I have a question for all you fellow Washington DC Metropolitan couponers/deal seekers.
Where do you get your coupon inserts?
I have quite a few friends who have expressed interest in starting the couponing craze, but don’t know where to begin. So many other frugal bloggers have written about good starting points and “Couponing 101″, so I feel I have a lot of other resources to point them to. But I’m wondering specifically where other local Northern Virginia and DC Metro area folks find their coupon inserts. I’ve been couponing for a little under a year, and know of some sources, but I have a feeling I’m only hitting the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some of the sources I know of:
Coupon Inserts (Smart Source, Red Plum, Proctor & Gamble, General Mills, etc.) from Newspapers:
- The Washington Post (Sunday edition)
- Washington Examiner (Sunday edition)
- Fairfax Times (weekly publication)
- Gainesville Times (weekly publication)
- El Tiempo Latino (Sunday)
- Loudon Times-Mirror (weekly publication) thanks Liz from Frugally Blonde!
- Mount Vernon Voice (weekly publication) thanks to comment from megaboog!
- The Prince William Pulse (weekly publication)
- The Manassas Journal Messenger (weekly publication)
- Alexandria Times (weekly publication) thanks to comment from Ana!
- Falls Church News-Press (bi-weekly publication) thanks to comment from Liane!
Most of these, with exception to the Washington Post, can be picked up at certain locations for free and/or are delivered to certain areas of Northern VA free of charge (although you will find some stores where they are sold for $0.35 – $1.50 per copy on the newsstand).
For example, so I’ve been told, some residents in Gainesville receive the Gainesville Times weekly and it normally includes Smart Source and Red Plum inserts. Certain Manassas residents (and perhaps other cities?) receive the Washington Examiner (Sunday edition) which includes Smart Source and Red Plum. Certain regional libraries in Fairfax County offer free copies of the Fairfax Times starting on Wednesday afternoons. There are also newspaper dispensers placed at Metro stop locations and street racks (check near bus stops) where you can pick up free copies of the Washington Examiner and El Tiempo Latino. Some Loudon County residents have the Loudon Times-Mirror delivered to their home for free. The Mount Vernon Voice is available by subscription for $0.50 per week, but there are apparently promotional copies available from time to time at locations such as the Gold’s Gym on Rt. 1 in Alexandria (thanks for the great tip megaboog!).
So, I would be interested in finding out what your favorite coupon insert sources are? Any other local sources that you know of? Please let me know!