Nanny to Mommy: How To Get Coupons for FREE...WITHOUT Digging in Dumpsters



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Monday, November 28, 2016

How To Get Coupons for FREE...WITHOUT Digging in Dumpsters

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Extreme Couponing

***I have been debating about posting this because I didn't want to come off as judgmental or leaping to conclusions. But after talking to several others about this, I am not the only one who thinks this way. So here we go. Please let me know your thoughts.***


Mother's Day I went and bought a paper for the first time in a while. I am so behind and so disorganized at the moment, I couldn't even tell you how long it's been.

Stealing Coupon Inserts
I always go to the gas station down the street to buy papers, because it's so close and when I didn't have a car I could walk there. While getting my papers, I see this woman going through and grabbing only the coupons and putting the newspapers back on the shelf. She flushed when she saw me and said, "I haven't taken anything from these yet" and points to a stack that she was clearly about to rifle through.


She continues on with what she was doing. I grab two double deals, and then go through my papers and make sure the correct coupons are in them, like I always do. Fool me once.

I could feel her look over at me every time she took coupons out of the other newspapers. Now I'm no detective, but doesn't this seem suspicious to you? I didn't say anything to anyone. I mean what do you say? "Hey are you stealing coupons?" "I think that woman may be stealing." I had no hard evidence. And although I trust my instincts, others who don't know my history with this sort of thing, might think I'm jumping to conclusions. But how would she explain what she was doing?
Coupon Theft

What tops this off is this gas station is notorious for having coupon thieves. And what initially made me stop buying papers for a while, wasn't because I forgot, but every time I went the papers would be there but no coupons would be in them.

Stealing is stealing is stealing. And if I was younger, I might have done something about it. But then again maybe I wouldn't. What would you have done?

"Couponers" like this give real, hard working, honest couponers a bad name. Since when have people had such a sense of entitlement that they think they can steal? I blame that show Extreme Couponing. One lady said she gets leftovers from her carrier which is illegal and another was straight up taking paper off of people's front porches. Maybe they are using them to sell to coupon sites? Which are becoming illegal. And aren't these people worried about Karma? Yes they may get some free toothpaste and deodorant, but what goes around, comes around. Just saying.

How To Get Coupons For Free

How to get extra inserts WITHOUT breaking the law:

- Ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who aren’t couponers if they’ll save their inserts for you.

- Join online coupon forums where members trade their extra coupons with one another.

- Look for or start your own local coupon club and share coupons with other members.

- Sign up for free programs like Box Tops for Education to get notified by email when coupons become available.

- Follow your favorite brands on Twitter and Facebook so you’ll be notified when they release special coupons.

- E-mail your favorite companies and tell them how much you love their stuff and ask them about any coupon available. This works great if you mostly buy organic.

- Bookmark the major sites for printable coupons and visit them a few times a month to print your favorites as they’re constantly releasing new printable coupons:

- Coupons.com

- RedPlum

- SmartSource

- Also don't forget about e-coupons from sites like iBotta, SavingStar, and Checkout51. No printing or clipping necessary! Also check out these apps to save money found HERE.

- Stores, like Kroger and Dollar General, even have their own digital coupons and more stores are breaking the mold with this as well.

Make a habit of doing these things and you won’t have to jump in any dirty dumpsters or swipe your neighbor’s paper to save a bundle on your grocery bill!

What do you think? Do you think she was stealing or I was over reacting? What do you think of coupon thieves?

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43 comments:

  1. I would say that she was a thief, but like you, I wouldn't have felt comfortable confronting her. It's not too late, though. I would write a letter to the station owner describing what you saw and request that they be vigilant (they might even have a security camera) because their business already has a reputation of selling incomplete papers. Good luck!

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    1. I'm going to talk to the owners next time I see them. What bothers me is that when I have mentioned it to the cashiers in the past, they said (basically), "Yeah, I know, but whatcha gonna do".

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    2. thanks for the info. i would of felt the way you did . and won't say anything but would of wanted too. i forget how people can wreck a good thing for the ones who won't of even thought of it. so .i just thank you for your hearts eye and have learned to just look for people who are honest. i feel couponing could help my family but am trying to find the right path. so i thank you again for the help with web ideas . bless you for your insite .

