Reader’s Tips: Printers and Ink!
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Remember the post from a couple of weeks ago entitled “Have You Found Your Favorite Printer?” Well, I have finally read through all 254 comments and compiled what I hope to be a very helpful resource. Although there was not one printer that was consistently mentioned as a favorite, there were many wonderful pieces of advice, tips and more…thanks to everyone who participated! 🙂
Inkjet Versus Laser Printer:
It was VERY clear 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 (according to Hip2Save readers):
Tips (directly from you!) on how to Save Money on Ink and Paper:
* 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.
* Use Garamond font in a small size…it takes less ink than other fonts.
* If you decide to refill your cartridges, get the refill done ASAP. If you wait too long, the remaining ink dries out.
* I refill my own cartridges, which saves a LOT of money. Check out hobbicolors.com. Not that hard once you get the hang of using the syringe.
* There is a trick (found on YouTube) to make your OEM toner stretch longer (usually runs out after 300 sheets or so): Buy the toner on Meritline.com when a multi-pack special is offered (less than $14.99/toner with free shipping). This special is offered regularly along with free shipping. We’ve NEVER EVER had any problems using their non-brand toner. The trick is to order when it is on sale and before you need it as the toner comes from overseas and takes a few weeks to get here.
* 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.
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