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10 Tips to Save Money on Ink Cartridges

Printers are essential assets nowadays. You probably have at least one at home and a lot at work. 

We know that having a printer that you do not know how to handle properly might cause you money problems. This article will help you save some money by giving you instructions to be a smart user.

1. Invest in a Reservoir Printer

Printers are known to be relatively cheap; however, maintaining them and replacing the cartridges is highly costly. 

It is better to buy an expensive printer whose cartridges you can later replace with little money than to buy a cheap printer that is going to cost you a lot in the long run.

Canon and Epson say that the bottles of ink included in their reservoir last for about two years, afterward you can buy replacements for not more than 20$. Such printers cost a lot upfront but are definitely one of the cheapest printers in the long run. 

2. Refill the Ink Cartridges

Instead of buying new cartridges, you can always refill them.

Retailers like Walgreens, Costco, and Cartridge World refill cartridges for a really low price. It is essential to know that they only refill selected types of printer cartridge model, though.

Inkjet cartridges and even toner can be refilled for 4 to 6 times before you have to get rid of them. 

If you would prefer to refill it by yourself, buy a printer cartridge ink or toner refill kit. The type of kit depends on the type of the printer whose cartridge is to be refilled.

You have to be extremely careful while doing so in order not to make a mess or destroy the cartridge. 

Here are some tips on how to refill an inkjet printer cartridge

Good luck!

3. Keep the Printer Turned On

Keeping the printer on avoids triggering a maintenance cycle each time you use it. The printer uses some amount of ink during the initialization phase every time it is turned on. Moreover, many printers need as much ink to clean the print heads as they need to print.

Keeping the printer on will noticeably reduce the amount of ink used. 

You do not need to worry about the cost that you will pay for the extra energy that is exerted by leaving the printer’s power on because your ink savings will outweigh these costs.

4. Use Compatible Printer Ink Cartridges

You do not always have to buy the brand name ink cartridge because sometimes they are overpriced in vain.

Money companies like Staples, Office Max, and numerous other online companies sell compatible printer ink cartridges.

Such cartridges will work very well for your printer and cost less. 

5. Buy Re-made Printer Ink Cartridges

These cartridges have been recycled, refilled, and then resold. 

They are about 30% to 60% cheaper than the brand name cartridges. 

Typically, you would find them online rather than in stores. 

If you still want to buy a new cartridge and earn money, you can recycle your empty ones.

Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max have rewards programs for printer ink cartridges so you can get store credit or coupons. 

Also, by doing this, you will be helping schools and nonprofit organizations do some fundraising, for they do it by collecting old cartridges and recycling them. 

One more extra benefit of recycling your empty cartridges is that almost all of the major cartridge manufacturers will provide free shipping to recycle your cartridges; however, they usually do not pay for old cartridges.

Read more: OEM vs. Compatible vs. Remanufactured Ink Cartridges: Which is Better?

6. Use Black and White or Economy Print Settings

When you are about to print something that should not necessarily be in a high-quality form, turn your printer quality settings to “draft.” This will save you some ink.

The copy will be slightly lighter and less precise, so use this when you are printing something informal or something that does not need to be ready for presentation. This quickens the process of printing and drying up.

Moreover, it is essential to print in black and white when color is not necessary because color printer ink cartridges are more expensive than black and white ones.

It is also crucial to remember to change the printer’s properties to the black-only mode because even if the document you are printing has no colors, the printer sometimes mixes some of the color cartridges with the black to print the document. By time, you will find that your colored ink is almost up without printing a colored document.

7. Print the Portions You Need Only

Do not print the whole document if you are only going to use selected few pages out of it. 

When you are printing a webpage, make sure not to print unwanted links, pictures, logos or advertisements at the end of the page. This stuff is almost always printed on a separate sheet. To avoid this and to avoid using extra paper and ink, use the print preview tool before printing and cut the additional information out of your print range. 

8. Sway The Cartridge

When the printer notifies you that the ink is running low, do not change it right away. 

What you should do is remove the ink cartridge from the printer, sway it softly from side to side, and then insert it again. This will redistribute the ink and usually give you more printed pages.

You can even repeat this process more than once until you are very sure there is not a bit of ink left in the cartridge. 

Read more: How to Make Printer Cartridges Last Longer.

9. Do Not Turn Off the Printer in Mid-Cycle

You should let the printer finish its full cycle before turning it off because turning it off while the cartridge is still moving will force the printer’s head to stop in the precise place where it was turned off.

This causes the printer nozzle to dry out and makes the ink leak. 

Better to be patient than sorry. 

10. Ink-saving Software

Some companies produce ink-saving software that can be downloaded online for free.

These programs optimize printer data so that the printer uses less ink even while printing at high resolution.

Bottom Line 

After reading this article, you will be able to save some money while using your printer. 

You just have to follow some of the above instructions.

Share the article with your friends and colleagues and help them save some money too. 

Happy printing!

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