If you haven’t noticed, I’m talking about coupons this week. I’ve given you dozens of online coupon resources. Most of the places I’ve mentioned require you to print the coupons. Since we’re environmentally minded around here, I thought I’d give you a few tips to help lessen the environmental impact of all that printing.

  1. If your printer has a draft mode, you can use it to print the coupons. Draft mode uses less ink.
  2. Use the back side of used paper to print the coupons. Junk mail, kids’ homework papers, notices from schools, anything that’s white and printer paper-size will do. It doesn’t matter if something else is on the back of the paper.
  3. Refill your ink cartridges instead of buying brand new ones. If you’re printing a lot of coupons, you’ll go through ink quickly, but you don’t have to go through cartridges quickly. Many of them are refillable.
  4. Keep your coupons organized. If you print them out, but are too unorganized to use them before they expire, you’ll have wasted the resources and your time.
  5. Don’t print if you don’t have to. Some of the resources I pointed you to — particularly the apps —allow you to send the coupons straight to your grocery store club card account. You never need to print or clip the coupon. If you don’t end up buying the product, the coupon simply goes unused, so there’s no risk involved.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 tips for printing online coupons
If you’re going to print coupons from you computer, be wise about it.