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  2. I delivered papers in the past, it's certainly not like the "little boy on a bike" image that most people get. This is terrible thing because people will get their papers then realize they have no inserts and do 1 of 2 things. Either stop buying the paper there or start making complaints to the newspaper. Both things hurt the deliverer and take money from their pocket. Missed papers, having to many papers or complaints are money out of your pocket. Like the people on extreme couponing who steal papers from homes, they create a ripple effect. Because they just "upsett" the customer by stealing but likely the clusters isn't going think someone stole it. So they call the paper thinking they've been skipped or they call you personally and complain about your service. You now have to replace their paper and money's been removed from your check. Sometimes people just don't think about the over-all effect they'll have. I would have had too say something but just in an informative way.

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    1. Exactly. It hurts the entire system.

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    2. People who steal don't care if they cause a ripple effect, they just care about what they want. The fact that it might cost someone else money irveven their job never occurs to them. Call the police and report a theft in progress.

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    3. You are exactly right...they don't care. And that's a crying shame. I have been in the couponing community a long time and thy will say things like "oh you are just stealing from that big business who can afford it". But in reality, it comes out of my husband's bonus because he works at a grocery store. Any theft or worker's comp effects his bonus, not the big business. Which in return effects my family and that's why I have a problem with the misuse of coupons so much.

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  3. that's crazy! did you walk to the front and buy your paper while looking at her? she has got to feel badly about doing that!

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    1. I did stare at her pretty hard. I wanted my eyes to say, "I know what you're doing".

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  4. She was stealing the coupons! We have this problem where I live too. Ever since that show Extreme Couponing, there has been an up tick of people stealing coupons. Sadly, because of this extreme behavior, stores have changed their coupon policies. It is upsetting that "these extremist" have ruined it for the ones who are honest. My major grocery store Meijers, no longer doubles their coupons. I truely believe it is because of the show and the people who take it too far. Now it is getting harder and harder to save...

    Thanks for sharing this and you were not judgemental at all. You stated facts that can be related to.

    Joanne @ jmacreativemess.blogspot.com/

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  5. ohh I think i would have stood there and asked "Are you TAKING those coupons without the paper?" possibly quite loudly.

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    1. I should have. I regret now not saying anything, but I didn't know how to go about it.

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  6. Flat out stealing. The only reason I ever buy a paper is for the inserts. I have purchased them once and the inserts had been taken. Now, I check!!

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    1. I always check now too. For the same reason. People like this suck.

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  7. She's just a thieif. No other word for it.

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    1. It's good to know I wasn't being ridiculous in my assumptions. :)

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  8. People Like That Make Me SOOOOOO CRAZY, All I Can Say Is KARMA BABY KARMA!!! LOL! XOXO

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  9. This is what you call shoplifting and is against the law. I think the owner should put up a sign right in front of the paper stand stating " "Please do not take extra inserts from other papers. Shoplifters will be prosecuted.""

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    1. They need some kind of sign up. It's getting out of hand for sure. What these people don't realize (or maybe they do and they just don't care), but others have gone to jail for stealing coupons, faking coupons, and using coupons wrong. This is big time thievery here.

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  10. She clearly was stealing them , she had no other reason to be just taking them out , I wouldn't have said anything either I am a firm believer that what you sow. Yes she was hurting the store by stealing I maybe would have said something to the cahier as I was purchasing mine, but I wouldn't have confronted her face to face not worth my energy to get into an argument about it.

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    1. I thought about saying something to the cashier. Unfortunately the lady was in ear shot. And people are C-R-AZY these days! But I am going to talk to the owner the next time I see them.

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  11. I see these posts of people that have hundreds of inserts to sell and wonder how they get them legally. Forever, I have been looking for how to purchase 2-4 sets of inserts every week at less than $1 each (the paper price). I can sometimes get a deal for the paper at .50, but I just can't deal with four papers! What a waste, anyway. What can I do?

