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Do you know of any printers that have cartridges that are cheap and they last a long period of time? ~ Wendy
Here are a few tips for saving on printer ink with a regular printer.
- First: I print everything in black and white. I can easily switch back to color printing if I need to but it doesn’t matter if coupons are printed in color or in black and white. So printing it in b&w means I only have to purchase black ink.
- Second: I print on both sides of the paper. If I print just a single coupon that prints at the top of the page all I do is flip the paper over and upside down and stick it back in the printer so next time it will print on the opposite side.
- Third: When I’m out of paper I print on anything I can find. As long as the side you are printing the coupon on it blank the other side can have whatever on it.
- Fourth: To save even more on ink I signed up for the Office Depot newsletter HERE. Every so once in a while they send out a coupon for $10 off $20.
Those are tips for a regular printer. I know those are the cheapest printers to buy but sometimes it’s worth it to put a little more investment into your printer in the first place to save more in the long run.
I have a laser printer. I got sick of having to buy printer ink all the time and I was only printing in black and white so it didn’t matter to me anyways. I paid $70 for my Brother Laser Printer. It came with a “sample” supply of toner. I bought that printer in December of last year and guess what…I still haven’t had to replace the toner!
The average ink cartridge is enough to print a few hundred pages. We will give it the benefit of the doubt and say they print 500 pages. One regular toner cartridge prints at least 3000 pages. I was paying $60 to fill all the ink cartridges in my printer, toner costs $60 also. So for the same price I can go 6 times longer with printing! The cost of the printer pays for itself with in the first package of toner.
What about you? Do you have any printer tips for Wendy? Do you have a laser or inkjet printer?