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Old 01-09-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Are the smartsource coupons that you can print yourself different than the ones that come in the Sunday paper? I no longer get the newspaper and thought I would pose this question here before going out and buying a paper to compare myself.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Unless you receive coupons in the mail (very rare these days) there are no such thing as "free" coupons unless they are some type of "found" coupons.

It cost you for the newspaper or it cost you for the paper and ink to print your own.

That said, once you figure this costs into the coupon there is NO saving to be had by using them.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I disagree!

Regarding the ones in the newspaper, I am getting the paper whether or no there are coupons... so yes, they are a nice FREE perk. And I do save routinely by using them.

Regarding the online ones... no store in my area takes them.

froggin4colorado - before you print a bunch yourself, please make sure the stores take them. Otherwise, it is a huge waste.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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froggin -

if you go here, you can find out what is in today's paper for smartsource and redplum. Don't forget to click on the 'Read more' to get the full list. It's usually posted 2 or 3 days before Sunday.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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Yes, the coupons that are online are different from the ones in the paper. I posted a list of sites that I get online coupons from. Every first of the month, I go through each site to see what I want, and print them out. I also have links emailed to me from blogs of frugal people that find other online coupons.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Thanks for answering my question.
I usually get my coupons from the discarded paper at various places- library, fire station, school, etc. So, I don't pay for those coupons.
So far, Walmart and the local grocery stores are accepting my printed coupons, which I do pay for via ink and paper. I am not a regular clipper yet, just occasional. So, I was wondering if I was missing great coupons by not doing both and becoming more consistent with my clipping.
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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You can look at the coupon links, and pick what you want to print. I don't print everything, and sometimes there are very few that I can use. I save a lot of $$ using coupons.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I have to wonder if those claiming a savings are deducting the cost of printing coupons at home from the coupon savings? The last cost per page to print at home I saw was about 35 to 50 cents per page for printer ink and paper.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Where on earth were you seeing those costs? (Says the wife of a print shop owner who knows more than a little bit about paper and ink costs.)
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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The savings from a few coupons cover the cost of the newspaper easily. The cost of ink for my printer is extremely expensive. I only print something if it is absolutely necessary.
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