Run out of ink but still want to print coupons??

Posted at 12:30 PM on Feb 06, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 6th, 2015

You just ran out of printer ink and you see a coupon that you just HAVE To have - that is a couponers worst nightmare! Here is a simple way to never have to do that again and print that coupon even when you don't have any ink left!

I wanted to let you in on a little tip that I do when I run out of ink and I don’t want to miss out on printing coupons.  Am I the only one that waits until last minute to order my ink/toner? I ran out yesterday so I “pretend” to print the coupons and then actually print them when my toner comes in the mail.

What I mean by that is that I do everything I would normally do to print my coupons, except I don’t plug my computer into my printer.  The documents just wait in my print queue until my toner comes, I plug my printer in and voila they all print out.

This is great because I don’t have to run up and downstairs to print coupons all day since I have a printer that needs to be plugged in.  I just “pretend” to print them during the day, and then plug my printer in at night before bed and let them all print out at once.

This is also a way to save money on a printer, you really don’t need to have a wireless if you do this method.

I use a Brother printer for my coupons – it is the best printer and the cheapest way to print coupons!

Printer FB

Does anyone else do this??




  • Tracy says...
    Posted at 3:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tracy
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    NO…..but you can bet I’m gonna try it now!!!!!!!!

  • Emily says...
    Posted at 3:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: Emily
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I do that all the time! Very convenient! :)

  • Betty says...
    Posted at 3:20 pm by I am THAT Lady: Betty
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    never even thought of that wow great idea!!!

  • Kelly @ Coupon Kung Fu says...
    Posted at 3:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelly @ Coupon Kung Fu
    Kelly @ Coupon Kung Fu
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve done that when I’ve run out of paper. Anything you print just sits in the print queue until the printer is back online.

    BTW, I use a laser printer. Considering the cost of ink and the volume of printing couponers do, it probably wouldn’t take long to pay for a cheap laser (around $100 on the low end).

    • Betty says...
      Posted at 4:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Betty
      Jul 06, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Do they stay in the que if you turn the computer off? I am looking into purchasing a laser printer and was wondering what the cost diff between ink and the toner, obviously the toner has to last longer.

      • Lauren says...
        Posted at 4:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
        Jul 06, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        yes they do!

  • Lisa says...
    Posted at 3:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    What an awesome idea!!! Never would’ve figured that out on my own!!! Thanks!! :)

  • KC says...
    Posted at 3:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: KC
    Jul 06, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’m doing this all the time when I’m away from the printer but there is a good coupon available (they usually won’t last long). There have been times when I’ve lost a few since my battery didn’t get recharged and computer powered down =).

  • Amy says...
    Posted at 4:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amy
    Jul 06, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Do all the print jobs stay in your print queue if you shut down your computer?

  • Joleen G says...
    Posted at 4:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Joleen G
    Joleen G
    Jul 06, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Great Idea! By the way, where’s the cheapest place to get colored ink from? Mines been running low for a while.

    • Shirley says...
      Posted at 10:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shirley
      Aug 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      I don’t use color ink to print coupons. My husband freaked the first coupon I printed and it came out in color because you don’t get that screen to choose. He then set the printer default setting to Black/grayscale so everything is in black unless we change the setting to color.

    • Bridgette says...
      Posted at 3:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Bridgette
      Feb 06, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I buy my ink cartridges refurbished on ebay from the same seller every time. I get all 3 colors and black for under $7 total, shipped!

  • Diane says...
    Posted at 4:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Diane
    Jul 06, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I did this while we were on vacation…took my laptop w/me and printed daily what I wanted…when we came home all I had to do was log on and out they printed :-) Yea! No missed coupons!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 4:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jul 06, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I am not embarassed to say that while I was in labor with my youngest daughter I was printing coupons….ha! It was just the beginning of labor, but I didn’ t miss any coupons.

  • Brianna Alton says...
    Posted at 6:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brianna Alton
    Brianna Alton
    Jul 06, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I tried this the other day, I figured I wasn’t the only one who had to do it but when I finally plugged my printer into my computer it froze up on me :/ I had run out of ink so I couldn’t finish I am going to try again though. What had happen was I ran out of ink while printing my Rite Aid Value videos (yes all of the videos, I wasted my time and only got half the coupons :/) so I paused the printing went and got new ink and started printing again only for it to freeze and I had other things in the queue below it so I lost everything when I had to cancel everything :/ and lost the chance at those coupons and the rite aid video values

    • sarah says...
      Posted at 1:35 am by I am THAT Lady: sarah
      Sep 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

      if you ever loose your video values or the paper gets jamed you can email adperks and they will put them back on there for you to print again :)

      • Wendi says...
        Posted at 12:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Wendi
        Oct 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        You can also call RiteAid & they can verify right on the phone that your coupon(s) did not print. They’ll send one in the mail. They also did this when my +Up reward didn’t print on my receipt.

  • Wendy says...
    Posted at 6:38 pm by I am THAT Lady: Wendy
    Jul 06, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    What about the Brick Coupons…. Do you still get your second print?….do you go ahead and hit the back button to print your second coupon? Just wondering if that works or not. Thanks :)

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 6:41 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jul 07, 2011 at 6:41 am

      Yes, you still get your second print. It acts just the same way it would if you were actually printing the coupon.

  • hana says...
    Posted at 6:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: hana
    Jul 06, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    i do this all the time. esp if theres a coupon thats really good, but i’m not quite sure i’m going to use it (i live a three hour drive from walgreens, target, and walmart. cvs is four hours away) so i keep them on hold until i go (not often) (i hit all four saturday!) so that way i don’t waste any costly ink by printing ones i might not get to use.

