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Ways to Save on Printer Ink (Plus, Share Your Tips!)

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If you’re looking for ways to save on printer ink (from printing all those awesome coupons ;-) ), here’s a few helpful tips for ya…

Inkjet Versus Laser Printer:

Many of you have stated that the longest lasting, most reliable, and most affordable (in the long run) printers are laser printers! Although laser printers may cost more initially, they tend to be faster, use less ink, and are much cheaper on a month to month basis (i.e. cost of inkjet cartridges versus laser toner cartridges).

Helping You Find the BEST Printer:

* Top 5 Printers
* Guide to Top 10 Printers in 2015

Continuous Flow System:

Already have an inkjet printer? Then you may want to consider a Continuous Flow System. This system will help you save big bucks on printer ink as it eliminates the need for replacement ink cartridges. For more information on this economical system, click here.

Best Places to Purchase Ink:

* 123InkJets.com
* 4inkjets.com
* Amazon.com
* CarrotInk.com
* Clickinks.com
* CompAndSave.com
* Databazaar.com
* Ebay.com
* Inkgrabber.com
* SuperMediaStore.com
* TomatoInk.com

Readers Tips on How to Save Money on Ink and Paper:

I bought a Brother Laser when it was on sale at one of the office stores. I used the black tape trick (YouTube video shows you how) and have had printer for over 2 years and just now replaced the toner it came with. This is with my major coupon printing and my husband printing college work. I also do the Office Max rewards program and get the cases of paper for pennies after rewards every time it is offered.

I set it to “Toner Save Print Mode” right away. Also, I “tricked” my toner after I got a warning message to replace it and got additional months of life. I am unable to “tape” my toners as it doesn’t have a window to cover. Instead, it has a slow rotating gear on the side of the cartridge and this gear can be easily reset by turning it backwards manually. There are tons of videos on youtube, explaining it.

One tip that I have is that I enable a Print Preview for each document. It makes the printing process longer, but I can tell if a coupon is printing at the top, middle, or bottom of the page. That way I can use half sheets if a coupon is printing from the top.

For the one-page ads with a single coupon on the page, I cut my paper into 4’ sections. That way the coupon prints at the top and then stops. Of course, sometimes you get a coupon that prints at the bottom. I try to only use the cut paper on coupons that I know will print at the top. If I am printing a coupon and I see that there is an ad below it, once the coupon prints, I hit STOP on my printer.

The trick to making your ink last longer is to set your printer to print in grayscale, black ink only, and to print in Fast Draft mode. I have my cartridges refilled at Walgreens. Before I take a cartridge to the store, however, I use a little rubbing alcohol on the ports of the cartridge to prevent dry ink from clogging the ports (where the ink is inserted). Works like a charm.

For anyone out there who has toner cartridges, when the printer states that the toner is low, take the cartridge out and look for a little “window” on the side. Cover it with a piece of black electrical tape, and you’ll get MANY more pages of ink out of it. The window lets light in and tells the owner to buy a new cartridge but, in reality, there is still plenty of toner in the cartridge.

What are some ways you save on printer ink? Please Share!

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Amusement Advantage Mystery Shopping = Possible FREE Entrance to Amusement Parks + More

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Check out the email I received from Hip2Save reader Emily –

Yesterday a coworker was telling me about a program where she is a mystery shopper for amusement parks and gets in free or reimbursed for her costs – it’s called Amusement Advantage. I signed up yesterday and hope to try and fulfill some soon. I personally haven’t done it before, but she has done a few and said you don’t make too much extra money but she enjoyed being able to take her family to places for free. There are lots of options to do so it looks like a good deal. Maybe something worth checking out!

Head on over here to see where Amusement Advantage is currently or expected to be completing shops in the future (they add new locations frequently and notify all shoppers in their system).

**Interested? Head on over here to sign up and for more details (keep in mind that the application process may take 15-30 minutes to complete)!

(Thanks, Emily!)

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New Video: Home Decor Tips & Hip2Save House Tour (Part 2)

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I’m excited to release Part two of my House Tour video! :) In this video, you’ll get to see how I created a Nerf gun wall, how I organize my pantry and more! Did you miss part one of my House Tour video? Click HERE to watch.

The main questions I usually receive when posting these house tour videos is regarding paint colors. With that said, here is a list of the main colors I have used in my home. I hope this is helpful.

Basement Color – Lazy Gray SW 6254 – Sherwin-Williams
Kids Bathroom Color – Exciting Orange SW 6647 – Sherwin-Williams
Master Bathroom Color – Cascade Green SW 0066 – Sherwin-Williams
Main Floor/Living Room/Kitchen – Dovetail SW 7018 – Sherwin-Williams AND Network Gray SW 7073 – Sherwin-Williams

(Prior to living in the home I’m in now, I lived in a very tiny house and actually did a video HERE on that home and shared some great space saving tips.)

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New Video: Home Decor Tips & Hip2Save House Tour (Part 1)

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So..
. I am very excited to release this much anticipated video! :)

Part one of this video will give you a sneak peek into my home where I will share some frugal home decor tips and more! Stay tuned for part two coming next week…

(Prior to living in the home I’m in now, I lived in a very tiny house and actually did a video HERE on that home and shared some great space saving tips.)

