Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ask a Walmart Expert: Can I Buy Coupons Online?

Ask a Walmart Expert

Can I Buy Coupons Online?

I get asked this question quite a bit and I’m never exactly sure how to answer it.  It’s not that I don’t know the answer, I’m just never sure what information they are actually asking for so let’s just try to cover all the bases.

Is It Possible to Buy Coupons Online?

This is the easiest one to answer.  Yes. There are several companies that will ship coupons directly to you.  The one I use most often is Klip2Save.  They are cheap, easy and fast.

Should I Buy Coupons Online?

Sometimes.  There are weeks when it makes financial sense to buy several newspapers and there are weeks when it’s better to just use a clipping service to buy the coupons you want.

2 weeks ago we had one lonely insert in our newspapers and there was only about 2 coupons I had any interest in having.  That was a week that I should have left the newspapers at the store and just used Klip2Save to buy the few coupons I wanted.  I would have saved about 7-9 dollars doing it that way.

This week there are 3 inserts and a bunch of good coupons, so I bought papers because it was cheaper.  Each week you can look at the Coupon Previews and decide how you want to get your coupons for the week.

Is It Legal to Buy Coupons Online?

Let me preface this buy saying I am neither a lawyer nor the son of a lawyer, nor do I play a lawyer on TV.  I know just enough about the law to know I don’t know anything about the law, especially when it comes to couponing.  So take this part with a grain of salt.

Here’s the issue.  Just about every coupon in the world has very small print that says something to the effect of “Void if sold, transferred or exchanged”.  So how are these clipping services staying in business?  Because no one cares.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are selling fake coupons, the feds are going to come down on you like a ton of bricks.  But for the run of the mill coupon user, it’s not a big deal.

Of course, you have to follow your conscience but buying coupons from online retailers is a long-standing tradition in the couponing world and at worst a victimless crime.

Here’s a few other articles that might interest you.

How Many Sunday Papers Should You Buy?

Can you copy a coupon and use it at Walmart?

What to do when Walmart Refuses your Coupon

Ask a Walmart Expert: Can I Buy Coupons Online?

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