Reader Veronica wrote in with a real problem – she is limited to what coupons she can use. She writes:
No store where I live accepts coupons from internet, only newspaper or from retailer. By the way, I live in Port St. Lucie, fl.
There are five things Veronica can do.
1. Start a coupon train to get more coupons from newspapers. In a nutshell, a coupon train is when 5-10 clippers mail each other the coupons they cannot use. The packet goes from one person or “station” to the next person in the group. You take out what coupons you want, and add what you cannot use.
3. Subscribe to more than one Sunday newspaper, which is when coupons are distributed. If there is a particularly good week, buy additional papers at the newsstands.
4. If you do not want to subscribe to the newspaper, go to the websites of RedPlum, SmartSource, and P&G to check if they will mail you coupons directly. If not, write a letter to the aforementioned coupons distributors and explain your situation. Perhaps they will add you to their mailing list for personally reaching out to them.
5. Seek out coupons in your neighborhood. A frugal friend hits up the coupon exchange at her local YMCA a few times a week. If none exists (in addition to gyms, I’d check your nearest library and community centers) why not start one?
What else would you do?