Reader Melinda just sent in a question and I seem to be getting similar questions several times a week so I wanted to address it for everyone.
Newspaper insert coupons vary according to region. Sometimes that means in Chicago they get a $1 coupon for x product and in Los Angeles the coupon for the same product is only .25. It can also mean that Chicago gets the $1 coupon and Phoenix doesn’t get the coupon at all. There is no way to predict what coupons you will get (or even what coupons I will get). I see advance copies of inserts that I share with you weekly HERE. Those are from specific areas of the country and the chances that your coupon inserts will be identical are very slim. There are usually some variations and the coupon previews are just to give you an idea of what is to come.
For the most part a larger newspaper is going to have the most coupons. I can’t tell you what coupons will come in your local paper. The best thing to do is simply check it out yourself. I would recommend buying whatever newspapers are available to you and just compare which one seems to have the most inserts or the best coupons. If you live in a small town you might compare your local paper to a neighboring city and just see which one is better. A city 10 minutes away from you can have totally different coupons than the paper you normally buy- so you really just need to look carefully for a week or two and then decide which paper you want to buy or subscribe to.
Also, if you intend to buy multiple copies of a newspaper to get a specific coupon you always want to check the paper first to be sure your area actually got it. Just thumb through the paper at the newsstand and see if the coupon is included before you purchase a stack of newspapers.
If I reference a coupon or you see a store circular that indicates a coupon is coming and you can not find it in your inserts that means your area did not get the coupon. Other areas of the country did get it.
Also some areas of the country do not get the RedPlum inserts. RedPlum has elected to mail people the coupons rather than have them included in the newspaper. The Philadelphia area is an example as RedPlum has decided to stop including the inserts in the paper and they will mail them to you instead. The advantage is that you get a free copy of the insert and the disadvantage is that you only get one copy.
You can go right over HERE to RedPlum and enter your zip code. It will tell you if the inserts are available in your area and which newspaper they will come in.
In general, there is no resource for printing the coupons online that are included in the weekly newspaper with the exception of the occasional overlap.
I hope that clears up some of your questions!
I am slowly updating all of my beginners resources so I’d love to know what other aspects of using coupons are confusing to you. Just leave a comment and I will try to clarify things!