In case you have not heard, the price of the Sunday editions of the Raleigh paper will be increasing on November 13th. All Sunday papers will then cost $3.00 instead of the $2.00 they currently cost. The weekday paper cost will not increase.
What does this mean?
Many people buy multiple copies of the Sunday paper so they can have multiple copies of each coupon. At this point, that may not be the most cost effective choice for everyone. You will need to assess your personal usage of the coupons. If you buy 2 Raleigh papers, that will be $6.00 out of pocket that you spend for two copies of each coupon each week. Will you save at least $6.00 with those two newspapers? In my case the answer is certainly yes but it is not that way with everyone. I have met many people at workshops who tell me they buy the newspapers for the coupons and then do nothing with them.
What Other Options are there?
I recommend printing coupons. Why? It’s free and you can control exactly which coupons you print. You can print multiple copies of one coupon, up to two copies per device. It is also convenient, since you don’t have to leave your house or pay for a newspaper or shuffle through papers to get your coupons.
You can also order coupons online. I like Whole Coupon Inserts if you want the full insert and they run from $0.80- $1.00 each plus shipping. They also get coupons early sometimes, so you can order the upcoming Sunday coupons days in advance and possibly have them BEFORE Sunday! For example, today is Oct. 24 and they already have the Oct. 30 coupons available for purchase, so you could have them this week and already be using those coupons and not worry with the Raleigh paper on Sunday morning.
If you want clipped coupons, I suggest The Happy Couponer Marketplace, where you can pay cents for each coupon and they do free shipping. Both companies ship fast.
Isn’t It Illegal to Buy Coupons?
Every coupon has language on it that says “coupon void if altered, copied, sold, purchased, transferred, exchanged…..” Note that it doesn’t say “illegal” or that you will go to jail. It simply says the coupon is void if you do any of these things. In addition, according to the language on the coupon, even giving your friend a coupon at church or trading coupons is prohibited, which most would agree is absurd.
It is the newspaper companies who HATE online coupon selling websites because understandably, it causes the newspapers to lose money (and to raise their prices like they’re having to do now). But times change and it is 2016……my personal opinion is that buying newspapers just to get coupons is an old model and will likely go away eventually as manufacturers find more cost-effective ways to get the coupons to us (printing, digital coupons/apps, etc.).
ALSO….manufacturers have remained mostly silent on the idea of people ordering coupons online which leads me to believe they don’t have a problem with it. Most of the negativity that you hear regarding ordering coupons comes from newspaper companies who want to keep you buying their newspapers. If billion-dollar food manufacturers wanted to shut down these little coupon-selling websites, they could easily do it with their big lawyers and money. But they have not and many of these coupon-selling services have existed for years, which leads me to believe that manufacturers either do not mind (you’re still buying their products) or that they cannot legally stop people from buying/selling coupons.
What does Delly do?
Personally, I get my local Wilmington Star News Newspaper each week (delivered to me). My neighbor gives me her Wilmington newspaper coupons each week, so I get two copies of the Wilmington coupons every Sunday. I also purchase two Raleigh papers each week because Raleigh paper has different coupons and I do like to have them on Sundays. If I need any additional copies of a specific coupon, I can order online. I also print many coupons, probably 75% of my coupons, because it’s so convenient!
Again, two Raleigh papers will now cost you $6.00 (starting Nov. 13). Is it possible that you could order $6.00 worth of coupons online and get exactly the coupons you want, already cut out and mailed to you? For some people, that may be a better option than continuing to buy the Raleigh paper. That, along with printing, may be more cost effective for you. You really have to evaluate your usage of the Raleigh paper coupons and decide if you are getting a good return on the money you spend on newspapers.