Welcome to Learn to Coupon... in 30 days. For the next 30 days (week days), I will be posting a couponing how to. Each day we will build on the prior days information. The goal of this series is to teach you the basics of couponing. Where to start, what coupons to use, how to use your coupons and more.This series will focus on realistic strategies for couponing. There will be some depth to the posts, so you will need to spend the time reading the posts in the entirety. Since each post will build on the day before, I suggest you read them chronologically.
Where to Find Coupons
Coupons are everywhere. 20 years ago there were only a few sources of coupons. Today, you can find coupons just about everywhere. We all know the standard Sunday newspapers – but the best coupons these days are not found in newspapers. After coupon stacking, high value coupons is another way to say big dollars.
Over the next few days, we are going to discuss some of the well known sources and not so well known sources for coupons. You can learn more about newspaper coupons and instore coupons. Today, we will discuss online sources.
In the last 18 months, printable coupons have become more main stream. Most stores accept printable coupons now. Some of the best coupons are now found online. There are two major companies that provide the “printing platforms” for companies. (essentially these companies distribute coupons). They are Bricks and Ecentives. Both of these platforms can regulate how many coupons are printed.
Printable coupons are regulated by your IP address. (You will see coupons on most platforms by your IP Address). Companies can determine how many total coupons can be printed and how many times you can print it per computer. There are some browsers that may be incompatible with printing coupons from either of these platforms. You will be required to download a print application to your computer. This allows them to control the number of prints.
Printable coupons may be reset from time to time. A reset means that if you previously printed it, you will be able to print it again. The provider has “deleted” prior printing records and everyone is able to print again.
Printable coupons may be restocked from time to time. A restock means that coupons have reach their overall print limit, and more coupons have been added. If a coupon has been restocked and you previously printed it, you may not reprint it. So for example, a coupon has 10,000 available prints and they run out. The provider adds another 5,000 prints, but knows your computers address has not been deleted.
SmartSource Coupons Online
Smartsource Coupons are found on Smartsource’s websites or on coupon blogs like FTM. Smartsource online coupons are typically not the same as the coupons in the inserts. From time to time, they may overlap. Coupons may vary by zip code. You may not always be able to “see” a coupon that another person can see. Manufacturer coupons online are targeted to certain demographics just like newspaper coupons. SmartSource coupons are added at any time and reset/restock on the first of every month.
Coupons.com is single largest collection of coupons online. Coupons may vary by zip code. You may not always be able to “see” a coupon that another person can see. Manufacturer coupons online are targeted to certain demographics just like newspaper coupons. Coupons.com coupons are added/changed at any time and reset/restock on the first of every month.
Redplum Coupons are found on Redplum websites or on coupon blogs like FTM. Redplum online coupons are typically not the same as the coupons in the inserts. From time to time, they may overlap. Coupons may vary by zip code. You may not always be able to “see” a coupon that another person can see. Manufacturer coupons online are targeted to certain demographics just like newspaper coupons. Redplum coupons are added on Sundays each week. Redplum coupons typically have very low print limits.
The coupon network is a relatively new player on the coupon scene. The Coupon Network coupons are added at anytime during the month. There are also listing of catalina offers on the coupon network.
Facebook has quickly become the hot spot for coupons. Unfortunately, many times there are limited coupons and the Facebook platform for coupon distribution has not been perfected yet. Many times a Facebook coupon offer will have issues. You can check here for a listing of updated Facebook freebies.
You can also like FTM on Facebook to get updates on Facebook Coupons.
There are more and more social sites that are offering coupons. Sign up for sites like Vocal Point, Kraft First Taste and Right @ Home. These companies all sends high value coupons. Many times, they send coupons for free items.
Don’t be shy about requesting free samples. Some of the best coupons come with the free samples. Companies like to send you a free sample to try – then hope you will use the coupon to purchase their product.
To get updates on all the coupons available, you can sign up for the Coupon News – which lists all of these coupons as they come out.
You can also search for coupons online in the Searchable Coupon Database.