Scavenger Hunting for Free Sunday Papers
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Scavenger Hunting for Free Sunday Papers

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am
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If you’re an extreme couponer, finding deserted Sunday newspapers lying around is like finding money on the ground. As you probably know, you should buy at least one Sunday paper (for the Sunday coupon inserts, of course) but ideally you probably want closer to 5 of these money-saving machines. Unfortunately, buying 5 Sunday papers ends up costing somewhere around $10 – dilemma! So, if you’re serious about finding those free leftover Sunday papers (packed full of awesome coupon inserts) here’s some places you can check:

  • Coffee Shops. Where there’s coffee, there’s sure to be an abandoned newspaper nearby!
  • Doughnut shops. Again, coffee… doughnuts… newspapers… coupon inserts.
  • Airports. Business people? Wall Street Journal? Hello Sunday coupon inserts!
  • Hotel lobbies. If you don’t see any papers just lying around, ask a hotel employee. Sometimes they’ll have stacks of leftovers hidden away. Some hotels even take the coupon inserts out of the papers before putting them out for guests (*gasp*). Regardless, they’re likely to be more than happy to give them to you!
  • Dumpsters (this one is for the real die-hard couponers out there). If you’re feeling a little wary about diving head first into a dumpster, you might want to warm up with some recycle bins.
  • “Wanted” ads. Post “wanted” ads on Craigslist or a community mailbox. Perhaps a trade is in order?
  • Word of mouth. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors to drop their leftover Sunday papers off on your doorstep. Whoo! It’s like Christmas!

 

Don’t be afraid to ask around for free Sunday papers. You might even ask someone who is reading the paper if they plan to use the coupon inserts. If not, they’ll most likely give them to you. So many people read the paper and disregard the coupons, leaving more for you! Don’t let all those perfectly good coupons end up at the landfill – get out there and start hunting! Good luck! 😀

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.