People always ask me “Where do you get your coupons?”.  The answer is everywhere!  No, seriously, I get them in the paper, online, in stores, and in magazines. 

Newspapers:  Now you may ask, “Doesn’t it cost money to get the newspaper?”. Of course it does, but we pay $1.00 a week for delivery of the Virginia Pilot on Sundays and  Wednesdays (see deal HERE).  We could pay for it everyday, but why waste the money? We are looking for deals and coupons.  Sales papers and coupons come in the Sunday edition and grocery sale papers come in the Wednesday editions.  Smartsource and Red Plum coupons come every Sunday.  Proctor and Gamble coupons come once a month, sometimes twice a month.  The savings in these inserts are generally $20.00 each so of course the newspaper fee is well worth it.

Internet:  There are many sites out there on the internet but the ones I find most user friendly are HERE and coupons.comHERE You do need to install their coupon printer program, but it is free.

Store Printables:  Many grocery stores now print coupons with your receipt.  These coupons can only be used at the store which prints them, but they are usually good deals and relevant to your usual shopping needs.

Store Aisles/”Blinkies”:  How many times have you been grocery shopping and seen the tearpads of coupons or the “blinkie” that spit out coupons?  Almost every store has them. Whether you need the item during that trip or not, TAKE IT!  These coupons are free and there for the using.  I usually take 2; Hey, you never know…..

Magazines:  I have never bought a magazine strictly for their coupons.  I have however used coupons I find in certain magazines such as Parenting and Good Housekeeping.  From another viewpoint, several frugal sites swear by the method of buying magazines that are well known for coupons.  It has even been reported that there are up to $25.00 worth of savings in some magazines.  The best one I have read reports of is All You Magazine (AY) available at Walmart. 

Bottom line:  If you recieve coupons in the mail or the newpaper, CLIP THEM.  You never know if they may lead to a “free purchase”.  Worst case scenerio is you clip it and end up throwing it away due to an expiration date (oh the horror!).  Remember, you can always clip a coupon and pass it to a friend that may want or frequently buy that item. I have passed coupons to friends many times and there is nothing better than receiving a clipped coupon unexpectedly!

Some online sites that offer coupons, rebates, and cash back on purchases are listed below
Cellfire Coupons

Free Coupon Alerts

Organizing Your Coupons

Ahh, this is such an important topic!  The quote “To each their own” definitely fits here.  Since I have only really gotten into couponing in the last year, my organization is still a work in progress.  I like to try out the different methods I find on other blogs for a couple of months and then if the method and I aren’t a good fit, then I move on.  I will show you the methods I have tried so far,give you my personal negatives and positives, and then give you some additional resources to check out so you can pick your preferred method.

My first organizer:
I got this one at the Dollar Tree. It served it’s purpose for about 4 months.  Then I outgrew it.  It had about 12 slots inside.  The positives of this one is that it is perfect for the person just beginning to use coupons and it is very easy to transport to the store during shopping trips. It’s negatives are that you can’t customize the tabs and you will quickly outgrow it if you really decide that coupons are a part of your life.
My 2nd organizer
I purchased this larger accordian organizer in the dollar section at Target.  The positives of this one are that it had more slots than the first one and I could customize the tabs to the categories I felt made sense for my shopping needs.  The negative is that I once again outgrew it. I wanted more categories for my coupons.
My 3rd and current organization method
I borrowed this idea from moneysavingmom.  The tupperware container and index cards came from the Dollar Tree, and the envelopes are from Walmart for 98 cents.  This took a long time to put together.  So far I am pretty happy with it.  The positive to this method is that I have a ton more categories to sort the coupons into and there is room for the “bigger coupons” in the back or on the side.  I have a lot of the same categories as moneysaving mom listed in the link above, but I also added an “About to expire” envelope.  Another positive is that I spend less money with this method.  My earlier organizers were small enough to go to the store with me but this sometimes led to buying items not on my shopping list.  I would see a good price on something and know I had a coupon, so I would buy it.  Now getting a great price is awesome, but not when you have a certain budget to spend and the item is not something you need.  You should only buy items like that if they are free!  With this method, I look at the ads, match the coupons, make a shopping list, put my coupons in one envelope, and hit the store with that envelope.  If I happen to see a free item or one that will be a few cents after coupons, then I have time to think about the purchase on my way home and I get to make a better shopping decision.
Here are some other sites that have examples of how to organize coupons:

When posting certain deals at stores I will use abbreviations for coupons. See the key below to help you know what coupons to use and where to find them!

SS: Smartsource (Sunday paper)

RP: Redplum (Sunday paper)

P&G: insert usually sent out once a month by Proctor and Gamble

GM: General Mills

AY: All You Magazine (available at Walmart)

Printable: Coupons printed from the internet either from or