Friday, January 13th, 2012
1. Print in black and white instead of color. I have never once printed a coupon in color and have never once had any issue with a store not accepting it as a result.
2. Set your printer to the “Quick Print” option. Or your printer might have a “Gray Scale” or “Draft Quality” option, this would be pretty much the same thing. Basically this setting will not use as much ink but the coupon will still be very readable.
3. Print coupons on the back side of already used paper. This is a great way to make good use of that junk mail. Just make sure there is no personal information on the other side!
4. Print only the coupon, skip the advertisement. Some coupons print with an advertisement following the coupon and they usually are ink hogs. If you pay attention you can quickly stop the printing after the coupon prints and save the ink (and paper) that would be used on the advertisement. (I find this harder to do now that I have a laser printer because it prints so fast, but my inkjet was great for doing this.)
5. Use as much of the paper as possible. Many coupons only take up 1/3 of the page. When that is the case, I simply turn the paper around and print another coupon at the other end. Make sure that it isn’t one that prints an advertisement though or you’ll have your first coupon covered up with that!
6. Print only the coupons you will use. It’s tempting to go on a coupon printing binge and print any coupon that you have a remote chance of using. But you have to remember that you are also wasting ink and paper when you do that. I’d recommend sticking with printing coupons that you know you will use or that you have a 75% chance of using. The longer you do this coupon thing, the more you have an idea of what coupons you will use regularly to get a great deal. And if you do end up print a couple of coupons that you don’t use, really, it’s okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
7. Refill your ink cartridges. I know there are probably many different places that do this but the one that I’ve had experience with is Walgreens. The quality of their refills was good and the cost is $12.99 plus tax which was much cheaper than what my cartridges cost!
8. Never pay full price for paper. Seriously. Staples has sales several times a year where you can get a pack of paper for free (after rebate) or $1. I will try to post about those deals when I see them.
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