Did you know that you can order coupons online? If not, you are certainly missing out! I decided to do a post today to address the issue of ordering coupons, why you would do it, and how to properly do so.
As many of us in the Wilmington, NC area know, smaller town newspapers tend to have few, if any coupons. Larger cities have more plentiful Sunday paper coupons, for example, Raleigh, NC. I like the Raleigh News and Observer but if you want to get it around here, you have to fight for it! Some days it sells out early and other days it might not arrive at all.
A viable alternative to buying the Sunday paper is to simply order the coupons online. I have used two companies, The Q Hunter and Whole Coupon Inserts. They both have speedy, reliable and inexpensive service. You can order the complete coupon insert from the newspaper from them for reasonable prices plus a small shipping fee. As a bonus, you can order past inserts. For example, if there was an insert from three weeks ago that had a lot of great coupons in it, you can go to their website and choose that particular insert and order as many copies as you’d like of it.
Another great feature is that The Q Hunter offers a subscription service. You pay a monthly fee (on your credit card) and they automatically mail you inserts each week, as if you were receiving the Sunday paper (without having to collect all those Sunday papers)! Even better is that the subscription service sends you more than just one insert- you get two of each from every Sunday. The Q Hunter offers 2 sets of each weekly insert for $18 a month. This is a great idea, in my opinion, especially if you have difficulties chasing down the Sunday paper each week. It would be easy to simply wait for it to arrive in the mail, usually on the Monday or Tuesday following the Sunday paper.
One note to remember is that these coupons come from other cities, usually wherever the supplier is located. I know that the Q Hunter gets many of their inserts from Cincinnati. Keep in mind that they will not be the exact same coupons that came in your local paper, but many will be the same. I do like how each company lists exactly which coupons come in each insert, so you will know ahead of time what coupons will be included and can make your choice accordingly.
Another option is EBAY. Search “coupons” on EBAY and so many options will come up! There are people all over selling grocery coupons. Some sell them in batches of 100 random coupons, pre-cut for you! Others sell individual specific coupons for certain items. Just this weekend I bought 20 Lloyd’s BBQ coupons for $.75 off for $.99 with free shipping. That’s an AWESOME value! I also bought 20 coupons for Lactaid milk for $5.00 off a half gallon, making the milk free. I paid around $22.00 for those coupons, but it is well worth it, as that milk is very expensive, usually costing over $3.50 per half gallon. So, as you can see, ordering from EBAY can be a great way to obtain coupons.
One warning about EBAY is to check the seller’s ratings. Companies or individuals can sell on EBAY, so you want to make sure the person you are ordering from checks out professionally and doesn’t have any negatives on their ratings. I have NEVER had a problem ordering coupons from EBAY but I am also careful about who I order from and always read what other customers have to say about them before I order.
One final option for ordering coupons is a company called, “Kuntry Klippers.” They offer individual coupons in sets of 20. For example, if you like Yoplait yogurt and would like to buy 20 coupons for it, go to the Kuntry Klippers website and search “Yoplait.” Or you can simply browse the dairy section on the website to see what’s available. Once you see the coupon you want, you can click it and easily purchase it with your credit card. All coupons will be mailed to you promptly. I have used this service as well and love it.
I hope you will take advantage of the many options available out there to obtain your coupons!