Frugal Shopping

Many people look for unusual ways to find coupons and recently there have been new ways to update your strategy. With social media it is a whole new ballgame! Here are some spots to add to your coupon collecting strategy.

Hit up a live chat operator – consider asking for a coupon when shopping online. Tell them you're a college student on a budget and you just can’t afford to pay the shipping costs. The key is to be polite and you will be amazed at how many online stores allow chat operators to hand out a coupon code if you ask.

Store bathroom - some companies may put a 25% off coupon in a weekly flyer customers will find in the store restroom.

Airports – keep an eye out for Southwest drink coupons inside the lounge areas and technology kiosks where frequent flyers tend to hang out.
Don't buy it, you might get a discount – if you are going to make a significant purchase avoid clicking the finalize button. Instead close the browser, and… wait for a coupon. Many online stores like Best Buy, Bass Pro shops and tend to send the customers who haven’t finished their order a coupon through email to encourage them to come back and finalize their purchase.

Tweet for discounts - make sure you are following your favorite retailers on twitter. A majority of retailers are now using their Twitter feeds as a way to stay in touch with their loyal customers and offer coupons and insider tips on upcoming sales and promotions.

Scour the parking lot - it's unbelievable but you can find lots of coupons laying around in a parking lot or entrance to stores. People just throw them away if they don’t need them and they don't always make it to the trash. Keep an eye out for store flyers near cash registers and dressing rooms.

Buddy up with an employee - get to know an employee at your favorite stores like Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware. The chances are that your new friend will notify you of upcoming sales and coupon events. Generally speaking, creativity is the key to success. As you see there are tons of offbeat ways to get a discount on a variety of products and even services. Just be creative and you will be surprised at how many deals you will be able to score. For more tips on frugal shopping consider checking

Buy cheap coupons on - eBay now features more than 100,000 listings selling coupons for not only the grocery stores but other large retailers as well. Buying coupons off eBay makes sense on larger purchases like flooring for your home, a new television from Best Buy or clothing from American Eagle. Buying a 25% off coupon for a few dollars will result in considerable savings for you. In fact, eBay coupons may be not easy to find so consider subscribing for their mailing list to get access to discounts.

Get someone to clip your coupons - there are actually companies who will clip your coupons for a fee.
Hop on the coupon train - get on board as a coupon train works by the conductor mailing 50 to 200 coupons to the first person on the coupon tray list.
Student unions - one can find subway coupons in student unions and campus post offices.
Cereal boxes - cereal boxes still contain a coupon or two.
Waiter or waitress – when you dine in a restaurant why not ask your waiter or waitress if they have a coupon for the next time you come to eat. You can say something like" I absolutely love my meal and was wondering if you have any coupons for the next time I come in?"