Tips For Printing Internet Grocery Coupons

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Have you ever visited a website to print coupons, only to find you need to install the coupon printing software?  Well you’re not alone. The good news is that the software is pretty standard and once you install it, you should be able to use it on multiple sites.  It’s free, safe and should install quickly.  There are several reasons companies use this software:

  • To enable you to print high quality coupons with a bar code that will scan at the register
  • To control the number of coupons printed, to avoid coupon fraud.

If you cannot install the printer software check the following:

  • Do you have permission to install software on the computer?  If you’re using a computer at a library, hotel or other public place, it may be locked down so you cannot install the software.
  • Are you using software that is preventing the installation?  Check for any anti-virus software or any anti-spyware or adware software that could be blocking the installation of the coupon printing software.  You can override this and choose to allow the installation.
  • The operating system or browser you are using is incompatible.  Be sure you check the list of what is compatible.  This should be on the FAQ pages.
  • Your security setting in your browser are set too high.  If you receive warnings or errors that an attempt to install and ActiveX control (Internet Explorer) or a plugin was blocked, or are asked for permission to install a program, you may need to change your browser’s security settings to allow installation of these types of controls.

Coupons.com and RedPlum.com both have FAQ sections where you can get more information if you are having trouble printing.  I have a Mac and when I first starting printing coupons, they did not have software that was compatible with Mac’s.  I’m happy to say the software now works with my operating system.  Remember you can usually print 2 coupons from each computer so don’t be afraid to install it on your other computers so you can double up!  If you see a coupon online now that you think you will use, go ahead and print it, and hold onto it for a sale.  If you wait to print it until you need it, it may no longer be available.  Please do not copy coupons.  The companies release a specific number of coupons and if consumers copy them, then stores will not be reimbursed.

Make sure your printer is turned on and set as the default printer.  Make sure it is a paper based printer, not a virtual fax machine or other file saver.  You cannot print to a PDF.

Printing bricks coupons- A bricks coupon has a url that begins with http://bricks.coupons.com/.  Depending on the browser you are using, you can change a few letters to help you print if you’re having problems.  I use Safari most of the time so many of my links may have the XS in them.  This is an example of a bricks coupon:

http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qihlbyz6380175&bt=xs&o=57812&c=KR&p=WLVK1gsQ

The highlighted letters in the url are the letters you’ll need to change depending on the browser you use in order to make the coupon print. As you can see I was using Safari to print this coupon. Safari: xs

Here are the letters you should use for Firefox or Internet Explorer.  This can also be reversed if your link is Firefox for example and you need to print in Internet Explorer.

Firefox: wg or vg

Internet Explorer: vi or wi

Saving on Ink & Paper

You do not need to print the coupons in color.  I print all of mine in black & white and I’ve never had a problem.  It might be a good idea to set your printer on draft mode or something similar, to save on ink.  You can also print 3 coupons on one page so make sure you choose at least 3 so you get the most out of your paper.  Do you get flyers sent home from school or work that you end up throwing away?  DON’T!  You can print coupons on the back. This is a great way to reuse paper.   Target coupons can be printed in the store, to save you paper & ink!

Do you have any tips you’d like to add?  Please leave a comment. I hope this helps you start saving your family money!

Comments

  1. Benilda says

    How did you get your mac to print from coupons.com in black and white. I have a mac and I have all my default printer to print in Black and white but with coupons.com it still only prints in color.

    • Karen says

      Benilda,
      Let me look into that for you and see what I can find out. I don’t have a color printer so it automatically prints in black & white.

      • Tina says

        I’m having the same problem as Benilda.. I have a Mac and the preset is to print to B&W.. yet all my Bricks coupons come out in color :(

        • Karen says

          I am no tech expert and since my printer is black & white only, I cannot troubleshoot on my mac. It appears some operating systems make it difficult to set the default to B&W. Printers can also be tricky. Try asking the Apple store, or sending a request to them with your Mac specifications. They should be able to help. All of the information I found was for printing documents and such. No information was given for sites that automatically send prints to your printer without the printer window appearing. Please let me know if you find a solution. I’m sorry I do not have a quick fix.

  2. Ginger says

    Please help me… I got my mac in July and I can not print brick coupons…. I have tried everything!! Even changed letters and browsers. What can I do?

    • Karen says

      Ginger,
      I know everyone has had problems with Bricks coupons in the last week or so. I am heading out on vacation but I can look into it later for you. Have you downloaded the printing software? When you go to coupons.com, they prompt you to do it.
      My tech man (hubby) says to load the software while the browser is completely closed. Then relaunch your browser. Make sure your printer is set to the correct default printer. Are you able to print other things?

  3. Jennifer says

    I would love to hear if any of you Mac users found the solution to only printing in Black & White (greyscale)?? I have my printer default set to B&W, but coupons still come out in color from many of the coupon sites! Grrr…
    And Karen, thanks for such a great article! I had no idea that I could change the letters to get coupons to print from different operating systems!
    Thanks :-)

  4. jenna says

    I also am having the same issue so I just removed my color ink cartridge…that solved that problem real quick!

    Hope this helps for a temp fix.

    Happy savings!

    • Karen says

      Great idea Jenna! My sister tired that and her printer won’t print with one missing. Glad it worked for you!

  5. Sandi says

    I’m having the same problem… My printer wont work when I removed the color one and my color one is empty so I just wasted threw a bunch of one time only prints only to find blank paper in the tray! :( Please help!

  6. shari says

    I don’t understand? Target coupons can be printed in the store, to save you paper & ink!
    where do you go to print the coupons?

    • Karen says

      Hi Shari,
      That article was posted back in November 2009 and unfortunately you can no longer print the Target coupons at the store.

  7. JBgahanna says

    None of these things work! I have two printers (a Canon & an HP) Neither will print! I have gone to Coupons.com. They sent the same letter asking dumb/insulting questions 7 times! I answered it 3 times. I went to TrusteFeedback. They also are no help! I have loaded Coupons.com software yet again – no help. Tried a different browser – no good! No one cares anywhere!

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