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Coupons.com is one of the biggest coupon sites out there. Every day it has hundreds of coupons for you to choose from in many different categories. Most couponing websites use the Coupons.com plugin for the coupons section on their site- me included! I know some people are a little confused about how printable coupons work, so I made a small tutorial on learning the basics of Coupons.com to help you get the most out of your grocery money!
The first thing is getting to know the layout. On the top of the screen is the Categories section, and if you hover your mouse over it, it’ll show you each coupon category and how many coupons are available. It really narrows things down for you, because I know I get flustered if I have to dig through pages of coupons to find what I want. Unfortunately, there is no search function to search for a specific item like “Tide” or “Starbucks”, although you can go to a coupon database from a site like Money Saving Mom to find coupons from multiple sources.
When you find a coupon you like, just click on it and you’ll “clip” it. Choose as many as you like; your paper will print 3 coupons per sheet, but be careful that you don’t have your printer set to print on the front and back; otherwise, you won’t be able to use them. I’ve learned this from experience. When you’re done, click that red button that says “Print”; you’ll also be able to see how many coupons you’ve clipped.
Coupons.com used to require you to install a plugin in order to print their coupons, but it looks like they’ve changed to an easier system. Instead, you enter your phone number and it’ll either send you a text or phone call with a code to enter. Looks like you only need to do that once per computer you’ll be printing from, and then you’ll be ready to print!
Printing More Than Once
Did you also know that you can print 2 of the same coupon per computer? Once you’ve printed what you want, just go back to the Coupons.com page and find your coupons again! Usually they sink to the bottom of that category; and once you print them twice, there will be grey text over the coupon that says “Limit Reached”. However, I said you can only print 2 per computer. This means if you have multiple computers or devices in the house, you can print 2 of the same coupon from every single one of those. This is one of the ways I build my stockpile! Just be aware that most grocery stores have a limit on how many coupons you can use for the same type of item; usually 4 or 5.
You can also do this with the special coupons from brand websites. For example, both Earthbound Farm and Horizon Organic send me emails every so often, and sometimes they’ll include a link to a coupon. They run on the Coupons.com engine, which you’ll see once you click to print, and once that coupon is printed, just go back and click on the coupon again! I can’t confirm whether you can print from multiple devices using these links; my guess is no, because it usually limits your email account to 2 prints. It’s worth a shot though, so let me know if it works!
If you’re looking to save extra money on top of that, sign up for Swagbucks and print coupons using their own Coupons.com page. For every coupon you print and redeem, you’ll earn 10 Swagbucks. That’s equal to an extra 10 cents off for every coupon you use! I do this all the time and usually get between 50-80 Swagbucks when I make my bigger shopping trips. Sign up to start saving extra money!
Now that you know the basics of Coupons.com, make sure you read my Couponing101 series to get started on owning your grocery trips! Do you have any more tips on using Coupons.com? Make sure you leave a comment below!