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Written by Ahmed Amr   
Monday, 19 April 2010 02:49
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Over the last few years, the newspaper industry has suffered a financial beating as readers cancelled subscriptions anewspapernd 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.

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Me-iThink?  - There's still something about turning pages... |2010-06-22 08:37:55
Even though you can find most anything on the Internet, including coupons, I still like to actually hold the paper (and books) in my hands and turn the pages manually. There's just something about it that 'scrolling' doesn't quite match!
Omiewon  - Change of Pace Too! |2010-06-22 21:29:27
The other thing is that I spend 10 hours a day in front of a computer screen. A newspaper gives me the ability not to stare even more at my laptop. A nice change of pace even for us hard core Internet surfers.
frugal nomad  - look at the total picture |2010-04-19 13:34:59
The article has ten points. I'm sure the internet is a good substitute for any one of them. But if you look at the big picture and consider all the advantages, I think there's great value in having all these advantages delivered to your front door in one single package. When you have a monthly subscription - you don't pay the cover price.

There are things like book reviews and local content that you just won't get in a site geared to a national audience, even this site.

jhaygo  - disagree |2010-04-19 07:01:22
I would have to disagree with your article regarding the Sunday newspaper. Other than coupons, there is really no strong enough reason to purchase the Sunday newspaper in my opinion. If I was searching for a new car, appliance, or home then I may purchase ONE Sunday newspaper, however the internet is much more beneficial for these items. I get Department store special offers via email. I get restaurant deals from the internet as well as from the mail. And for coupons, I have a friend give me hers since she doesn't use them or contact the businesses directly and get only the coupons I need/use. And to get my news, I go online and get the most recent/accurate information. So, save your $2/wk or $104 yr. and use it towards something you really need.
Omiewon  - The downside is all the paper |2010-04-19 16:24:21
I think the Sunday paper is a valuable resource and I am about as Internet savvy of a shopper as you get. Coupons are the big plus but for us the big downside is all the paper. But that can have positives too if it's winter and you need starter paper for the fireplace or if the kids need paper to work on.

When it comes to buying a house, car, or other major paper I'll get them as long as I am in the market, which could last for years in the case of real estate.

Also depends on having a good local paper that has robust articles. I live in an area of one of the big national papers so the Sunday paper is meaty. Other places the Sunday paper is just a regurgitation of AP News which you can get online faster.
haverwench  - Savings don't offset the cost |2010-04-21 08:39:36
I have to agree with jhaygo. Most of what can be found in the Sunday paper is also available online. Coupons are not, but I personally think coupons are highly overrated as a way to save money. Usually, the price of a name brand less the coupon savings is still higher than the equivalent store brand. Unless you are loyal to certain brands, or you happen to hit a sale on that brand before your coupon expires, you will save more by buying the store brand. I have never found enough actual savings in the coupon section to offset the cost of the paper itself.
frugal nomad  - what about real estate and the crosswords |2010-04-21 12:30:24
It might be you're right. If all you're looking for is grocery coupons and you've already made the sensible transition to non-brand names, you have a strong case.

How about real estate. Just for that alone - I'd pay the two bucks.

And how about the travel section - not just about bargains but about ideas on where to go.

The other thing if you notice - most websites have national coverage. If you want to know what's going on in your community and your city - the Sunday paper is an absolute must.

I don't like the corporate media - I avoid it like the plague. But for local content - at least once a week, it's worth getting in touch with what's going on in your immediate surroundings.

Did I mention the crossword puzzle. Try it - you'll get addicted.
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