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How to Save Money on Printer Ink & Paper

Frugal Fridays

Crystal Paine has a Frugal Friday’s tip each week and encourages women to submit their ideas. My dear husband says, “No one enjoys a bargain more than my wife!” so I’ve decided to submit one of my ideas.

How to save money on printer ink & paper

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Printer ink! Don’t you just hate paying the high prices?

Yet printers are so handy and I use mine so often. I’ve found several ways to stretch my ink.

Check out the preferences on your printer. When I’m printing things that I’m going to read and toss I get creative:

~Use the draft option which prints lighter and uses less ink.

~Print in black and white – the colored ink often costs more than the black.

~Or print two pages side by side on one page – you will find that option in the layout section of your printer’s properties.

~Be sure to print on both sides of the paper – it won’t save ink but will save paper.

~Check your mail – often times I get a letter or advertisement that are on printer sized paper and only used on one side – I pop it into my printer and print on the other side before recycling it.

~When you finish with what you’ve printed be sure to recycle or go one step further like I do and use it to line the bird cage before tossing it!


Happy printing!


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  • Phyllis
    Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    I’ve never tried that. My printer’s instructions say it will void the warranty so I’ve been a chicken. It sounds like it works well for you. What kind of printer do you have?

  • Maridel
    Posted May 11, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Refilling your ink cartridges yourself instead of buying a new cartridge saves a lot of money – the cartridges cost at least 4 times more than refilling. I can buy the refill kits for my printer at Walmart, but you can find them for even less on line.

  • Becky
    Posted May 11, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    I’m with you on computer printer ink, Phyllis! Clever ideas for the birdcage! Thanks for inspiring! Becky

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