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Couponing in California: Where to find Coupons- 2

Just joining us? Welcome to the NEW SCS Series: Couponing in California. This is a basic overview of couponing in California (or anywhere for that matter) and how to get started! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here

There are lots of sources for coupons that you can use to save your money. They are all over the place sometimes! Here are the main ones that you will be able to use at a store and save your savings:

Sunday paper: Normally there are two regular inserts: Red Plum and Smartsource. Once a month, you can find a P&G insert. I get 5 papers just so I can save a good amount from multiple coupons. (There are times when there are awesome deals that require you to have multiples of the same coupon)

-Most of the time the Red Plum and Smart Source online sites contain the same coupons as the newspaper. 

If you need a Sunday Paper Deal–you can currently search for a deal on most major City Sunday Papers here

Now, if you are in desperate need of multiple coupons to buy a list of products but you don’t want to buy a ton of newspapers then there are coupon clipping sites where you pay per coupon. These are usually priced at 10% of the coupon value. I recommend them as they’ll help you save money from great deals:

Sunday Coupon Inserts 

Check out on some tips on collecting coupons:

  • If you want to save money at any time, the general rule is to purchase 1 Sunday paper for every person in your family.
  • Some coupon inserts are regional; meaning you may have a different coupon than someone living across the country or even in the next county. (if you are in the So Cal area I suggest the LA Times, it usually offer all the good coupons!)

Store specific Coupons:

  • These are coupons that can only be used at the specified store, or to buy specific brands of products unless otherwise stated. 
  • Rite Aid Ad Perk (watch a short video in exchange for a coupon on the products and grocery)
  • (scroll to the bottom of the page and look for coupons tab) Note: Target Coupons state  “TARGET WEB Coupon at top” not all of the coupons on this site are Target coupons. 


A favorite magazine that is Walmart offer at about $2.50 is All You. You can check it out. The magazine does offer great coupons and you can also find good deals. Right now, you can snag a great deal on All You– Buy One Get One Free. This Magazine Practically Pays for itself with all of the great coupons inside. You get to save a lot of money when you  have a long shopping list for products and grocery.

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11 thoughts on “Couponing in California: Where to find Coupons- 2”

  1. Do you have any information for people living on the Central Coast (Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo Counties)? Would love to know if these deals are for just Southern California or if they can be used in Central California as well. Also which papers should we get to maximize our shopping?

    • If you have any of the stores that I talk about on this site, yes! 🙂 Examples: Vons, Albertsons, Safeway, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Food co (same as Food 4 Less) Pavilions (same company as Vons and Safeway)

      I would start with your local news paper. Be sure to to get the sunday paper for coupons!

      • I picked up a Sunday paper last week and there were no coupons. I was so sad! I think someone had taken them out. 🙁 I will try again tomorrow.

        • that happened to my sister as well, maybe better off getting it mailed, but then people may steal it also. Just check inside before you buy it!

          • Sometimes there aren’t coupon inserts. This happened to me too. Google when they will have inserts. For example, there were no inserts in the Easter Sunday newspapers.

  2. Do you know where I can purchase inserts from a person face to face where I can pay and pick up instead of having to order the actual papers. I have someone right now but she doesn’t sell the RP. Please help. Thanks.

  3. Where are some Los Angeles Times newsstands that actually have Sunday papers in stock? I went to a few stands and they either had no papers or were from Wednesday 🙁

    • Email me, I have several inserts from this past week and we may work something out. My email is jmartinez456@roadrunner dot com

  4. My friend lives on the east coast and they have a lot of “person to person stands” to purchase the paper w/inserts in bulk (insert bundles). They even have little signs so you know. I’ve never noticed any similar thing in San Fernando Valley. It may be taboo to ask, but if any knows of this please share.


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