Yes, eBay sells everything! And, in an effort to get my grocery budget as low as possible, I purchase extra coupons through clipping services like Ebay and several others!
Why Order Extra Coupons
There are times when it's just smart to purchase coupons. Actually, you are paying for the person's time to cut, clip and mail you the coupons. There may be a really hot sale you want to stockpile.
For example, when Kroger had the sale on Chex Mix for $1, I purchased coupons and got at least 20 bags. My Kroger doubles all coupons up to $.50. So, that coupon doubled making my Chex Mix FREE!!! I was able to build a stockpile that lasted us until the next sale.
I publish the ad preview for CVS and Walgreens every Thursday before the sale week starts. I try to get you the information in advance so you can see if there are coupons available to purchase.
I usually wait until Sunday when I have had time to review other store ads to see if there are other coupons I need to get (so I can just make one purchase). But, if CVS or Walgreens have a really great FREEbie coming up, I will make my order that Thursday because chances are those coupons will be gone come Sunday (crazy, indeed!).
Where To Order Coupons
You can see I have several coupon clipping service sites in my side bar. These are all legitimate sites that I have used or I know others who have used them.
Before I place an order, I try to find the service that has all the coupons I need to order. So, I may actually check several of these sites before I place my order. It's just less shipping and handling if you process it that way in one order. These coupon clipping services are:
The Coupon Clippers
I also use Ebay to order coupons. Yeap, Ebay sells everything!
How to Order Coupons
It's really easy with the coupon clipping sites I mentioned above. You simply search the site for the coupons and place your order. However, a lot of people are intimidated with Ebay.
Here are a few pointers if you are new to Ebay shopping (written specifically for coupon shopping):
Use the Search Button
Do a search for the specific name of the coupon you want.
Read the Auction
Make sure the coupon quantity is what you really want. For example, some Cottonelle coupons are for $.50 on ONE and others are for $.50 on TWO.
Be sure to inspect what the value and quantity is before you bid! That is sometimes the difference between getting it for FREE and actually paying for it! *Paying with Paypal is the easiest way to pay (don't worry it's safe :-)
Buy It Now
Buy it Now auctions are the fastest and easiest way to order. Since sales are only 7 days, I always use this method to ensure I receive my coupons in time for the sale. There has never been a time I have not received my coupons in time for a sale!
Consider this (of course) when making a purchase because if an auction is priced too high, you may be better off passing on the deal or using a clipping service (above).
Generally, you can get 10-20 coupons for $1-$2. Sometimes you can get FREE shipping or reduced shipping costs if you order multiple auctions – that's the value in ordering all of your coupons from one seller.
Are Printable Coupons Available?
Many times there are printable coupons available (you can see my list of Internet Printable Coupon Sites). I have found that when I pull together a few friends and tell them I want a certain printable, I manage to get more than enough. This generosity of my friends (love you girls) helps so I don't have to order any!
Also, NEVER order coupons that are internet printables! You cannot tell if they were copied (illegally) and you can probably print them yourself. So, only order actual coupons clipped from the paper or other paper sources.
Learn more about the different types of coupons and
how to use coupons in our Free Online Coupon Course.