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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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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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Hipsters to the Rescue: How Do YOU Save on Mother’s Day Deliveries for Flowers, Gift Baskets, + More?!

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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…

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I was wondering if you were going to be posting any good deals/delivery ideas for moms? I wanted to get my order in early so they didn’t try to charge me $30 for shipping :( , but have no idea where to go. I was hoping you could make a post with ideas or a post asking other Hip2Savers their favorite ideas.

SO, if you have any money-saving tips, please share in the comments below!

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Hipsters to the Rescue: Share Your Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for Weddings, Graduations, AND More

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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!

Plus, check out this tip from Hip2Save reader Tiffany –

I’m not sure if you or your readers are aware of a side called weddingwire.com. It’s a site where people can find vendors, photographers, ect. for weddings and events. They have a review promotion I wasn’t even aware of. I was contacted by the owner of an awesome bed and breakfast in Marion, SC where I attended my cousin’s wedding last year and asked if I would mind reviewing them because they are new to weddingwire.com.

I didn’t mind at all and after that review a pop up box came up that stated if I did one more review I would receive a free gift and if I did 4 reviews I would receive another free gift. So, after 4 reviews the two gifts were a code for a FREE 8×10 canvas print from EasyCanvasPrints.com (over $40 value!) and a one time use code for a Free 8×8 photo book from Shutterfly.com! I was soooo excited. It turns out the code for the canvas print can be used by anyone and it expires 5/31/15 (2014wirespringpromo) and the one time use code from Shutterfly doesn’t expire until 9/30/15.

If you have any great gift ideas, please share in the comments below! :)

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Hipsters to the Rescue: April Fool’s Jokes Needed

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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!

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Work-At-Home & Other Work Opportunities

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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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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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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! :)

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Reader Tip: Save Up to 80% on Getting Prescription Drugs Filled with GoodRx (+ Share Your Tips)

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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….

I came across a website called GoodRx.com. My daughter’s prescription is $900 a month without insurance, or the same to meet a deductible. With paperwork from GoodRx, I got a three month supply for $5. When I was at the pharmacy I heard a couple being told that the same Rx for them was going to cost $1,400, which they did not purchase. When they walked away I approached them and told them about GoodRx.com. My inhaler was going to cost $250 per month because of meeting my new higher deductible. With GoodRx, it is $25 at my same pharmacy.

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!

(Thanks, Joe!)

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Hipsters to the Rescue: How Do YOU Create Routines & Stay Organized?!

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Check out this email I received from Hip2Save reader Samantha –

I’m a busy mom to 5 kiddos – 7 years & under. It’s always hectic around here. I’m trying to create more organization & routine for the New Year to help make everyday life a little less stressful. I was wondering what product(s), tips, & routines your readers have or use that help make a difference in their daily life?!

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