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How to Save Money on Printer Ink

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Printer Ink

... This doesn't mean you have to go broke printing out documents and pictures—it just means it takes some forethought to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to ink cartridges. Follow these tips below and save some green while still using your printer:

Create a backup plan

  • Print in draft mode. This can save you up to 70% of the ink used for regular printing. For example, if your printer uses 10ml of ink for every page, you will only use 3ml for draft mode.
  • Use the right paper. Paper type affects how much ink is needed to print on it, so make sure you're using paper that's designed for your printer and its settings. For example, glossy photo paper may need more ink than standard copy paper because it absorbs more moisture from printing than other types of paper do; therefore, it doesn't require as much drying time before being handled by hand or machine folding (which would cause smudging). In addition to saving money on printers themselves, using lower quality media like recycled newsprint will also help keep costs low since they're not as expensive as other types such as card stock or canvas art prints!
  • Use proper settings: There are many different options available when setting up your printer such as Draft Mode mentioned earlier but also Black & White vs Color Inkjet Printing Mode Settings - these will all affect how much money we spend each month so make sure they're set correctly before proceeding with any project!

Clean your print heads

If you're wondering what a print head is and how it can help save money on ink, don't worry: we're going to answer all of your questions. A print head is typically located in the printer cartridge and is responsible for transferring ink onto paper. To keep your print heads clean, turn off your printer, remove any tape from them and run hot water over them until the water runs clear. This should be done after every time you use the printer; this will ensure that no dirt or dust accumulates inside of them during operation.

If you want to save more money on toner (or ink), consider asking for free samples before committing to purchase new cartridges through mail order or at an office supply store like Staples or Office Depot—you may find that there are cheaper alternatives available online!

Understand ink cartridges

  • Understand ink cartridges.

Printer ink is expensive, and the costs of replacing printer cartridges can add up fast. But there are ways to save money on your printing costs. A good way to start is by understanding what makes an ink cartridge expensive, and what you can do to get more bang for your buck.

  • Compatible or remanufactured?

Compatible ink cartridges use ones that have been refilled with new parts by third parties. This saves you money because these cartridges are less expensive than brand name ones but still hold a lot of ink and perform just as well in terms of quality prints. Remanufactured cartridges are essentially used ones that have been recycled into new products (like cars). These also cost less than their brand name equivalents because their resale value has dropped significantly over time due to wear from use (though they still perform just as well).

Save more with rewards programs

If you don't already have a rewards program, it's worth looking into. Most are free to join and easy to use. Rewards programs can help you save money on printer ink, but they can also be used for other purchases such as gas and groceries.

Some companies give out points that can be redeemed for rewards like cash back or gift cards. Others may offer special deals on certain products or discounts in order to encourage people to buy from them instead of from their competitors.

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When choosing which rewards program is best for you, consider the types of products offered by each store in the program—it may not make sense to sign up at an electronics retailer if most of your purchases are clothing and house supplies! Then try out different companies until one stands out as offering significant savings over time

When you do decide to print, make sure you're printing sparingly. Printing on both sides of the page can save up to 50% of your ink, and if you have some more time and a little more space, try printing back-to-back as well. This will really save some money in the long run. If all else fails, try printing in black and white—it can save up to 90% of your ink!

Use websites like inkgrabber to get affordable refills.

If you’re looking for the best way to save money on printer ink, look no further than inkgrabber.

This website lets users buy recycled printer ink cartridges from other people who have already purchased them and are willing to sell them at a discount. With its vast inventory of used cartridges and competitive prices, inkgrabber is one of the best ways to get affordable refills for your printer.

Don't let someone else control how much you spend on ink!

You can save money by controlling how much ink you use.

  • Print fewer pages. If you print less, it will cost less to print each page. And the less it costs to print one page, the more money you'll save over time. You don't have to be a miser about this; after all, we live in an era where printing is fast and easy to do when we need it! Just try not to waste your printer ink by getting into habits (like printing every little thing) that aren't actually useful or necessary for your life right now.
  • Use black-and-white mode instead of color mode whenever possible (or when appropriate). Color printing uses up a lot more ink than black-and-white does—so sticking with grayscale whenever possible will help keep costs down.
  • Don’t buy new cartridges every time they run out; refill them instead! This is especially important if you have an older HP printer with replaceable cartridges that can be refilled easily—but even newer HP printers let you disable the “low cartridge” notification so that they don't tell you about this until there's actually a problem (which means saving some money on wasted noisemakers).


It’s easy to see how quickly printer ink can get expensive. Between buying new ink cartridges and replacing old ones, it can be hard on your wallet. If you follow these tips, though, you can save money on printer ink and still print the documents that need printing.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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