Lesson 2 — How to Get Coupons
Another great way to get coupons is by printing them from your computer. Most coupons can be printed two times per website per computer. Most coupons reset every 30 days, which means you can print two identical coupons each month. If you have access to more than one computer you’ll be able to print more coupons. If you’re looking for a particular coupon check out the coupon database at www.stephaniesavings.net. In the online lesson you will find various methods with step-by-step instructions along with pictures on how to use different websites for printing coupons. Each website works a little different.
Be cautious when printing coupons. There are ways to tell if a coupon is legitimate or not. Coupons should only be printed from the manufacturer or coupon printing websites. Never use coupons that are emailed to you from a third party. Sometimes manufacturers will email you coupons for their products and those are okay. Coupons that come from a third party are fraudulent coupons. Another way to tell if a printable coupon is legitimate is by how it’s represented to you. For example, you will never see what the actual coupon looks like until it’s printed. You will see something that says “click here” and then prints the actual coupon.
The anatomy of a coupon is very important to understand. You have your expiration date, which means that coupon cannot be redeemed after that date. If the expiration date says “01/31/13” and that’s the day you’re using it, it is still fine to use. Once it’s midnight, the coupon is no longer valid. Expired coupons can be used by the military for up to six months after the expiration date. The UPC code on a coupon is also very important. If the coupon starts with a “5” the coupon will automatically double at any store that doubles coupons — even if the coupon states “Do Not Double.” On printable coupons you will find a veri-fi code in the top right or a pin number in the bottom. This is to show that the printable coupon is different and was not copied. Each coupon you print, regardless if the upc is the same or not, will each have a different veri-fi code or pin number. Coupons are illegal to copy, printed or not.
Is printing coupons a waste of money since I’m using paper and ink?
Printing coupons does not waste money if it’s done properly. Follow these tips so you’re not spending money printing coupons. After all, the point in using coupons is to save money.
For your printer:
Change the settings to gray scale and use the black ink cartridge only. When your ink runs out you can save money by getting refills at Walgreens or Cartridge World.
Use scrap paper. There is no need to buy new white paper to print coupons. You can use the back of homework papers, junk mail, etc. Be sure that no personal information is on the papers. If you’re using homework papers or other papers, you’ll want to make sure there is no crayon on the paper. These can harm your printer. See www.stephaniesavings.net for more information. You can also find information about Cartridge World and how they can help you save money on ink! When printing coupons, especially directly from a manufacturer’s website, you are often times going to see a huge company logo print after your coupon prints. To avoid this, watch your coupon print. As soon as the coupon itself finishes printing, press the cancel button on the printer. This will stop the logo from printing and wasting ink. This will not disrupt any other coupons printing. Your printer will refresh and continue printing the next item in the printing queue.
Next week you’ll learn frugal methods on how to organize your coupons. You will also learn how to shop at the stores using different rewards programs, sales, and coupons to help you save the most money!
There are several great deals going on this week. Head over to www.stephaniesavings.net to check out the top deals this week. If you’re new to couponing or just need help getting started, be sure to check out the “Beginner’s Scenarios.”