Where to find coupons and deals.
You can often find inserts in the Sunday paper that contain coupons. There are four main types of inserts found in the paper: Smart Source (SS), Red Plum(RP), Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and General Mills (GM). Periodically there are other special inserts in the paper such as Target or Johnson & Johnson. The number of inserts vary from week to week and the quality of coupons vary from week to week.
When you buy the paper in a local store take some time to go through it and make sure that all of you coupons are there. You can know what inserts to expect by checking this website or the Sunday Coupon Preview .
How many papers??
Start with 2 or 3 inserts. A good rule of thumb is 1 or 2 per person. I look at the coupons expected in the paper that week and make a decision based on the coupons and the amount of inserts as to how many to buy (I have a local person I get my inserts from) or to use a clipping site.
Clipping sites are a great way to find coupons as well. Clipping sites are websites where people sell their time to clip coupons for you.
I also look around my local stores for peelies, special store inserts or tear pads. (Check out the page on Coupon Lingo to understand the terms.) It is rare that I come home with out finding something!!!
Another place where I find about half of my coupons is the internet.
There are a lot of great couponing blogs available that post dozens of deals daily. I have included some of my favorites that I follow and repost from.