There are a number of sources to get coupons- these are the main ones I use and reference:
* Sunday Inserts- our area doesn't seem to get as many as the larger cities, but this is a great source for getting coupons. Some people find it useful to get more than one paper so that they can stock up on the items that have a great coupon when a good sale comes along. At the moment, I like to get the Seattle Times and the Tacoma News Tribune. The News Tribune has the best RedPlum insert in the area. You can get multiple copies of the Tacoma News Tribune DELIVERED for just $1.00 per issue through this special deal.
* Weekly Store Ads- Every week (Wednesday here) the stores put out a new weekly circular. These arrive in the newspaper. If you don't get the newspaper, all the stores do stock the circular in the store usually somewhere near the doors and sometimes at the customer service counter. You can also check the ads each week online and read it before you decide if you want to go pick one (or five) up! When you can combine and store coupon with a manufacturer's coupon this is called "stacking" and can REALLY up your savings.
* Coupon Sites- these are sites online that allow you to select and print manufacturer's coupons. Here's a pretty long list of my favorite printable coupon sites:
Each of these sites "reload" their coupons at the start of each month, but they also add coupons throughout the month. Most have a print limit, so the coupon will no longer be available when the print limit is reached. There may also be a print limit per computer (usually 2-4 times).
* Manufacturer Websites- MANY website promote their products by offering great coupons when you sign up for their newsletter or submit your information. I find it is almost always worth it and a lot of times they share high value coupons.
Do be aware that by signing up, you will get e-mails from them. I suggest creating a NEW email account specifically for your coupon stuff (a free one from hotmail, yahoo or gmail works great for this). This way you don't get newsletters & ads mixed in with your personal mail- much easier to manage. And you really do get great coupons from signing up for these newsletters- I print 2-5 coupons per day from the various newsletters I'm signed up to.
* Blinkies- these are coupons that pop out of the little blinking machines found in the aisles of grocery stores. They are usually worth grabbing as often they have a high value
* Peelies- these are coupons attached directly to the product. Make sure you take it off before you check out and use it right away! These are especially great if something is already on sale and you get this bonus with it!
* Promotional Booklets- these may be put out by are certain manufacturer (and are often located by that specific product) or even a specific store (often found near checkstands or near the ads). Make sure to make note whether the coupons in it are store coupons or manufacturer coupons so you can use them accordingly.
* Inside products or packaging- lots of products will have a coupon that can be cut out of the packaging or a separate coupon located inside the product. These are also usually high value and are especially great when you bough several of that product not even realizing a coupon was coming with it!