I've been using coupons over half my life, and have found many struggles along the way. Years ago the only way to get your coupons were in papers or flyers, but then came the internet. The internet has created such a huge database for coupons,but not without headaches. From experience I've found what does and does not work. In this article, I'm going to share a little bit about each coupon site and why it works best.
This site offers the largest selection of printable coupons from major brands. You can search by categories, brands, and/or zip codes. They usually have around $500 in coupons available to you at anytime. They also have a local section tab, this is great for finding local restaurant deals as well as shopping outlets. Perhaps my favorite thing about this site is that each coupon they offer is available to print twice (per computer)! That's right, you can get two of each coupon. Many of them are similar to the ones you might find in your Sunday paper. So if you only want to buy one Sunday paper but find a great coupon for your family, you can go online and print it out two times, ending up with three coupons total. If it's something you really want to stock up on, you can print two more from another computer in your home. I just recently did this with the $1 Ocean Spray coupon, printing 10 coupons, therefore saving $10! Coupons.com change their coupons on the 1st of each month, with one or two new coupons added daily. Halfway through the month, some of the coupons reset. This means, you can print them even if you already printed earlier in the month.
The Redplum coupon site also lets you search in various ways but has more of a health and drugstore database. You will find food coupons there but they are not as plentiful as they are on Coupons.com. Why I put this in the top four coupon sites is because you will often find high value coupons on random items. For example, there is $10 coupon on a litter box on there at the moment. You'll want to check back occasionally, as the coupons change often. You can also print two coupons per computer with Redplum.
Smartsource.com is another great site! Same as the other two above, you can print out two coupons per computer. What I've noticed most about this site over the other two is the value of the general coupons seem to be a bit higher. You'll be more apt to find $2 or $3 coupons on this site. Smartsource has a great variety of coupons. You'll find pet food, baby items, household and more. Currently there are 116 coupons available on this site.
One of the newest coupon sites is Hopster.com. I have found this one is unique because you can "boost" your coupons by doing simple activities like taking polls and/or watching videos. So if you are offered a coupon for $1 off one item, just by completing an activity your coupon increases, to say $1.50 or $2. Hopster runs on a point system and they even have a leaderboard where you can see who's saved the most money.
If you start simple, explore one site at a time, you'll be tucking away savings in no time. Each of the sites listed above have their own printer application that you will need to download before you can print. Don't worry, the sites walk you through it, and have help sections if you run into any problems. Before you start printing, you may want to change your print settings to black and white, this saves you ink, and money.