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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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One of the most common questions I get is how to save on printing coupons.  My answer: it’s time to switch printers!  If you are printing coupons with an inkjet printer it will end up costing big time in ink refills.  However many of us have made the switch to what I think is the ultimate coupon printer.

The cheapest black and white laser printer around is the Brother HL 2240, and it’s on sale this week at Office Max!  You can pick this up in-stores or online.  If you order online, you’ll get free shipping (in other words save the gas).

Why switch?
The laser printer uses toner not liquid ink, and comes with a toner cartridge that can print 500-700 sheets.  After you use that toner, get a high yield refill on a number of sites for $20 or less.  The high yield cartridge can print 1500 sheets! Most inkjet printers can get around 170 pages per cartridge, so you do the math…

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    • Sawyer001

      That is what I use too and I love it!  I got it on a great deal last Christmas and I am still on the same cartridge!  And I print alot…..  Keep in mind, though, it is black ink only–or atleast mine is.  That is find with me, but just something good to know up front.

    • steph

      I love this printer!  Thanks for the recommendation, Jenny!  You mentioned there are several sites where you can get a high yield refill for $20 or less.  Can you post some?  Mine is saying I need toner….

      • Asmith

        I have a different brother and I use amazon for toner replacement 17 vs 100 for brother original replacement part. Manufactor doesn’t recommend but I haven’t had any problems.

    • Amber

      Is this a wireless printer?

      • Ssklayman

        I have this printer and it is not wireless but I looked into getting a wireless system hooked up and it wasn’t that expensive.  I wish I could remember about the price or what its actually called but I do know it is possible!!  It works like a wireless mouse would work I think.  Also, my father-in-law (the one who was helping me research) said that some wireless internet options have this built in so you may want to check into that as well.  I never made it that far though so don’t really know!!  HTH

      • Couponmom

        this week at best buy i see the ad paper their are offering a wireless brother printer for 50 dollars i was thinking of asking Jenny about it if is this better than the BROTHER HL2240? BECAUSE IS A GOOD PRICE TOO !! AT BEST BUY

        • carolinabrooklyn

          I noticed that printer in the ad too. I’ve been wanting a wireless printer for a while now. Anyone have the Brother J435W??

          • Kelley

            I have the brother j825dw, which is similar. I would not recommend it for coupon printing as it will use way too much ink (since its inkjet). It works wells for a few documents and color documents and if you want a scanner/copier, that also works well. However, I would recommend getting a laser printer for coupon printing. I’m on my third black cartridge with this inkjet (since Christmas) and am definitely considering buying a brother laser printer!

    • Amber

      Is this a wireless printer?

    • Debra

      I agree with Jenny this is one of the best printers for the price. I have had mine for a year and a half nowand it works great. I have another printer that I also use but this one I use for printing coupons and they always scan.

    • apoint2bemade

      Great buy! Grab this printer. I have been very pleased with it.

    • kj

      The 2240 (mentioned on sale at Office Max) is wired. I have the 2270DW, which is a similar Brother model just wireless. I love my wireless printer because I use it for a desktop and two laptops. It was only $69 on sale last year through B & H. It works great for Black and White printing… Fast, inexpensive, low hassle. Keep in mind that you will need a different printer for color (pictures, etc).
         I used it to print 12 chapters during college course in about 10 minutes. My color HP would have taken over 10 minutes just for one..

        So in summary-
      1. You may want to go for a wireless model if you have multiple computers.
      2. This is a great printer for black and white (coupons, children’s classwork, letters, notes) – does not do pictures or color prints
      3. The toner cartridges last a long time (even with a massive amount of printing for college classes :-)

      Hope that helps!

      • Guest

        I agree with kj. I have the same printer 2270DW since last fall. I wanted wireless. Setup was easy, prints fast, no issues at all. I got mine at on sale at Staples for around $69 and was able to use a 20% off Staples coupon. For $20 (the 2240 was regularly on sale last year for $49.99) I thought was worth it for wireless.
        If you want replacement toner cartridges I have ordered from 4Inkjets  when they have 10% off and EBATES is giving double rebates of 28% for 4Inkjets. It ends up being about $20 for a high capacity toner cartridge after the EBATE. They usually do the double ebate about once a quarter at minimum.

      • Alisa

        Can you print to this printer with your iphone and ipad?

    • Aimee

      Can you use the 20% coupon with this?

    • Wright_stacy

      I need a refill. Please post some sites to get them cheap!

      • A…

        I bought a refill kit off Ebay for like $6, and it works just fine.  It was a little messy and took me about a half hour, but it sure beats paying $40+ for a new one.  I was skeptical and figured if it didn’t work that I was only out a few bucks, but I was pleasantly surprised.  HTH!

        • Jlaleonard

          We buy ours off Ebay too. Lasts forever refilled.

        • Veganpadua

           i have been putting off buying a refill as they are a bit pricy.  I am so excited that i can get one for around $6. I looked at Ebay.  Did you just buy the bottle of toner and fill it yourself?

          • A…

            Yes – it’s just the bottle of toner.  I bought it from 1010wholesale on Ebay, Item# 221095699519.  It’s only $4.92.  Here’s a video on how to replace it.  It’s for an older model but the same concept.  Just replace the (dot) with a .tonerrefillkits(dot)com/Videos/RX134-INX.php

            • A…

              Looks like that link got messed up.  Replace the (dot) with a period.tonerrefillkits(dot)com/Videos/RX134-INX.php

            • A…

               Still messed up…you get the idea.  :)

            • Guest

              These ebay prices are for Toner bottle only, right?  Is it easy to get the plug out of the cartridge without damaging it? The supplier in the video provides a new plug in the event of damage but their cost is significantly higher. Watch this video. More involved than I thought, not just putting the toner into the existing cartridge.

