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One aspect of couponing that can be frustrating are regional differences in newspaper inserts. I’m talking about when you take your Southern Savers list and go to cut the coupons out – you find that the coupon just isn’t there. Does that happen to you?
There are variations in newspapers from location to location. Manufacturer’s target the larger newspapers with the best offers, so it’s important that you buy the biggest newspaper in your area. The extra inserts you might find in a free paper, Yes! subscription or in the mail are nice but realize they will not have as many coupons as a large cities insert.
In the South, there are a handful of papers with high circulation, so shoot for one of these if you can:
Tampa Bay Times
Atlanta Journal Consitution
Orlando or Sun Sentinel
The Miami Herald
The Charlotte Observer
There are a few tools you can use on Southern Savers to quickly know if you got a coupon:
-Each week, check the regional coupons variations post from the “Sunday Ad Inserts” button on the homepage. Folks from all over send me a list of the coupons they got in their newspaper. You can print this out and file it with your inserts for a quick reference.
-Head to the coupon database and choose your newspaper from the dropdown. Search for the coupon you want and if you got it in your insert it will pop up!
-If you didn’t get a coupon that you really want, head to our Southern Savers community and trade coupons with others that might have gotten the coupon you need.
What are some other aspects of couponing that you have questions about? I love helping overcome obstacles and frustrations to help you save the most you can! You can learn a lot from past posts in the Extreme Couponer 101 series.