Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? You race all over town collecting random items on a list in order to claim your fame as the winner. It’s some of the hardest work you’ll ever do that adds absolutely nothing of value to your life. But, it sure can be fun.
When I was in high school at Oxford, a friend from a neighboring school, David Wingard, hosted an annual scavenger hunt that probably left many Anniston residents confused. It’s probably a good thing that I can’t recall anything on the list in order to not incriminate myself. But, I’d just like to say that if your yard Gnome went missing one day about 20 years ago and you later discovered it under the bushes, you were not losing your mind. On behalf of every teen who participated, I would like to apologize to you and your sanity. We were good kids. And, we sure had fun.
Couponing is similar to scavenger hunts in many ways. Except couponing does add value to your life, as well as your pocketbook. The first question I’m asked by someone who wants to begin couponing is, “Where do I find coupons.” And, my answer is simple, “Everywhere.” If you pay close attention, you will find coupons on products you have in your pantry, on items to purchase, you may receive them in the mail, they are in your newspaper and magazines and they are online.
So, this week I thought I would save you some time from racing all over the place in the quest for coupons and give you my very own coupon scavenger hunt. Don’t print everything in site or you will soon find yourself out of ink and racing all over town trying to buy more. Instead, look around the sites and register for the ones you know you will use. (That email address that you need only for couponing will come in handy now). Then, print only what you know you will buy or items you might try.
Here is a list of places online that you can print manufacturer coupons to get you started:
I’ve been asked a lot lately about the return of coupon inserts in The Anniston Star. We are being honest when telling readers that we are working on it. Just like any business, we have to negotiate contracts with the companies that distribute coupon inserts, like Smart Source, Red Plum and P&G. We hope to have them soon and I’ll make sure to let you know as soon as I do.
Now, have fun in your online scavenger hunt for coupons.