Printing at home is incredibly convenient but it can also get expensive. As a coupon shopper I often print coupons at home, however, I used to wonder if I was wasting as much money on printer ink as I was saving with the coupons.
So I found some ways to save on printer ink that has reduced not only how much I spend on printer ink but also how much I use.
Here are 5 ways to save on printer ink.
- Take advantage of rewards programs. I have a Lexmark printer and they have a great rewards program. For every 5 cartridges I buy from them through the rewards website or return to them (in their prepaid envelopes no less) I get a free cartridge. But Lexmark is not the only company with a rewards program. HP also has a rewards program. And stores like Staples, OfficeMax and Office Depot offer recycling rewards.
- Print in black & white. Unless you are printing something that needs to be printed in color, be sure to change the properties to “print in black & white”. This will save color ink which means you’ll need to replace that cartridge less often.
- Print in quick print/draft mode. Unless you need a high quality print, go into properties and set the print mode to “quick print” or “draft”. Not only with it print faster, it uses significantly less ink.
- Buy cartridges on clearance. Okay, so you won’t be able to do this all the time but keep an eye out for cartridges on clearance. I’ve been able to buy cartridges for upwards of 75% off and they worked just as well as those cartridges I paid full price for.
- Only print what you need. I know it’s tempting to go ahead and print off all those coupons you think you’ll use. Believe me, I’ve been there. But I found that I often didn’t use about half of those coupons which meant I was wasting ink and paper. Now I only print coupons as I’m making out my grocery list. Sometimes I miss out on a coupon because of that but I’d rather miss out on a .50 cent coupon than waste the ink and paper. This tip goes beyond coupons too. You can view a recipe on your mobile device instead of printing it out. Or upload your eBook to your Amazon Cloud account and view it on your Kindle or a Kindle app. Digital devices make it easy to limit what you print.
How do you save on printer ink? Do you know of any other rewards programs? I’d love for you to share with us here.
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