            • Ed In Ncarolina

               You will need a good grip with tight fitting pliers. Instead of pulling straight up, twist the plug around like you were unscrewing it (it does not screw in or out), while you pull upward.

      • Brad

        Here is a video on how to refill the toner: 

        http//cartridgetutor.com/component/content/article/86-brother-toner-refill-videos/168-how-to-refill-brother-tn-420-tn-450

        Note that if you are using the cartridge that came with the printer (starter cartridge), you will need to buy a flag gear kit on ebay for around $6.  I get the toner refills for about $5 on ebay also.  I used that video to learn how to refill.  Just a warning though… refilling is very messy (toner is a fine black powder).  Have a lot of paper towels handy and use them as a liner of sorts so that clean up is easier.

      • SarahR

        You can also tape over the sensors on the cartridge to make it last longer.  Someone posted it another time and I looked it up on YouTube. (There is a med student with a noisy parrot showing just how it is done. )  It makes the cartridge last so much longer.  I am still on my first refill and had have my printer for over a year.

    • Deana

      This printer is the last printer you will ever need to buy for printing coupons!  I love my Brother laser printer.  You can pick up refills online at Amazon for $11 a toner including shipping  I just bought three of the high yield for under 30 dollars total. I have been ordering them from Amazon since I bought my printer a year ago and I have not been disappointed yet.

    • Spi_cy13

      Office Depot (online) sells the same printer for the same price ($59.99). I just checked my e-mail, and Office Depot sent me a ‘$25 off any HP or Brother clearance printer’. I wonder if it would work with this printer…$34.99 for a printer whose MSRP is ~$119.99 would be amazing! ;)

      • lkk

        I got the same coupon too. I think it might work. My only hesitation is reading the reviews on internet there are some complaints- and even for $35 if it has complaints I caanot afford it. If people here can give me their good experience I might just go and buy as asap. In the meanwhile I am doing my research on the price of refills.
        Thanks.

        • Shoppergirl000

           I have this printer and use it to print coupons (it prints out FAST, which is great for printing coupons from different websites all at once). I also use it for printing out papers for college, or other things.

          The toner refills really are only $20ish online, and it only took me 15 minutes to refill. I bought the printer with the starter cartridge in March, and have only had to use one refill so far. I print out lots of pages of coupons and papers every week, and the quality is great. Since it is laser it doesn’t smudge like inkjet can, and the lines are crisp.

          If you have multiple computers that you wish to print from, you can set up a “Home Network” with your WiFi router and make the printer share-able to all other computers connected on your network, as long as your printer is wired to one of your computers.

          • lkk

            Thanks for your review.

          • Brendalina

            Hi Shoppergirl1000 which printer do have exactly?
            Which model number? Thanks

        • Shoppergirl000

           I have this printer and use it to print coupons (it prints out FAST, which is great for printing coupons from different websites all at once). I also use it for printing out papers for college, or other things.

          The toner refills really are only $20ish online, and it only took me 15 minutes to refill. I bought the printer with the starter cartridge in March, and have only had to use one refill so far. I print out lots of pages of coupons and papers every week, and the quality is great. Since it is laser it doesn’t smudge like inkjet can, and the lines are crisp.

          If you have multiple computers that you wish to print from, you can set up a “Home Network” with your WiFi router and make the printer share-able to all other computers connected on your network, as long as your printer is wired to one of your computers.

    • Jlaleonard

      The toner refill is only $5.15  with free shipping on Ebay. We use this to refill this brother printer with no problems. Item number 180728410186HTH

      • Jlaleonard

        Item number 180728410186

    • guest

      love my printer..but wish i knew a yr ago about the cheap refills..ive been buying them at office depot for 49.99 for the last yr lol.

    • Ed In Ncarolina

      I agree with KJ and Guest. You might rather look for Brother printer 2270DW on sale. It is wireless – otherwise just like the 2240. Best thing about it – you can go into the printer properties and tell it to “continue” when toner is low, and it will print until the cartridge is actually empty.

    • Becca

      Any recommendations for a good color laser printer?

    • Schoolingthree

      I have an old HP 1200.  The toner cart on that thing lasted SIX MONTHS!  I pay less than $25 for a year of printing of coupons, paper for 3 children (2 in college) and what ever interests me.  It is wonderful!  I would like to switch to a wireless, but go this one for free and has worked perfectly for over a year now.

    • Guest

      This price is $10 more than was consistently on sale for last year and earlier this year of $49.99, $69.99 or $79.99 for the 2270. I got a good deal last November on the 2270. Brother is coming out with new models so I don’t know if these will replaced with new models or if these are their value priced workhorses and will stick around. 

    • FreeSpirit4eva

      does anyone have a suggestion for a laser printer which also makes copies that compares to the brothers laser printer??

      • Jill

        Staples currently has the brother 2280W laser multifunction wireless printer on sale for $99, ususally $199. I just ordered it for my college student because it makes copies too. I am hoping I will save on ink compared to the inkjet.

    • Amanda C

      Don’t forget to go thru ebates for 3% cash back!

    • Mary Hall

      I have this printer and after buying a new cartridge for it, it begin giving me problems, constantly having paper jam and finally giving a “fatal error” Anybody know what this means? Should I just go buy a new printer for $60 or risk buying another toner cartridge for $40 and hope that fixes the problem? 

    • Lisa

      It is out of stock online now…  

    • Lisa

      It is out of stock online now…  

    • Paula

      thanks, just ordered mine $63.95 w/tax & will get 3% back thanks to Ebates. Should receive within 3-4 business days