Coupon Brokers Take The Work Out Of Clipping Coupons

As I’ve discussed before, I’m a big fan of sensible coupon use. I rarely enter a grocery store without a shopping list with fifteen coupons paperclipped to it, and people in line behind me are often shocked as they watch my shopping total go down, down, down to sometimes amazingly low amounts. I wouldn’t want to even speculate how much I’ve saved in the past month with grocery coupons, but I’d be willing to bet that it’s reduced my food, household, and toiletry bills by 30% or better.

The funny part is that I really don’t spend very much time collecting the coupons. Instead, I effectively just hire others to do it for me – and still make a tidy profit. I merely visit a coupon broker once a week or so to see what they’ve clipped out of the Sunday papers and pay them a tiny fee for just the coupons I want. For a dollar or two, I get a big heaping envelope of coupons that I can basically directly take to the store and save money with.

Let me use an example. One great, easy to understand coupon broker is Kirstin’s Coupon Corner. She lists all of the coupons she has, along with a tiny price for each one.

Let’s say on Sunday evening, I assemble the start of a grocery list for next Saturday’s shopping excursion (I do this sometimes, mostly because cutting down to one grocery trip a week or less is a big money saver). I look through the cupboard and add the following items that I need to the list:
A tube of Crest toothpaste
A package of Luvs diapers
Dishwashing fluid (probably Dawn or generic)
Tabasco sauce
K-Y jelly
stewed tomatoes

I visit Kirstin’s Coupon Corner and I start matching up these items with coupons she has available:

$0.10 – Crest Paste or Liquid Gel $1/1
$0.10 – Luvs Jumbo pack or larger $3/1
$0.05 – Dawn .50/1
$0.05 – Tabasco Sauce .50/1
$0.10 – K-Y product (2.75oz or larger) $2/1
$0.05 – Hunt’s Tomatoes (11oz or larger) .45/3

I decide to get three of the Luvs coupons because it’s a stellar deal, so I request $0.65 in coupons from Kirstin, plus $0.39 in postage. I send her off a PayPal payment of $1.04 and this list of coupons.

On Friday, I open up my mailbox and there’s an envelope from Kirstin that I ordered. I take them to the store. How much do I save on stuff I would have purchased anyway? $13.45. It cost me $1.04 and about fifteen minutes extra time – and I didn’t even have to open up the Sunday paper. If you want to blow things out of the water even more, try lining up this strategy with a double coupon day at your local grocery store.

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16 thoughts on “Coupon Brokers Take The Work Out Of Clipping Coupons

  1. Mission Debt Freedom says:

    Using a coupon broker is a great deal! I use boodle.com…they usually have a pretty good selection of coupons as well.

  2. Missy says:

    Thanks for the info about the Coupon Broker! I use coupons but I can get overwhelmed with cutting them out and keeping track of them!

  3. Anon says:

    Great idea for an article!
    K-Y Jelly? You dawg!!

  4. Martin says:

    I have found the selling of coupons to be a very big business. Just look at eBay and the amount of coupons that are sold on there. If I get a big coupon in the paper (say $5 or more), I usually sell them on eBay and make $1 or $2, with very little work involved. I would have never expected selling coupons to be a business like this, but it an amazing idea.

  5. Serena says:

    that is a fabulous idea – both the buying (and potential selling) of coupons!

  6. Sharon says:

    Couponmom.com Free organization of all the Sunday paper coupons for many, many parts of the country. Check it out…

  7. Missy says:

    selling the coupons on Ebay sounds like it could be a small money maker.

  8. Jeff Beliveau says:

    Some words of warning on buying or selling coupons.

    The brands position is this is illegal. Take a look at the fine print on just about any grocery coupon you have. You’ll see language similar to this:
    “Void if altered, copied, sold, purchased, tranferred, exchanged…”

    If you choose to buy, beware of offers that “seem too good to be true”. They probably are. There are a surprisingly large number of coupon scam artists out there making up fake coupons.

    eBay has closed down the sale of grocery coupons (except for “collectables”) because of the fraud.

  9. Rebecca Johnson says:

    I been an Entertainment coupon clipper for years until I read an article in local paper about the new nationwide discount card program, http://www.newmaxcard.com

    They also have a free RSS feed with coupon codes, i got the max card myself and one for my co-worker. I enjoy it quite a bit.

  10. Tina Gilbert says:

    When you sign up at different sites to get their coupons, they will ask you for your email addy… to keep my personal email box from being filled with coupons and special offers, I made a different email account to be used just for couponing. I can go thru it at my leisure and I dont have to sift thru hundreds of emails to read ones from my family and friends.

  11. Jackie says:

    Okay, maybe I’m doing something wrong. When I go to Kirstin’s site, all is get is something that looks like a search portal. Is her site down?

  12. Susan says:

    If you really want to save big, and you’re not totally dedicated to particular brands, try thegrocerygame.com. It takes a little work at first, but once you get the hang of it the savings are big. Actually, the first time I tried it I intended to prove it to not be as good as they said, but ended up saving more than 50% on my food purchase, and the cashier and lady behind me were astonished (as was I!)! Buy smart. Stocking things you won’t use doesn’t save money, but many of the free items are things we all use each week! I highly recommend giving it a try.

  13. Susan says:

    If you really want to save big, and you’re not totally dedicated to particular brands, try thegrocerygame.com. It takes a little work at first, but once you get the hang of it the savings are big. Actually, the first time I tried it I intended to prove it to not be as good as they said, but ended up saving more than 50% on my food purchase, and the cashier and lady behind me were astonished (as was I!)! Buy smart. Stocking things you won’t use doesn’t save money, but many of the free items are things we all use each week! I highly recommend giving it a try.

  14. Tara says:

    I’ve tried to access Kirstin’s site, and it appears to have closed down. I’m just wondering if there are any other coupon brokers that you go to/can recommend. Sounds like a great deal to be had!

  15. Rachelle says:

    You can try http://www.thecouponclippers.com/. The lady who runs this site is one of my mom’s friends, and the mother of one of my classmates. Technically, you are not BUYING coupons from Rachael. You are paying The Coupon Clippers to clip the coupons from the newspapers and mail them to you. It’s really a super deal.

  16. Joyce says:

    Very helpful. thanks so much for info. just what I was looking for

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