Manufacturers regularily publish coupons in Newspapers, Magazines, Mailers, and the Internet. They typically are for $0.00 off a purchase of a specified product. Sometimes they will combine the offer with purchase of multiple brands or even co-brand with another manufacturer.
These coupons are accepted at most retailers throughout the United States.
Retailers typically will offer coupons through their “Customer Appreciation” programs. They track your purchases and can send you coupons that will help you in the regular items you buy.
Many times, depending on the retailer, you can use BOTH the Retail Store coupon AND a Manufacturer coupon (referred to as Stacking). Check you store policy to determine if you can do this (especially with Internet Coupons).
Internet coupons can be BOTH from a Manufacturer or a Retailer (think Target). They are available from websites, facebook and other media through the Internet. Most times you will have to print them to use them, however, this is changing as well with the emergence of Mobile Coupons.
Mobile coupons are a relatively new medium for coupons. They are however gaining in popularity given the development of smarter Smart Phones. We both have iPhones and we use Target Mobile coupons, Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons, among others. They are easy to use and you don’t have to spend a lot of time clipping, organizing, etc. You simply pull it up on your phone and scan at the point of purchase. It is unbelievably easy.
Peel Off Coupons
These are Manufacturer’s coupons that typically will show up in stores, placed their by the Manufacturer to promote their products on-shelf.
Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can get coupons from places that you don’t even know about. Our favorite is CVS where you can go to the “Magic Machine” as we call it and scan your card and…tada…COUPONS! Always keep an eye out for coupons, at the gas station, in hotels, restaurants – they are literally everywhere!
We treat Catalina coupons as gravy. They can be complex from a purchase standpoint, but they are very valuable. They typically will be found in grocery stores when you purchase a certain amount of product during a given time. One thing we do is to look in the trash can at the self check-out lane. People throw these coupons away all the time. You never know what you might find. One time in the parking lot we picked up a Catalina that was $2 cash off your next purchase!