When it comes to printable coupons, many forego learning the art of couponing if it means hooking up the printer. Why does this task seem monstrous for the otherwise would-be couponer? To find the answer to this question and create a remedy you must first understand the art of online couponing.
Let’s take a look at what is known as the “Coupon Database.” This is simply a site where current coupons are listed from all sources-Sunday supplements, blinkies, tearpads, home mailers, etc., as well as printable coupons. Simply stated, sites you can search for coupons based upon your specific needs, which are currently available.
The Internet is covered up with these sites, some are more user friendly than others and based upon your particular deciphering ability some will be easier to navigate than others. The key is to locate a site that simplifies your search by appealing to your ability. Not everyone will benefit from all sites, but there are some that rank among the top with most couponers. We will look at some of these but, before we do let’s understand there are two types of coupons you will be searching for and different sites mean different deals: “Those for grocery (edible) items” and “Those for material (non edible) items.”
Now let’s take a look at two well-known sites for great finds. It’s important to mention that most blog sites do have coupon databases you can access for ease in your search, as well, afullcup.com and coupontom.com. Unless you understand what you’re looking at you’ll never be able to find what you’re looking for.
The best thing about these sites is it stops the endless search for a coupon that doesn’t exist, therefore saving you endless hours of frustration. You will have to register on all sites before you can have access to print the coupons you desire. Before you will be issued rights to print a coupon you must first install the “coupon driver.”
Once you click on print coupons it will alert you to install the driver. Click “Save File.” Once you install the printer you will not need to do it each time you want to print a coupon. The coupon printer is a trusted download powered by TRUSTe privacy. For more information on what platforms are supported by this printer go to: coupons.com/couponweb/help/print/install.html. Most websites require you to install coupon printing software. This free software download enables your printer to print barcodes. If the coupon printer doesn’t install, you may need to adjust security levels to allow ActiveX items – (like the coupon printer) to install. If you are using Windows XP, SP2, or Vista, a yellow information bar should appear at the top of your window. That bar can only appear if your security levels are set to “medium” and all ActiveX items are set to “prompt” or “enable.” The yellow bar may ask you for permission to download content before installation starts. In that case, follow the instructions to allow the download.
You may have had a problem in the past with another download that has disabled the prompt for downloads. If so, you can try downloading a new browser to give your browser a fresh start. If you have Internet Explorer you can try downloading Firefox at mozilla.com/firefox.com. Just knowing which browser you use is a great start. A browser is the progam you use to open Internet pages such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
To determine your browser simply click “Help” on your toolbar menu at the top of the screen. One of the options should be “About Mozilla Firefox,” “About Internet Explorer,” or “About Safari.” Select this option and a window will open that displays the name, version number and copyright date of your browser.
Or look at the very top of the computer screen right above the area that you type a web address to see what browser is displayed.
If after clicking a link to print a coupon you get “Please wait”… and you wait and nothing happens, or “Please Install The Coupon Printer” even if you already have, or “You have already printed this coupon” and you know you haven’t… you are not alone and there’s really not much you can do at that point.
If a coupon link is created in Firefox, and you have Internet Explorer or Safari, they don’t work together. In other words, the browser that your computer uses and the link that you click to print have to both use the same browser or it won’t work. For example, if you use Internet Explorer and the link that you click was created in Safari – they won’t work together and vice versa. The following is a Firefox link: bricks.coupons.com/Start.aspt59687503&bt=wg&o=53740&ci=1&cJAY#sthash.ccI1bZG3.dpuf. Note the “wg” in the URL. If your browser is Internet Explorer you will continue to get the message “Please Install The Coupon Printer.” To change the link to work on an Internet Explorer link simply change “wg” to “wi” or “vi.” Most of the time either will work, however there may a coupon that works on one and not the other. (“wi” or “vi”) In that case it’s trial and error.
In a nutshell, find out what browser your computer is operating on. When you have trouble printing check the letters in the URL. If the letters don’t correspond with the browser you are using, then change the two magical characters to match your browser.
Here is the list of browsers along with their matchups:
• Firefox = “wg” or “vg”
• Internet Explore = “wi” or “vi”
• Safari = “xs”
Now that you understand the functionality of your browser, Internet coupon printing should reduce from a monstrous task to another resource in saving money.
On Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m., I will present a program on couponing at Greenhouse Ministries on Spring Street in Murfreesboro.
On Friday from 10 a.m. until noon, I will present a program on couponing at the Hendersonville Goodwill Career Solution Center.
On Aug. 23, I will present a couponing program at Operation Standdown for veterans registered for a financial empowerment workshop. The time has not been announced.
On Aug. 23 from 1-2 p.m., I will present a couponing program at Greater Brothel Church in Nashville.
Contact me if you are interested in having me speak at an upcoming event or desire an employee empowerment lunch and learn or presentation.
Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including four entrepreneurs, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship” and “Single Steps In A Married World.” Contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.