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Sunday papers vs veganism

The inserts in the sunday papers are generally not very vegan.  (Occasionally there’s a good find, but generally it’s a waste of paper and time.)  That said, you can look at schedules and previews to judge whether or not you should bother getting the paper.  For example, around earth day, the papers had an extra insert from smart source that had a theme of “green” (It honestly wasn’t very green.  maybe only 1/2 of the coupons could be considered green, and then there were other random not necessarily environmental coupons thrown in there.)

The forums at A Full Cup have a section where you can see the schedule of how many inserts will be in each sunday paper. (obviously it’s pointless to get the paper if there will be no inserts) In addition, many vegans avoid buying Proctor & Gamble products on principle, so that cuts out an entire insert from our options.  Luckily they don’t provide inserts every week.

Also convenient for us is to look at the coupon preview sites to see if it’d be worth it to buy the paper at all.  Sunday papers aren’t cheap (particularly those from large metropolitan areas) and if you can only use a few coupons from each paper, what’s the point, right?  These enthusiasts/sellers make lists of the coupons that are going to be in their area papers.   I haven’t found any coupon preview sites for the west coast, unfortunately.

Coupon Preview Sites:

An alternative to buying the paper:

So, you know how we generally can’t use most of the coupons that are in the inserts anyway, right?  Well, why not just buy them from other people who are more avid coupon clippers than we’ll ever be?  That way we can just buy what we need. Seems like the more environmental choice, since all the coupons have the potential to be used. (and I’m sure these sites don’t have to buy thousands of sunday papers.  Maybe they get the leftovers.)

  • TheCouponClippers.com – 10-20% of the value of the coupon, .50 admin fee + shipping (50 coupons usually will be heavy enough for .61 postage.) many coupons have a minimum order, so that’s kind-of annoying.  But if you plan on buying that many anyway, it’s worth it.  Larger variety than Cents Off.
  • CentsOff.com – $7.50 1-time membership fee, and then $8 per order of 50 coupons (works out to be .16 per coupon not including the membership fee.
  • AFullCup.com – They have a trading system set up instead of purchasing, which might be good if you sill plan on buying the paper

very useful online coupon review

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PDFs

Welcome to the vegan coupon blog.  I realised there is no resource out there compiling specifically vegan coupons (but plenty of organic ones), and I figured if I’m looking all over the internets, I might as well keep a list of the ones I find, and publish that list for other vegans to utilize.

I decided to start off with  PDFs because there is no printing limit on them, and you don’t need to install special software that might add spyware on your computer.  (more on that later though)

Because I know you, as well as I, want to save paper and ink, (if not for the money, for the earth.) I feel compelled to suggest that you download these PDFs to your computer and compile them to a single sheet of paper instead of printing directly.  (i could never figure out how to do greyscale in my browser’s PDF printer. i tried “print colors as black” and it printed the images as huge black blobs.)  so if you have InDesign or Quark, this’ll go really quick.  the coupons that were meant to be printed in a booklet can fit 9 to a page (3 columns of 3 with no need to print the opposite side of the sheet since you’d be throwing it away anyway.  waste not want not.)  unfortunately i don’t think i’m allowed to upload my PDF compilations.  I would totally do it if I knew it wouldn’t get me in trouble with the law.

If you have neither of the above programs, I don’t know what you could use to compile PDFs with (if you have tips, please leave a comment so the other folks can check it out.  If you want to try some out yourself, go to download.com and search for freeware that lets you edit the graphics in the PDFs, not just adding and removing pages.)

However, I do feel the need to point out that some stores don’t accept printed PDFs, so check before you get to the checkout counter, and before you print a load of them off.  Just print a few, and if they accept them then you can print more.

First up, Delicious Living magazine. P.S.  DND=Do Not Double

• RW Knudsen (75¢/1 DND  exp. 12/31) • Steaz Organic Drinks ($1/1 DND no exp) • Santa Cruz Organic Juice(75¢/1 DND  exp. 12/31) • Back to Nature ($1/1 exp 12/31) • Popcorn, Indiana (50¢/1 DND exp 6/30) • Lundberg Rice Chip (75¢/1 no exp)• Health Valley Organic ($1/2 DND exp 12/31) • Imagine Natural Creations ($1/1 DND exp 8/31) • Lundberg Gourmet Products (55¢/1 no exp)

i don’t know whether these are vegan or not:
• Zenergize Drink Vitamins ($1/1 no exp)

Wholly Guacamole ($1/1 exp 6/1.  this prints out huge if you’re printing directly, so definitely compile it to a single page.)

Nakano Rice Vinegar ($1/1 DND exp 6/1)

Village Harvest Rice (50¢ /1 exp 12/31)

Natural Dentist #1 #2 (both $2/1 DND Exp 5/31)

SmartMouth toothpaste or mouthwash (not positive if it’s vegan or not, but it’s a PDF.  I’ll remove it later if they’re not vegan.  $2/1 exp  21/31)

ScotchBrite Nail Saver Sponge ($1/3 exp 6/30)

Nylabone ($2/1 exp 12/31)  sable’s mom contacted them about which ones are vegan and which ones are not.

Happy Family Organic Meals ($1/1 exp 6/30)  Store Locator

Rite Aid ($5 off of $25  exp 5/31)  (combine this with the natural dentist coupons. :-)

Wildwood products (various coupons.  soymilk, hummus, sproutofu and burgers.  expire 3/23/10)

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