I was reading over Money Saving Mom about "dumpster diving" for newspapers. Well, I wouldn't call it that, since she was finding coupons in a recycling bin meant only for newspapers. But the comments posted lots of other ideas I never thought about, like asking gas stations for the coupons in their unsold papers.
Here's my Thrifty Tip: Ask Wal-Mart for Coupon Inserts!
If you've been extreme couponing for a while, you might not even step inside a Wal-Mart except to get a gift card to get 3 cents off gas. But, this might change your Sunday driving routine.
Since Wal-Mart sells newspapers for $0.99, I sometimes buy papers there. One Sunday morning, I checked out at Customer Service and noticed a huge stack of coupons. After my heart stopped beating fast, I asked if I could have some. They gave me two of each SS & RP! I still bought a paper. After that, I just stop in on the way to Church, ask for coupons and leave! Sometimes, I get ornery CS reps who only give me one, because "It's for the employees" they say. Most of the time, I get at least two of each insert FREE! I feel like Wal-Mart is paying me back for all those years they've been taking my money before I learned to coupon.
Get there early Sunday because it runs out by noon. How does it work? Well, each register needs to have a copy Sunday ads. So, they separate those for the registers and collect all the coupon inserts in another pile. Since they can't sell the incomplete newspapers, they give away the coupons. Check your Wal-Mart this Sunday and get your free coupons!