“I am trying to print coupons from my computer, and many of the websites are asking me to download something or give out my personal information. Is this safe?”
–Coupon Virgin 

Many of the coupon website require that you download their software before you print coupons. This is a one-time-step and is completely safe. It’s just a few quick steps, and then you’ll be on to printing your coupons. Companies like coupons.com, smartsource.com and redplum.com require a software download. These companies are legitimate and safe.

Manufacturers offer coupons to print from their websites. Many of these coupons are offered in exchange for you signing  up for an account on their site. I recommend creating a separate email account to use only when signing up for coupons and free samples. Many times you will receive follow-up emails from these companies, and I don’t like to fill my regular inbox with these offers.

You may notice sometimes they ask for your birth date. Usually, this is to insure that you are over 18, and it will not be used for any other purpose. If you are not comfortable with this, you can give a birth date that is similar to yours. For example my birthday is in June- but I often give 01/01/(my actual birth year).

You may also want to select “Autofill” on your browser. This way, when you are signing up for all the different coupons, you will save a little time because it will automatically fill out the forms. Once you do it the first time, the rest of the offers you sign up for will be a breeze!

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28 thoughts on “Is It Safe to Print Coupons from my Computer?”

  1. Shelly-14 says:

    .I was wondering I watched Extreme couping on TLC about a month ago, one woman was printing coupons off of 5 different computers-how does she not get viruses on her computers? I get them all the time after downloading coupon printers. Does anyone have any answers on how not to get viruses and be able to print coupons. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

  2. Vmessman says:

    Can we only print one coupon from one computer or can we print two per computer?

  3. Mistyklinesmith says:

    my coupons print out really light and if i try to change it from “draft” to “normal” the barcode wont print. Is that ok?

  4. Mistyklinesmith says:

    my coupons print out really light and if i try to change it from “draft” to “normal” the barcode wont print. Is that ok?

  5. Ribit1 3 says:

    How many facebook coupons can you print per account?

  6. Ribit1 3 says:

    How many facebook coupons can you print per account?

  7. Candycoatedraindrops says:

    I am only seeing two or three coupons at the websites listed that are safe:( And everytime I try to get a Sunday paper someone has already taken all the coupons out of each paper and left the papers empty:(

  8. janeth says:

    how can i print more than 1 coupon?

  9. Debbie Martorano says:

    Can anyone help me figure out what program to down load to be able to print coupons. I am a newbie, I can’t seem to get the coupons to open or print. I’m so excited to get started, but can’t do anything without coupons! HELP!


  10. Sharon says:

    Just a comment on printing and the cost. I have a HP laser printer that only prints in B&W. I use this printer for all my coupons and I cannot comment on the exact printing cost……..but it is very inexpensive. If you are in this for the long term, highly suggest looking at laser printers, the number of pages per cartridge and the cost………they beat ink jet printers over and over and no color ink to replace!

    • Yessenia says:

      Where can I buy a laser printer like the one you mentioned?

    • Lanigirl2sweet says:

      I just wanted to let you all know I just bought a Kodak printer for $69 and the ink refill for black is only $9 and the color refill is only $17 anywhere. It’s the cheapest out there. There printer works great and it has a scanner and fax on it also it prints professional pictures. It’s a fast printer and has a 5 star rating. Its the Kodak C310

  11. candace says:

    HI, I am living overseas on an american post the only store I have to shop at is aafes do you guys have any suggestions for that store lol and how I can save money there I have 2 kiddos in diapers still

    • Anonymous says:

      I shop in a Commissary every chance I get. We save over regular grocery stores anyway and we can use Commissary coupons AND manufacturer coupons for the same product. Typically, Commissary shoppers save a good % overall. Meat is 40% less than a regular grocery store and fresh produce is generally 35% less. Being a fulltime RV’er we shop at a commissary anytime we can get near a military base.

  12. Jen says:

    Does anyone have any problems printing from a mac. It tells me that they can not be faxed and to check my printer settings. It works just fine from my husbands laptop, but its a work-issued computer and they don’t allow/like using them for personal use. Anyone got any ideas?

    • Jasmine says:

      I can’t even seem to download the printers on my mac. Wasn’t sure if it was the firefox browser or my computer not allowing it. very frustrating as I could use them on my old mac.

  13. Tina says:

    I also have very bad experience with getting viruses from coupon printer downloads. It happened twice – on my old comp and now with my new one. Both times my comps were not able to operate, even though they had anti-virus software. After the repairs I am not able to get rid of the coupon printer and I am worry that another vires may feel “invited” to come and cause problems. I am not sure that it worths printing coupons – yes, I will save say $50 but my whole identity could get stolen.

  14. John says:

    It’s a little bit irresponsible to say that installing coupon printing software is “completely safe.” I work in IT, and believe me, there’s a lot of malware out there posing as other things. Further down you mention a few sites that you know are legit, which require a software installation. It would be much more responsible to expand this list, and say “It’s safe to install coupon software as long as you trust the company, and you’re positive you’re really on that company’s website, not an impostor. We trust the following companies: …”

  15. Tracy says:

    A very good friend of mine is a computer tech. I downloaded some of the coupon printers on his computer and I specifically got busted for it. He said they have spyware or trackers in them. I have them on all my computers anyway because I save so much with printable coupons I think its worth it. :-)

  16. Susan says:

    I got a nasty bad virus that was traced back to a coupon site. “Couponbar” it was called. It took a techie 2 days to fix. Now I am very careful and only print coupons from sites that I know to be safe.

    In the first few months of couponing, I threw away lots of expired coupons that I had printed. The cost of ink does add up, so now I only print coupons that I am sure I will use. I’ve been able to get paper very inexpensively from Staples or Office Max when they have their rebates on paper. But ink is expensive.

  17. Lesli says:

    I had a bad experience with ShopAtHome.com. In order to get their coupons, they require you to download their toolbar. About a week later their toolbar became an open gateway to a really bad virus that basically took over my computer. Luckily my hubby is a computer repair guy and he was able to locate the source of the infection: ShopAtHome.

  18. Debra says:

    Just wondering if anyone knew of a safe/legimate/ at a low price.. place on the internet to order ink for the printers…it takes quite a bit to print out these coupons…and it is very expensive at Wal-mart..Thanks!

    • Neva says:

      I get my ink refilled at Costco for about $8. That’s for black or color.

    • Heidi says:

      I go through ebates.com and order from 123inkjets.com. You get 10% off and free shipping on orders over $55 and 16% cash back. After the 10% discount, I got 11 ink cartridges for my Epson CX3800 for $59.38, then got $9.50 back from ebates.com. (If you’ve never used ebates.com, you’ll also get a $5 bonus.)

    • Kate says:

      Hi Debra,

      Yes, you have to be a memeber to refill your ink containers at Costco

    • Emily says:

      Walgreens refills black and color cartridges for around $10– pretty good deal if you only want to refill as needed.