Couponing in California: Where to find Coupons Part 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. They are all over the place sometimes! Here are the main ones that you will be able to get often:

Sunday paper: Normally there are two regular inserts: Red Plum and Smartsource. Once a month there is a P&G insert. I get 5 papers just so I can have a good amount of 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 find a deal on most major City Sunday Papers here

Now, if you are in desperate need of multiple coupons 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:

Sunday Coupon Inserts 

Some tips on collecting coupons:

  • If you are serious about saving money, 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 has all the good coupons!)

Store specific Coupons:

  • These are coupons that can only be used at the specified store, unless otherwise stated. 
  • Target.com (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. 

All You


A great magazine that is sold at Walmart is All You. Its priced at about $2.50 and has great coupons. 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. 



photo credit: krossbow

  • jose valenzuela says:

    i think couponing is great i would like to learn how to do it the rite way

  • Arianna Brush says:

    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?

    • Josie says:

      If you have any of the stores that I talk about on this site, yes! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

      • Arianna Brush says:

        I picked up a Sunday paper last week and there were no coupons. I was so sad! I think someone had taken them out. ๐Ÿ™ I will try again tomorrow.

        • Lana says:

          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!

          • Mrskdulce says:

            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.

  • mary says:

    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.

  • Martha says:

    Can I coupon at Gilroy Ca

  • Clarissa says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™

    • Ese Nito says:

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

  • Jo says:

    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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