Share by e-mail Print This Post

Extreme Couponing Tip: Printable SmartSource Coupon Acceptance

Extreme Couponing Tip: Printable SmartSource Coupon Acceptance

“My store does not accept printable SmartSource coupons any more! Is there anything I can do?”

This can be frustrating, especially when you ethically use coupons.  You may find it helpful to print this letter issued from Smartsource addressed to retailers who won’t accept their coupons. This letter should help explain to your checker or manager what to look for and what legitimate coupons look like.  Key components of an authentic printable SmartSource coupon are:

  • Valid Expiration Date: Let’s play fair and not use expired coupons!
  • Scannable Barcode: Nothing frazzles a checker more than a coupon that won’t scan, so make sure that your ink cartridge isn’t running low.
  • Retailer Instructions: a legitimate coupon will always have instructions for the store to follow to get reimbursed, including a remit address.
  • Unique “Offer ID #” and “Pin Number”: If you are using more than one of the same coupon, they should be checking these numbers in the top right-hand corner to make sure these numbers are different.  Remember that photocopying coupons is illegal.

Leave a Reply

46 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Printable SmartSource Coupon Acceptance”

  1. Kiki says:

    Thank you to everyone at KCL for posting this letter. I have been ethically couponing for years. Unfortunately Safeway management won’t take SmartSource coupons, redeemed ethically — even with this letter and with industry published guidelines showing where some coupons do not have 3 barcodes, with all the required information in alternate formats as per industry publications. The Franz bread coupon was a perfect example —off of their corporate website, but rejected as “fraudulent” per my Safeway manager…refuses to even read the coupon or letter, so just took my weekly shopping to another grocery store chain instead.

  2. Kiki says:

    Thank you to everyone at KCL for posting this letter. I have been ethically couponing for years. Unfortunately Safeway management won’t take SmartSource coupons, redeemed ethically — even with this letter and with industry published guidelines showing where some coupons do not have 3 barcodes, with all the required information in alternate formats as per industry publications. The Franz bread coupon was a perfect example —off of their corporate website, but rejected as “fraudulent” per my Safeway manager…refuses to even read the coupon or letter, so just took my weekly shopping to another grocery store chain instead.

  3. Amanda says:

    Is there any rule about printable coupons that don’t scan? My printer is old, and no matter what, nothing I print from it scans. I feel its not worth the money to buy a new one, because there goes all the money I just saved with the coupons I printed! I don’t use a lot of coupons because there are rarely printable coupons for vegan items. My Target won’t take coupons that don’t scan…what is the rule? Can’t they enter the numbers from the coupon manually to verify that its real?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anyone catch on the Smart Source letter how they are part of News Corp.? This line really gets a big laugh out of me “News Corporation companies must adhere to strict and ethical business practices,”. Someone should have told this to New of The World. If a coupon site can get it right you would think a 168 yr. old newspaper could.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anyone catch on the Smart Source letter how they are part of News Corp.? This line really gets a big laugh out of me “News Corporation companies must adhere to strict and ethical business practices,”. Someone should have told this to New of The World. If a coupon site can get it right you would think a 168 yr. old newspaper could.

    • Sugar says:

      The company is News America Marketing, They really have nothing to do with the news per say!!! They are a company that used to put in the little SS machines in the grocery stores before the blinkie machines, they are responsible for advertising and marketing, the advertisments you see on some shopping carts are put on and changed in cycles by the employees who work for them, They also do resets in stores. Apply IRC (peelies) SS is their biggest thing tho, I used to work for them when I started out in the merchandizing field, Now I work for P&G

  6. Anonymous says:

    Anyone catch on the Smart Source letter how they are part of News Corp.? This line really gets a big laugh out of me “News Corporation companies must adhere to strict and ethical business practices,”. Someone should have told this to New of The World. If a coupon site can get it right you would think a 168 yr. old newspaper could.

  7. jess says:

    My local Wal-Mart has really but a restriction on printable coupons. Apparently they took counterfiet gatorade coupons and lost tons of money. Some CSM will only let you use two of the same per shopping trip while others will let you use them as long as they will scan. I stay confused shopping at Wal-Mart..lol

    • Kentuckygal says:

      That happened at my local Wal-Mart. The fake Gatorade coupons were for .99 off a 32 ounce bottle. They were on sale for .79, so the people made .29 on each bottle they purchased. They took the local store for 120 cases before an employee whose wife is an “extreme couponer” told they that they were fake.

  8. showernose says:

    I had several coupons today that wouldn’t scan and it’s not unusual either. The barcodes look fine.
    There is one question, if a coupon is expired or the quantity stated doesn’t match and so on…. will it still scan? I alway thought it wouldn’t if things didn’t match up.

  9. Corrinda says:

    Definitely make sure your ink isn’t low, I was at my local Kroger store Saturday and after I handed the checker my coupons he said “oh, please work..” to my printed coupons lol. They scanned just fine, and I told him it usually has something to do with printers being low on ink. He told me to bring my coupons to his line anytime! I love when I can shop and not feel like I’m bothering someone with my coupons!

  10. Corrinda says:

    Definitely make sure your ink isn’t low, I was at my local Kroger store Saturday and after I handed the checker my coupons he said “oh, please work..” to my printed coupons lol. They scanned just fine, and I told him it usually has something to do with printers being low on ink. He told me to bring my coupons to his line anytime! I love when I can shop and not feel like I’m bothering someone with my coupons!

