frequently asked questions
Welcome to PrintHotCoupons.com!
My goal for this site is to make it as straightforward & user-friendly as possible. Hopefully you won’t have too many questions about how things work around here, but just in case you do, here are some answers to some of the most common.
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Am I supposed print ALL those coupons every single day?
The number of coupons you print each day is totally up to you. If you are using printable coupons as your primary source of coupons then you may indeed want to print every coupon on the list every day, but you certainly don’t have to. As extreme couponing becomes more popular, we are finding that the “hot” coupons tend to run out of prints quickly, which means people no longer have the luxury of waiting to print a coupon only when they need it. (Sad but true.) I recommend that you check the list each day and print only the ones that are for items you think you would buy.
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But what if I print a coupon and then that item never goes on sale before the coupon expires?
If you are a serious couponer you will have lots of coupons expire every month that you don’t use. The goal, of course, is to match up a super low sale price with a hot coupon in order to get all your items for as little as humanly possible. The downside is that in order to have the coupons, you will end up printing ones you don’t use.
Don’t expect to use all your coupons. Don’t even expect to use half of them. The key to extreme coupon savings is matching up a coupon to a great sale price. Lots of times, a coupon will expire before a sale comes up. And that is okay. More coupons and more sales will come along, and there will always be more match-ups. But if you want to do something useful with your expired coupons, consider donating them to the troops, who can use coupons expired up to 6 months at the Commissary.
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Is it okay to print my coupons in black and white only?
Yes. You will save a lot of money by printing your coupons in black and white. I only ever print in black and white and I have never once had a problem.
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I am afraid to print too many coupons because printer ink is so expensive! How can I save on printing coupons?
I can’t say this one often enough: BUY A BLACK & WHITE LASER PRINTER!
If you are serious about saving money with coupons, then I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend investing in an inexpensive black & white laser printer. I personally use the Brother HL2140, but you can purchase the slightly newer Brother HL2240 on Amazon.com for less than $100. A high-yield toner cartridge costs about the same as an ink-jet refill, but will last anywhere from 4 months to a year.
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I know printable coupons can run out quickly & I don’t want to miss out on any? How do I stay up-to-date?
An easy way to stay up-to date on all the latest coupons is to “like” PrintHotCoupons.com on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. You can also sign up here for email alerts, and have our hot coupon lists sent right to your inbox!
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Help! My coupons won’t print! Can you help me?
I know very little about fixing computer & printer problems, but here are a few troubleshooting tips you may want to try if you are having trouble printing coupons from any of the printable coupon sites:
-Run any software updates that may be available for your computer.
-Check to see if there are any software updates for your printer
-Update to the latest version of Java
-Try using a different web browser. If you have a Mac, use only Safari or Firefox.
-Check your firewall settings. If your firewall is set too strong, your coupons may not print. If you use a wireless router, also be sure to check the firewall settings on your router by connecting your printer directly to the computer.
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I need to find a coupon for something specific. How do I do that?
PrintHotCoupons.com features a searchable coupon database that you can use to look for current coupons. Just click the big green “Coupon Database” button on the top of the left-hand column.
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I want to save money with coupons, but I don’t know where to start. Can you help me?
Yes! Start here, with the LWSL Beginner’s Guide to Coupons. It is an eight-week course that breaks down the whole process into manageable “baby steps.”
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Where do I find the free eBook you mentioned in your videos?
Download it here: LWSL Beginner’s Guide to Coupons Free eBook
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How can you use so many coupons at one time? Mine all say “One Coupon Per Purchase.”
A single item is considered a “purchase,” so “one coupon per purchase” really just means you can use one coupon per item. Every once in a while, a coupon will state “one per transaction,” in which case you will only be able to use one at a time.
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How do you save money on meat and produce?
Honestly, I save the most money on meat by not buying a whole lot of it. I am vegetarian, and while my family is not, we usually end up eating a lot of meatless meals. If cutting back on meat is not an option for you, then try to save on meat by watching prices and stocking up as much on possible when there is a good sale.
As far as saving on produce, you can check out my tips here for 7 Ways to Save on Produce.
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What is a money maker?
