Tips For Using Printable Coupons.
I am asked many questions about using coupons in Canada, but the one thing I get asked most often is how to use printable coupons.
Do they have to be in colour? How many can you print?
Below I have outlined a couple of tips for using printable coupons.
1) Use a laser printer.
Though the initial purchase price of a laser printer is a bit more than that of an inkjet printer, the cost is definitely well worth it.
Laser printers have many benefits. They work much faster, the quality is better, and the toner (as opposed to ink) lasts quite a bit longer, which means you will spend less on refills.
As for colour or black & white – you can use either (but keep in mind that a colour printer is always going to cost you more in terms of refilling it). If you can afford to print in colour, go ahead and do it. You will have less issues when trying to redeem your coupons. Don’t be afraid to print black & white coupons, though. Stores do accept them.
Check out this post to see which laser printer I use and recommend.
2) Make note of which stores are accepting.
It’s always best to do your research before you head out to do your shopping.
Make note of the stores in your area that do and do not accept printable coupons, to avoid embarrassment when you are checking out.
The following stores will happily accept your printed coupons: Walmart, Zellers, Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstore, Fortinos, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, Co-Op, Giant Tiger, Highland Farms, Longos, Valu-Mart and Thrifty Foods.
I strongly suggest carrying your store’s official coupon policy with you when you go shopping to avoid any issues that may arise when you get to the cash.
3) Make sure all of the information is visible.
Most stores will only accept your coupons (printed or not) if they include the following information:
– Expiration Date
– Canadian Remit Address
Make sure all of that information is present on your coupons. Otherwise, you may not be able to redeem them in stores.
4) If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t believe that every single coupon you come across will be real. There are some very bad people out there that are making fraudulent coupons on a regular basis.
If you stumble upon a coupon that just seems way too good to be true (like $2 off a bottle of Coca-Cola, or $3 off a bottle of Pantene), then odds are, it’s a fake.
The only way to know for sure if the coupon you’ve found is real, is to contact the company directly and ask them if they have any knowledge of that coupon.
5) Print them right away.
If you find a printable coupon that you know you will definitely use before it expires, print it right away.
High value and/or rare coupons don’t often last long, so get yours while it’s still available and put it aside until you need to use it.
6) Print only what you will use.
Most printable coupons do not have a limit on how many you can print, but this does not mean that you should print 100 of a particular coupon and then go and clear off an entire shelf at the store. Use your judgement.
I suggest using no more than 10 of the same printable coupon in one single shopping trip. Any more than that and you will likely have some issues while you are checking out. Many cashiers get suspicious when you have many multiple printed coupons for one transaction.
Printable coupons are just another great tool that we can use to save money on our grocery bills, and if you use them correctly, you should not have any issues when you are using them.