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  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
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Getting a Bigger Paper

on 8.27.2009 at 10:46am
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Getting a Bigger Paper

Every weekend there are big variations in the newspaper insert coupons and I always try to encourage you to get the biggest paper available to you.  Newspaper publishers are cutting costs though by decreasing delivery areas which makes it harder for many of us to find bigger papers.

Here are some ideas:

  • Try local bookstores or  Books-A-Million, Barnes & Nobles etc.  Most carry large papers on Sundays that are intact with all ads and inserts.  Talk to your store manager and ask them to order more if needed.
  • Check at your Grocery stores.  Many carry the biggest paper for your state on Sunday’s.
  • Find a local newsstand (if you live near the airport check their newsstands too).
  • Call a Relative that lives in those cities and pay them to mail you the inserts.  They only need to mail them every other week or every 3 weeks.

For anyone in Columbia SC — We have a newsstand here, off St. Andrews Rd, that gets the Charlotte Observer!!  They personally drive to Charlotte to get these so you will need to call by Friday at noon to reserve your copy for that Sunday.  They do charge a little more than the paper costs,$3.29 ea, to cover their delivery time and costs.  Call 798-6000 to reserve a copy.  You can reserve as many copies as you like!

Do you have a tip for finding a larger paper??

    • Lana

      Thanks! I hadn’t thought of Barnes and Nobles. I’ll have to check this out!

    • Kim

      I actually have to go to the Kroger here before church every Sunday in order to get the best paper. If I wait until we get home – they are gone. So Sunday mornings, – CVS, Riteaid, & Krogers & then church – otherwise – no deals. Wish it wasn’t this way.

    • Janie

      Harriso Teeter is Florence, SC has the Charlotte paper for $2.50 on Sundays.

    • Janie

      Sorry, Harris Teeter in Florence, SC (I must be having issues typing today!)

    • Dee

      I live in Lex, SC and normally get the STATE, so does the Charlotte Observer offer more coupons? Are they the same as the state plus some, or would I need to get both? I noticed I can have the Charlotte Observer mailed to me for $2.50, what does a Sun. issue go for at St. Andrews?
      Thanks!!!

    • Thanks for the tip about the newsstand. Do they allow you to purchase multiple copies?

    • Shannon

      I have been getting the AJC in Atlanta at Publix and it is only $0.85 with the AJC coupon. I’m not sure if they reduce the price after the morning or what, but I always get it for $1.85 (and then minus the $1 coupon= $0.85). I usually go around noon or so.

    • Jenny

      Dee-
      Check before having any newspaper mail editions. Most take out all ads and coupons and I’m fairly certain the Observer does this too.

      The newsstand charges $3.29 ea.

    • Dee

      Wow, Thanks for that, I would have never known and I would’ve been really upset.
      Do I need to buy the state in addition to the observer?

    • Lisa

      I live in a county in GA the doesn’t receive delivery of the AJC. I am part of a group of girls that takes turn driving to the closet delivery area. With 5 people in my group, I only have to do it once every 5 weeks!

    • Lindsay

      For those who get the AJC – on Sundays Publix will stack two papers together for one price of $2.38, if you use the $1 off q, you will get twice the inserts for what you would pay for normally one paper. HTH!

    • Anne Marie

      Shannon,
      Where is the coupon in the AJC? I usually buy the double papers on Sunday morning for $2.50. Can you use multiple $1 coupons?

    • Taylor

      Jenny, I’m confused! Are you saying it’s better to buy The State from the newsstand rather than have it delivered because there are more coupons in the newsstand one?

    • Ashley

      What do we do if we live in Charleston, SC?

    • Sarah

      I bought my AJC at Rite Aid two weeks ago not thinking it made a difference where I picked it up. I did have my two coupon inserts and a Kroger circular, but that was all. No Target ad, no drugstore ads, no Michaels ad…

      My sister picked up the paper from a street vendor the same day and it was complete.

    • Kenneth

      A good example here in Greenville is The Greenville News does not get as many coupons as the “bigger” Charlotte Observer. But with me being able to buy the Greenville News for 88 cents at Walgreens, and still getting MOST of the same coupons, I can’t really complain. Not worth hunting a newstand and spending more for the CO to me.

