    • News Paper employee says:

      The sunday paper is more than half of the price of the retail copies to be delivered.

  22. jose says:

    How do you get good deals on groceries? All I am able to get deals on are personal care products. I’m still paying close to $200 on groceries with coupons. There are no double coupon days here.

  23. mommylove says:

    I always print off the computer at home, my husband does it at work, I get multiple papers depending on the inserts for the week. My favorite getting them from my mom. She is a district manager for home delivery for the local paper and the Washington Post. The post is awsome it normally will have all the inserts twice in the same paper. Get twice the savings. I will use my kids friends to get them from their parents. For the really awesome deals I will use clipping services. I supply a lot of friends with my freebies and the local food bank.

  24. Tina says:

    I never ever have to pay for my coupon inserts i get one in the mail my parents save theres for me it normally has diferent coupons in it they allso deliver the projo so they save me the extras also my husbands grandmother saves me hers and she collects them from work for me and from fam i do not see weekly i also trade coupons with a friend

  25. Pat says:

    recently I learned that taking the ” extra” inserts from expired unsold newspapers or delivery trucks is extremely illegal. And all those involved are subject to criminal prosecution as is dumpster diving. I hope there is another free way to get inserts because it doesn’t save me money to have to spend 100$ a month in newspapers to save $50 .

  26. Ryan Olivas says:

    My 99 cent store has them for 99 cents which is a steal because they normally sell for 1.75 everywhere else also check your elementary school they sometimes have the sunday papers delivered that they did not deliver for free for projects that are dirty.

  27. News Paper employee says:

    Make friends with paper delivery person: It is very likely that the person who delivers your Sunday newspaper has a surplus of newspapers at the end of his/her run. Leave him/her a note saying you would like to get in touch with her. When she gets in touch with you explain to her that you would like to get your hands in multiple coupon inserts and if she has any left when she’s done delivering newspapers. Offer to pay for them or maybe to share with her some of the freebies you score. I have a friend who has worked this arrangement with her delivery person and she keeps the delivery person well stocked with the free goodies she’s able to score with multiple coupons

    In regards to this statement. First of all you are probably getting this paper delivery driver watched for stealing papers. All News Papers companies have a contract with the Inserts companies to destroy any left over. There are huge fines if caught being involved with this activity. The drivers pay for each copy that they have to deliver and if caught taking any extra is grounds for legal action. Please take this post down or revise it so that people are not implicated in illegal activity.

    Concerned.

  28. Amanda says:

    This is not true at all. My newspaper place in my local area lets me have 10-12 inserts every sunday for free. They told me all they did is the front page of each newspaper. Perhaps you should make sure you know what you’re talking about before saying “All Newspaper companies”? Get educated.

  29. Jen says:

    Obviously not true for all newspaper because we just called our local paper and they said they would deliver extra inserts to us for free- no problem. We live in a very large metro area on the east coast.

  30. Sunshyne says:

    Actually it’s not illegal, unless it’s a local thing. When my mom worked as a delivery person she was for any surplus at a very discounted rate if she didn’t want to turn them in. So people would buy them for her for less than the subscriptions were for and she’d just pay for the surplus papers out of that.

    I’d say check your local laws.

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