FREE $10 Sign Up Credit on HP Instant Ink Subscriptions | Great for Back-to-School & Fall Printables!

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My HP Instant Ink subscription is the savior to our “oh no, we’re almost out of ink!” woes.

printing fall bucket list with hp instant ink

Never run out of ink1 again! 🖨

I don’t use my printer every day, but between necessary forms, shipping labels, and other miscellaneous documents, I do need to print here and there. Plus, our 3 kids are a few weeks into the new school year and we can’t afford to have a “no ink” error pop up the night before a paper is due! 😅 Even though we don’t exhaust our printer, we jumped on a deal a year ago for an HP Instant Ink plan and I can’t rave about it enough!

This plan claims to help save up to 50% on ink2, and they were true to their word! The best part is that I never have to go to the store last minute to restock my ink cartridges (no more last-minute printer ink empty crisis). And if you can scrounge up a buck each month, you’ll be so thrilled to hear the subscriptions start at only 99¢ a month!

If that wasn’t exciting enough, right now, Hip2Save readers can score a $10 credit when you sign up for an HP Instant Ink subscription3!


How do the HP Instant Ink subscription plans work?

HP Instant Ink Subscription Service

The HP Instant Ink service is compatible with 85 different HP printer models, including printers from their most popular series such as HP Envy, HP OfficeJet, and HP DeskJet. So if you’ve already got an HP ink printer that’s less than 4 years old, you’re probably eligible for a plan!

My family has the HP Envy5660, and we were pumped to know ours was compatible. 🙌 The service includes ink or toner, shipping, and recycling4 of our old cartridges. When we found out that we could change plans or cancel the subscription at any time5, our incentive to try got even better. No harm in giving it a shot, right?!

woman holding hp ink

There are a few different plans to choose from. Instead of being based on how much ink we use, they are based on the estimated amount of pages we might print during a month’s time. That means the price doesn’t change if I want to print photos or just in black and white!

The HP ink plans range from 99¢ a month for 10 pages (think prints for package labels, event tickets, or other random one-off prints) up to $24.99 a month for 700 pages (this is for home and small offices 🖨). HP also offers toner plans which range from $1.99 for 50 pages a month to $25.99 for 1,500.

We have never gone over our allotted pages, but if we do, it’s not a big deal. We can roll over6 a certain amount or we can pay for some additional prints for as low as just $1. Plus, if we don’t print at all, the pages we didn’t use are added to our available rollover balance! 👏

Heading out of town for a while? That’s no problem either! There’s a vacation option where you will not get billed for Instant Ink since you won’t be home to take advantage of the service (max 4 months per year).


Best of all, my HP ink cartridges come via SMART delivery! 

hp ink cart

I really appreciate that the HP Instant Ink service includes smart delivery. That means HP checks my printer levels automatically, and I only receive a shipment of ink or toner when my printer indicates I’m running low. This means I don’t even have to remember to order ink when I need it — genius!

In addition to my new ink, the company sends me pre-paid recycling envelopes I can use to dispose of my old cartridges! It really doesn’t get any easier than that. 🙌


Is the HP Instant Ink subscription worth the money?

hp instant ink

Yes! Getting the subscription just makes sense.💡 It’s super convenient that the company keeps track of when my printer ink is low and sends another cartridge to my door before my current one ever runs out1.

As I mentioned, we’re nearly a month into the school year. I used to dread the last-minute trips to the office supply shop when our ink cartridges were running on empty the night before a project needed printing. No more wrangling the kids and rushing to the store before closing time!

Also, I appreciate that HP makes an effort to be sustainable. They utilize recycled content to make their cartridges and opt to use less packaging. I really love that I can send back my old ink cartridges and HP Planet Partners4 will recycle them. It feels good to help out the environment, even in a small way, without much extra effort. 💪🌎

child printing fall bucket list

My family loves it as much as I do!

As you can see, my kids absolutely love using HP Instant Ink to print pretty much anything. Seriously, it was too adorable watching how excited my kiddos got after receiving new HP Instant Ink to print out some fun activity sheets. When we don’t need to use the printer for school and work purposes, we use the ink for cute printable pages like Hip2Save’s very own Fall Bucket List that we plan on getting a head start on!


So what’s the catch…

hp instant ink

To be honest, I tried to find something I don’t like about HP Instant Ink, but I really don’t have anything negative to say about the service!

My family has used it for over a year and we like HP Instant Ink so much that we’ve decided to stick with it! In the past, I was spending around $30 each month on ink. 🤯 In all fairness, I was printing a TON while homeschooling my kids. That’s why for less than $1 a month, this subscription is absolutely worth the money.

