(DEAD) FINALLY! A multiple Sunday paper deal from The Oregonian

by Angela Davis on June 9, 2010

This deal is no longer available.

I just can’t believe it. It’s finally happened! The Oregonian has come up with a multiple Sunday paper deal for people in the Portland area. A gigantic thanks to Jessica from MoneyManiac.com for working out this deal with the circulation department.

Here’s the deal they are offering:

:: Friday, Saturday and Sunday paper for $20 for 24 weeks

:: You can order as many additional Sunday papers as you want for $20 for 24 weeks = $.84 per Sunday paper

:: The total cost will be billed by mail, which will be sent out within a week of ordering the subscription

:: You can cancel at any time without penalty (at the end of the promotional period) but they will not refund any monies already paid

:: This promotion is available to those in the Portland Metropolitan area only. Not valid in Washington (I know, guys. I’m sorry!). If you live a bit outside the Metro area, do not be surprised if they deny you this deal.

:: You must call your subscription in at 503.221.8240 (do not order online). Please wait until later this afternoon (2 pm on Wednesday) to call to make sure the customer service reps have been prepped on this deal.

Here’s how it will work for a multiple subscription deal: Say you want 4 Sunday papers delivered to your home. You will pay $80 for 24 weeks. It will be billed in a week or two and you will have to pay the entire $80 at once.

From what Jessica has figured, The Oregonian is fairly reluctant to offer this deal because they are not making money off of it. In fact, they are only committing to offering it for the first 24 weeks, meaning they are not guaranteeing we can get the $.84/paper price after the first round. Jessica and I are thinking they may be persuaded if they get enough additional sales.

So please jump on this offer! It’s absolutely the best offer available for the Sunday Oregonian (unless you’re scoring inserts for free from friends & family).

Most importantly, please be kind and polite to the customer service people, even if they aren’t up to speed on the deal yet. If you run into problems, just call back tomorrow or Friday. Let’s give The Oregonian a lot of grace as they work out the details on this generous deal. And please don’t pitch a fit if you live outside the set location for this deal. You are welcome to email the circulation department asking for them to consider including your area, but be nice. Please.

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Susan October 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

I just called and got the most helpful woman ever! $19.92 per set (Fri, Sat, Sun) for 24 weeks … I ordered 4 copies!

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Megan October 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Subscribed today. This is the deal I got: 1st Weekender Sub. $1.50 / week (works out to $36 / 24 weeks). Additional subscriptions (opened on a separate account) $20 / 24 weeks.

I called to gather this info last Friday. Then spoke to my sister (who’s having her papers delivered to my house) to find out how many she wanted. Called to order today. The 1st lady I spoke w/ said the deal was no longer available. She put me on hold and said she checked with the circulation manager, and they would let me have 1 paper at the $20/24 week rate, but the others would be at the normal rate. This was a no-go for me.

Called back 10 min. later, hoping to speak to another person. Success! She didn’t bat an eye at my ordering 7 papers, or at the special rate…$1.50 for the 1st (billed every 8 weeks), $0.84 for each additional (billed every 6 months).

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Leslie-Anne August 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I just called today and the $20 for 24 weeks deal was still available. They were really friendly.

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Christine July 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

I called too and was told the same thing. That the offer expired sometime in June and the $1.50 mentioned above is the best available. (Full price is normally $3.00) and still better than the $2.00 ea for Sunday only at the store. However I am bummed I missed the really good deal :(

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Jessica July 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I called yesterday and was told this deal was no longer available. The best they will do right now is $1.50 per week for a 24 week subscription. Still better than full price though.

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Tiffany Mach June 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Ok, I just called too. I already get the weekend package at @ $20 for 24 weeks. I was told if I wanted extra Sunday papers that I would have to purchase extra weekend packages. So I ordered three extra weekend packages, for a total of 4. The bummer is that I was told there was absolutely NO WAY they could “single out Sunday” and just deliver that. I HAVE to get the entire Fri, Sat and Sunday. Seems like a waste of paper to me, since I’ll just plop them right into the recycle bin straight from the mailbox. Either way though, I’m happy because now I get 4 Sundays delivered! My husband is gonna definitely do a huge eye roll on this one!

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Erin June 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

I just called and wasn’t allowed to switch my current subscription over, but I was able to add the additional Sunday papers. Something is better than nothing.

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Tracy June 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I just called and was told that it was for new subscribers only but he put it through for me anyway when I told him I had heard that other current subscribers were able to get this. I was on the regular weekend plan $3/week.

