Tired of spending a small fortune on printer ink? I hear you
loud and clear. In my homework-heavy household, it seems like I'm
replacing inkjet cartridges every couple weeks--to the tune of
$30-40 a pop.
Fortunately, as a card-carrying tech-pert, I've learned a few
things about conserving ink. With a few simple tweaks to the way
you work, you can stretch those cartridges a lot farther--and maybe
even save some paper along the way.
1. Use economy/draft mode
By default, every print churns out the sharpest, richest text
and images it can. But how often do you really need the highest
quality output? If you're simply printing a draft or something
that's not headed to the boss/teacher, consider an ink-saving
Most printers have an economy or draft mode that uses less
ink. The output won't be as dark, but it'll still be
Hello, it's me, Grant, the blogger for savingsdotcom who has brought you such guest blogs as Other Things You Can Do With Your CVS Receipt; Asking Customer Service Reps What Their Most Expensive Item Is; and Absurdly Expensive Things Can You Buy on Ebay. Here's a little something you should know about me: I love commerce. It's kind of my jam. Buying things is the best, right? It's just so good. My ideal vacation would be: me, anywhere, with an unlimited cash pile, an internet-connected device, and some of my favorite online retailers, just making purchase after purchase after purchase. I wouldn't even use or enjoy most of the things I would buy. That part is irrelevant to me. I just love the thrill of the chase, and also the thrill of clicking "Yes, I am a returning customer."
Check this out: Data recently released from the Dept. of Commerce shows the percentages of retail sold in stores versus online, and the even though it feels like online shopping has become this monolithic enterprise in the way we make our purchases, the truth is that people overwhelmingly still prefer buying their goods in person.
The following is an excerpt from a book I think Savings.com readers
would greatly enjoy: "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech
Secrets." It's chock full of great tips like this one, and it's
insanely cheap at just $4.99. You can read it on your Kindle, your
smartphone, your tablet, or even your Mac or PC.
Nepotism alert: I wrote it. But as you'll see from the glowing user
reviews, it more than pays for itself.
If you're still trying to squeeze extra life out of your Windows
Vista or even Windows XP machine, this may be the ideal time to cut
Consider the benefits of a new PC: faster performance, much better
security, perhaps even some extra features (Bluetooth, a
touchscreen, etc.) your current model lacks. And with the holidays
just around the corner, there are smokin' deals to be had.
Just one little wrinkle: How can you move all your stuff--data,
programs, settings, etc.--from the old PC to the new one? That's a
hassle even for the savviest of computer users.
Laplink's well-known PCmover Home utility can automate the process,
but normally it'll cost you $39.95 for the privilege.
Not today. For a limited time, you can get Laplink PCmover Home free of charge.
Opinion Rewards gives you Google Play Store credit when you
complete surveys on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet.
So, yes, it's basically a bit of paid marketing in app form. But
that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it!
When you first install the app, it'll run you through a one-time
setup procedure and ask you a handful of sample questions (similar
to what you'll eventually encounter in surveys). My questions were
largely of a political nature, and ostensibly my answers will
indicate the kinds of surveys I get later on.
According to a Google announcement, the app will start slinging
surveys your way in about a week, with a new one appearing roughly
every week thereafter.
The calendar has barely struck July, but Apple is already giving students some incentive to
start their back-to-school shopping.
Most college students know that Apple offers discounts on the
iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro via the Apple Store for Education.