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5 Weird Places to Find Coupons

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Five Weird Places to Find CouponsI'm not exactly the poster woman for couponing-particularly extreme couponing-for a variety of reasons. Mainly, I just believe there are more time-efficient ways to save money.

Mine is not a popular view: millions of Americans have turned to coupons to save money in this economy. Now, if you use a coupon for something you already need, that's one thing. But as we know, couponing has, for some, turned into an unhealthy obsession.

There's no limit as to how far some will go to dig up a buy-one-get-one-free offer; some aficionados are even said to be stealing their neighbors' Sunday paper for coupon inserts.

Now the folks behind have created a master list of 52 places where you can locate coupons these days. Some, like newspaper inserts and online coupon websites, are obvious, but many on the list are rather surprising.

Here are the five weirdest:

1. eBay

Did you know that eBay sells coupons? I did a search and there are currently more than 78,000 items in that category-some up for bids, but many available to "buy now."

There are several listings for batches of "100 grocery store coupons," many worth $1 off or more, with bidding for the lot starting at around $1. Even I will admit that's an interesting deal: If you find even 10% of the coupons worthwhile, that's money well spent.

But then I'm reminded of the coupon obsession when I see listings for 20 identical cereal coupons, which expire in about three weeks. You'll either need a lot of cereal lovers in your household or a big pantry.

2. Coupon Clipping Services

Too busy to clip your own coupons? There are actual coupon clipping companies that will do the work for you for a very small fee.

Popular examples include: The Coupon Clippers and Coupons By Dede. You can sign up to receive coupons in specific categories or from preferred manufacturers and retailers.

3. Coupon Trains

Coupon trains let you exchange coupons with others through the mail.

CouponSherpa explains how it works: "An envelope of coupons, usually 40 to 200, is mailed from the 'conductor' to the first person on the list. They remove their desired coupons and replace them with those of equal value and number before mailing the envelope on the next member of the train."

You can create trains with specific coupons for babies, pets, household products, etc. Shoppers look online to find passengers at sites like and the message board at

4. Airports

I would never have thought of this, but CouponSherpa says airports are filled with coupons-you just have to know where to look.

They suggest that coupon hunters check out discarded newspapers and magazines, then grab unclaimed coupons. Personally, my favorite airport coupon is the Southwest drink ticket . . . which you can actually find on eBay selling at 4 for $3. A $20 value-not bad at all.

5. Inside Packaging

CouponSherpa reminds us that coupons are often hidden inside frozen food and cereal boxes. And they're right! I just checked my box of Post Shredded Wheat (I know, boring) and-lo and behold-a coupon for one free Del Monte fruit cup, worth up to $1.59.

Whether you are an extreme couponer or just a frequent user like me, you may enjoy savings by using some of CouponSherpa's tips.  I did check eBay for coupons and was surprised at the number of coupons listed for sale.  Could clipping coupons and selling them on eBay be the answer for people wanting to supplement their incomes?  Could you actually start your own in-home coupon clipping service?  Coupons are here to stay; can you "cash" in on this new phenomenon?

Kimberly Johns, CareOne Services, Inc. Debt Management Plan Customer Kimberly Johns

Kimberly has been on the CareOne Debt Management Plan (DMP) for just under a year. Kimberly is very active in the Community Forums, some of you may recognize her Community user name; Tiquie. Recently retired, she is going to share how she and her husband manage the financial challenges of living on a fixed income. The John's have found some really creative and fun ways to offset the limitations of a retirement income, which Kimberly is generously planning to share in her My Journey out of Debt blog! Compensated Blogger for CareOne Debt Relief Services.

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