Let me preface this by saying that I used to buy 4 papers on the weeks that had really great coupons or lots of inserts. I have found that changing things up a bit has made a tremendous difference in the time I spend clipping and gathering.
There are a number of sites out there that sell "their services" to cut and send coupons directly to you. The benefit of this to me is that I can end up with 20 coupons for a particular item I love and none for something I would never buy.
I also figure that if I buy 4 papers, I am spending $6. If I spend $3 on an order of coupons that I know I am going to use all of, that is a much better deal.
Here's what I do:
I DO buy 1 paper on Sunday. I probably don't even need to do this. There is something controlling about me that won't let me just trust the internet for my coupon research.
Then, on Wednesday, I look through the store sale ads. If I find a sale that is extra great and something we buy anyway, I go to one of these sites and buy as many coupons as I want.
As long as I place my order by Wednesday or Thursday, I have plenty of time to receive them before the store sale is ended.
The 2 sites I look at both accept paypal for payment. This works out perfect for me.
The price for a coupon is typically in the range of 10% the value of the coupon. So, for a $1/1 or $1/2, the price of the coupon would be $.10.
The benefits of buying through
is that they are very fast with their delivery and they seem to have a large variety and quantity of coupons. They also have a wishlist feature that will notify you when a coupon you want is available for purchase. This site is probably the most user friendly.
The downside of this site is that your total before tax or shipping has to be atleast $3. I usually can get my total to that, but not always.
The advantage to using Coupons Are Cool (if you go there, be sure to put that clargaespada reffered you) is that there is no minimum amount for shipment and they offer a $.40 discount on checkout if you pay with paypal.
The downside to this site is that it offers expired coupons (for military families) and there is no way to sort those out. So, you have to be very careful to read the expiration date on the coupon you are searching for.
I hope this is helpful and will possible save some time and sanity for some of you out there :) It did for me.