It is not necessary to subscribe to your local paper, but I would suggest it if you can fit it into your budget. If you live locally, the Arizona Republic offers a Wednesday (food ads) and Sunday (retail ads and coupons) subscription for a great deal. It’s about $1 per week for Wed. & Sun. delivery with autopay (three months for the price of one, then cancel or pay full price).Go HERE to get that special deal, if you haven’t been a subscriber in the last 30 days. (Please read all the fine print at the bottom before signing up, especially the part about being billed full price after your period is up. Mark your calendars to cancel if you don’t want to continue.)
You can buy a paper at many retail locations. They are $2 per Sunday paper. Make sure you check to see that the coupon inserts are in there! Sometimes, the expected inserts aren’t put in and other times, they are stolen. Also be aware that they sometimes contain very skinny inserts with a limited number of coupons. Check to see what you’re getting, before making your purchase. Home delivery is better since you get the full inserts, and you get them all. But, on the other hand, they’re often exactly the same.
Dollar Tree sells papers for $1 each Sunday. Depending on the location, they may limit the number you can buy and there could be a line when they open on Sunday. Some stores get another shipment of papers on Monday, so ask your store. Again, make sure there are enough coupons in there and it’s worth your buck.
If you find that you want to acquire more coupons, you can go to Coupon Clippers and pay a minimal fee to get more. (That’s just one that I have an affiliate relationship with. Do a Google search and find many more!) If you know of a sale, order them right away so they will arrive in time to use them before the sale ends. Keep in mind that stores limit how many you can use (only three identical will have an increased value at grocery stores and four is often the limit, for any coupon).