    • Shannon

      If anyone is in the North Myrtle Beach area you can get a Charlotte Observer at IHOP in NMB and also at the Kangeroo on Hwy 9. Charlotte is a level 4 paper and has better coupons in it. (ie. higher coupons amounts and lot of times more coupons)

    • Jenny

      No sorry. You can get The State anywhere you like they all have the same coupons. This is really if you are wanting a bigger paper than The State.

    • Just Moved to South Carolina

      Does anyone know if there is a “bigger” paper is available in the Charleston, SC area. I’ve looked almost everywhere with no luck! I think that the Post & Courier carries only a fraction of the Sunday coupons.

    • Shannon

      Ann Marie,
      The AJC Coupon is here:
      media.ajc.com/unplugsunday

      It’s a Kroger coupon but you can use it at Publix. If anyone at Publix says it’s a copy & can’t take it, just tell them you got it off of the AJC website. (I once had a manager say that they don’t take copies. I just explained that I got it off the AJC website and he was super nice and said then of course he could honor it.)

      I imagine that you could use two coupons. I only buy one and they still take off the $1 from the coupon even though I get the $2.00 paper at the $1.85 price.

    • Melissa S.

      I have checked the Barnes and Nobles and Books A Million in Charleston and they do not carry The State. I hadn’t thought about the airport, though, and might check that out this weekend. Other than that, I think the closest you can get it is at various locations in Santee. If you go to The State website, it gives you locations and addresses of where you can purchase it.

    • JennyM

      I live in Charleston as well and I called “the State” paper and they said the closest place to get it was in Bonneau in a gas station off I-26 exit. They would not let me get a subscription either but I haven’t tried Barnes & Nobles. Let me know if you have any success

      Thanks

    • Kristin

      A great place to get the newspaper is The Dollar Tree or some other dollar store. The Sunday paper is only $1.00!!! and it has all the inserts!!

    • Tiffany

      I live in South East Tennessee – after watching the information about what was available in the Sunday papers by region, I discovered the ugly truth. The papers for Knoxville, TN and Huntsville, AL usually have the full list of coupons available – minus a few here and there. My paper – Chattanooga Times Free Press is short MANY of them. So – when I know it’s going to be a big coupon weekend – ROAD TRIP!! I don’t know many people that coupon – so they all think I am nuts to drive for a newspaper…

    • Kimberly

      Tiffany, I learned that too! The Chattanooga Times paper is always missing coupons! And if I purchase from 2 different locations I get 2 different sets of inserts – it is quite frustrating. Does someone know if anywhere near Chattanooga sells the AJC?

    • I live in TN and noticed that the Knoxville Sentinal wasn’t available in this area. I called them and they emailed me the locations in our city that they are available. It’s hard to get because there are less then 200 between all the locations in town so I always call to hold one or two and one of the locations.

    • Nancy

      anyone know about the Wilmington, NC area for the bigger newspaper??
      Jenny it he “State” for Your State you live in?

    • In Montgomery, AL, go to Books a Million on the Bypass (Eastchase doesn’t carry them that I know of) and you can get the Birmingham paper. That is the only place I have been able to find it so far.

    • Amy

      I just reserved 2 for myself .. so thanks Jenny!! Look forward to some GREAT COUPONS!! Just an FYI .. there are NO coupons on Labor Day weekend, right??

    • Melanie

      Does anyone know if the Tennesseean out of Nashville has more than the Knoxville paper?

    • Nancy

      I checked the ILM gift shop they said they did not carry the other newspapers. Barns and nobel do carry the Reilgh Observer.

    • Adele

      For the last month of so my parents have been purchasing the Greenville News (for the TV section) and the Spartanburg Herald Journal. The SHJ actually has more coupons in it, and the Greenville News is always missing at least one of the packs.

    • Wendy

      Anyone know if Savannah, GA carries a larger paper than the Savannah Morning News? I have asked Barnes & Noble @ AJC and they don’t get it. I can’t find the Georgia Times Union anywhere near Savannah. Although, I have not called the airport.

    • SCYankee

      Anyone find the state in charleston yet?

    • Jenny

      Nancy- The State is the name of the Paper out of Columbia SC

      Amy- You are right no inserts in next weeks paper!

    • Shannon

      Nanyc- You may be able to find the Charlotte Observer there in Wilmington. Raliegh may be a good paper for you also.

      I also just order my inserts from a clipping service if I miss the paper or need more than I can get my hands on.