    • Michelle says...
      Posted at 8:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Michelle
      Jul 06, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Wow! I so feel for you..and I thought a 40 min drive was bad!!! I do the same thing too..hit all my stores at once. Thanks for the great tip Lauren. Have actually thought of this, but wasn’t sure if it would work.

    • DianeG says...
      Posted at 9:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: DianeG
      Jul 06, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      That’s incredible – you must live in a very beautiful remote area! I thought 45 minutes was far away –

  • collegeboundcouponer916 says...
    Posted at 7:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: collegeboundcouponer916
    Jul 06, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Yes I do it all the time with my laptop. Then just hook it up to the printer every couple of days or as needed.

  • Mary says...
    Posted at 8:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mary
    Jul 06, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! I needed this one. I have a Lexmark printer, I swear I think this thing uses the most expensive ink out there…. $45 for both color and b&w… I am thankful that I have moved somewhere w/ a Walgreens that will fill them, but unless they have the 2 for the price of 1 sale, I am still out of $30 for ink refill. I would not print until I got ink and really missed some good deals. Thanks for this insight. Now I will not have a heart-attack when my ink is low. lol

  • Kristi says...
    Posted at 9:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kristi
    Jul 06, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Great tip! Thank you!

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 9:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Jul 06, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I do this all the time too! I have a wireless laptop, but I can’t get the wireless printer thingy to work, so I always just load up the queue and then (usually when the kids go to bed) go into the office to print them!

  • Nicole says...
    Posted at 10:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nicole
    Jul 06, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Yeah my husband is about to kill me with all of the ink i use :-( I have everything set to print grayscale and lot quality but it still goes soooo fast!! Is a laser printer the best way to go? I think i just replaced my ink a few weeks ago and it is already running out!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jul 06, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      I replaced my ink jet a year ago with a laser printer. I just ran out of my toner this week after using the same toner cartridge for over 6 months! The Toner Cartridge only cost me $17, I have a post about it on here somewhere, just search under Brother Printer.

  • Martie Hannafan says...
    Posted at 10:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Martie Hannafan
    Martie Hannafan
    Jul 06, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    AWESOME IDEA!!!! I have been missing out on coupons for the last few days because my black color was out!!! I will do that next time!!! Thanks!!!

  • Hiedi says...
    Posted at 7:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Hiedi
    Jul 07, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for this great tip!!!!!!!

  • Tyler Reavis says...
    Posted at 10:26 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tyler Reavis
    Tyler Reavis
    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Never done it before, but, WOW, will definitely try that! I’m really low on ink right now… :)

  • Jessica Rockwell says...
    Posted at 5:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessica Rockwell
    Jessica Rockwell
    Sep 01, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    So funny! I actually do this! I thought I was just getting lucky but I am glad it works for others! So cool!

  • Amanda Johnson says...
    Posted at 3:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amanda Johnson
    Amanda Johnson
    Nov 06, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I knew you had posted on this, and I have run out of ink. So I’m going to try it. Will it work with Smartsource.com and Redplum.com Coupons?


    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:09 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Nov 06, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Yes, it will work for all coupons that you print.

  • Clea says...
    Posted at 12:07 am by I am THAT Lady: Clea
    Nov 07, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Hi, Im wondering if the coupons will stay in the queue even if I turn offthe laptop? Im waithing for my ink and dont want to leave it on for days on end. Thanks

  • coupon3333 says...
    Posted at 10:55 am by I am THAT Lady: coupon3333
    Oct 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    DOH! great tip!! specially when using 4 computers! what a time saver!
    Best Multitasking I have ever heard of, Printing Coupons while in Labor,
    now that’s a die hard couponer!!!!! Thanks for all you do Lauren!
    I always make sure to hit Staples for their rebates, rewards, and turn in empty
    ink cartridges, for savings. I cut the cost down drastically on ink, I never pay for paper!!!
    bought my printers at the thrift store, $2 bucks each! returned 4 ink cartridges that were in them, to staples,
    $4 MM! lol…..

  • Michelle says...
    Posted at 9:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Michelle
    Jan 04, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    WOW, what a great idea!

  • Tanya says...
    Posted at 1:01 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tanya
    Feb 06, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Another idea is to print to a .pdf (if you have a .pdf writer….(many are free online). You can save them until you are ready to print.

    • Denise says...
      Posted at 6:29 am by I am THAT Lady: Denise
      Feb 07, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Tanya, could you please elaborate on how to print with a pdf writer, I’m not sure I know what that is, but sounds like it would be perfect. Thank you! Denise

  • Shirley says...
    Posted at 7:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shirley
    Feb 06, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I just copy and paste to my word document and save then print later.

  • Misty says...
    Posted at 4:10 am by I am THAT Lady: Misty
    Feb 07, 2015 at 4:10 am
  • April says...
    Posted at 5:37 am by I am THAT Lady: April
    Feb 07, 2015 at 5:37 am

    My sister in law told me that she uses her local library to print coupons if she is out and about. I have never done this and certainly wouldn’t recommend doing it unless you only need to print one sheet.

  • Beth says...
    Posted at 12:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Beth
    Feb 07, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    you can also just print to a pdf

  • Bob says...
    Posted at 12:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Bob
    Feb 07, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Down load a PDF Creator from Source Forge. Free. It looks and acts like a virtual printer. From any job that lets you print, select the printer called PDF Creator and the report will be saved as a PDF where ever you direct.

  • Allison says...
    Posted at 8:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Allison
    Feb 07, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I do this all the time when I am working on school stuff at home. Then when I get to my classroom and plug my laptop into my school printer, it spits out everything I needed.

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