  11. Mike says:

    I found that once you print a SmartSource coupon, you can’t hit the ‘back arrow’ to print again, or you get the concurrent message. Have to close out and pull up page again to print the second one. My issues with the SS coupons have been that depending on the browser used, sometimes the Retailer Instructions prints in a larger font, and the last line gets cut off by the barcode window. Cashier at Walmart accused me of ‘doctoring’ the coupon because of that. I filed a complaint with Corporate, and got ZERO response.

  12. Mike says:

    I found that once you print a SmartSource coupon, you can’t hit the ‘back arrow’ to print again, or you get the concurrent message. Have to close out and pull up page again to print the second one. My issues with the SS coupons have been that depending on the browser used, sometimes the Retailer Instructions prints in a larger font, and the last line gets cut off by the barcode window. Cashier at Walmart accused me of ‘doctoring’ the coupon because of that. I filed a complaint with Corporate, and got ZERO response.

  13. Chrissy503 says:

    What about those coupons that are printable PDF? I’ve always thought it was weird that you could print the same coupon over and over as many times as you want. Are those coupons legit?

  14. Chrissy503 says:

    What about those coupons that are printable PDF? I’ve always thought it was weird that you could print the same coupon over and over as many times as you want. Are those coupons legit?

  15. Kycouponclippers says:

    I can’t print smart source coupons. States I don’t have Java, but I do. Any ideas?

    • Anonymous says:

      go to the Java website and make sure you have the most current version. I know that is what tripped me up one day.

    • Shansen79 says:

      All my stores very carefully check my coupons that are printed but I have never had one refused yet.

    • Agfruge says:

      I had that problem, too. I had to download a newer version of Java and now it works fine.

    • Agfruge says:

      I had that problem, too. I had to download a newer version of Java and now it works fine.

    • Agfruge says:

      I had that problem, too. I had to download a newer version of Java and now it works fine.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you have the newest version of Java and it still isn’t working, try switching browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc). Sometimes that helps.

    • Janet says:

      I can only print from my internet explorer browser. I normally use Google Chrome or Firefox but I can’t get them to work. I get the same message that you are getting. Try using Internet Explorer and see if that helps.

    • Craftlady024 says:

      I had the same problem until I got windows7

  16. Karmah60 says:

    Thankfully, the stores I shop at take them all. Many cashiers slowly scrutinize each and every one before they scan it, making checkout time long some days. But, I’d rather they do that than start rejecting them completely. I have nothing to hide, all mine are completely legit. Scrutinize away.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said! When cashiers are more careful, it means less fraudulent coupons getting by, which helps ensure that we can continue to use coupons.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said! When cashiers are more careful, it means less fraudulent coupons getting by, which helps ensure that we can continue to use coupons.

  17. Jaime says:

    Thank goodness all of the stores I currently shop @ gladly accept my printed coupons which have become more frequent lately. :D

    • Karmah60 says:

      Becoming more frequent here too, especially this month with the Redplum drought. I think internet coupons now make up more than 60% of my binder.

      • Jessica M says:

        They need to come out with coupons for printer ink!!! i’m running low and still waiting for staples to send me a reward check so i can refill. Does anyone know a GOOD place to get cartridges refilled?

        • angel says:

          Well just to let you know that i was wondering when my reward checkng was coming and they told me that they send it through your rewards id information that set up online but if you are a long time card holder they send them in the mail.

        • Craftlady024 says:

          Mine will not print with refills.

        • Craftlady024 says:

          Mine will not print with refills.

  18. I have this problem with Stater Bros. I they have had their Johnsonville sausage for 1.99 and with a 1.00 off coupon making it 1.00 each. and the cashier will tell me it is not valid in their store. No reason, just they don’t take them. They have taken my couopons. com coupons and explain what they are looking for is in this particular coupons not what is in the smartsource one. I am printing the letter and hopefully get some cheap sausage next time. :)

  19. Btkg12 says:

    I always get the concurrent print even though I haven’t printed anything.

  20. Jen says:

    I have the same problem with the Meijer’s closest to us, but if I drive to the next town over, they gladly accept them…it is very frustrating!!!

  21. Jen says:

    I have the same problem with the Meijer’s closest to us, but if I drive to the next town over, they gladly accept them…it is very frustrating!!!

  22. Cremmedelacremme says:

    Printing SmartSource coupons haven’t been fun with all of the “concurrent print attempted” error messages, even when trying to print coupons for different products. I’m just about ready to quit it all together.

  23. Cremmedelacremme says:

    Printing SmartSource coupons haven’t been fun with all of the “concurrent print attempted” error messages, even when trying to print coupons for different products. I’m just about ready to quit it all together.

    • Lisa says:

      I get that message alot too. It’s almost like it depends on the link I use. It’s very frustrating because we should be able to print 2 of each coupon.

    • It’s strange because on my newer updated computer running Windows 7, I get this often with Smart Source coupons – however, my older laptop running Windows XP, I never get this message.

      • Craftlady024 says:

        I had windows XP,and couldn,t print coupons from smartsource. I have a new computer and Windows7 and I don’t have any problems. It is just a little slow to print. But they do print.

      • Craftlady024 says:

        I had windows XP,and couldn,t print coupons from smartsource. I have a new computer and Windows7 and I don’t have any problems. It is just a little slow to print. But they do print.

      • Craftlady024 says:

        I had windows XP,and couldn,t print coupons from smartsource. I have a new computer and Windows7 and I don’t have any problems. It is just a little slow to print. But they do print.

  24. Cremmedelacremme says:

    Printing SmartSource coupons haven’t been fun with all of the “concurrent print attempted” error messages, even when trying to print coupons for different products. I’m just about ready to quit it all together.