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Over the last few years, the newspaper industry has suffered a financial beating as readers cancelled subscriptions and flocked to the Internet to get their news. The Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down their printing presses and papers as venerable as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post have sought bankruptcy protection.
This brings us to the topic at hand - the Sunday edition of your local paper. Even if you’re not a news junkie, you can’t be serious about saving money and grabbing deals if you don’t subscribe to the Sunday paper. Whether you’re shopping for a car, a house or just want to clip grocery coupons - the Sunday Paper is indispensible. Even if you're satisfied with getting all your news from the Internet, here’s ten reasons to keep the old Sunday tradition.
1. Food Coupons
A weak economy means more coupons and better clipping.
2. Department Store Special Offers
Look for special 'global' coupons from large retailers like Macy's that give an additional 15% off all your purchases and take note of announcements of early hours with bigger discounts.
3. Restaurant and Service Discounts
Everything from oil changes to 2 for 1 ice cream. Learn to cull the best offers and compare them with your local Clipper or Pennysaver offers.
4. Home Buying
If you are looking for a new home, the Sunday paper is an absolute must. It not only offers up the MLS listed homes that you can find on the Internet, but new homes and FSBO properties (for sale by owner). Many homes on the market have ‘open home’ hours on Sunday and if you want to know which ones are available for show, start your planning at 7AM Sunday. Even if you use an online source like Zillow or Redfin, the Sunday paper will often have price changes and special notes that you won’t see in the standard online listing. The real estate section also will give you a good feel for the local market from new projects that have been approved or changes in zoning. If you're looking for Real Estate Auctions, that's one more reason to buy the Sunday paper.
5. Cheap Cars:
The Sunday paper has loads of loss leader cars. A dealer once told me that every pair of feet that walked through the door was valued at $300 and one of the ways they pull in prospective buyers is by advertising loss leaders. Some of these cars are being sold below dealer cost and come in very limited quantities. They’re usually stripped down versions and many of them come with standard transmission. If you really want to get a screaming deal on a new car, these models are your best bet. You’ll notice that these loss leaders will specify a VIN number and don’t be surprised if the salesman is reluctant to show you the advertised model. For one thing, he doesn’t get much of a commission on it and his boss doesn’t want him to sell it. The dealership wants to use it again in next week’s Sunday edition. So when you’re buying a loss leader, always take the paper with you. If they tell you it’s already been sold - which is often the case - tell them you’ll be back to pick up next week’s loss leader. If you really want to haggle, find the closest model on the lot and haggle it down to the loss leader price. Call it a day if you can get within $100.