Is It Worth Printing Coupons?

 

 

I often get the question if it is worth printing coupons? Is it worth the ink and paper?  I thought I would explore this topic a little to come up with some answer and provide you with tips to save money on printing.

So …. Do you know how much it is costing you to print coupons?

There are several factors to take into consideration:

  • The type of printer you are working with.
  •  The type of coupons you are printing.
  •   How much your cartridge costs.

 Here are three separate price breakdowns based on several different models of printers. This DOES NOT take into consideration the cost of paper, because you don’t really pay for paper do you?  You will see the great variation in costs per printer. Note: These are just some comparisons of average printers, your printer may or not get the same performance.

Canon  Inkjet Photo Printer

– Must buy (4) Color and (1) Black Cartridge @ $10.40 – $19.00

-Yields 170-250 pages  per toner

– Total Cost per page: $.04 cents per page (presuming lowest price, highest prints)  – $.11 cents per page(presuming highest price, lowest prints) ** Taking into consideration you are NOT going to use the color cartridges to print. Only black ink is taken into price factor.

– Printing 3 Coupons Per Page: $.013 cents per coupon to 4 cents per coupon

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HP Black and White Laser Jet Printer

– Must buy (1) Black Toner Cartridge $115.00

– Yields 6,000 – 8,000 pages per toner 

– Total Cost per page:  $.014 cents per page   – $.019 cents per page

Printing 3 Coupons per page:  $.004 per coupon to $.006 per coupon

* Note you will need to purchase  a drum over time. I have had my printer for quite awhile and have not had to make this investment.

HP Black and White Laser Jet Printer

– Must buy (1) Black Toner Cartridge $43.50

– Yields 3,000

– Total Cost per page:  $.015 cents per page   – $.019 cents per page

Printing 3 Coupons per page:  $.005 per coupon

* Note you will need to purchase  a drum over time. I have had my printer for quite awhile and have not had to make this investment.

Epson Stylus Ink Jet

– Must buy (2) Cartridges Color and Black and White  @ $26.50 – $32.00 

– Yields 300- 450 pages per cartrige

– Total Cost per page:  $.08 cents per page (presuming lowest price, highest prints)  – $.11 cents per page (presuming highest price, lowest prints)

– Printing 3 Coupons per page:  2.6 cents per  coupon to 4 cents per coupon

So it clearly pays to purchase a laser printer over time.  How many coupons would it take to pay for a laser printer? I posted a decent deal on Brother Laser Printer for about $60.00.

So if you are paying 4 cents a coupon vs. $.005 per coupon in ink – you are essentially paying 3 1/2 cents more per print.  It would take about 1700 coupons (assuming 3 to a page) or 571 pages  for it to pay for itself. Now, some of you are printing coupons and it is costing alot more. You really should look at how much this is costing you.

Tips for printing coupons

 – Try to choose more than one coupon when you are on sites like Coupons.com, Redplum and Smartsource. – Many times I will post a coupon that I think will run out of prints fast. While you are on those sites, print more than 1 coupon – many times printing  just one coupon will lead to a big ad below it. 

– Print coupons on coupons.com, Redplum or Smartsource in increments of 3. This will use a full page of coupons.

– If you do print just one coupon from Coupons.com, Redplum or Smartsource, you can almost always be sure that it will print at the top. Use a half sheet of paper if your printer allows.

– Print in black and white. Most stores will accept your coupon in black and white instead of color.

– Use the lowest ink saturation possible.  Most printers have a “draft” setting that will use much less ink than on the regular setting. If you are unsure if your draft setting coupon will scan – take one to the customer service desk at the store you shop at most. Just explain that you are testing your printer and you want to see if their stores scanners can read the barcode. This will save a hassle at checkout for you and the cashier.

– Stick to printing single coupons over $.25 in value. I rarely see a coupon this low but sometimes they do pop up. These coupons may not be worth printing if your costs are high.

So in my opinion, yes it is TOTALLY worth it to print coupons!


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