As a homeschooler I use more ink than the US Treasury. 🙂 Seriously though, it seems as if I’m always replacing printer ink and paper!
After years of using ink jet printers we finally purchased a laser printer last year. The ink is cheaper but you can only print in black and white. It works for us because I’m usually printing out forms, worksheets or coloring pages, which don’t require color ink.
I’ve shopped around for years looking for the best deal on ink. While there are often sales, when you run out of ink and you need it you are going to have to find the best deal that is happening at the moment.
I’ve learned a couple of tricks to saving on printer ink.
Price the Ink Before You Buy the Printer
So you found a printer for only $39 on Black Friday! That’s great except the ink is going to cost you $75 each time you replace it! Before you purchase that super cheap printer check the ink prices and how many sheets a cartridge will print. It is often better to buy a more expensive printer if it means saving on the ink.
I try to keep at least one extra ink cartridge in the office. Once I install that cartridge I start looking for deals. When I find a good deal I always buy three or four cartridges so I don’t have to pay a premium when I’m in a bind. Printer ink can be stored for up to three years so you probably won’t have ink go bad.
Buy Remanufactured Ink Cartridges
I’ve been buying remanufactured cartridges for several years now. I’ve never had a problem with them, ever. They are about half the price of name brand ink cartridges so they are a great deal.
Refill Your Own Cartridges
I’m not frugal enough to try this tip, but if you buy the right kind of printer you can refill your own cartridges for pennies! You can read more about refilling your own ink cartridges here.
Buy Ink Online
This is my number one tip for saving money on ink! Last year I found discovered ClickInks.com. They offer ink (included remanufactured cartridges) at good prices. They often run sales and offer free shipping. Today I was able to order ink for my printer and save almost 45%! Here’s how I did it.
If you are a member of Shop at Home or Ebates log into your account. If you aren’t a member join one of them (they are cash back shopping sites) and then search for ClickInks.com on their sites. Each site is currently offering 12.5% cash back when you shop through their link.
Once you search for ClickInks.com on Shop at Home or Ebates you will find a link to the ClinkInks.com website. I ended up grabbing a 30% off coupon, plus the additional 12.5% cash back for a total savings of 42.5%! With the already discounted ink price at ClickInks.com I was able to get three cartridges for my laser printer for about $50 with free shipping!
I’ve been purchasing ink this way for about two years and have always been satisfied with the quality and price.
How do you save on printer ink?
Photo credit: Jenny Cestnik