If you’re like me, you try to save money in as many easy ways as possible. You also try to save money on some of the more expensive items that you purchase in your life. I think when it comes to buying printer paper and ink for home computer use, both of these principles apply.
Therefore, I want to go over with you some of the ways that I try to save money in these areas in the hopes that maybe I can save you a buck or two in the future.
It seems to me that a great percentage of the things that I print at home are really not that important. Sure these are some receipts that I print out that I need to save, but most of the time, the paper that comes out of my printer is almost wasted. It could be the four extra pages that come out when you really only need the first page of something (which I’ll address in a minute), or it’s something that I just need to read and not keep, or there could be a lot of other reasons.
Maybe this concept has already dawned on you, but what about using the other side of the paper? Whenever I print out all of these things that really don’t need to be printed, I usually just flip the paper over and pop it right back into my printer. If you think about it that should really cut your printer paper costs right about in half.
Now, let’s get to those four extra pages of crap that come out whenever you really only need the first page. Without sounding like a conspiracy theorist, it is my firm belief that all of these pages and/or receipts and/or anything else that people need to print are purposely set up to use just the tiniest bit of the next page.
Who is behind this? The people that sell printer paper so they can sell that much more of it. Why else would 90% of the stuff that I print use up one page, plus about one more line? If anyone can give me a reasonable answer, I will come off of my conspiracy theory. Until then, you should utilize the “selection” function when printing.
It’s simple. Whenever printing a receipt or a page that has just a small amount of information that you really need, simply highlight it and then click on print. When that box comes up that always does when you print something, look in the bottom left hand corner and click on the button that says “selection”. This will allow you to print only and exactly what you need, and should eliminate those extra three pages of garbage that comes out after the page you really need.
Finally, if you have any kind of significant printing needs at all, consider buying your paper a case at a time.
Doesn’t it just turn your stomach when you have to buy new ink? Isn’t the cost of it absolutely insane? Well, I’ve come up with a few ways to hopefully save you a little in this area.
First, always buy the two-pack when it’s available. This usually gives you somewhat of a discount. Second, always buy the store brand over the manufacturer’s brand. Third, see if you can find a place that will still re-fill your cartridges. Most retailers stopped doing this, but if you can find one, this can save you a bunch. Fourth, always turn in your empty cartridges for a discount. You used to be able to get a free pack of printer paper for each cartridge. Again, a lot of retailers have backed off of this, but they are still worth turning in for whatever you can get for them. Fourth, always look for coupons for the store where you purchase your ink. Even if it’s only 10%, every little bit helps.
I probably print just about as much as the average Joe. Since black ink costs about $30 a pop, color about $50, and a pack of printer paper about $4-$5, my annual expenses are right around $500 for these two items. That’s more than I spend on electricity for my house. If there are ways out there to impact these expenses, I think they’re well worth looking into.
As always, your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.
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