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Jerri June 12, 2010 at 9:02 am

Sonja,
I just got off the phone with CS and she initially told me the same thing as you, that she couldn’t add anything to my account because I’m already in a promo. I persisted, saying others are doing this, etc. Then it dawned on her that what has to happen is a second account has to be started. So, my current single copy subscription goes till 8/1 and then I had her list it to cancel after that. Then, she started a second account for my address with three of the $20 for 24 weeks weekend specials starting next week.

I was also asked for a promo code, and told her there isn’t one listed and she looked through my account and borrowed one from a previous similar special I had in the past. That seems odd to me. She HAD to have a code to put in the computer. It would be nice if there was a code we could give them if they ask.

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Kari June 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I got 4 subs and I am already on a PROMO special… I am new to couponing so I am a bit eager to get “the deals” I will now have 5 Sunday Papers and I have bought 3 coupon deals on Ebay… Pampers Wipes Q to arrive SOON I hope!

I talked with “Othelia?” and told her that I already have one subscription and she said they just have to “start another” subscription… she was OVER NICE and EXCITED to help me. It was refreshing. She also said that I will be BILLED for the paper later and can pay in seperate payments. Nice for my budget.

About the Coupon Code: I bet they mis understood you. I read the “special offer” from the post from this blog and didnt have any problems at all. Easy Peasy…
Politically… dang it… didn’t even think of that! All these years I have said I would NEVER buy an Oregonian… here I am with 5 subscriptions for about 6 months! we will see if I burn out of couponing or “get smart” about it…
thanks ladies
Kari

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Jen Cro June 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I was asked for a coupon code in order to get the deal. Has anyone else had this problem? I went back through and read the post but didn’t see anything about mentioning a code.

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Sonja June 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Well, I just called and if you are currently in a promotion period, you can’t get this deal. :( The lady told me I have to have cancelled for 30 days before. So….I’m paid through Sept. 3rd and then after that I told her to cancel it. Hopefully it will still be around. I would really like to get 2 papers. I don’t understand why I can’t add the second paper for the promotional price. Oh well. Just FYI for those of you who may have signed up for the last deal.

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Christina June 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Also there is a website : http://www.madcoupons.webs.com. Tthey will sell you JUST the inserts. Only thing is you have to pay $10 for 10 sets of inserts per week. Sets include redplum, smartsource, and PG&E. This is idea if you have a friend to go in on it with you. Check it out !

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Kirsten June 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Signed up for 2 additional papers today with no issues :)

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Christa June 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

Yippee I was able to get in on this in Salem! The lady I spoke to was sooooo nice! Thanks for getting this deal put together!!!

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Sonja June 10, 2010 at 1:09 am

So I heard one reply from someone who is already a subscriber…has any one else had any problems switching over to this new deal? I’m currently in the middle of the last single subscription deal they had (not exactly sure where in that deal I am as I can’t remember when I started getting the paper), but I just want to make sure there aren’t any problems switching over to this one. Anyone else with any experience with this? Thanks! I’m SOOO excited to be getting a couple papers for a great price! Yippee!

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Sally June 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Hope that the Seattle Times will jump on this bandwagon soon.

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Ann June 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I am new to this and I totally understand the multiple newspapers for the coupons But isn’t it a waste to get a whole paper? I wish there was way to just get the coupons. :)

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I totally agree about the waste of paper. You can buy whole inserts from a coupon clipping service on the internet, but you will be paying way more than $.84/paper. Probably more like $3-ish plus shipping.

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Emma June 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I am so excited about this deal! I just subscribed (I live in Molalla) and was already a subscriber, so the deal is not just for new subscribers! It is a really good deal and in my opinion, is a lot cheaper than buying coupons off of Ebay all the time. I usually buy 5 papers a week, and now I’m getting 5 papers a week delivered! I’m going to be saving almost $6/week!
Alicia: You can look and see what coupons are going to be in the Sunday paper a week in advance. When I see that there aren’t a lot of coupons that I want, I put my newspaper delivery on a vacation hold. Then you don’t have to pay for a week when there aren’t many good coupons.

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Jen June 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

When you put it on a vacation hold for one of your 24 weeks, does it then extend to 25 weeks?

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

It should extend it.

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Gabrielle March 5, 2011 at 12:14 am

How do you know what coupons are going to be in the Sunday paper a week in advance?

