Subscribing to papers outside of the area

@SomeCowgirl (32273)
United States
December 30, 2012 11:06am CST
I am thinking of subscribing to my local paper for Sunday only. It will cost me about $5.00 per month I believe as it's around $1.00 per Sunday paper. Then I was also told that another county has really great Sunday ads and so I went to the papers website and I didn't see an option to subscribe for just that days ads. I'll have to call them on Monday and talk to them about it, see if they have an option to just deliver my paper on Sundays. If so, that will be two papers I'll get each week and able to get the coupons out of. At the same time, I'm just not sure. I could keep using the coupon cutters site that I use. Also a gas station near me usually still has Sunday papers a few days later. What to do, what to do? I guess saving up the money for both papers, putting it on hold until I can really decide would be the best bet.
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@13tyates (1611)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I used to subscribe to our local paper and our county paper awhile back, but I got to a point where I was running low on money so I had to cut it. I am actually thinking about subscribing again because it is so much easier to know the paper will show up every week instead of what I have been doing, where I just go by the grocery store and buy it. I think it may be easier to just do multiple subscriptions of your local paper if that is possible. Well, if you want it for the coupons then that would be easiest. You might look into that, but I'm not totally sure most papers will allow you to purchase multiple subscriptions.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
We have only two papers in our county that I am aware of. One is just a small paper from a township here, or a village lol as it's called. The other is the big paper. I am not sure what I'll do. I have to weigh the pros and cons of it, I guess I'd much rather know what coupons I am getting so perhaps spending like $5.00 a week and ordering them online is much better. I use couponcuttersco.com
@13tyates (1611)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I just looked at that website and it looks really cool. Seems like it might be small enough of a site to be able to know who your buying from and the story behind it. There is always a few coupons I want more of so I may have to buy from there time to time. I guess even if you're not totally sure on what coupons you will get, you can always keep up with the news by getting a couple subscriptions.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Yes but I can also go to the website to find out local news. I am not sure, perhaps I will get the subscriptions. I have purchased from coupon cutters co several times and I really love it. I've also purchased from Coupons By dede but she makes you buy $3.00 worth of coupons. I don't believe Coupon Cutters Co. has an amount you have to buy.
• United States
1 Jan 13
I honestly don't bother with ordering a newspaper. The coupons and deals available up here are not worth it. You know so many people get into that extreme couponing but that's something not possible where I live. What is possible here is to know when the stores do mark downs and to stock up when you see deals. There's no way I'm buying 6 yogurts to save .10 on each one when I can buy them .20 cheaper at a store that doesn't accept coupons. It's all about where you live and the promotions available.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Very true. We have strict couponing rules here but we also have double coupons and super double / triple weeks. If I'm going to stock up, I'm going to stock up following the coupon rules. Extreme Couponers ruin it for the rest of us. Now if you ever did want to get into couponing you could order the coupons online but like you said sometimes a deal at another store close by outweighs / makes more sense then buying a newspaper to clip a coupon.
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• United States
1 Jan 13
If we had what you have I would consider it. However, we do not have a decent double couponing store. The store here requires you to buy an additional $25 in groceries and you can only use 5 coupons. I would not save any money that way now if I could use as many as I would like and didn't have to buy the additional $25 then perhaps. Though a boss of mine claims they know someone who does that here but I don't know how as Walgreens and Target let you stack with a mfg and their own coupon but even then is it worth the effort to save on one or two things?
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
1 Jan 13
That is ridiculous! That's not allowing you to save at all! Now I could see perhaps if the $25 worth of items mandatory to get were say buy one get one free, so you are getting a lot more, but even so.. I'm sorry that's just robbery really.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 13
I always think the best way of making a decision is weighing up the pros and cons, what will you get out of subscribing to papers outside the area, against the cost, does one outweigh the other? It seems strange paying money out in order to save money, the two don't really go together, if you are going to spending more money by subscribing, what will you get for your money and is it worth it? Try the one local paper and see how you get on with that. The best way is trial and error, I take it you can stop the subscriptions at any time, and they are not for lengthy periods?
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
2 Jan 13
I think they are about three months, and I do believe you can stop them at anytime unless they've changed that. The problem with this lot is though that it floods when it rains and they liked to throw our paper in it. We had to call and then they'd hand deliver it to the porch, but it took a few times. This was, years ago. I am still weighing pros and cons of everything.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
I really don't understand how these coupons work because we don't have such in our country. Is it really worth buying the paper? If you consider the price of the local paper, don't you think you would be spending more than what you get from the coupons?
