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Recently, a friend told me that she didn’t have time to bother with coupons. She claimed that she is far too busy to sort through them, cut them out and keep track of them. Sound familiar?

I asked her, “Are you too busy for someone to give you $250 for FREE?”

Naturally, she’s not!

The truth is that you can save $5 a week in less than 5 minutes. That’s over $250 per year! That could be a plane ticket, a car payment, a new designer shirt or a nice dinner out.

Couponing doesn’t have to be complex or extreme. There’s no need for subscribing to 10 different newspapers or carrying a 4 inch three-ring-binder full of hundreds of clipped coupons. Keep it simple and focus only on the items that you consume on a regular basis.

Coupons are like FREE cash. You give the cashier $5 worth of coupons in place of a $5 bill. Billions of dollars worth of coupons go unused every year. Yes, billions. Take advantage of your share.

Here are 5 great places where you can easily find $5 worth of coupons in less than 5 minutes per week –

1 – Direct from the Manufacturer

Always check the web sites of the products that you use on a regular basis and be sure to sign up for their email lists. The often have FREE coupons available to print and frequently email exclusive coupons. You can find coupons available directly from Johnson and Johnson, Pillsbury, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Campbell’s and many others.

2 – Search Engines

Do a quick search using your preferred search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing). Simply enter the product name or manufacturer followed by the word coupon. For example, “FREE Cheerios Coupon.”

3 – Coupon Database Sites

Websites like, SavingStar and SmartSource offer printable and digital coupons from numerous manufacturers. It’s easy and quick to search their offerings by brand and category.

4 – Smartphone Apps

Digital coupons are sweeping the coupon world! New apps are popping up all the time. Quite a few retailers, including Kroger, Safeway and Target, also now offer digital coupons. You can even browse the coupons while shopping! Ibotta and Checkout 51 are popular FREE grocery coupon and rebate apps that I recommend.

5 – Family and Friends

Put the word out so people know what coupons you use. You’ll be surprised how many FREE coupons might come your way simply by making it known.

For example, this week I saved:

  • $1 on Uncle Ben’s Rice – printed from
  • $2 on Tide Pods – found by searching Google for “Tide Coupons”
  • $2 on Purdue Frozen Chicken – printed from
  • 25¢ on a Gallon of Milk – rebate from the Ibotta Smartphone App
  • $1 on Maxwell House K-Cups – from my mom who constantly gives me K-Cup coupons

That’s over $5 savings on items that I regularly purchase. It literally took me less than 5 minutes!

So, what are you going to buy with your FREE $250?

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