I always feel like I am printing “money” when I print coupons! Although printing coupons is not “hard”here are some tips to make it “better”
1.) Choose the right printer.
People are always telling me what a great deal they got on their printer. I want to hear about the great deal you got on the ink! Do your research on ink prices before you buy. Two most important things to consider:
a.) The cost of the ink to refill.
A $30 printer sounds like a great deal but if the ink refills cost more than the printer itself, then in the long run you may regret taking the cheaper route. I know sometimes you have to get a cheap one to start out but use your savings to upgrade as soon as possible. I can’t tell you how many times someone told me they didn’t print a certain coupon because they were out of ink and couldn’t afford to replace it. I would definitely recommend talking to other couponers about what kind of printer they use and how they feel about it. I buy my ink on Amazon for my Canon for only $4 for a 9 pack! It is a knockoff brand but I have NEVER had a problem with it. The Canon ink is $14.99 at walmart so I’m saving 97% buying knockoffs on Amazon. I tried getting cheap ink for my dad’s HP and it didn’t exist. So research the ink before buying!
b.) Get a wireless printer!
In today’s age wireless is the way to go. I have 6 smartphones and 3 tablets in and out of my house-that’s potentially 18 copies of one coupon! And while we are on smartphones. Use some of your savings on one. It will open a lot more deals at your fingertips..literally. For extra copies of coupons that are Non-Couponsdotcom (like Target, Redplum etc…) if it’s really good I get out all the cheap $25 laptops that take 20 minutes to even boot up so I can print another. But with the new wireless models you don’t need extra computers. Just use everyone’s phones or tablets. Once you have decided on a model, you will want to do some homework on who offers the best price. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of various stores price matching policies like Staples, Target, Office Max, Best Buy and Walmart (they ALL price match!) I got a $30 off $90 coupon just the other day in my emails from staples. If the best price was at Walmart-I would price match at Staples and then apply my Staples coupon.
2.) Print Smart.
Print in black and white! Colored ink is more expensive and most of the deals out there are on black ink. Go to printer settings and click on grayscale. I have my printer permanently set on grayscale. If anyone in my house needs color they have to change it-and change it back! I’ve been printing in only black & white for many years without any issue. Also try to maximize your paper to the fullest. Coupons.com prints 3 coupons per page so I always try to print in quantities of 3 so I don’t waste a whole sheet of paper on one coupon. Target prints 4. If I have to print only 1 coupon on a page I set them aside to use for another time when I am going to be printing only 1 coupon and reuse the paper then. (Just turn it upside down and print on other end)
3.) Stock up on cheap paper.
Staples and Office Max have Free After Rebate (FAR) deals all the time. Be watching for them. Makes me happy to know my coupon paper was free.
I have a bin I put papers I want to recycle into coupons. (Old school papers, mistakes made on printers, even other coupons I printed and forgot to cut out out) just print on the other side.
4.) Learn how to use your printer and computer.
If you have to rely on others you will not enjoy printing coupons… Coupons.com coupons tend to have the least amount of trouble from my experiences. Other platforms like Java can be trickier. Watch for pop up blockers. It can be easy to miss that little warning box at the top of the screen or the message that says “allow this website to download?” I can’t tell you how many times it was those 2 things stopping my print. Also, try switching your browser. I don’t know why, but for whatever reason this seems to work. I seem to have less trouble with Chrome and the most trouble with Internet Explorer. But that could just be me. (Sometimes you get an extra print using a different browser too-keep 2 or 3 downloaded on your PC) And if all else fails, uninstall the old software and reinstall it. Restart the computer and give it a go again.
4.) Just because you can print tons of coupons doesn’t mean you should!
In the beginning it can be difficult to know which coupons to print and which coupons to pass on. It can take some time, but after a while you will be able to spot an awesome coupon when it comes along. Really HOT coupons do not last long, so if you think it is good-PRINT IT!
5.) If you know nothing else about printing coupons, just know that it is NEVER EVER ok to photocopy coupons!
It’s illegal. Period. Would you photocopy a check and use it over and over again? I sure hope not! It’s no different to photocopy a coupon. It’s a form of stealing and even if you think you are getting away with it,in the long run it hurts everybody…especially the couponers! More restrictions, lower value coupons and less coupons is general. There are so many other ways to get coupons and this should not be an option.
Just know that it is not absolutely necessary to print coupons in order to coupon BUT it definitely helps create more money saving opportunities. And those of you that do not have inserts because your just starting…here’s a way to get them. After a while you may get sick of seeing great deals that you are missing out on because you don’t print coupons.
Tomorrow I am going to give you a huge list of websites you can print coupons from. For today, set up the main ones below: