Black and White Coupons?

I got an e-mail from Peg in which she asked me two good questions:

Is there any way to print coupons in black and white, or to get them not to print ads with the coupons?

Like Peg, I don’t like to waste my ink and paper on printing internet coupons. And as a general rule, coupons don’t need to be printed in color to be valid, black and white should be fine. Therefore, you can save money by printing out your coupons in black and white.

These are the strategies I use to help manage the cost and reduce my waste….

You can change the printer settings via your internet browser so that coupons (and everything else) will print out in Black and White.

Here is what I did using Firefox (Internet Explorer is very similar):

– under the file menu, choose “print”

– when the pop up window opens, look for the “properties” box in the upper right corner

– in the “properties” box select the “advanced” tab

– in the “advanced” tab it will give you the option to change how the printer will treat color. I changed mine to Black and White. NOTE: you will have to go back and change it when you want items in color again.

– TaDa! Black and White coupons (and everything else you want to print out!)

Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to avoid printing the ads. Anyone else have a solution to this one? (NOTE: It’s illegal to print coupons into a PDF writer and since most of the coupon printers won’t do that, so no comments on this please!). However, I regularly use both sides of the paper when I’m printing out coupons that have ads. It doesn’t reduce the ink consumption, but at least I can get two coupons per sheet… I just flip the paper over in my printer when I hit the back button on my browser. Make sure the coupons are on the opposite ends of the page – you don’t want them to print out on top of each other.

Finally, when I needed to replace my printer last fall, I looked beyond the sticker price of the printer and did my comparison shopping on the price of the ink. Most companies will sell their printers at a low price (called a loss leader), and then you are captive to buying their overpriced ink. After my comparison shopping, I went with a Kodak ESP. I have been very happy with the quality and the ink is remarkably inexpensive! I can get two black and one color cartridge for less than $35 (No, they are not paying me to say this — I can only dream!).

Thanks for the good questions Peg!

Any other tips on how to reduce waste on printing?

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  1. Linda B says

    When printing a coupon I watch and push the cancel print button on my printer as soon as the coupon prints thus avoiding the ad. I then turn the paper around and print another coupon on the other end. I use the space in the middle of the coupons for notes. Saves a lot of ink. Hope this helps.

  2. Sharon says

    Good One! I never thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Joy says

    I don’t know if it’s just my printer, but when I click “properties” it opens up my printer properties and there is no “advanced” tab. (This is using Firefox)

  4. Sharon says

    Hmmm, Joy. I’m not sure why that would be.

    Could it be related to the Windows application you are using? (I have Vista). Or it could be that the version of Firefox needs updating… I’m just guessing though.