How I use my printer to print money!
Ok, ok, no need to call out the Secret Service. I am not counterfeiting Benjamins…tempting, but I look horrible in orange jumpsuits.
No, what I am talking about are Internet Printable coupons, or IPs. These coupons are how I end up getting most of my items for free, or even making money on them. IP’s usually have a higher dollar value than the coupons from the paper. There are several places where you can find these coupons. The two main places are
Another place to find printable coupons is directly on a manufacturer’s website. Usually a quick Google search for an item will yield links to printable coupons if they are available. For example, if you Google “Wisk Coupon“, you can find a coupon for Wisk laundry detergent that is directly on their website.
For most coupons to print out correctly, you will need to download the site’s coupon software. Usually once you have visited SmartSource and Coupons.com, most other sites will use one of those two software applications or use a Java applet to print the coupons. These applications are safe, but you might need to OK it with your anti-virus software just to be sure they will run. If you are at work or at a place where you dont have permissions to run .exe files (like at the library, for instance), you may not be able to run these software programs. There are some coupons that are published online as a PDF file. These coupons do not require any special software to print correctly.
When printing coupons, each one has a limit to how many coupons you can print from each computer. If you have access to more than one computer, then you can print more coupons. Most of the time the limit on the coupons is 2 per computer.
Expert Tip: When your coupons have finished printing, hit the Backspace Key or the Back button on your browser. This will print another coupon! Keep doing this until you get a screen saying your print limit is reached.
Each coupon will have a 10-digit barcode that is similar to the barcode on most items you buy. This should be the same for both of your coupons. There should also be another barcode with a unique ID number. This number will vary for each coupon that you print. Here is where you should pay close attention: while it is tempting to photocopy IPs, you should never ever do it. That would be like photocopying actual money & trying to spend it – its illegal! That unique barcode links the coupon to the computer you printed it from, which means that it links it back to you. The last thing you want is to be prosecuted for trying to get another $2 coupon – its just not worth it. This is also the reason why you should never buy IPs off of coupon sites or eBay. I would only recommend trading IPs with a couponer that you trust to not have copied the coupons.
Here are some other quick tips to save even more money while printing your coupons:
- Set your printer to print in Draft/quick mode.
- Only print in black & white if you can. Colored ink is too expensive!
- Save all that junk mail. If the back of a page is blank, you can print your coupons on it. Save the copy paper for the kids’ homework or your letter to Aunt Jane.
- If a coupon prints only at the top of a page, turn it over & stick it back in the printer before hitting backspace to print the coupon on the other end of the paper. You will waste less this way.
- If you are printing from a manufacturer website, they like to fill the bottom half of the page with large, colored advertisements. While they are pretty, they waste ink. Keep an eye on the printer & cancel the print job once the coupon is complete. Again, you will save ink & can probably print another coupon or two on the other half of the page.
And finally, this is my favorite tip ever, earn rewards points for printing your coupons! If you join MyPoints, you can earn 10 points for each coupon you redeem, with a 25 pt bonus for redeeming 10 or more coupons in a month. You can redeem your points for giftcards & other merchandise. My favorite one is the $50 CVS giftcard 🙂 If you dont have a MyPoints account, and you want to know more about it, you can check out their site or send me an email: Crazy_Coupon_Lady@ hotmail.com. I can get you a referral & earn us both a few more points 🙂
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