Reader Tip: Saving Money on Paper and Printer Ink

Feel like you’re going through paper and ink like water with all the coupons you print? Erica from EEEndeavors, emailed in some tips to help you save money on paper and ink:

Reuse Your Paper: Most commonly, three coupons will fit on one 8.5×11″ sheet of paper. If you only print one, clip off that coupon (as straight as possible) and re-insert to print an additional two coupons. If extra wording or graphics printed with your first coupon, make sure to flip to print on the other side.

Reuse Other Paper: Stop and think about how many papers are thrown away from school or the mail. If it has a blank backside, use it! To avoid confusion, it’s a good idea to “X” out the side that has writing but not a coupon.

Change Your Printer Settings: Change your printer settings to print in Grayscale (only uses black ink) and in Fast Draft mode (uses less ink and prints faster). You can always easily change these settings for when you need higher quality prints, but it is expensive and unnecessary when it comes to coupons.

Fill Your Own Cartridges: I don’t suggest this for color cartridges as I think it’s too risky, but it’s hard to fail if you’re just filling a black ink cartridge. It is messy, but practice makes perfect (and reading directions sure helps!). I paid $14 for my last refill kit, which is enough to fill an average of 20 ink cartridges. If you consider the cost of a factory refilled, generic cartridge (usually $12), this is a $226 savings!

For more helpful tips and ideas, check out Saving Money on Printer Ink and Save Up to $20 Per Year By Switching Fonts.

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  1. Jenny says

    I came across a really good deal on ink for HP printers at Walmart and found out that they do this every new school year. They had double packs of black ink marked for $12 when they are normally marked $15 for one. I wasn’t to sure about the price on it and asked a sales associate and she said yes that is the right price and that they do that when ever the new school year starts. So we stocked up. I don’t know if they all do that but it is worth checking into.

  2. carolyn says

    I’m having trouble figuring out how to print coupons in black and white. When I print them, they always start printing automatically, I don’t ever get the option to change it from color>B&W. I’m using a Mac. Any suggestions? Thanks!