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Want Better Coupons? Change Your Zip Code

4:56 AM, Jun 23, 2009   |    comments
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Did you know that other parts of the country enjoy better coupon deals than we do here in WNY? Compare the Sunday paper coupon values against those in other parts of the nation and you might be surprised by what we're missing out on. No one knows exactly why this is the case (or no one is talking), but one theory is that our cost of living here is lower compared to other parts of the country, and therefore the coupon values are lower.

The playing field has been leveled in recent years with introduction of printable manufacturers coupons available from internet sites like Coupons.com. Buffalo momslikeme.com has offered printable coupons since it's launch last September. But now manufacturers seem to be catching on - and they're doing something about it.

Coupons.com asks for your zip code on the homepage. Most of us honest Western New Yorkers will type in our real zip code without a second thought. However, if you try another zip code, say, 19543 for Morgantown, PA, you'll see that you instantly get higher value coupons and in some cases coupons that didn't appear for your local zip code. The same thing seems to happen if you just skip entering a zip code altogether.

For instance, if you enter Morgantown's zip code on the Coupons.com homepage, you'll see 2 coupons for Listerine: one for $2 off, one for $1 off (this also works if you leave the field blank.) Now enter a local zip code like 14226 and the two high-value Listerine coupons disappear from the homepage and you'll find just one 50-cent coupon on page 3.

Other Zip Codes to ensure savings success are: 37024 (Brentwood, TN), 32801 (Orlando, FL), 92801 (Anaheim, CA), and 90210 (Beverly Hills, CA).

Click HERE to find other 'high-value' zip codes, links to internet coupon sites and other useful information on how to get the most for your money.

Click HERE to read internet coupon policies of local stores.

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