What Are The Different Kinds of Coupons (and Where Can You Find Them)

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 10:48 am
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When I first started clipping coupons, the whole thing was pretty easy. You got your coupons from the Sunday inserts and occasionally cut them from a magazine. Today, things are a lot different, and there are multiple sources and types of coupons that you can use. You can often combine some of these coupons as well.

Here is a breakdown of the different kinds of coupons and where you can find them.

Blinkies: These are coupons that come out of a little machine that is attached to a shelf. They have little lights on them that blink. When a coupon is pulled out of the machine, another one takes its place. These coupons usually can’t be doubled.

Booklets: Often mailed to your home when you sign up, these booklets will often contain a number of coupons for different products by a manufacturer. They may also contain recipes and other product information.

Catalina Coupons: These coupons print out from a machine that is attached to the cash register at the grocery store after you pay for your purchase. They are often prompted by the purchases you make, and can be an incentive to try a different brand. Catalina coupons may also be announced in a sales flyer, such as getting money off when you buy a certain combination of items. They can generally be used for that specific store only on a future order.

Hangtags (winetags): These coupons are attached by a string or a cord around the neck of a bottle. They are usually associated with wine, but I have found hang tags on bottles of corn syrup and other products.

Magazines: Coupons can also be found in popular magazines. The magazine, All You, is famous for the number of coupons to be had each month.

Mailed: Mailed coupons are sent in the mail to your home after you sign up for them, usually on a website (coupon booklets are often sent in the mail, too) or contact the product manufacturer by phone. Many mailed coupons are high value coupons, such as coupons for free products.

Packages: Manufacturers often put coupons into their packages for future purchases. The coupon will be advertised on the box. Some common product types that do this are boxed cereals and prepared foods.

Peelies: Peelies are coupons that are attached to a box or container of a product and can be peeled right off in order to use the coupon right away.

Printables: Printable coupons can be printed off of the internet using your own computer. You can find these coupons at manufacturer websites, store websites (such as Target), SmartSource, RedPlum and Coupons.com. Depending on the site and your computer, you may need to download special software in order to get the coupons to print, and these sites are not always Mac compatible.

Sunday Inserts: These are the collections of coupon pages that often appear in the Sunday paper near the comics. There are three main publishers of these Sunday inserts: Smart Source (SS), Red Plum/Vlassis (RP) and P&G BrandSaver (PG). The coupons are regional, meaning that different areas will get different coupons or different amounts off for the same products, depending on the market.

Tearpad: Tearpads are coupons that are usually attached to the shelf near a product in the form of a pad. You can tear off the coupon from the pad and use it right away.

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