Cost Breakdown: Buying Newspapers for Coupons VS. Buying Whole Inserts Online
I have been telling you how I recently started receiving whole coupon inserts by mail. Instead of trudging out to the store each Sunday, they arrive in my mailbox, safe and sound. No stack of newspapers to deal with, just glorious coupon inserts.
I received a bunch of comments from readers expressing an interest in purchasing inserts online, but wondering if it was still worth it after paying for shipping.
I decided to break down the costs for you- obviously cost will vary depending on how many inserts you choose to buy. Almost all inserts from Whole Coupon Inserts are $.50 each or less. This past week’s (8/22) SmartSource insert (the only insert in the paper) is $.60 – I’m figuring that’s b/c it was a REALLY thick insert with some great high value coupons.
Examples of Shipping Costs
- Up to 100 inserts Priority Flat rate $10.70 (great option if you & some friends want to buy a bunch and split shipping!)
- 25 to 35 inserts Priority flat rate $5.25
Or you can choose standard first class rates, which are determined on weight.
Approx: less than 4 inserts around $2.00, 6 is around $2.50
You can place items in shopping cart and it will figure out shipping rates to your zip code.
In the past, on a typical week, I purchased 5 Sunday Papers.
Dollar Tree: $1/each x 5 = $5/week (Dollar Tree is always my first choice b/c the price is cheaper… but my local store does not get many papers in- maybe 20-30. If I get there late they are gone and I have to go elsewhere and pay face value.)
Walmart (other pretty much any other store): $1.75/each x 5 = $8.75/week
Whole Coupon Insert Price
SmartSource 8/22 Insert: $.60/each x 5 = $3/week
1st class (by weight) – about $2.50
Priority (flat rate) – $5.25
Total for 5 SS Inserts + Shipping = $5.50 (1st class) or $8.75 (Priority)
Now, of course, most weeks the newspaper comes with at least TWO inserts, so you will have to adjust your price by a few dollars acordingly…
On a typical week, the Red Plum & SmartSource Inserts are $.50/each.
5 RP + 5 SS @ $.50/each= $5 for inserts
Total for 5 SS + 5 RP + shipping= $8 (1st class) or $10.25 (Priority)
The bottom line: the prices are very comparable to each other. The more inserts you purchase, the more it costs- both buying papers and buying whole inserts online.
You need to ask yourself 2 things:
Am I willing to pay a couple/few dollars more for papers each week in exchange for the conveniences of not going to the store and not dealing with stacks of unread newspapers?
Will the money that I save from the coupons in these inserts more than make up for the cost to buy/ship them?
For myself, the answers to both of these questions are YES. But please, think about what will work best for your family – both convenience and budget wise.
Here is a little example of how I can justify this service for my family.
Last week I received (10) SmartSource Inserts priced at $.60/each = $6:
Shipping for Priority service was $5.25.
Total value of inserts/shipping for 8/22 coupons = $11.25
Right off the bat, I was able to use a whopping SIX high value coupons from those inserts. I used the following coupons at CVS this week:
2 $3/1 Glade Sense and Spray Starter Kit Coupons
I also used 3 $3/1 John Frieda Root Awakenings coupons:
Right there, in ONE DAY, in ONE TRIP to ONE STORE I was able to use $15 in coupons.
Paid for + overage.
Now obviously, that won’t happen that quickly every week… but the coupons in these inserts typically won’t expire for at least a month or two. So much time to use more- the savings will surely add up.
So that’s it, that’s my break down of my situation. I was honestly very surprised that the price could even come close to heading to the store each week.
What do you think? Is this something you would try (or have tried)?