Saving Money with Your Daily Paper

I try to read a lot of newspapers. I read the New York Times and several other papers online and I subscribe to the print versions of the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and our local paper, The Orlando Sentinel. Of course, life often intervenes and prevents me from getting through all of my daily reading, but I rarely fail to find the time to go through every section of the Sentinel from cover to cover. Last week, I kept track of all of the money saving and money making benefits I found in my local paper. I suspect that if you take the time to invest in a subscription to your local paper, you will find the following benefits as well.


I believe that just about anyone reading this article already knows that on Sunday, local papers are full of money saving coupon inserts. Last Sunday, my Sentinel advertized $208 in coupon savings could be found in the paper that day. This week, there were more than $320 in coupon savings in the Sunday paper. Of course, you need to take the time to find the inserts and to clip the coupons but that is a small price to pay for even a fraction of those coupons! Just last week, I found a 50% off one item coupon that redeemed at Michael’s craft store to buy a $120 item. I saved $60 with that one coupon alone!

Coupons, however, do not just appear in coupon inserts. This past week, I also found two $5 grocery store coupons on stickers located on the front page of my paper (on Sunday and on Friday). There were also many coupons scattered throughout the paper every other day of the week. If you take the time to look, you will likely find more than enough coupons in one month to pay the cost of your yearly newspaper subscription.

Sale Flyers

Although you could check sale flyers for all of the stores in your area by going on-line, that would take you a long time and you would still probably miss some sales. Your Sunday paper will carry sale flyers for all of the major stores in your area, allowing you to review in the comfort of your own home the bargains that are available. I read every sale flyer each week and use the flyers to plan my shopping. Especially as we get closer to the Christmas season, sales flyers usually provide me with my shopping itinerary for the week to come.

Classified Advertisements

There are a lot of things for sale in the classified advertisements of your local paper. Almost always, there are bargains to be found. When I was in college, a friend furnished his apartment for almost nothing by scouring the classifieds for bargains and aggressively checking out every listing that had potential.

Yard Sale Listings

My local paper also includes yard sale and thrift shop listings. It has been a while since I have had the time to go yard sale hopping on a Saturday morning but friends and I used to go to all of the yard sales in our town when we were in high school. It was great to be able to buy all of the cool stuff that the parents of recent high school graduates were selling, sometimes the week that our former classmates had headed off to college! If you watch Antiques Road Show on PBS you know that some yard sale finds can bring tremendous profit if you know what to buy!

Job Listings

If you are looking for a job, the Sunday paper is still the best place to look for local employment. Employers will post both their hiring needs and advertize any job fairs that they are planning. Even if you are unable to find the job that you want for the long term, the local employment ads are an easy resource for finding interim jobs that can keep you going until you find the right job.

Savings Articles

My local paper prints many articles that help readers to save money. Today, for example, the travel section of my paper has a couple of articles devoted to the savings that are available for travelers who want to travel over the Christmas holidays or who want to take in a show in New York City. There was also an article that addressed how to shop intelligently for young children this holiday season. Many of the money saving steps that I take in my own day to day life, I first discovered in my local paper.


My local paper offers many give-away contests in any given month. Winners are usually given tickets to a local show or attraction or gift certificates to local restaurants. Entry in the contests is easy and can usually be done via the newspapers website.

Free and Budget Entertainment Listings

There are a lot of free shows and concerts that are advertised in my local paper. Also, many local art museums offer free admission from time to time, and I find out about those opportunities in my local paper. Local colleges also offer many free and reduced price music, education and sports programs that are highlighted in listings in my local paper.

Entertainment Value

It takes me up to two hours to read my local paper on Sunday and about 30 minutes every other day of the week. I enjoy that time, sitting in my chair, sipping my tea, and reading my paper. I am not spending money while I read, other than the pennies it costs each day to have my paper delivered, and I am thoroughly enjoying myself!

I am sure that each of my readers also has reasons to read the newspaper (perhaps even to better understand the issues of the day!) and I would love to heard what those reasons might be! Let us know what good reasons you have to read the paper or why you feel that it is better to simply rely on on-line resources!

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5 Responses to Saving Money with Your Daily Paper

  1. Alain Theriault says:

    I actually never read the paper. For discount, we usually get a weekly flier with sales.

    If I want to read news, I’ll go online but it’s usually bad news anyway. As for jobs, there are sites that most companies post job offers.

    I can see the benefits of reading the paper but I prefer not paying for them and getting my information somewhere else.

  2. One of the great things about living in a large highrise condo: paper recycling bins! By noon on Saturday, I’ve got 20 copies of all weekly coupon inserts plus any bits of about 5 different papers that appeal to me. I really just do it for the coupons (I clip them for donation to, but sometimes I can’t help myself when I come across the New York Times Travel section.

  3. I work as a newspaper reporter, in addition to being a frugal blogger.

    I do understand Alain’s thinking.

    However, have you ever thought of how much time and effort one would have to go through to REPLACE all the information that is in a local daily newspaper?

    Many of the announcements I post on my blog are sent to me because I am a newspaper reporter or because I read the newspaper cover to cover.

    Those notices aren’t sent to me because I have a blog.

    I would have to go through a lot of time and effort to compile that compendium of information independent of a newspaper’s normal lines of communication.

    It’s not that people haven’t tried over the years with all kinds of ideas to beat the newspapers at their own game.

    It’s that nobody has yet come up with a business / media model that can do the same service in an efficient manner.

  4. Ann says:

    I haven’t read a newspaper in years! LOL When I realized that the only news seemed to be bad news, I started only reading the Wall Street Journal. When I left finance, I even stopped that.

    Now that I’ve been living out in the country, I’m considering subscribing to the local paper for just the reasons you noted… plus, these guys out here seem to have a different attitude. Even the evening news has positive stuff in it, unlike what I used to see in the city.

    I think I’ll try buying a paper a day for a week to find out whether or not there’s a particular day that interests me and then go from there.

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