Coupon Etiquette

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Coupon Etiquette:

There are a lot of online coupons out there. You may come across offers that appear to be legitimate coupons, but you aren’t sure. Here are some simple guidelines on how to verify and get the most from online coupons.


· Look for coupons on manufacturer Web sites or respected coupon sites such as ours or You can find a list of trusted coupon sources on the right side bar of most of our pages.

· Activate the coupon print tool. Most providers make this is a very easy and seamless process. This will enable you to download and print coupons.

· Make sure the offer makes sense. Does the offer sound too good to be true? If so, it is probably not real. The generally accepted guidelines for Internet coupons include no FREE offers, and nothing exceeding $5.00 unless the cost of the product is higher or it is a $10 off $50 purchase for example.
· Review the coupon’s appearance. Valid online coupons look very similar to those you find in the Sunday newspaper and should include a picture of the product or logo, a description of the product, the manufacturer’s legal notice, an expiration date, a bar code.

· After printing the coupons, cut them out. Cashiers will appreciate receiving the clipped version of the coupons instead of the whole sheet of paper.


· Do not photocopy an online coupon. This same rule applies with coupons in the Sunday paper. Online printable coupons have a unique code much like a finger print and copying them is illegal.

· Do not try to print multiple copies of the same coupon. Some coupon sites will allow two prints per coupon before restricting further prints.

· Do not use coupons that come to you via email unless you have knowingly registered to receive online coupons at a manufacturer or credible coupon Web site.

By following these simple guidelines you can ensure proper coupon usage and etiquette. If we all follow the rules and don’t take advantage then we should be able to save a lot of money with coupons for many years. If not than manufacturer will most likely stop issuing coupons and we will all suffer.

Other Tips

· Also, don’t forget that expired coupons can still be used overseas by those serving our country. The commissaries overseas accept coupons that are up to six months past their expiration date.

· Instead of throwing unwanted coupons in the trash, take them with you when you go shopping. As you walk down the aisles, place the coupons you won’t use next to the items for which they are good.


  1. kye says

    I just found your site today and I must say that I really like your tips. I usually use coup0n mom or krazy coupon ladies. I have a cheap way to save on paper and recycle, just use the backs of old mail that does not have any personal information on them. I have a stock pile of old paper from last year I am hoping that I will not have to purchase paper anytime soon. Also a good place to find baseball card holders would be antique shops. Hope that this helps happy couponing

  2. Coupon Dad says

    Hi Lisa!

    Well, you can print RedPlum and SmartSource branded coupons online (you will see links to both pages on my right sidebar). However they are usually different than the ones that come in the newspapers. Most of the ones that come in the inserts are not available to print anywhere.

    Hope that helps.


  3. Lisa says

    I am new to couponing and would like to know how to print coupons from RedPlum and Smart Source that were delivered in last week’s newspaper.

  4. says

    Thanks for your great tips! I have a question about the printing coupons in black ink,I know it will save on the cost of color ink.I have a canon printer,do you know how I can set it to use only the black ink?

    Also,I hear alot of bloggers say how they save printer paper,when they print a coupon and it only takes the top 1/2 of the paper space,they said to flip it over to the other side and stick it in the printer to use for another printed coupon so it saves alot of paper! I just have to fiqure out if when I turn the paper over do I put the coupon part upward first or downward? I hope I make sence here! lol..

  5. Carla says

    And then you live in an area where there is no Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, or many other stores that couponers rave about because of their great store deals to combine with coupons. The closest Target is a 45 minute drive, and any savings is completely wiped out by the cost of fuel to get there. Where I live, it’s just cheaper to buy private label, off-brand stuff that tastes or works just as well. Most of the coupons we get in our area are for brand names that cost at least twice as much as private labels and still cost more after the coupons, or its stuff that most people do not use, or the coupons are ridiculous like, save 50 cents when you buy 5.

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