You want to make sure to get the very best price on printing coupons! Ink can get pretty darn expensive, and depending on your printer you might need refills WAY too often. Check out these ways to save:
1. Start out with the right kind of printer. If you plan to use your printer mostly for coupon printing and occasional documents, school reports, etc. ~ you don’t need all the bells and whistles of a color or photo printer. I highly recommend this black & white Brother Printer. You’ll get SO many printed pages per ink cartridge, you may go a couple years without having to replace it.
2. For ink – go generic or remanufactured, or even have your ink cartridges refilled. When it comes time to buy new ink, check reputable sites like 4InkJets and Amazon before you pay full price for the name brand. In my experience, they’ve worked just fine without a single problem, and save about 50% on ink costs.
You can also get your ink cartridges refilled for a fraction of the cost of a new ink cartridge. I’ve always used Walgreens for ink cartridge refilling, and their regular price is $12.99. Occasionally they’ll offer a special in their ad which drops the price to around $7.99 (compared to $30+ for a new ink cartridge), so definitely watch for those sales!
3. Don’t pay for paper. Staples often runs a deal on paper where you buy a ream of paper for around $8 and get back $8 via Staples Instant Rebate. (Or other similar offers) Check out their current paper offers here.
4. Use the whole sheet of paper Even though you might snag the free paper deals regularly – let’s be honest, you’ll probably have to buy it once in a while. To cut down on wasted half sheets of paper – try to print coupons in 3’s. Three coupons fit on the front of a paper, so I always try to print three at a time.
5. Switch to Black & White Settings If you don’t have a black & white printer, you can still print coupons in black and white to save! Just change your printer’s settings to Black & White (aka grayscale). This way you can just replace your black cartridge instead of purchasing new colored ones as well.
What other tips do you have on saving when you print coupons? I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!
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