Here at True Couponing, we receive questions daily about all kinds of things pertaining to couponing. To help answer your questions, we will regularly post Questions and Answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions we receive from our readers.
Today’s we have a question from Carrie who works as a cashier at a grocery store…
“Hi, I work as a cashier and many times I have seen people come through my line with coupons that are photocopied. That is fraud. They will have like ten of one coupon and they will all have the same security code. I love a deal just as much as the other, but I don’t commit fraud to get it.“
Carrie is right! It is fraudulent to photocopy coupons.
We get LOTS of questions about printable coupons and there is really a lot to learn!
Below is a list of printable coupon facts and tips…
- Before you can print coupons online, you will need to download and install a “coupon printer”. Each coupon printing site (Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com, Target.com, etc.) has their own “coupon printer” software. You will only have to install the coupon printer the first time you visit each site. After that, you will be able to print coupons! You may need to configure your firewall to allow these sites. Any site you are directed to from TrueCouponing.com has been verified as safe.
- Each printable coupon has a unique security number. Your IP address is printed on EACH one for security. When the coupon is sent to the manufacture to get scanned to reimburse the store, your IP address is recorded. If the same IP address comes up with the same security number more than the 2 allowed times, it is recorded. Your IP address could be flagged and you might not be able to print more coupons later.
- You can print (2) coupons per computer. If you are printing a “Bricks” printable coupon (it will say “Bricks” in the URL of the coupon when you go to print it) After your first coupon prints, simply close that specific window and click the same link you originally did and another unique coupon will print. This is NOT fraudulent, as the security number is different for each coupon printed.
- Printables are “built in” to our store shopping lists. When there is a printable coupon available for an item on sale in one of our grocery store lists, the link to that coupon is built right into our list for you! Simply click on the word “printable,” and you will be taken directly to the printable coupon.
- Printable coupons are limited in number of prints. Once the print limit is reached, the coupon will no longer be available unless the company releases more. Sometimes you will see “Print limit is reached” or “Campaign is over” when you try to print a coupon. This is why.
- Beware of coupons sent in emails as PDF attachments. If you receive a coupon as an attachment via email, it is most likely fraudulent. But if you see one we have linked to on TrueCouponing, you can rest assured it is valid. We ONLY link to approved, verified PDF coupons. You will probably find one on our lists about every other month.
- If you cannot get any printable coupons to print, you may need to update to a new version of Java.
- If you are having trouble printing coupons, you might try a different web browser. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari are all free to download and use. (We reccommend Firefox and Chrome)
- You do not have to print your coupons in color. Black and white is fine, stores accept them…so save your color ink! Select gray-scale and the lowest quality print setting. Set your “printing preferences” before you hit the “print” button because it sends them directly to the printer.
Do you have more questions?
- Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
- Browse through our previously posted FAQs.
- Questions about Workshops can be sent to Workshops(at)TrueCouponing.com or visit our Workshop Information page.
- Leave a comment on the post you have a question about (especially if it is a current store list). Sometimes another reader will even respond before we can!
- View the schedule of upcoming classes and register for a class HERE.
If you still can’t find your answer, email us at Save(at)TrueCouponing.com and we will do our best to help you!