There was a lot of disappointment and frustration about the coupon situation (or lack thereof) last Sunday.
I thought I would take a moment to share what I know.
The coupons are not great every week. Some weeks, we will get three or four inserts. In my experience the start of the month tends to be pretty hot. P&G will put a monthly insert out at this time too. However there are other weeks when the coupon inserts will be scanty. This is particularly so on a holiday weekend.
Some papers do not carry Red Plum. In my area, the Seattle Times does NOT carry Red Plum in their Sunday paper. This is exactly why I’ve personally decided to subscribe to the Tacoma News Tribune. Last week, the only insert that was issued was a Red Plum. Seattle Times subscribers would have gotten nothing.
Coupons and their values DO vary. Even though the Seattle paper doesn’t get the Red Plum, when we get SmartSource inserts the selection in the Seattle paper is generally better. Sometimes you may see me refer to a coupon you didn’t get in your insert. Unfortunately, coupon selection and/or their values may vary from region to region. When I know that a coupon weekend is particularly “hot,” I may try to nab a copy or two of the Seattle paper on top of my Tacoma News Tribune subscription.
Know what’s coming. Incidentally, this is exactly why I take the time week after week to give you a “heads up” through my Coupon Preview posts. I gather my information primarily from Taylor Town Preview. Knowing what to expect can be very helpful to the avid couponer. If you know there is only a Red Plum coming, then you won’t head to the store and buy a Seattle paper. Conversely, if I tell you we’re getting 5 rockin’ inserts, you might want to prepare for ways to snag a few extra papers. Make sense?
I truly do think the Sunday paper is still the best source of coupons and I hope you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater (so to speak) if we run into a disappointing weekend of coupons.
If you’re local I would encourage you to consider the awesome Tacoma News Tribune subscription deal I keep harping about! You pay just $1 per Sunday paper when you order between 3-6 copies. This is half off of what you’d pay at the stores AND the papers are neatly delivered to your house every week. I easily recoup the cost of my four papers with the coupons I use. For more information, please read the post I’ve written on the Sunday Tacoma News Tribune subscription deal.
I am also curious to learn about other Pacific Northwest newspapers. Do they contain the Red Plum inserts and/or have a good selection of SmartSource coupons? Other tips for getting the paper for cheap or free?