Save Money Printing Coupons: Frugal Coupon Printing Tips

Save Money Printing Coupons

Save Money Printing Coupons!

Coupons can save loads of money, but as many of us quickly find out, printing costs can add up quickly. Since the point of printable coupons is to save money, I’ve put together a little list of tips to help you save money printing coupons too.

Only Print Coupons You’ll Use

This may seem obvious to some, but I have to include it. When I first started printing coupons, I was so enamored with the idea that I simply printed everything that came my way – whether I would use a product or not. Trust me, you won’t be doing yourself any favors by printing coupons for products that you and your family won’t use. Not only is is wasteful of ink and paper, but it could also cause you to spend money that you normally wouldn’t just because you have a coupon.

Deal Shop Before You Print

If you find a great coupon you’re not sure about, stop before you hit that print button. Check out prices and sales in your local stores and determine how much you’ll actually save first. You might be surprised to learn that it may not be the great coupon you think it is, and you can save money printing coupons that you won’t actually use.

Print in Draft Mode

You can usually save money printing coupons by printing them in “Draft” mode. You’ll save a bundle on ink. Keep in mind, though, that all stores and printers are different. Some store scanners may not be able to scan coupons printed in draft mode, and some printers may not print as well in this mode. If you’re unsure, try printing just a few coupons using this method to test at local stores. If they work, great! Most printers have options in the control panel that let you set this as the default print mode.

Print in Threes

Most coupon sites, like, print coupons three to a page. If there are less than three coupons on a page, you might end up with a large ad that uses a great deal of ink when printed. To save money printing coupons, don’t let these ads print in the first place. Always make sure that you have enough coupons to print three to a page. You can easily figure this out by dividing the total number of coupons you have to print by three. If it’s a whole number, print away! If not, you should consider adding or subtracting a coupon or two.

Use Scrap Paper

You know all those paper and fliers that you seem to collect? Most of them – especially the ones set home from your children’s school – are probably blank on the back. And you know what? Coupons don’t care whether they’re printed on recycled paper, nor do most stores!

Buy Refurbished Ink Cartridges or Refill Them

There are so many warnings from printer companies about the dangers of refurbished ink cartridges, but the truth of the matter is, there’s very little evidence to support this. Many people use refurbished ink cartridges to save money printing coupons without a problem. Alternatively, you can also buy an ink cartridge refill kit and refill your ink cartridges yourself. There are a number of places online that sell refurbished ink and refill kits.

Use Your Printer Regularly

Yes, it may seem a bit counter productive to save money printing coupons by printing regularly, but it’s true. If your printer sits too long without being used, the ink will dry up, clogging the print heads. This means you’ll have to run the cleaning cycle, which wastes a LOT of ink, buy new printer cartridges, or even a whole new printer. Trust me on this – it’s happened to me. So, always make sure you use your printer at least once per week.

Now it’s your turn… What are your favorite tips for saving money on printing coupons?

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  • karen

    oh when i first started couponing i printed too many too fast and then never found sales to match up with them. they went unused and i had the world’s most expensive scratch pad. and in color too!

    i do much of what you have recommended…draft mode in black and white on the backs of printed sheets i no longer need or junk mail even.

    my tip to add is to watch for cpns that print a big ink waster ad on the page. sometimes it is before the cpn and sometimes after. it seems like it is usually on cpns that are high value or rare or on new products out or the ‘bricks’ cpns. sometimes someone will warn you in the comments. if there is an ad that is AFTER the cpn that i know of in advance…or after printing the first copy then i put in a 1/3 sheet or 1/2 sheet of paper so the ad wont print.

    my old printer had an option called “show print preview” which was great because you could see if there was an ad and where it was located. or you could check out the size or quantity limitations or exp date before you printed. my new printer doesn’t have that and i miss it.

    my biggest challenge is knowing when to print immediately and what ones to try and save to print later at a better time…they may be gone if you wait too long. then again…some reset and you get to print 2 more. 🙂

  • Jo

    Consider buying a bottom of the line laser printer. You can get great deals on previous years’ models. Toner costs much, much less per page than ink.
    Do not change the toner cartridge just because it says the toner is low. Wait until the print quality starts to fade.