Lately I’ve noticed quite a few of you wondering why you are not able to find certain coupons. I hope that this post will help to clear up any confusion. 🙂
-Almost all printable coupons have a collective print limit. Sometimes that print limit can be reached very quickly (in less than an hour) and sometimes the coupon will stick around for a month or longer. There is really no way of telling when a coupon will reach its print limit, but as a general rule of thumb the better the coupon, the faster it will be gone. Although I would love to be able to always tell you when a coupon is gone, most of the time I do not know until a reader leaves a comment. Like you, I am only human with 24 hours in my day. I can either spend the time that I work on Bargain Blessings bringing you the latest and greatest deals and coupon match-ups or checking and re-checking if coupons are still around after I post them.
-Sometimes coupons are only available under a certain zip code. This happens a lot on coupons.com, so if I do not list a zip code in the deal, try punching in another one in the upper left hand corner. Sometimes I will even to this for fun to see if I can come up with any great hidden coupons.
-Almost all coupons have a per-computer print limit. Most coupons are available to print two times per computer. Sometimes we will see coupons reset, but this does not always happen for 100% of the people who have printed the coupon. If I post that I coupon has or may have reset keep in mind that it may or may not have reset for you personally.
-Not all newspapers contain the same coupons. Although coupon databases and coupon previews can give us an idea of what might be in our paper, they are not always perfect. Different areas of the country sometimes receive different coupon values and sometimes even different coupons all together. Sometimes coupons from the same paper can even vary within a single state. Another influencing factor is where you get your paper. I have even seen cases where newspaper subscribers will get better coupons that those found in the papers that you can buy from gas stations and grocery stores. I mention this frequently during my couponing classes, but not so often on the website. Bargain Blessings is a national website with readers all over the country. It is simply not possible for me to flip through every insert from every area of the country or even area of my own state to check what coupons are inside. Therefore, I post the coupons that are listed in the coupon database. I understand that it is frustrating when you are expecting a coupon to be in your insert but then you cannot find it, but unfortunately that is just something that we need to expect and deal with as couponers. If you notice that a coupon is different than what I have listed, please leave a comment to let me know. I do try to mark coupons that are regional as “regional” so you know that your insert may or may not contain the same coupon that is listed.
If you notice that a coupon may have reached its print limit or that may be regional, please take a moment to leave a nice comment letting me or the other readers know. As I mentioned above, I am human, so rude comments about coupons that are left on posts that have taken me hours to put together do hurt my feelings and discourage me from wanting to spend my time posting more deals.