One of the cardinal rules of Extreme Couponing is “The more coupons you have, the more deals you can do“..which is why I’m always on the hunt for coupons. I personally don’t dumpster dive (not knocking it though ;), so I use a different approach which is buying coupons online.
I like to buy whole inserts online to make up for the regional differences in the coupons. We all know how disappointing it is to be waiting for a hot coupon only to find out that your region didn’t get it. So, I buy whole inserts online so I CAN get those high value coupons.
Cost: You can expect to pay anywhere from $.50 – $1.50 per insert depending on how many coupons are in it. There are also subscription services available which charge you a weekly fee for a certain number of inserts.
Sometimes I’ll take a look at my sales flyer preview and notice that an item is going to be on sale and with a certain coupon, I’ll be able to pick it up FREE. At that point I’ll usually go online and purchase multiples of that coupon.
Example: Nivea Bodywash was $3.00 at Walmart. There was a $3.00 coupon in the Sunday paper. I went online and purchased 20 coupons for $3.75, I then went and bough 20 bottles of Nivea bodywash for FREE. Total: $3.75 (cost of coupons) for 20 bottles!
Cost: You can expect to pay anywhere from $.10 – $1.00 per coupon depending on how high of a value it is.
Warning: Buying coupons online can be controversial, because technically you are NOT supposed to sell coupons. The way sellers get around it, is by providing a service…you are paying for their time to assemble and clip coupons, NOT the coupons themselves.