4 Ways to Score Free Coupons

Using coupons is one of the easiest ways to save money. But couponing can feel like a full-time job, especially when you’re looking for simple ways to find coupons. While some people are willing to dumpster dive for those savings, it’s totally unnecessary with these four simple tricks to find free coupons. 

1. Get the Sunday Newspaper (on Monday)

The Sunday paper is the holy grail of coupon inserts. While it’s not strictly free, many grocery stores and gas stations will have leftover Sunday newspapers at the end of the day or on Monday morning at a steep discount. If you’re willing to ask, you might even get the coupon inserts for free from your local library, coffee shop, or hotel lobby. 

2. Check Your Mail

You probably get a stack of circular ads in the mail each week, and it probably contains a stack of manufacturer coupons! By clipping these and shopping the sales in the store ads, you can save hundreds of dollars. You can also ask your neighbors for their set of ads if they’re not using them. If you live in an apartment complex or have a central mailbox location, your neighbors might even leave them behind without you asking! 

3. Look Online

While you might shop in person, you should still spend some time online before heading to the store. Whether you look on a store’s website or mobile app or use a third-party coupon site, there are dozens of places to clip both digital and printable coupons with minimal effort. 

4. Send Coupon Requests to Brands

The best way to get anything? Simply ask! Most brands have online contact forms. If you fill them out with a request for a coupon and your mailing address, you might get a free coupon in the mail! You don’t have to write a custom note each time. Simply follow this script: 


Hello,

My family loves [brand name] products and uses them almost daily! Thank you for your dedication to making such great products, and your commitment to quality. As a loyal customer, I would like to inquire if you ever send out coupons beyond your newsletter, that could help offset the cost of your products?

Thank you, have a great day!

(name)

(mailing address)

Spending an hour a week clicking around to brand websites and filling out contact forms can help you score hundreds of dollars worth of free coupons.