This week’s question comes from Abby:
With all the Internet coupons I feel like I’m really using up my printer ink. Those little cartridges are so expensive to replace. It almost doesn’t make printing the coupons worth it! Do you know of any way I can save money on ink cartridges?
I agree, ink cartridges are certainly expensive. But there are some techniques you can try to help save on the ink you currently have. And I have some money saving tips on how you can replace them for less.
First, change your printer settings. Go to your computer’s Control Panel. Select the printers icon. Your default printer will be listed with a check mark next to it.
Right click on the printer icon and go to the properties. All printers are different but you should be able to edit the printing preferences. The ink saving features are usually on the “Advanced” tab.
Be sure you select the lowest resolution, quick-print, or “draft” setting. This uses the least amount of ink and does not affect the scanning ability of the coupon.
If your black and white cartridge is separate from your color cartridge, you can opt to print everything in black and white. Then you’ll rarely need to replace the costlier color cartridges.
Once you are out of ink, there are a number of money saving options.
1. Walgreens refills ink cartridges. The black and white are priced around $10. Occasionally you will find an in-ad coupon to make them cheaper. Plus, you can always pay with Register Rewards!
You can also refill them at Office Max Costco and other stores.
2. Use the Staples cartridge recycling program. Not only will you be helping the environment but you’ll also get $3 per cartridge. The $3 is a Staples reward so you must have a Staples Reward Card.
3. Invest in a Laser Printer. Laser printers use toner, not ink. And with all the modern technology, they’ve really come down in price. You can likely find a decent one for around $100. I’m not saying run out and buy one, but when you are in the market for a new printer, a laser printer would be an excellent investment. Toner cartridges generally last 3000-5000 prints. That’s a lot of printed coupons!
Do you have any more ink saving tips for Abby? Please share.
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