    • Lindsay

      Ann Marie,
      The AJC coupon is a Kroger Coupon, Publix rings it up as a competitor coupon (so they are eating the $1); plus the coupon specifically says one per transaction; and, the two papers ring up under one barcode for $2.38. So technically, you really should only be able to use 1 coupon per double paper. But you can look at it this way, if the single paper is $1.85, by buying 2 and using 2 q, you are paying 0.32 more than just using 1 q and buying the double which comes to 1.38 for two..
      wow that was a mouthful :)HTH BTW, I have been known to buy 2 or 3 doubles at a time and use that same number of $1 q with no problem..I think the cashier knows that I will just break it up into seperate transactions if she says she can’t use them all at once..They know me too well at my Publix :) Happy shopping!

    • Lindsay

      For those who can’t find the AJC, you can go to the AJC Website and get 2 months for 11.99+tax – which is about 1.60 a paper HTH
      https://www.formrouter.net/circulation@AJC/subscribe.aspx?cxntlid=circ-hp-hdr

    • CouponNERD

      I just called St. Andrew’s Newsstand to reserve 2 copies of this week’s Charlotte Observer, then logged on and read these posts.
      GMTA!
      I still get the State by home delivery, but reserve the CO whenever there are 3-4 inserts expected, to build my coupon stash.
      :)

    • Rebecca

      The coupon for the AJC says it is only valid if you purchase it on Sunday, and I don’t shop on Sundays. I buy mine on Saturday.

    • Our local gas stations carry newspapers from the bigger cities. So do our grocery stores. You do indeed pay more for them, but the increased coupon value is amazing! I did a not-so-scientific comparison of our local paper and the big city paper a while back. My results are here: http://savingandgiving.blogspot.com/2009/05/big-city-vs-local-newspapers-my.html

      **Jenny Here**

      We also do these every week here if you are curious what paper to get click on Weekly inserts at the top and see all the inserts listed in the South east major papers.

    • Adria

      I live in the Northern VA area (however, I am from SC). My sister is able to just buy the coupon inserts for 2/$1.00! Yeah :-) So, contact the newspaper to determine if this is an option for you. Just a thought.

      We love this site so thanks for all the hard work.

    • Anita

      Tiffany #24,
      How far to you have to drive from Chattanooga to get the other papers? I was wondering since I live in Chattanooga too. Thanks! Anita
      email: calledtoadopt@yahoo.com

    • Ally

      Live in Seymour/Sevierville TN area and the paper is always missing the Red Plum inserts…Anyone know where to find a better paper with the coupons? Thanks!

    • Michelle

      What are the best papers to find in Thomasville, Ga? All I have been able to find are the local Times Enterprise and the Tallahassee Democrat. Anything better out there I could really use the help.

    • Lindsey

      Does anyone know of a site like this that breaks down stores like Winn Dixie, Piggly Wiggly, or Albertsons? Other than Walmart and Target, thats pretty much it for Lafayette, LA!

    • Bobby

      I’m just curious. I got the Florence (SC) Morning News last Sun and it had an RP and SS. Are yall saying if I got the Charlotte Observer, the SS and RP would have more/better coupons or would there be more inserts in addition to the RP and SS?

    • Amy

      Lindsey #46 .. hotcouponworld.com … or afullcup.com …

    • Michelle

      I have given up getting the newspaper from anywhere but the street vendors on Sunday. That way I can always check and make sure the Qs are in there, and if they are not, I don’t buy!

    • Walgreens sells the Raleigh N&O for $1.49 – grocers will charge $2 plus tax, machines will sell for $2 even. I usually buy from Walgreens. Anyone know if Charlotte is better than Raleigh generally speaking? Maybe I should go to Borders on Sunday mornings for Charlotte paper too!

    • Nise

      Anyone on here from Virginia

    • Bobbie

      Walgreens in some Birmingham areas sells the Sunday papers for $1.50 but out paper is getting smaller and smaller. Wednesday’s grocery ads are in some papers and not others and also that way with the coupons on Sunday.

    • Tina

      Tiffany, Anita, Kimberly

      I live in the Chattanooga area and would be interested in working out something to get a Knoxville or Huntsville paper with better coupons than the Times Free Press. My email is mot2232@comcast.net if anyone is interested.

    • Miranda

      Lindsey…http://www.centsible-sawyer.com does Walmart, Target, and Albertsons (among others). She just started Albertsons a month or two ago and doesn’t have the link up on her site, but if you add her to your blog reader or subscribe to her posts, you’ll see that she indeed does do it. Though I think her Alberstons ad is based on the published ad for the northwestern states, so you may see some variance.