    I wish that at the end of the day the stores could gather the inserts from the left over papers and give them away.

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  12. I get my extras at coffee shops. Most of them have a basket where people can toss the papers they've already read, and often I find coupon inserts in there.

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  13. Definitely stealing. I would either have talked to her or ratted her out to the cashier.

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  14. I didn't know people did this until I bought and brought a paper home and they coupons were missing! I was so mad. That is the only reason I buy a newspaper. I check everytime now, and even had a cashier once who also checked before giving the paper to me. I'm glad she did, because I had just done a quick glance and she caught that the second booklet of coupons were gone.

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  15. I know of stores that placed the newspapers behind the counters because of this type of behaviors because of customer complaints. The honest couponers said they would begin buying their papers somewhere else if their papers were regularly without inserts. They bought an average of 60+ papers a week. All of the stores in the township began putting papers behind the counters. It is a hassle but it greatly reduced the coupon insert thefts

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    1. GREAT idea! Ours were moved beside the register and the theft was still happening unfortunately. :/

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  16. These are some really great tips for couponing!

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  17. Always searching for great coupons. Can't wait for the companies to make them all electronically. No more searching through tons of paper coupons .... Heaven! Thanks for your help here.

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  18. Yes she was STEALING. I would have went inside reported her and got her arrested. People do have to pay fines for crimes like that.

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  19. I asked my church and they put that I was looking for coupons in the church bulletin. The congregation places their extras in bins that I put in the kitchen area and when I can I donate some things to the church that I coupon for that can help then. It is a win win for all.

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  20. I love coupons . Thank you for your advice.yes she was stealing and even those people who take inserts out of papers in home delivery and even those who take a whole lot of coupons from the coupon things attached on shelves sometimes, people should limit themselves and leave it for others' too.

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  21. It's theft I would snap her pic, red handed & discreetly call the police!

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  22. It is sad to think that you might buy half a paper and not get the most important section, the coupons. It wouldn't be worth buying the paper if you missed getting them.

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  23. Oh boy, that makes me mad. We subscribe to the paper, half because of the Sunday coupons and there are times when there's either nothing in it or just one little leaflet instead of a few. Our mailperson stinks so we assume half the time she's just letting them slide out but to think someone could be stealing them somewhere would make me boil.

    I definitely would say something, maybe along the lines of, "it's terrible how they're not putting many coupons in the paper anymore when some people really depend on them." Then I'd glare at her until she ran away crying. lol

    Wow, that was really something.

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  24. That was definitely stealing and Shop lifting, People have no care about Morals anymore its pretty said. I would have called her out on it and then told the cashier. Where I live we hardly ever get coupons so those things are like gold for me.

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  25. I completely agree with you. I had something similar happen to me at Petsmart. I was waiting to get over to the cat food I was buying at the time but there was another woman standing in front of it blocking the way. You know those coupons that are on the outside of the product for you to use then or your next shopping trip? She was systematically going through each can and taking the coupon and then putting the can back on the shelf. I admit I made a couple of loud comments about people like her and how they were stealing from those who actually was going to get the product. I guess I shamed her because she scurried away right after that.

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  26. (How To Get Coupons for FREE...WITHOUT Digging in Dumpsters) I am so glad that I found this and read it about getting free coupons. Right now we have to watch where every penny is going. Doing this will help us out for sure-

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  27. Hey I stopped in my area for a wait couponing due to some people in my area doing the same thing she was stealing coupon Wow.I went to the Fd store near my mom and saw a lady selling her stock pile.I she looks as if she cleans shelves.I always believe that's what those people do who clear shelves my God.I am a Christian not judging anyone but just couldn't do that and before becoming a Christian always have been a natural giver.I always look out for anyone who gives coupons to me especially if it's free items or just cost me a few cents.

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  28. I love your post. Since I have been couponing I seen how crazy and harder it has become and is mostly because people are not following the rules.. We are getting a great deal as it is and if it wasnt for it we wouldnt be able to save that being said is best to do the right thing and instead of thinking about ourselves we can help others from the free items we get.

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Diana