Reader Tips & Picks
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 4:50 pm.
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:
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:
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!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 3:26 pm.
Check out the email I received from Hip2Save reader Emily –
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)!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 12:50 pm.
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! :)
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! :)
Hipsters to the Rescue: How Do YOU Save on Mother’s Day Deliveries for Flowers, Gift Baskets, + More?!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve received a few emails from readers lately asking for ways to save on delivery gift ideas for Mother’s Day (or other special occasions) that won’t break the bank. Check out this email I received from reader Cassandra…
SO, if you have any money-saving tips, please share in the comments below!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 3:23 pm.
With wedding and graduation season upon us, I’ve received a few emails from readers lately asking for nice wedding or graduation gift ideas that won’t break the bank. SO, if you’ll be attending an upcoming wedding, graduation party, birthday, or other special event and are looking for ideas on an affordable gift idea, this post is for you!
If you have any great gift ideas, please share in the comments below! :)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 11:49 am.
If you have been following Hip2Save for any length of time, you likely know how much I love April Fool’s Day. It is literally one of my most favorite days since it’s typically filled with lots of laughs, smiles and just pure fun… it makes me feel like a kid again! :D I’ve posted this a few times now on Hip2Save asking for YOUR April Fool’s Day ideas and it’s always been a big hit!
SO, get to sharing! Feel free to share any fun April Fool’s pranks, jokes or tips that you may have (and as always, please keep them family friendly). Enjoy!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 2:20 pm.
As you may know, working from home can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Over the years, I’ve received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers asking for ways to make money from home… SO, I thought it would be helpful to post a reminder about the various work-from-home opportunities (categorized with links to make it a little easier to view). I hope you find this helpful! :D
** Please note that I do not have experience with some of these companies, so I cannot endorse whether or not they are worth looking into further. Make sure to take the time to research the jobs you are interested in to see if they are the right fit for you.
(To see the long list of Work Opportunities, click the link below “Read More / Post Your Comments”.)
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This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 11:11 am.
With Valentine’s Day upon us, I thought it might be fun once again to create a place for all of you to share your small and/or home-based businesses (i.e. Etsy, Avon, Scentsy, etc.) with other readers and/or to offer Hip2Save readers a special discount on products that you sell. I have posted this quite a few times now on Hip2Save and it has always been quite a hit!
OK, so have at it and feel free to share your small business with the Hip2Save community! :)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7:30 am.
If you regularly fill prescriptions and are wondering what store offers the best price to get it filled, check out this email and helpful tip I received from reader, Joe….
To compare pharmacy prices nearest you, just head over here, enter the prescription drug name that you or your family needs and your location, and then click “Find the Lowest Price”. You will then be directed to a page that will inform you on where you can purchase this specific drug at the cheapest price nearest you! You’ll also be able to find pharmacy coupons, manufacturer discounts, generics, comparable drug choices, and savings tips! Awesome!
You can also download the GoodRx App on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone to get prices and coupons while you’re on-the-go. Plus, get a GoodRx discount card for FREE that can be used for discounts of up to 80% on most prescription drugs at most U.S. pharmacies. You can use it for every member of your family (even pets!) and there are no quantity limits or hidden fees!
Do you have any other tips related to saving on prescription drugs? If so, please share in the comments below!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 at 3:45 pm.
Check out this email I received from Hip2Save reader Samantha –
Please share your tips in the comments below!