Insert Coupons: Our List and Where’s Valassis?
Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm
There are a lot of great coupons this weekend. And we have a new place for you to find them. Our page of insert coupons is here. Download the pdf of each week’s coupons for your lists. There are three inserts this week: SmartSource, Red Plum, and P&G Brandsaver.
Stay tuned for our printable grocery coupons page. It’s coming, I promise you.
There’s a lot of outcry in couponer world about the latest decision by Valassis, publisher of the Red Plum insert, to distribute their coupons by mail and internet, instead of in newspapers in selected markets. Now, if you get just one insert a week, well, good for you. But many serious couponers buy several papers on a Sunday – or if you’re like me, you love to dumpster dive. If SmartSource follows Valassis lead, this means that we real coupon mavens will lose a big source of savings.
Check out the grass roots effort to speak up for couponing here.
Rumor has it that Valassis is in trouble, and is behind in their bills. That would include payments to some of the newspapers carrying their inserts. So that’s one possible reason for the withdrawl from newspapers.
And since when is bulk mail cheaper than newspaper inserts?
The affected markets so far are in Indiana,Maryland,New Jersey,North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia,and Washington D.C.
Printables won’t make up for the loss to some couponers – Some stores will not take them, and distributors usually limit the number you can print out.
To those of us who ACTUALLY BUY EXTRA PAPERS to get the coupons – this makes no sense. And to those of us who dumpster dive – well, the thrill is gone.
If you think that is silly – well, the Sunday paper here costs $1.50. If the coupon savings are more than that in each paper, and I am really going to use them – well, do the math. Especially on the days when there is something really good like $3 off cat food or $2.25 off Finish dishwasher gels.
Just what America needs in a recession – less coupon clipping, less savings, and fewer purchases.