    • Anna

      I get extra coupon sets from my local library. They let me pick through all the inserts from their Sunday papers – for free!!

    • Sandra E

      I’m in Richmond VA, and I haven’t found any way to get the papers cheap other than a Sunday only subscription!! You guys are lucky that you can get these deals on all these different papers!

    • Katherine

      I live in Paulding County and we have people at major intersections that sell the Sunday AJC on Saturday and Sunday for only $1 each!!!!

    • Lynn

      The Birmingham News called me today and offered me 26wks of Wed and Sun papers for $26 delivered–$1/wk!!

    • Julie

      I actually find that the smaller Richmond paper has more inserts than the Virginia Pilot. I went to FarmFresh last sunday to get milk and thumbed through the papers. Our Virginia Pilot does not ever have Redplum. I usually get it in the mail on Tuesday. However, the Richmond carries SS and Redplum. I was so happy! Not to mention the Richmond is 10cents cheaper per copy.

    • shae

      Just wanted to let everyone know that you can get the sunday paper at your local Dollar Tree for $1!!!!!

    • Wendy

      Michelle – #45

      Look for the the Georgia Times-Union. It is basically the Florida Times-Union but printed for south/southeast Georgia. I can find it as far north as the Tifton area.

    • Amy

      I’m not sure if you consider The Greenville News a big paper, but Walgreens sells them for .88 on Sundays.

    • Kimberly

      I’m in Chattanooga – and would be interested in working something out for better coupons than the Times Free Press – we always seem to be missing out! jjwaggles@gmail.com

      Thanks!

    • I know most of your readers are in the South, so this deal won’t help them. But, the Washington Post is only .99/issue on Sundays when you buy a 6-month subscription. All you have to do is save $1/week in coupons to make it worthwhile!

    • Donna

      I also live in the Chattanooga, TN area and would be interested in getting a larger paper. Thanks babysue7@aol.com

    • Peggy

      Melanie #30

      I don’t think the Knoxville News Sentinel has more coupons than the Tennessean. I do know there are some variations, but most of the time they’re identical. I get the Tennessean, but my mother gets the Sentinel. If they’ve got coupons I need/want, she just mails them to me!

    • Cathy Lawrence

      I guess I am a bit slow, but I do not understand why you need a “bigger” paper if it has the same 3 inserts that all the other papers have? Do the “bigger” papers put more coupon inserts in? Someone please explain. Thanks!!

    • This past Sunday, I purchased 3 copies of the Daytona News-Journal from my Publix on Sunday evening. (I need to remember to ask about leftover papers on Monday.) I also have access to the Jax paper, I think it’s the Times-Union as well as the St. Augustine Herald, but I have not purchased either of them yet. I copied the list of coupons from the insert preview list into an excel file & then matched up which coupons I had. I was surprised & disappointed to find that my paper was seriously deficient on many coupons and that there were at least 5 or 6 coupons in my papers that were not on the insert list.

      Only tip I have is DON’T buy from those newspaper boxes where you pay with quarters. Not only do they cost more, but people will pay for one paper & then steal all of the inserts in the box.

    • Crystal

      I live in Middle TN and was purchasing the Daily Herald (which never has all the q’s) for $1.25 and the Tennesseean for $1.75 on Sunday. But I found out that you can pick up the Tennesseean at Walgreens for .99 and CVS for 1.00 on Sunday. More inserts for me that way!

    • Katherine

      Cathy- #67

      If I understand correctly, some papers will have more and better coupon variety and availability than others. For example, it is not unusual for me to see a good coupon recommended by Jenny on this site, then go to my flyer from that week (RP, SS, etc), and the coupon is not in the flyer anywhere. i think if I were to get a different paper, my RP and/or SS flyer(s) may have more or different coupons.

    • Keri

      For those missing an insert….I bought two papers from CVS missing an insert. All I did was call the newspaper on Monday with the complaint. They actually sent me the two I was missing plus two additional inserts for my inconvenience.

    • Nikki

      I’m in the Chattanooga area also, and bought the Knoxville paper before on a trip in June. It did not seem to have a greater selection for the most part than coupon inserts down here. But I’ve been curious about a Nashville or Atlanta paper. So are people saying it is difficult to find those sold anywhere in this area?