When the value of the coupons you are using for a product total more than the price of the product, you have a “money maker” situation. Different stores deal with this differently, but at many stores you can use the “overage” to help pay for the remaining items in your transaction. Utilizing money makers is one of the main ways that “extreme couponers” boost their savings percentages!
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What stores offer double coupons in Florida?
As far as I know, there are no stores that offer Double Coupons in Florida. I have heard that it is because of a State Law that prohibits changing values or prices, but I have been unable to verify that information. I have also heard that it is because there is no competition among grocery stores in Florida, but that is unlikely because Winn-Dixie and Publix compete against each other and both stores double coupons in other states. In any case, there are no double coupons in Florida.
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My store doesn’t double coupons! Can I still save money?
Of course! Even without double coupons, I consistently save 70-80% or more on my grocery bill every single week. If you don’t believe me, you can check out my weekly shopping results here.
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How will I know if something is a good price for stockpiling?
Read more about rock bottom prices and get a free printable Rock Bottom Price List here.
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What is the difference between a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon, and why can I use both together?
A store coupon is issued by a specific store and will have the name of that store on it. It can be used at that store ONLY, unless you shop at a store that allows competitor’s coupons. It may or may not have a barcode, depending on the store.
A Manufacturer’s Coupon (MQ) is issued by the manufacturer of a specific product. It will generally state “Manufacturer’s Coupon” somewhere on the coupon, has a barcode, and can be used at any store that accepts coupons.
Stores will usually allow “stacking” of both a Store Q and a MQ because while the store bears the cost of their own coupon, they are reimbursed by the manufacturer for MQs. Because the cost is split between the store and the manufacturer, both are allowed.
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What do I do if something is on sale 3 for $5, but my coupon is for $1 off 2?
3 for $5 (or 10 for $10, etc.) sales, unless they specifically say “Must Buy 3 (or 10) to Get Sale Price” is a fancy way of getting you to buy more of an item. Thus, a 3 for $5 sale really just means that something is on sale for $1.67 (not quite as catchy, is it?) , meaning you can buy only two and use your coupon, making them $1.17 each.
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I don’t have a big family. Can I still benefit from using coupons?
Everyone can benefit from using coupons! It doesn’t matter if you are single or have a huge family, have dietary restrictions or eat mostly organic. Granted, the degree to which you save might not be as significant as someone (like me) who is very strict about buying and eating ONLY what is on sale, but any savings is better than none. You can still use the methods and techniques outlined in this site to buy the things that are right for you and your family, in a quantity that is reasonable for the size of your family. Saving $25 a week of your groceries will put an extra $1,300 a year in your pocket. That is a lot of shoes!
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How do you organize your coupons?
The way I keep my coupons organized has evolved over the years, and will probably continue to evolve as time goes on. I started by using a Couponizer book, then, as my coupon supply got larger, eventually switched to using a filing system, which I wrote about (and made a video about) here, where I filed my entire inserts by date and then clip only the ones that I needed for a particular shopping trip, based on my coupon matchups. I would still use my Couponizer to store my printables and loose coupons.
Several months ago I decided to try out the binder method, which I wrote about here. While I liked having all my coupons in a portable, ultra-organized format that I could take with me everywhere, I found that clipping ALL my coupons every week was just too much maintenance for me. So now I use a hybrid system that combines the Qubie binder method with the filing method; I use the Qubie to store all my printables, loose coupons, and any super high-value coupons that I notice when the new inserts come out on Sundays. Then I still file the whole insert by date and find the coupons that I need when I make my shopping list.
Don’t be surprised if the way you sort and organize your coupons changes over time too. For more information on where to find these items, go here.
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I don’t understand all these acronyms and abbreviations! Can you please translate?
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I’m still only saving 30-40% at the grocery store. How do I save more?
Mega-saving (70-80% or more) on a regular basis takes time. You need to first establish a plentiful and varied stockpile, as well as a good supply of coupons. You also need to commit to buying only what is on sale each week. A few non-sale–especially milk, eggs, dairy, & produce– or impulse items will really affect your bottom line. I personally almost always buy milk at CVS using Extra Care Bucks, and I usually buy eggs at Walgreens using my Register Rewards. But be patient and consistent, and you’ll get there. And remember, ANY savings is better than none!
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