How to save money on printer ink

How to save money on ink

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Print only in Black & White

Unless it is for a project in which you need color, print everything in black and white, since black ink is cheaper than colored ink. To make your printer setting go to black and white instead of color, go to your computer’s “Control Panel”. From there, click on “Devices and Printers”. Find the printer you want to set and click “Printing Preferences”, then place a checkmark in the “Grayscale Printing” section. Remember to save your preferences. Now, your printer will automatically print in black and white. You can change these settings in the print screen when you print, if you need to print something in color.

Buy Generic

You can buy generic ink cartridges from your local office supply or super center store. Generic ink cartridges will list the makes and models of the printers that they are compatible with, so make sure to bring your printer model name and number with you.

Refill your own cartridges

You can refill your own cartridges, but remember to use gloves, or you will get your hands stained. I recommend putting a few layers of newspaper down too, to avoid getting ink on your table. Pull back sticker on cartridge, follow diagram engraved, poke holes in the ink well location, push a toothpick in to find out what color goes where, fill ink with the right color. Make sure you don’t over fill, or it will make big mess. Place the sticker back on cartridge to cover the holes, then hold Stop/Reset button for 5 Seconds and you have filled your own cartridges!

Print only what you need

There really isn’t a need to print every coupon that is out there, select the ones you will use for sure and only print those. Any other coupons can be printed if you find a great sale that you can use it on.

Recycle your ink cartridges

Stores like Staples, Office Depot and Office Max will recycle your used cartridges and give you store credit in the form of coupons to use on your in store purchases. Combine those with sales to get your next ink purchase at a lower price.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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