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
The sunday subscription for just MY paper is $1.00. I am not sure for the Davidson County paper and would have to call and ask them as the website doesn't give the option. In the USA, a lot of stores have special coupon weeks. The store I work at doubles coupons daily up 0.99. However we have weeks where it doubles up to $1.98. This week (wednesday) is one of those weeks. It is very much worth it when you consider that. Another example, at walmart a 4 pack ultra soft of Charmin is $3.36. I had a coupon a few weeks ago for 0.25 off. It doesn't seem like much, but considering that 4 rolls of that toilet paper can last me two weeks if not more, it goes a long way. At the store I work at four rolls of the same brand is just a few cents more, if I had used the coupon there it'd have doubled it to 0.50. If I had that same coupon this week at my store It'd double it all the way to 0.75. It is well worth it.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
30 Dec 12
WE have them in our sat. paper. That is the state edition but locally we don't have many coupons at all...they come seperate in a little paper called the shopper. My ex DIL used to clip coupons like there was no tomorrow..made the price of the paper well worth it!
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
I remembered earlier that Saturday is when the coupons for one of the counties comes out... I know that some papers for other counties are strewn in stands throughout different counties. Okay that made no sense to me, let me reiterate. Okay so outside my work there is three stands. One for the local (county) paper, one for the next over (it comes once a week and never any coupons) and one The Wall Street Journal. So there are two different county papers and one National paper in the stand near me. I wonder where the closest stand is for the other county paper I want is.
@peavey (15668)
• United States
30 Dec 12
If the other paper costs as much as your local one, that would be $10 a month for newspapers. Could you consistently save that much by using the coupons? That would be the question I would ask myself. Both newspapers would have pretty much the same coupons.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
True, true. I am really debating it. I am just not sure. Perhaps if I was to go crazy on it like some do, but I don't see myself doing that. It doesn't pay off for anyone in the end. Myself, other couponers. I may just keep buying them how I have been, I can see online what will be in the next sunday's paper. I can buy the coupons online and if it's just a great coupon week then I'll pick up a copy at the gas station near me.
• Canada
30 Dec 12
I sure wish we had coupon inserts in the newspapers here. I would definitely make use of them. I think if you are getting useful and valuable coupons every Sunday that will always cover the cost of your subscription and then give you good discounts over and above that, it makes sense to get those papers. It's just math, really :) Then, if you can pick up other copies, as you mentioned, at gas stations or other places of business (or better yet, get copies that have been discarded for free), that's an added bonus. So far, I'm only able to use online sites to obtain my coupons... and there are always limits and re-order dates imposed... and then there may be an occasional coupon in the discount flyers but not much. Coupon inserts would be the only reason I'd re-subscribe to the newspaper... I dropped my subscription a long time ago because the price just kept increasing and it wasn't worth having.
• Canada
30 Dec 12
Oh gosh, that's not rambling at ALL! I appreciate all the information and I'm going to look into those sites to see if there's something I can do from Canada! Thank you I would really love to be able to know in advance what coupons I'd have for the coming week... would sure be a LOT easier to plan. I'm like you and only order coupons for the things I know I buy or might even conceivably buy. I'm not part of any coupon exchanges or anything (yet!) so I don't order coupons for cat products when I only have a dog or baby products when my daughters are grown. I sure wish we had double or triple coupon days though! I hear about those all the time in US and I'm envious. They just don't exist here. I think about how much more cost-effective I could be!! I used to cross-border shop for groceries, especially when my girls were babies and I could get baby food for SO much cheaper in the States. But now, with gas prices being what they are, and knowing that they'll only let me come across with so much in groceries on a same-day trip, it doesn't always make sense to go.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Amazon has groceries AND coupons now. I've not investigated so much into that yet but have considered it seeing as I can also get amazon gift cards. I do order a few things I won't likely use but my sister will as she is a very busy mom. I've looked on ebay and thought about ordering coupons. Perhaps when I know a coupon week is coming... How many groceries can you carry over? I imagine they examine closely each thing so I know putting it in re-useable bags to make it seem less would be out...
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• Canada
30 Dec 12
I'll be so anxious for Amazon.ca to catch up to Amazon.com! I love shopping Amazon and do a good majority of my Christmas shopping there. I think it's great to order coupons for other people when you see them. I've done that for my sister, too, for products that I know she buys that I don't. She gets coupons on her own but doesn't spend as much time at it as I do. As far as groceries go, if I only drive over the border for a few hours or the day, I have usually been able to bring back about $20 worth without them batting an eyelash. They just wave me through. If I were staying overnight or going for the weekend, I could bring much more.
@mariaperalta (19097)
• Mexico
30 Dec 12
I do that here in mexico. I get the san diego union tribune paper here on sundays. I love that big paper. i like keeping up on things in the usa. My dad had it delivered here for years. Here is costs like 12.50 per month.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Dec 12
That isn't so bad considering how far it ha to travel. So do you get it on Sunday or does it come a few days afterwards?
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
3 Jan 13
well, for coupon purposes, i think it is a good idea but just to read? no, i wouldn't spend money on it personally. i have a couple of newspaper apps that i can read the news on. you have to weigh the cost of cutting the coupons yourself or getting the service to do it. see which area offers the best deals.