Extreme Couponing Tip: Printing Multiple Coupons

“How many of each coupon online can I print? Is there a way to get more?”

Most Internet printable coupons allow 1-2 print outs per coupon per computer. The majority of coupons on Coupons.com, RedPlum.com, SmartSource.com, Target.com, and those available at individual Facebook pages can print out twice. However, some coupons at those sites or ones like Stonyfield.com have a limit of 1 print out per coupon. It is ILLEGAL to copy any coupon.

To get more:

  • Print from multiple computers. If you have multiple computers, you can often print more coupons. Do be careful printing at work or a public library– often they require administrative to install any printing software.
  • If you don’t have multiple computers, ask family, friends, and neighbors! Consider swapping coupons (maybe they need all your pet coupons and would be glad to print some cereal coupons for you) or trade items from your stockpile or a batch of your famous cookies for printable coupons.
  • Many coupons reset and are able to be printed again in the near future.  The time that the most new coupons come out & others reset is the first day of the month.

Remember: Even if you can only print 1-2 copies of each coupon, that’s okay! You should be growing your stockpile slowly, most of the time adding just a handful of items each week.

PDF coupons
Some coupons are in PDF (Portable Document Format), which can enable the customer to print out multiple copies.

“Are these legitimate?” Some PDF coupons are indeed authentic. Always make sure that you are printing them from a reliable source: the manufacturer’s own website. They have thus authorized this format for their customers. Past examples of companies that have used PDF coupons include Sunbelt, Wholly Guacamole, and 3m/ Scotch.

“Will my store accept them?  Will they get reimbursed?” Many store scanners don’t like reading PDF barcodes and will make an angry beep. At this point, the cashier will either push it through or will not accept, citing the reason as they cannot accept coupons that don’t scan or may accuse you of coupon fraud. So it really depends on the store. Before I print off a PDF coupon, I always make sure it’s from a reliable source (the product’s own web page), and I will only print off 1 or 2 and try them at my store. Often the angry beep hassle is not worth it for me. But if a manufacturer puts out a PDF coupon, they should be reimbursing the stores for all of them, since it was at their discretion.

“How many can I print off?” The basic rule of thumb is that you can print off as many coupons as your computer allows you to. Remember, it is ILLEGAL to copy any coupon.