With all the great new printable coupons that have popped up today to start the new month, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a common question new couponers have about internet printables: To print, or not to print?
Printable coupons are available at Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com, and CouponNetwork.com. These web sites have a “Print All” button, but with the cost of ink and paper, that doesn’t make much sense. You’re much better off selecting the coupons you know you’ll use, along with the ones that you’d like to use if you can match them with a good sale. We always try to alert you when there are new coupons available, and we link to them in our weekly store matchups.
There is usually a limit to how many coupons are released, but there’s no way of knowing for sure how many are available and how quickly they’ll go. Red Plum coupons are usually released on Sunday morning, and sometimes the best ones are gone by Sunday afternoon. Some popular coupons pop up one day and are gone within a day or two. Other coupons don’t seem to run out as quickly. Rule of thumb: if you see something you have a very good chance of using, snag it as soon as you can.
For most internet printable coupons, you can get two copies. On the coupon sites, you’ll need to re-select the coupons and print them a second time. On product web sites or Facebook, a “print coupon” link usually takes you to a site that looks like this (known as a “Bricks” coupon):
After the first coupon prints, click the “Back” button in your browser to get another coupon. For Internet Explorer, you may have to click Back a few times. In Firefox, click Back, then click that it’s okay to re-submit the information. I save paper by using one piece for both prints, turning it to make sure the second print goes on clean paper. You can also use the clean back side of paper from work or school.
If you print a lot of coupons, keep an eye out for the best deals on ink. There are ink refill places, and you can also buy remanufactured ink cartridges online–it’s best to get a few reviews for something like that just to make sure it’s worth doing. (Personally I use Cartridge World, and they usually have discounts on iShopStark.com–no complaints here!)
So, any other questions or tips about Printable Coupons? Join the discussion in the comments or on Facebook!