Printer paper and ink can be a big expense for couponers. Those rare, high value coupons are too good to pass up but definitely use a lot of ink, which is an expensive item. Sometimes it seems that all the money we're saving is used to buy more ink from the store!
I'm going to share with you my tips and tricks for saving big on ink. These are helpful to me but may not be helpful to you. It all comes down to what fits your needs.
- Set your printer to print on black/white or grayscale: Start menu, control panel, devices and printers, right click your printer, printing preferences, advanced, b+w, click apply and you're done! (These are the instructions for my HP computer and may differ from yours. It should be similar though.)
- Try to print enough coupons that you will use to fill a page. Don't print 1 here and 1 there. Print at least 3 to fill the page. If you're on a company's facebook page printing a single coupon after printing the first one, flip the paper around so it prints on the bottom of the page when you go to print the 2nd coupon
- Take advantage of sites like 4inkjets.com and ink4less.com to get discounts on ink. When paired with a free shipping promotion and cash back from Shop At Home you can score *hot* prices on ink. I use this scenario as an example because it just recently happened.
- Find a generic ink that works for your printer. I have a Kodak printer but found this Kodak compatible ink that works perfectly for a much better price. Amazon is another good way to score cheap ink!
- The most important way to save on ink is asking yourself "Do I really think I'll use this coupon?" If the answer is no, don't print it! There will be other high value coupons to snag in the future, I promise.