Newspapers that go unsold are often collected by the distributor the next day while delivering the latest edition. However, there are a few stores that will sell the Sunday edition of the newspaper on Monday — if they have extra copies. Kroger, Speedway, and Starbucks are a few places where you may be able to buy the Sunday paper on Monday. For the full list of places, see below.
Where to Buy Sunday Paper on Monday
What happens to unsold newspapers the next day? And, more specifically, can you still get a Sunday paper on Monday? We called several retailers and found that newspaper distributors often pick up unsold copies of the Sunday paper on Sunday night or before stores open on Monday morning. However, a few stores hold on to unsold copies of the Sunday paper, and you may be able to pick up a copy at the following locations.
The list below includes general places to check for a Sunday paper on Monday, plus specific retailers in each category that we were able to confirm sell the Sunday paper on Mondays — when available. Keep in mind that availability will vary significantly by day and location. Local newspapers may have their own policies for handling unsold copies, and store policies may vary between locations. Not to mention, some days the retailer may simply sell out. It’s always a good idea to contact your local store for current stock and policy information before visiting.
Note: Of course, the best way to ensure you get a Sunday paper is to buy it on Sunday or subscribe and have it delivered to your house.
Coffee shops regularly sell and/or have a few reading copies of local and national newspapers. We spoke with baristas at several Starbucks locations and found that while none of the locations we contacted had any Sunday papers left in stock at the time we called, Starbucks does sell leftover Sunday papers on Mondays. Starbucks hours vary, but most locations open between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Mondays; visiting early should give you a better chance of finding a Sunday paper.
Dollar stores often sell daily newspapers (including the Sunday newspaper) for $1; Sunday editions typically cost $1.50 or higher at full price. While dollar stores don’t typically sell Sunday papers on Mondays, two Dollar General stores said the distributor doesn’t typically collect unsold papers until the afternoon, meaning you may be able to get a Sunday paper on Monday morning at your local Dollar General. Dollar General stores typically open at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m.
Gas Stations and Convenience Stores
Gas stations and convenience stores often sell local newspapers, metropolitan newspapers (from the nearest major city), and sometimes national newspapers. Speedway store associates told us that leftover newspapers are sometimes picked up early, but if there are still some available, Speedway will sell them the next day (usually at regular price). Most Speedway locations are open 24 hours.
Gas stations and convenience stores that don’t sell the Sunday paper on Monday: Store associates from Circle K, Marathon, 7-Eleven and Shell locations in various states said they do not sell day-old newspapers. However, since we were unable to call every location and policies often vary, you may want to contact a store directly to find out about newspaper availability.
Major grocery store chains sell newspapers daily. H-E-B sells the Sunday paper on Monday, if it has unsold copies in stock, several store associates said. All of the H-E-B stores we called on a Monday morning had Sunday papers available. Most H-E-B stores open at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m.; visiting early should give you a better chance of finding a Sunday paper.
Kroger also sells Sunday papers on Mondays, if there are any left in stock, Kroger store associates said. And, you may be able to get the day-old paper at a discount; discounts are at the discretion of the store manager. Most Kroger grocery stores are open from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Newspaper Vending Boxes and Circulation Offices
Though far less common now than they once were, coin-operated newspaper vending boxes may still be worth checking if you have one nearby. Sometimes, distributors will store extra copies of older editions below the newest edition; a few bloggers and coupon forum users reported success in finding Sunday editions this way. However, be aware that if the newspaper you want isn’t in the box, there’s no way to get your money back.
Alternately, you can contact your local newspaper’s circulation office and ask if it sells back issues. Contact information — such as an office phone number or circulation department email address — should be listed on the newspaper’s website.
Other Places That Do Not Sell Sunday Papers on Monday
In addition to the specific retailers listed above, we found the following stores do not sell newspapers from the previous day:
- Rite Aid
Sunday newspapers aren’t often sold on Monday, but you may be able to find a copy at select coffee shops, dollar stores, gas stations, and/or grocery stores. You can also try contacting your local newspaper’s circulation office to ask about back issues.
If you need newspapers for packing or shipping, see our article for the list of places where you can get free newspapers.