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Printable Coupons- Yeay or Nay
To print or not to print...
The computer is a great resource for coupon clippers. There are plenty of sites that will help you with tips and shopping scenarios. Simply search coupons on facebook and you will find a host of money saving sites. In all this saving, there is a constant question about printing coupons. Some are all for it and some are against it. This hub is dedicated to providing you with all the tips & information that I have so you can decide for yourself.
There is a cost to printing coupons. Between paper and ink, some coupon sources quote 15 cents per coupon while other quote 15 cents per printed page. Everyone's exact cost will be different depending on the cost of your printer supplies which vary by brand & style. On sites that provide coupons like coupons.com you will be able to get 3 coupons per page. It is common practice to print 2 copies per computer of any given coupon. If someone decides to print every coupon they can get 2 times, the price of saving can add up quickly. The opportunity cost of not printing could mean missing out on a great deal. So what do you do? The answer depends on who you ask. Couponers by nature are more flexible with brand loyalty and often buy items they do not need right away or will not use as part of their strategy. This is the reason that many coupon using families are also wonderful at providing donations of goods. Unless you are an extreme couponer, I recommend limiting the amount of coupons that you print, keeping it down to items that you will more than likely buy and use or donate if you were to get them on sale. The reason I say this is because you are more than likely going to forget what coupons you have or have them expire unused unless you have a well organized home system in place at home. If this becomes a trend for you than it is better for you to stick to coupons received from multiple newspaper subscription. It provides more value at a smaller cost per coupon.
If you decide to print your coupons regularly, here are some tips to lower the cost for you. First, you can reuse paper. Most people who save money with coupons are from households with children. School aged children are an excellent source of reusable paper. The endless amounts of graded school work and test paper that comes back into the home provide a perfect opportunity for you to reduce your cost of paper, your home clutter, and the amount of waste your family produces. Talk about win/win. Junk mail is another great source. If someone in the family works in an office setting, you may never need to buy paper again. As long as it does not contain sensitive information, most offices are glad to recycle, reduce, or reuse for free.
Now lets tackle the ink. Ink is expensive. To reduce your cost of ink you may want to print in grayscale or black and white. In some cases, you may loose the photo printed on your coupon so you have to read what the coupon is for. You may want to carefully refill your black ink with a less expensive ink refill kit. I recently purchased one from Walgreens for $15 and it had 4 refill wells. Considering that my black ink varies from $29-$55 each depending on size, this method offered me a huge savings. This has to be done carefully and correctly in order for it not to compromise your printer. As an added tip, refills are recommended as soon as the ink is out so that the printer head does not dry out. This will help reduce the amount of spotty copies made after refilling a cartridge. Test print a page as needed before you print coupons or something you want to keep after refilling an ink cartridge.
Here are some other things to consider. Many retailers nationwide have updated their coupon policy. Some have decided to limit or discontinue the use of printed coupons in their stores because of coupon forgery. When printable coupons are concerned, many are faced with the urge to make copies for more savings. In most cases, they are naive to the rules and are not being malicious. They are not aware that it is like counterfeiting money and can be linked to their computers I.P. address. Unfortunately, the retailer is at a loss and has the right to choose their own coupon policies. As a safeguard, I would recommend you check your retailers coupon policies before printing mass coupons.
Curious about coupons? Want to find a training site/blog? I recommend searching locally since they will provide the best deals for you, but I will list a few that I use regularly for you to browse.
Couponers United - serves the Central Florida area. I have had the opportunity to spend time with Mary Edwards. I visited and have hosted a few of her classes. Always a good time. She is also a valuable frequent reader. Thanks!
Coupon Mamacita - I visit her on facebook a lot and she is also one of my valuable readers! Thanks!
Coupon Divas - She offers awesome video tutorials that are nice and easy to follow. I have not communicated with her personally, but I have looked at a lot of her videos.
Wild for Wags - I love Walgreens. This site offers great information for a loyal Wags shopper like ME :)
Want to start browsing printable coupons? Check Coupons.com