Well, you may have already noticed some of the changes happening on Coupons.com. Gone are the days of downloading their coupon printer software! Now when you print your first coupon on any device, you will go through a one-time authentication process. This process will confirm your device by sending a one-time use code via SMS (text message). You will receive a six-digit code to enter in order to validate your device. Once verified, your coupons will print. It’s been out since October of 2016, but you used to be able to skip it…now you’ll have to complete the process.
There is a BIG drawback! It’s that you can only print two coupons per registered and valid cell phone number. You may no longer print from your computer and your smartphone app as they will likely be connected through the same number. Now if you have multiple cell phones in your home, keep this new process in mind and as the validation requirement comes up on your comp! (That’s why I’m telling you this now!) Connect your computers (assuming you have more than one) using your different cell phone numbers. For example, my smartphone app and my laptop are validated with a text on my phone number. Our other laptop, I will have to remember to validate with a text sent to hubby’s cell phone number. This will allow me 2 prints on my app OR laptop AND 2 prints on the other laptop.
Remember, this is a one-time text validation. They don’t recontact you one they sent the single text. So if you have teens that have their own cell phone and do a lot of talking but not a lot of couponing, you might find help there as well.
Having said that, you need to also be aware that pre-packaged prepaid mobile phones from non-major wireless providers such as Tracfone, Net10, Consumer Cellular or any government issued prepaid phones are excluded from this verification process. That means you won’t be able to validate your account and be able to print the coupons. (Through I have heard from Tracfone users that it has worked…so if you have one, you might just try and see.)
Fine and dandy, but what if you don’t have a mobile phone with text? According to the website, you can verify your computer with a landline if you call the Coupons.com support team at 1-888-910-1457. A recorded message asks you to leave your name, phone number and email address, and a customer service representative will call you back “within one business day” in the order that requests are received, with your verification code. Once you enter the code, you can print as before without having to go through the verification process again.
Yeah, I know that’s a lot and I’m still trying to process the information myself and what that means for being able to print coupons and score nice deals. If you need assistance, they do have a help page here.
So…thoughts? Personally, I’m disappointed because I liked having the ability to print more than just 2 coupons. After all, most coupons are noted with “limit of 4 like coupons” and 4 always worked nicely with a lot of the deals in helping you reach the EB, RR, or Gift Card thresholds. I am fortunate to have hubby’s phone number to help me validate, but I have to remember which computer I’m on when it pops up as I go to print coupons. I know the coupon printer software was a hassle, but I liked the per device route better than the per valid phone number.