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Over the past five years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of grocery coupon offers available from printable coupon websites. There were only a handful of printable grocery coupons available on a couple of sites five years ago. Today, you can print a total of over 200 coupons from several credible websites.

However, there are some individuals who sell counterfeit grocery coupons over the Internet on auction sites. These coupons are not from legitimate coupon sites and are actually forgeries. Sellers may sell several printable sheets of coupons for a nominal fee of $5 to $10 per set. Unfortunately, shoppers who buy and use these coupons are committing a criminal act and are risking severe penalties. Therefore, to avoid the confusion of knowing how to identify counterfeit coupons, your best bet is to avoid buying any coupons over the Internet. Simply find the free printable coupon sites and use their coupons!

You will get plenty of free grocery coupons if you learn what the legitimate printable coupon sites are and how to get more of their coupons. Studies have shown that the average coupon value for printable grocery coupons is slightly higher than newspaper grocery coupons, and they are available for many popular brands. You can expect to find many coupons from General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Aquafresh, Red Baron, and more. You can also visit the websites of food manufacturers and sign up for their email newsletters to receive free printable coupons.

  1. When you sign up for a coupon site, you may be asked if you would like to receive their email newsletter notifying you of new offers. You should select "yes" so you receive their reminders when new offers are added.

  2. Check the printable grocery coupon sites when you are creating your weekly shopping list to make sure you take advantage of free offers for items you are buying.

  3. The printable sites will require you to download a coupon print manager. You can trust that the coupon print managers from the sites we recommend are safe and will not damage your computer.

  4. The printable sites limit the number of coupons you can print for each offer (either one or two per offer, depending on the site). Once you have reached your limit, you will not be able to print any more coupons for that specific offer. However, when the site's advertiser renews their offer you will be able to print more, so it pays to check each site on a weekly basis.

  5. Ask your grocery and drugstores if they accept coupons printed from the Internet. Because of some counterfeit coupon problems, some stores will not accept them. However, most stores do accept them. This policy also varies by store and even by individual store manager, so it is worth asking nearby stores if your store doesn't accept them readily.

Stephanie Nelson's free grocery-saving system at is used by millions of shoppers a year. Stephanie is a regular contributor on ABC News’ Good Morning America and writes a bi-weekly savings column for She is the author of the book “The Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom” and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column, "Supermarket Shopper."