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December 6, 2012

Newspapers: Multiple copies means big savings

Newspapers: The More, the Merrier for Avid Couponers

Question: I'm really starting to get into couponing and enjoying it! But I can't help but feel I would do better if I had more of the same coupons. One of my friends is a big couponer and picks up an extra newspaper or two if the coupons are really good. What are your thoughts on this? How many newspapers do you get each week just for the coupons?

Answer: One of the most common question I hear from new couponers is "How do you get so many coupons?" The answer is simple, really. I get multiple copies of the same newspaper every week. And yet, some new coupon shoppers seem reluctant to do this.

An argument I often hear is, "I don't want to pay for another newspaper." I would counter that by saying that every newspaper you buy has the potential to eventually unlock hundreds of dollars worth of savings.

Here's an example. On an average week, the total value of coupon inserts may range from $100 to $300 or more. Imagine that inserts for the current week contain $200 worth of coupons and that the newspaper costs $2.49. If I use two $1 coupons and a 50-cent coupon from that newspaper, I break even. Any other coupons I use beyond that deliver me a profit.

For the same inserts, let's imagine that I had $1 coupons for salad dressing, boxed pasta, bar soap and toothpaste. At some point, all of these products will go on sale for a dollar, and I will get all four free when I use the coupons from that newspaper.

Now, if I happened to purchase another newspaper the same week, I'd take home two of each item. Eight free is better than four free! And if I purchased three newspapers - well, you get the idea.

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