As a couponer in today’s digitalized world, I have lots of options for using coupons to save. But I will admit to being a traditionalist at heart, which means I enjoy using coupons I can clip or print and hold in my hand. My printer, however, is not as big of a fan, and when it doesn’t feel like printing, I have to get creative to get that week’s coupons printed!
If you don’t have access to a printer at home or the permission to print personal documents at your work, these other seven options should help you get those money-saving coupons printed and ready to use!
1. Your local library
While you may have to jump through the "software hoop" to print coupons from a library-owned computer, if you have a portable device that already has the software loaded (phone, tablet, laptop), you should be able to use the library wireless to print from your device to the library’s printers.
- Costs: You should expect to pay between $0.10 and $0.25 per page, so try to print multiple coupons per page where possible, or only print out coupons that will save you more than what you need to pay.
2. Your local community center, YMCA, or YWCA
Most neighborhoods have one or more local community centers that provide a variety of services to residents in that area. You can check to see if printing is one of those services (if so, you may find it falls under "job hunting" or "student" services).
- You may get printing for free if you are a student or on the hunt for a job. Otherwise, expect to pay what you would pay at your local library.
3. A local print/copy shop
UPS and Kinko’s FedEx are two of the largest nationwide print/copy chains, but you may be able to find better deals at a local print store. Also check Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, and other local office supply stores to see how much they charge per page.
- Costs: Typically you will pay between $0.06 and $0.10 per page for black-and-white copies.
Related: 6 Ways to Save on Printer Ink
4. A friend’s printer
So long as you buy your friend some ink every now and then, you may be able to persuade them to let you print your coupons on their printer.
- How to: You have options here—you can email or Dropbox the printables you want to your friend, store them in your Google Docs for access remotely, bring your device to your friend’s house and use their Wi-Fi or connect the printer cable to your device, or use a service like Google Cloud Print or AirPrint to print remotely and then go pick the coupons up.
- Costs: Be sure to negotiate reimbursement up front so you know that using your friend’s computer will still save you money in the end—replacement ink cartridges aren’t cheap!
5. A local university or community college
If you happen to be attending a local university and have your student ID, this can be a handy way to get printing for lower cost (or even free).
- Costs: As a student, your fees may net you a certain dollar amount of free printing. Otherwise, expect to pay about what your local library would charge.
6. An apartment, condo, or HOA shared business center
If you live in an apartment complex or even own a townhouse or condo with a community center, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that you have access to a printer! It’s certainly worth checking into—especially if you are simply facing a printer on the fritz and just need to print every so often.
- Costs: If you do have access to a community printer, chances are good that you will not have to pay anything to use it.