So you know the drill… grab a cup of coffee (or tea or water!), get comfy on your couch and come check out my home in Idaho! Enjoy! 

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No Coupon Inserts in the 5/24 Sunday Newspaper

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Heads up – there will be NO coupon inserts in the newspaper tomorrow, May 24th. This is a great excuse to spend the day with people you love and do something that you truly enjoy. I hope that you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! :)

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items (Saturday, May 9th)

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Did you eat a healthy breakfast this morning? If so, you are very fortunate as one out of every six Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! :) On Saturday, May 9th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is calling everyone to help “Stamp Out Hunger” with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and will help feed millions of families in all 50 states!

This is a perfect time for you to go through your stockpile and donate as many non-perishable and unexpired food items as possible to support this cause! SO…grab your cans of soup, non-glass bottles of Juice, canned fruits and veggies, bags of pasta, cake & brownie mixes, etc. and place all these items in a bag. Then be sure to leave them at your mailbox this Saturday, May 9th as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to local food banks or pantries.

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: “Mani Thanks” Manicure Jar with Free Printable Gift Tag

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Give thanks to the teachers in your life with a fun manicure jar. Use this free printable gift tag to put together this cute and easy gift for Teacher Appreciation Day or for an end of the school year gift.

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Click HERE to print free “Mani Thanks” teacher gift tag

To use this gift tag, first print on cardstock paper, cut shape out, and punch a hole at the top. Fill a jar or container with items like nail polish, nail files, nail stickers, etc. and tie on gift tag with a ribbon. Give to your favorite teacher or teaching staff! :)


Looking for another gift idea? Check out how to easily Gift a Redbox Code or Gift a Gift Card to Target, Amazon, Starbucks and more. Or consider creating an Easy Pencil Vase,

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: Gift a Redbox Code (Free Printable Card)

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 If you’re looking for a unique and easy gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, check out these fun and free printables that make it super easy to gift Redbox promo codes! Consider making a small gift box and including your teacher’s favorite treats or simply attach the free printable card to a bag of microwave popcorn. What a fun and affordable way to gift a movie night!

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Click HERE to print Redbox Teacher Appreciation Card

To use this printable card, first print on cardstock paper and then head over to Redbox.com and scroll down to purchase a promo card bundle (or instead, you could gift a code that you may have received via email/text if you are a Redbox subscriber). Print a copy of the Redbox code(s) and stick the copy in with your treats or simply add the code to the bottom of the printable card in the space provided.

Redbox gives you the option to purchase different quantities starting at 5 DVD rental promo codes for $7.50 or 10 DVD rentals for $15. Promo codes can then be redeemed at any Redbox kiosk.
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Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Sign up Now for Birthday Freebies and Deals

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HUGE list of Birthday Freebies & Coupons - Hip2Save

Are you celebrating a birthday soon?! Or do you have a family member or friend who will be celebrating in the weeks or months to come?! Then don’t forget to head over here and browse through the extensive list of Birthday Freebies and Deals (and send this list to all your friends!).

In fact, Hip2Save reader, Kelly, recently sent me this email and picture below….

I always hold on to a birthday card I received from the previous year and place all of the printed birthday offers in the card for this year. That way when I go shopping around my birthday, I remember to look in my birthday card for fun gifts to redeem. Recently, I went to the mall to treat myself to all of the Birthday freebie deals you posted. I was shocked at how much I was able to get for FREE! Hope all of the Hip2savers get to enjoy their birthdays this year!

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Hipsters to the Rescue: What Are Your Frugal & Hip Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas?

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Can you believe that the 2014-2015 school year is nearing an end and Summer break is right around the corner!?! As you may already know, during the week of May 4th-8th, 2015 many schools will be honoring their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

If you’re looking for creative but frugal gifts to show your appreciation, consider making an Easy Pencil Vase or personalized and fun gift card holders for all your favorite teachers. Then just insert flowers (store-bought or freshly picked from your garden) or attach a gift card…an easy and much appreciated way to say thanks to all the wonderful teachers in your life! :)

Also, here are a few other Teacher gift ideas I’ve received from Hip2Save readers over the years…

*For an end-of-year gift, change the note to say “Thank You for a reMARK(ER)able school year!”…and you have a cute but practical gift idea! (Thanks, Tera!)

*Use an empty spaghetti sauce jar with clearance jelly beans. Make a label and card to hang on the jar. The label could say “No beans about it (teacher’s name) RULES”. A cute (and inexpensive) thank you for teachers! (Thanks, Trudy!)

*Pick up an inexpensive movie and put a pack of popcorn and a $1 box of Movie Theater candy with it. Walmart and Target both have $5 movies and this makes a great teachers gift! (Thanks, Suzie!)

To get ya thinkin’, you may want to start off by printing these cute Thank You Notes and personalize them for each of your kiddos teachers. If you have any other creative, affordable, or meaningful teacher gift ideas, be sure to share them in the comment section below! And, if you’re a teacher, what gifts do YOU personally enjoy receiving?

To all of you teachers out there…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are so valued and appreciated! :)

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