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Annette June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Alicia- it’s not $80 a month, it’s $80 for 24 WEEKS (6 months). That’s $13 a month for 4 papers. The Oregonian is $2 at the store to buy it without a subscription, so that would be $32 to buy 4 papers a week every month at the store. So yes, it is a good deal. :-)

I personally only get one copy of the paper each week. I currently have the weekend-only subscription (something they’ve offered for a while), it’s $12 a month for me right now. So if I switched to the new deal offered, it would be $20 for 6 months, or $3.33 a month for me.

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Alicia June 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Is it really a good deal? Right now I don’t subscribe to The Oregonian. I have been printing coupons off the internet and when there is a REALLY good deal that you have to have a coupon from the Sunday paper, such as making an item free, I have been getting those coupons off Ebay. I just don’t know if spending $80+ a month for four papers is a good deal. Couldn’t I get it cheaper by paying for the paper when I want it due to LOTS of good coupons, like last Sunday, and then the rest buy of Ebay if there is any I really want, like Sweet Baby Ray’s, Ziploc, Scrubbing Bubbles, etc? What does everyone think?

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Elizabeth June 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Alicia,

Your method is what I do. In my early days of couponing, I bought 4 papers a week and tried to scrounge whatever other inserts I could. The amount of time I spent cutting coupons was crazy. I never did feel like I could stay caught up. I made sure I never left home without my coupon box. Being very excited about the deals, I found myself driving all over to do every deal I could. One could say this excitement bordered on obsession. The result was that I ended up way overstocked on hygiene and with a pantry full of food I don’t really like or want to feed my family. (Yes, I know you can donate and we do… but it is A LOT of work to drive around doing deals.)

Now I generally purchase coupons off Ebay for the items I want and know I regularly use. Recently this meant buying the ziploc coupons, sure-jell coupons, and coupons for the brand of deodorant my husband likes . I always keep a stash of organic milk coupons in my purse. I still get inserts, but only when it is convenient, and I don’t ever stress anymore about not getting enough inserts. I love it that more and more companies are releasing internet coupons.

To answer your question, I guess I would consider whether you are ok with not getting every deal. If you continue to do it the Ebay way and only buy papers occasionally, then you will miss out on an occasional quickie deal. Personally, I am fine with that (but that is only because I have learned that, for most things, another deal comes fairly quickly).

And full disclosure – I am with you on wondering if it is a good deal for people who do it the way you described. I am also debating whether to buy the subscription…. so far, I don’t think I am. Plus, my husband hates supporting newspapers that lean a particular way politically…

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

It’s not $80/month. It’s 4 papers a week, $80 for 24 weeks = $.84/per paper.

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Whoops. Didn’t see Annette’s reply!

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Lisa June 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Does anyone know if you will still get the Tuesday food day with this?

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

You should be getting the Food Day (technically “This Week”) paper every Tuesday or Wednesday for free regardless of whether you subscribe or not. Every residence in the Portland Metro (Oregon) area should be getting it.

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Lisa June 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thanks, I didn’t know that.

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Anne-Marie A June 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

i was able to do a new sign up and am in McMinnville, OR. was told by CS Rep that it would be $20 for 24 weeks (i did four subscriptions) and then after that ened i coul continue on for another 16 weeks for $30 a subscription and then it would revert to the normal subscritption rate. sounded like i would only pay the (4 sub x $20) $80 for the first 24 weeks on the first bill.

and the 4 subscriptions would cover all three days (Fri, sat, & sun)

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Amy June 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Its too bad you have to ask several times that people be nice. I met with a checker the other day who had a huge chip on her shoulder about coupons/couponers. She intimated that I used fraudulent coupons when I used my just printed catalinas to pay for a second transaction. I suspect she had had a bad experiences with “us.”

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Kelli June 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

U can order it now my friends all signed up for this last week!! Good deal!!

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Melanie June 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

So I’ve been getting The Oregonian for over a year now with 2 papers delivered on Sunday. My single Sunday paper is billed separately from my weekly paper. Have I been getting a special deal? Should I cancel what I have going and do this deal? And both papers are exactly the same, so twice the coupons.

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Angela June 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Depends on how much you’re paying!

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Nicole P June 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

That’s awesome considering that I’m moving from Vancouver to Portland in another three weeks! I asked my husband about that and he said the Oregonian would NEVER do just a weekend paper for couponers. Thanks to the lady who proved him wrong! Hopefully by the time I can receive mail there, they will be well informed about it so I’ll have NO hassle!

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