Can You Make Money Selling Coupons?

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A lot of my search engine traffic is coming from visitors wanting to know how to make money cutting coupons and then selling them. So I thought I’d tell you exactly how people do, as well as answer a few questions that may arise.

Is It Illegal to Sell Coupons?

There is no legislation that specially states that selling coupons is illegal, but the FTC says: “Selling or transferring coupons to a third party violates most manufacturers’ coupon redemption policies – and usually voids the coupon.”

Then How Do You Make Money Selling Coupons?

You don’t sell coupons, you sell a service. Your time to cut, sort and manage coupons is worth something isn’t it?

Most websites and ads for coupons include a disclaimer that the buyer is not paying for the actual coupon but for the time that the seller has investing in cutting, sorting and sending out the coupon.

Examples of Legitimate Coupon Services

The following websites all offer coupon clipping services (updated as most of went out of business) that you can visit to see how they are run just like any other business with an online store presence:

  • Coupon Carry-Out (out of business)
  • Coupon Dede’s (out of business)
  • Manufacturer Coupons (out of business)
  • My Coupon Hunter
  • Rebecca’s Coupons & Forms (out of business)
  • The Coupon Clippers (out of business)
  • We Clip U Save (out of business)

Update as of 5/22/19: As printable and digital coupons become more popular, it appears that actual coupon clipping services are dwindling.

So How Can I Start My Own Coupon Clipping Service?

Well, first you need a website, unless you plan to go door to door selling coupons, ha.

Volusion

It appears most of the above examples used Volusion to set up their websites. Volusion offers an ecommerce website, shopping cart and hosting all-in-one that allows you to open an online store immediately that you can use to sell anything, not just coupons. Benefits of Volusion:

  • No coding required.
  • Unlimited 24/7 support.
  • Free, ready-to-use templates.
  • Free 14-day trial, no credit required.
  • Get started today with no commitment.

WordPress

I personally recommend using WordPress. Yes, WordPress is the number one platform for blogs, but it is also used by a huge percentage of non-blog websites as well. With all the available templates, you can’t even tell they are using WordPress.

You will need a shopping cart plug-in with WordPress to set up your products and process your orders. Woocommerce is free and a good plug-in to start with. Once you are profitable, you may want to upgrade to Shopify that has a lot more options. Shopify does offer a 14-day free trial with no credit card required.

Online Coupons

You can also earn additional income on any website using affiliate marketing.  An example of this is adding free printable manufacturer coupons on your website. You can get paid every time a visitor prints a coupon through your referral link. I recommend the ShopHer Media network (formerly MySavings Media). Below is an example of a widget for Coupons.com ( <– affiliate link) that I copied/pasted from the ShopHer Media interface (the grocery coupon carousel):

You can also make money printing online coupons. I wish I had more time to cut and sort my own coupons!

Do you have any other questions about making money selling coupons? If so, leave a comment!

Make Money Clipping Coupons

21 thoughts on “Can You Make Money Selling Coupons?”

  1. Hi I would like to start selling single coupons. But I don’t know where to buy the whole inserts? Do you call the news paper ? I would like to buy them early so when they come out I have them in hand..

  2. Hi Kim, I am a single mother of 4 and would like to start a Coupon Clipping service. Help!!! Where do I start? How can I start getting the bulk inserts sent to me???

  3. Hi Kim, I am looking to start my own coupon service. Please explain to me how to go about receiving the inserts. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank You

  4. Hi Kim!! I would love to put the coupons I don’t use to use. I am in school for business management and I think this will give me some great experience! have a few questions to as well. looking forward to my future business.

  5. Pearla Julie Styff

    Hi Kim , I started off small selling clippings I didn’t use or need . Now I’m trying to find out where I can get the whole inserts myself instead of another coupon supplier? Thank you for your article above, hope to hear from you soon .

  6. Hello Kim,
    I thought ur article and very interested in making extra money from home. Can you tell me where I can bulk inserts instead of buying them from a middle man a supplier. Thank u in advance. Hope to hear from u soon.

    Sandy Carter

  7. Hi Kim,

    I have begun the process of starting my home base coupon clipping business. I know from past experience I can buy coupon inserts in bulk for fraction of cost of newspaper directly from the newspaper office itself. Are thereany places iIcan get inserts for less than the cost of buying the actual newspaper? Plus, any advice you could offer someone starting out in a business venturesuch as this wwould be greatlyappreciated as well.

    Thank you

  8. Hi, i was wondering how I go about selling my unused or unwanted coupons. I have an over abundance of them and don’t want them going to waste.

  9. Dear madam I’m.sending u an email.in regards to reworking at home in ur pajamas program clipping coupons from.home

  10. Has anybody figured out how to start coupon clipping ? I have coupns that i would like to sell

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