Creative and Uncommon Places
You may find coupons in places you least expect. And as you begin to use them, you'll find that you will either notice them or automatically look to see if you can find them, no matter where you go. And don't be afraid to tell people you know that you use coupons so if they get some they don't want, they can pass them along to you.
Scope Out the Doctor's and Dentist's Offices
Always keep your eye open when you visit your doctor's office. Take a look around at the literature they have in the waiting room, at the check-in window, and even in the exam room. There may be coupons for products that you can purchase over the counter that your doctor may suggest to you. Pediatricians and obstetricians get coupons for formula and even free samples. If you don't see any, ask your doctor. They may have them but just not out on display.
The dentist is good for giving you a free toothbrush, floss, and even toothpaste. She may also have coupons for oral hygiene products. Look around and don't be afraid to ask. The companies send coupons, along with free samples, to dentists so they will share with you and you'll hopefully become a customer and purchase these products all the time. If your dentist has coupons or samples, she will be more than happy to share them with you.
That's What Friends Are For
It is great to have a couponing buddy who can help and share with you. But other people you may know might not be as excited about using coupons. They may catch on after they see all the money you are saving with coupons, but until then, ask them to pass along their Sunday inserts or magazines once they go through them and take out what they want (if they take anything at all).
Your coworkers may also be a great resource for coupons. You can form a group in which you all share the coupons you aren't going to use each week. If you think this may be something they are interested in doing, ask everyone to bring their coupon inserts in on Monday, then each take turns clipping them either while on lunch break or at home that night. Not everyone uses the same products, so it's a great way to get more coupons for the products you use and also to help someone else save on products they use.
You may hear about people “dumpster diving” to get coupon inserts. Before you dive into any dumpsters, you better check with the recycling center to make sure you can actually do this. You may think you are recycling by using the items, but the recycling center makes money on the weight of the recyclables. By taking their inserts, you are taking their profits. They may frown upon this, and in reality, it's stealing.
Send for Free Samples and You May Get Coupons Too
When you see an offer for a free sample, it may be worth more than you think. Lots of companies include coupons with their free samples in hopes that you'll purchase their product after trying it. Lots of times the coupons that are included with free samples are higher value or better value coupons than you'll receive anywhere else. Since it doesn't cost you more than a few minutes to request the sample, it's well worth your time.