First Things First – Getting the Coupons

There are a number of sources to get coupons.  But the easiest and best way is the Sunday paper.  There are a few cities out there that allow you to subscribe to the Sunday paper and get up to 4 or 5 copies at a discount.  I have not found that to be the case here in Portland.

Why so many papers?
In order to get some great deals you sometimes need more than one coupon.  For instance, Aussie products were on sale a few weeks back for $2.50 each.  I had a B1G1 (buy 1 get 1 free) coupon and I had $1.00 off coupon.  I can use a coupon on the product that is not free.  Therefore I got both hair products for $1.50 or 75¢ each.  Not on sale these are about $4 each.  So stock up on the coupons, so you can do the same transaction more than once and get 4 instead of 2.

I will be honest I haven’t gotten to the point where I have bought multiple papers and that’s because they are $2 here in Portland. The Oregonian finally ran a deal and I was able to get them for $1 each, and I ordered 2 subscriptions.  Call and ask.

What’s in the paper?
There will be 4 things that are possible in the Sunday paper.
SS: Smart Source
RP: Red Plum
PG: Proctor & Gamble (once per month)
GM: General Mills (not often, but great when it comes)

I don’t clip all the coupons out of them.  Instead I take a sharpie and I write Dec. 13th really big and file it under Smart Source.  That way when I see something listed on sale and the coupon is in SS 12/13 I know right where to go.  For the stuff I buy for sure, I clip and carry with me. You can see that system here.

Now we have already discussed the fact that I am horribly frugal, so instead of going out and buying a ton of papers I wait for the Tuesday Free Food Day to come.  In there you get recipes and all the weekly ads for the grocery stores and an insert of SS.  So I walk my neighborhood and pick up all the extra Food Day’s that people never come out to claim.  Red Plum and PG are never in the Food Day, but so far this has worked for me.

Another great resource for coupons is online.  There are several places you can go to do this., or  I have set up a new email account for myself through gmail so I can have all my coupon mail over there.  There will also be lots of opportunities to sign up for free things, so again this extra email is nice for that.

Well I think that is enough information for one day.  I will have more for you later.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! I am new to the money saving blog and coupon world. As I read through other posts, I was constantly wondering where I could get these RP and SS coupons that were frequently listed and couldn’t find a glossary! I was becoming more and more frustrated trying to find ways to save my family money and being unable to crack the coupon code.

  2. Heather, I am so happy that you found my post and it was helpful. There is a lot of info out there and trying to understand it all is sometimes very confusing. Hang in there you will get it.


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