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10 Easy Ways To Get Free Coupons

If you’re starting to coupon, but you have no idea where to actually get coupons, this list of 10 Easy Ways To Get Free Coupons is sure to help.

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When people start couponing, I often get asked, “Where can I get coupons?”

To me, it’s common knowledge to know where they are, but I’ve been at this coupon game for decades now. So it’s second nature. If you’re just starting out on your couponing journey, don’t worry. There are a lot of places where you can get coupons — including free coupons. Just check out our list below to find a bunch of ways to get free coupons.

Also, a quick heads up about this post. It is specifically focused on paper coupons. Yes, you can save using digital coupons, entering promo codes when you’re shopping online, and by using a cash back mobile app.

We do often talk about the great deals you can get using those, however, this post is about how to get extra coupons via snail mail, printing at home, or other options.

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Some of these ways take a little while before you have those coupons in hand. So, our 3 Ways To Save $3k This Year (Without clipping coupons) post will help you save in the meantime.

10 Easy Ways To Get Free Coupons

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Buy The Sunday Newspaper

Okay, it sounds silly to say free coupons and then tell you to buy something. But you’re buying the paper. The Sunday coupon inserts that come inside are free (since it’s technically not legal to actually sell coupons).

Keep in mind that not every Sunday paper has coupons. The are usually not coupon inserts in papers on holiday weekends. So before you actually purchase the paper, be sure to leaf through it quickly to see if there are actually coupons inside.

Also, we have a smaller weekly newspaper here that comes out during the week and costs less than the Sunday paper. That weekly newspaper has coupon inserts inside. They’re not exactly the same as the ones in the Sunday paper, but that’s still a great way to get coupons — and for less than you would on Sunday.

If you have a family member who gets the paper but doesn’t coupon, you can ask him or her to save you the coupons too. Plus, when you get the coupons, it’s a great excuse to spend time with that family member. And we’re big fans of quality time.

Look In Stores

If you’re walking up and down the aisles in your local grocery stores (or even gas stations), look around for coupons. That’s one of the best places to find coupons. Many stores will have small dispensers (commonly called “blinkies”) or tear pads of coupons that are available to you.

There are also free manufacturer coupons (known as “hang tags”) that hang off products and are an excellent way to save money on that product.

I would avoid taking any coupons straight off of products because those are often reserved for when you are buying that exact product. Some people don’t believe in that mentality, though, and will peel them anyway. It drives me crazy when I buy a product where the coupon was peeled off (because often, the plastic backing remains). So don’t do that.

Print Coupons At Home

What’s really great is there are websites where you can print coupons at home. All you need is to click on the ones you want, make sure your printer is connected to your laptop, and print. You can usually print two like coupons per laptop, so that’s a great way to save a little bit more (if you’re buying multiples of the product, of course).

Those websites can be overwhelming, though, because there are hundreds of coupons at any given time. So you don’t want to just print all of them because that would use a ton of ink.

So, we highly suggest bookmarking MySavings’ Grocery Coupons website. You’ll be able to print coupons straight from that site. But, what’s even better is there will be posts with deal breakdowns, showing you exactly how to get the best deals using those coupons. That saves you the work of actually having to find the deals.

Write To Companies.

It’s easy to get free coupons by mail by contacting your favorite brands.

If there’s a product that you love, send the company an email via the contact form on the brand’s website. If there’s no contact form, look for an email address for the customer service department. Compliment them, explain to them why you love the product and how often you use it, and see if there are any coupons that they are able to send you.

Don’t forget to include your mailing address when you email them.

Many companies will mail you whatever paper coupons they have available at the time. Sometimes you’ll get free product coupons; other times you’ll get money off coupons. I know so many people who do this and save a ton this way, so it’s a good way to start out.

Just be sure to actually do this with companies you do love. I wouldn’t suggest emailing the same standard letter to every brand you can think of. You want to personalize it for that brand and not take advantage of this.

Sign Up For Newsletters.

A lot of brands will send printable coupons with their emailed newsletters. So if you have a product you love, be sure to head to the brand’s website and sign up for its mailing list. 

While you’re on the website, you might also see a coupons tab. Check it out. There may be printable manufacturer’s coupons on a brand’s website for that product or its sister brands.

Request Free Samples.

We very often post free samples on our Facebook page and Twitter page. Definitely request those. They’re great for a couple reasons.

First, it’s the best way to try out a new product without spending any money to try it. That way, if you don’t love it, you don’t have to worry that you spent so much money to try it.

Second, most free samples come with great coupons for that product. Most of them are high-value coupons that you wouldn’t find any other way. Hang on to those and pair them with a sale to get an even better deal.

Look For Coupons At Checkout.

Sometimes, when you buy a specific product at the grocery or drug store, coupons (called Catalina coupons) will print out from a machine next to the receipt. Sometimes these coupons don’t print until after you complete your shopping trip. Other times they trigger and print after you’ve scanned a specific product.

These are often high value and can be used on your next purchase of those items. So be sure to hang on to them for the next time you’re in the store.

Check The Ads In Your Mailbox.

We get a lot of junk mail during the week. A lot of it goes straight into the recycle bin.

Once a month or so, we get a large mailer with tons of coupons for fast food chains. A few pages in that mailer are filled with coupons for random household items (often it’s shampoo, once in a while it’s toilet paper). I always flip through those coupons and save them. You never know when they’ll pair up with a sale price and you can score a great deal.

Look Inside Your Products.

A lot of brands will stick coupons for their products inside their products. Celestial Seasonings does this all the time. Every time I open a box of tea, there’s a coupon for tea inside.

That’s a great way to build brand loyalty. And a way to get a coupon for a product you’re already using. Sure, it’s not exactly free because you’re buying the tea (or whatever the product is) at first. But, the coupon itself is free, so it counts.

Have A Birthday.

No one really likes getting older (except kids, who aren’t old yet). But, one of my favorite ways to celebrate my birthday is by running around and getting all my free stuff. You can get a free drink from Starbucks, a free sandwich from Firehouse Subs, and more.

Some of these birthday freebies require you to have an app because a digital coupon will be loaded to it. Others will mail you coupons that you’ll bring with you to the store.

There are so many major retailers that will celebrate your birthday with freebies and discounts, so be sure to check out our list of 30+ Birthday Freebies before your birthday this year to get on all the lists.

Where are your favorite places to get free coupons? Let us know in the comments.


Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

My mom clipped coupons for years and still does! She ends up saving a ton! I don’t buy the paper so don’t find many.

Cara ~ Vintage Style Gal

Sunday 30th of July 2023

Thank you for sharing, I would not have thought to contact a company and ask for coupons. Today, we need all the help we can get in saving money, and what a wonderful to share with us. Thank you!