      I will say, my solution has been to have my mom in Michigan buy two Sunday papers and mail me the coupons. I found out in April that she had double or triple the amount of coupons I did down here (and she’s not even in a big town) so I’m usually set for what I need. Anything else is usually downloadable on this site.

    • Lisa

      If you go to the office of the paper you can purchase a “complete” copy of the paper (with all of the coupons & ads that are possibly available for that week). I’ve done this many times in many cities in the Southeast.

      The AJC cut delivery south of McDonough and north of Kennesaw, so those of us outside of the immediate Atlanta area are no longer able to pickup a copy on Sundays. Also only Atlanta area residents can get a complete Sunday paper home delivered.

      I pull coupon sections from the newspaper recycling bin to get some extras.

    • Louisiana deals – Winn Dixie and Kroger at Couponmom.com

      I also live in Middle TN – Kroger sells the Sunday Tennessean all week for $1.00 – On big weeks you will need to get in by Monday or Tuesday, but great way to pick up cheap coupons, but there are people who will take the inserts – probably should check before you buy.

      I think the Walgreen sale at .99 is only good through September

    • brandy

      HELP!!! I am traveling to Birmingham over the Labor Day holiday and wanted to pick up a few local papers there and in Atlanta while on the way home Sunday morning. Can anyone suggest the best papers to get in those two areas that give the most coupons. We will get back in time to also get the state paper here in Columbia, but I never mind getting a few extra coupons.

      Thanks!

      • Jenny

        Brandy,

        The Labor day papers will not have any coupons in them. Sorry.

    • Tabitha

      I don’t have any tips on getting a bigger paper…but I just wanted to add that in my area (ROanoke, VA) Dollar Tree sells the paper now…for $1!!! AND, they keep the leftover Sunday papers and sell them throughout the week, so if you missed it on sunday, you can always go another day to get one. Not sure if they do this everywhere though.

    • Susie Kurtti

      I found that I can have the Sunday paper for Columbus, Ohio (The Dispatch) delivered cheaper than if I buy it at the market or newstands.

    • Jenn

      Keri #71- I am glad that you had a good outcome. I had the same thing happen, but the newspaper would not replace my lose. They said the store, Walgreens, was at fault. walgreens said it was the newspapers fault. So in the end, I was out 4 papers worth of coupons :(

      Nikki- #72- My family lives in MI, and the Detroit News has way better coupons than we do down here :(

    • sloan

      Errr.. I sent my husband out to buy 4 papers on Sunday (Greenville News) – no inserts, of course! He was really mad. However, The Walgreens on Augusta Rd in Greenville sells the sunday paper for $.75, each one I get always has different inserts and sale ads. It is frustrating, I wish I could get the Charlotte Paper!

    • Kelly

      I have seen a few others from Chattanooga on here. I just said the same thing this morning that it seems as though we never get as many coupons in the TFP as others. If you have figured out a way to get other papers, can you let me know? I would be willing to take a turn on a road trip if that’s what you are doing! Thanks! My e-mail is kpetrin@comcast.net

    • gjn

      looks like the AJC is no longer offering the $1 coupon.
      I tried to print them yesterday and noticed they printed with LAST Sunday’s date on them. I went back today to reprint and the option to print coupons is gone.

    • gjn

      and the inserts in different newspapers are definitely not the same. We get the Athens paper and the AJC for coupons only. Athens delivers but AJC won’t. The Athens coupons are very weak in comparison.

    • Aimee

      I cannot find the AJC coupon on that website. Can anyone help?

    • Charris

      I have been trying to print out the $1 off coupon for the AJC since Wednesday. All of a sudden its not allowing me. It only allows me to buy a subscription. Has anyone else had any problems with trying to print the coupon?

    • Angel

      In Charleston, our Dollar Trees do not sell newspapers.

    • Kelly

      I am in the woods between Charleston and Orangeburg. What is the best paper for me to get? If I get it delivered will I still get the inserts? I was thinking about the Orangeburg Paper, the State and the Post and Courier. Let me know what you think please. I am new to this and I am trying to learn understand and get started all at once…

    • Brittney

      The AJC is not doing that coupon anymore from what I can see.

    • Sue

      AJC is not offering the $1 coupon anymore;-( It was good while it lasted though!

    • Andrea

      To Lisa in Troup County: How can I get in on your group AJC pick-up? I’d prefer to not have to get a $12/month Sunday only subscription.