Friday, May 3, 2013

Printing Basics for Grocery Shopping

Printed internet coupons account for 15% of all coupons redeemed.  Newspaper accounts for the largest share of 60%.  Yet the printed coupons get the most scrutiny when you check out.  

There are four standard coupon printers on the internet.  These are, which print “Bricks” coupons, coupons which use Java Script,, and   All of these sites allow you to print each coupon 2x.  The limit is per computer.  Sometimes a customer may trade with others to acquire more coupons, or companies like Kelloggs who work with to use their bricks software offer multiples of the same coupon to allow the customer multiple coupons to redeem.  A vast majority, only allow the 2 prints per computer. 

We gladly accept printed coupons at our registers so long as they meet basic criteria.  The coupons need to be printed with the standard watermark.  The watermark is printed lightly behind the price of the redemption.  Sometimes it’s a picture of the item, others it’s a company logo.  

The watermark is the one thing all cashiers look for when accepting these coupons.  They are ensuring that the coupons have not been photocopied.  Photocopied coupons are illegal, and the store is not reimbursed for those coupons. 

Most coupon fraud involves a person altering a coupon to change the amount offered.  Usually the use of a color copier and scanner are in play.  The easiest way to detect the photo copy, is to look for the watermark.  Swapping upc codes will also not scan properly when you check out.  That becomes the first red flag for the cashier.  The watermark  missing is the second.  

This week, I’m messing things up!  It’s not illegal for a company to offer a coupon and opt not to pay for services like the bricks software.  These companies are few.  Here are the regular offers:

· Prairie Farms
· Blue Bunny Ice Scream
· Curex bandages

Blue Bunny offers a great coupon every summer. It’s for $1 on 1.  And there is NO watermark.  No limit, and the want you to bring lots to the store and use them all summer.  The coupons scan quick and easy when you buy any Blue Bunny novelty item.
Prairie Farms always keep their coupons posted.  They offer 9 each six month period.  Currently their coupons are up and do not expire until 6/30. You can print as many as you want of these, and use as many as you intend to purchase.  I often print extras for our coupon group to share.  These coupons scan easily.

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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!