Friday, August 28, 2009

Cheap-o-nomics 101: Add to the Stash

One way of growing your coupon "stash" is by printing them online - these types of coupons are referred to as "internet printables," or IP's to you and me.


You will not believe how much you can save by popping these babies out from the comfort of your own home. It's like printing free money for goodness sakes!

Where can you find them you ask?

All OVER the internet. Here are some of the more common sites:
Also, direct manufacturer websites will offer coupons. So, if there is a product you use often and can't find an IP for it on one of the sites above, go directly to the brand's homepage and look for a promotions or coupon tab.

For instance, Malt-o-Meal is offering a $.50 off Honey & Oat Blenders coupon this week. (I can double this at Kroger or Triple it at my local groc shop. Regular priced, this cereal is only $1.99 and is sometimes on sale for $.89!)

Breyers is offering this IP for $.50 off YoCrunch Yogurt Multipacks.
(another doubler or tripler!)

Direct from Uncle Ben's, here is a coupon for $1.00 off any Whole grain rice variety.

Here's one sponsored by Blogspark for $1.00 off Fiber One Yogurt.

Random thoughts about internet printable coupons:

  • Always, always, ALWAYS hit the back button after printing. Most of the time, you are able to print 2 coupons from each computer you are on. Sometimes, you will be able to print more!
  • You will have to download a coupon printer into your system. I've been printing coupons for almost 2 years now and have never had any problems with the printing program.
  • If you can't print a coupon in Firefox, try opening it with Explorer. Some coupons are made to print in one or the other.
  • Before spending time and effort planning a super great shopping trip with all of your coupons, make sure the store where you shop accepts IP's. Stores that do: Kmart (though they may not double them on Super Doubler days), Walmart, Kroger, Martin's, Five Star, Save-A-Lot. The only store that I have found that doesn't accept them is Dollar General.
  • Get your kids to cut them all out for you. *thumbs up*
  • It is illegal to reproduce and use copied coupons. It's called Coupon Fraud. Don't do it.
  • Some printable coupons are in the form of .pdf files. They allow you to pretty much print as many as you would like. Please don't over use or abuse these. It ruins opportunities for everyone. Already, Kroger will now only accept 2 or 3 of each printed coupon.
  • If you see a coupon that you think you "might" want to use in the future, print it now. Otherwise, when you return for it, the limit may be used up and you will be out of luck.
What are you waiting for? Fill up your paper and ink and get printing!
Add to that stash!

*Do you frequent another printable coupon site? Leave a comment and share with us!*

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