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Non-traditional couponing

33495590949220798_v1N7yOUz_cSo, about a year ago I took a strong interest in couponing, and then it faded… fast. I mean, I had the newspaper coming, clipped coupons, and even created a coupon book. I was ready to go, until I a) burned myself out, and b) just grew uninterested.

Uninterested. Not in saving money, mind you, simply in doing the whole lot. I mean, I have so much else to do (no, not really).

However, I did keep a few sources on hand, and if you want to do a little couponing, these will help you to at least, get your feet wet, save some money, and require little to no effort.

Dear reader, isn’t it time to put away paper and couponing of yesteryear? According to etymonline, the word coupon came from 1822, where it meant:

1822, “certificate of interest due on a bond” (which could be cutfrom the bond and presented for payment), from Fr. coupon, fromO.Fr. coupon “piece cut off,” from couper “to cut,” from coup “ablow.” Meaning widened to “discount ticket” 1860s by British travel agent Thomas Cook. The specific advertising sense is from 1906.

So… the below ways are perfectly valid, yet non-traditional, unconventional ways of couponing.

  • Websites such as Living Social, Woot,  and Groupon get you amazing discounts on everything from nails to vacations. My usual discounted amount is around 50%, though I’ve had a few places that offered more. Even better are sites like, Yipit,whoaggregateall of the deals from deal sites into one email. Unfortunately, you have to pay up front to get the discount… and sometimes you need to get it as soon as you see it posted.
    • Tips
      • Filter these into a coupons folder/label so that they don’t overtake your inbox.Capture
      • If available, use the mobile app of these web applications to get notifications sent directly to your phone. This is especially useful if you rarely check your email since these are usually limited in purchase amount.
  • Mobile apps Valpak and store apps such as the Bakers app, give you coupons that you can have scanned in store, and are extremely useful. Especially the Bakers app. If you are near a Krogers, Dillons, or Bakers, this app would be very helpful for you.
  • Your favorite brands, restaurants, and stores more than likely have great giveaways through social media. And, if it is a brand and you get a store coupon, you can match the coupons to get even more off.
  • Online community groups such as local Facebook group swaps, the craigslist free area,  and Freecycle can let you get gently used second-hand items for next to nothing or free.
  • Mystery shopping, although not an upfront discount, is excellent for getting out in your city, and those cities nearby you. My favorite shops are restaurants, and entertainment activities.  (More about this in a future post…)
  • There are so many places to get free books, or discounted options, such as Amazon or Ebay, but I’ll leave those to your finding.

Now, if you feel you must continue with printed coupons, I highly recommend Coupon Mom. You can signup for an invaluable weekly newsletter that not only tells you of great deals, but also how to match them, and how much you’ll save — including free items! It’s pretty awesome.