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
I know I write a lot about Staples, but my best friend works at one nearby and gives me the scoop when good stuff is going on. Much of the 411 he feeds me is stuff I would never think of…like the paper towels they sell. They're as good as Viva (and oh, those are so good), but cost a lot less.
Pocket-size digital cameras sales continue to increase year after year. The quality of pixels improve and the size of the camera grows smaller and thinner. These tiny gadgets are great to have when on vacation or stored in your glove box or carry in your purse for that unexpected picture-perfect moment.
Downside of course is that you usually wait until you get home to Photoshop the photographs before you send copies to friends and family. But what if I told you that you don't have to wait anymore?
More and more companies are offering printable coupons, which is great for the savvy shopper. However, printables can be paper and ink hogs when the manufacturer also uses your inkjet printout as a marketing opportunity. Printing a 50 cent coupon that includes a full-color, full-page ad devalues your coupon significantly when you factor in the cost of ink, so use these strategies to reduce your ink and paper consumption.
Inkjet printers are highly overrrated. They're slow. Their ink cartridges cost a small fortune. They don't print well on plain paper. And, let's face it, how often do you really need to print in color?