If you’ve got an eligible HP printer (or you’re considering buying one) and you want to save big on ink, I think you too will be pleasantly surprised with this service. Right now is the best time to try too since you can get a $10 credit just for signing up3. 💰 There’s practically nothing to lose because, if you aren’t satisfied, you can change plans or cancel at any time5!


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1Based on plan usage, Internet connection to eligible HP printer, valid payment method, email address, and delivery service in your geographic area.

2Based on monthly subscription cost of HP Instant Ink 700-page plan without purchase of additional sets of pages compared to cost per page to print ISO/IEC 24711 pages on most in-class, traditional A4 color inkjet cartridge printers and MFPs priced <$385 AUD, <$420 CAD, <$333 NZD, and <$350 USD using original standard-capacity cartridges. Average CPP per country used to determine percent savings versus CPP for HP Instant Ink. Sale prices not considered for this study. HP Ink Advantage printers and printers which only use XL cartridges excluded due to non-standard hardware & supplies model. Keypoint Intelligence September 2021 study commissioned by HP, based on publicly available information as of August 18, 2021. Printers selected by market share in IDC Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker – Final Historical 2021Q2. For details: www.keypointintelligence.com/HPInstantInk.

3Offer valid only on Instant Ink eligible printers. Requires creation of HP Connected and Instant Ink accounts and acceptance of terms of service at instantink.hpconnected.com/terms. One offer redeemable per printer. Offer valid through 12.31.2022. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. Setup Offer may be combined with other offers; see terms and conditions of the other offer for more details. Requires a valid credit/debit card, an email address, and Internet connection to printer. Unless service is canceled within the promotional period online at hpinstantink.com, a monthly service fee, based on the plan chosen, plus tax and overage fees will be charged to your credit/debit card. Customer will be charged for any overage fees and applicable taxes at the end of each month in the promotional period. See additional offer information available during online sign-up process. For service details, see hpinstantink.com.

4Program availability varies. Original HP cartridge return and recycling is currently available in more than 60 countries, territories, and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America through the HP Planet Partners program. For details, see hp.com/recycle.

5Change or cancel your plan at any time online. If you decide to cancel your HP Instant Ink you can go back to using HP original Standard or XL cartridges. Plan upgrades are effective immediately and the charges will be applied retrospectively or in the next billing cycle, depending on user choice. Plan downgrades and cancellations are effective after the last day of the current billing period. For full details go to hpinstantink.com/terms.

6Rollover allows unused pages in a month to be placed in a rollover account and then applied to pages in excess of your monthly allowance. The rollover account balance is limited to a maximum of two times your monthly service plan pages on Toner plans and three times your monthly service plan pages on Ink plans (Toner example: you can roll over up to 100 pages if you are on the 50-page plan. Ink example: you can roll over up to 300 pages if you are enrolled in a 100-page plan).

7Compared with non-subscription purchase and distribution of the same HP Ink cartridges in stores. Based on a 2020 life cycle assessment (LCA) performed by Four Elements Consulting and commissioned by HP.


About the writer:

Melinda has over 6 years of experience working in the frugal living and lifestyle online space. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Connecticut and paid off over 50k in student loan debt with the help of couponing!


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Comments 31

  1. Carmen

    Highly recommended! I have saved so much money on ink over the past 5 years or so using HP Instant Ink. I love never running out of ink. When I would purchase ink cartridges, they never seemed to last. I can’t say enough good things about HP Instant Ink.

  2. frecklelily

    I have been using Instant Ink for 7+ years. It’s a great program. I have changed our subscription many times and it’s a smooth process. They have an account page to show you how many prints you’ve used, how many rollovers, etc. Be forewarned, if they send you a cartridge and you misplace it, they will not send you a new one (because they know you shouldn’t be out of ink). Also, if you get a damaged cartridge, they will request you sent it back so they can examine it.

    • Justina

      yes! Another long time fan here—you got me curious, I dug into my emails, using Instant Ink or their Page5000 when they had it, for 8+yrs, Yes love it! My ONLY complaint is that I sometimes google for their webpage and get to old pages, don’t think they are scam pages, but usually old pages, my own fault, lol, I need to bookmark it, lol! Got my aunt using them too, we enjoy it, no problems! Oh I do miss where I could print an EXTRA set of coupons dot com printables and greeting cards and word finds and holiday crafts with the touch of a button—even automatic for the coupons, I had them scheduled to auto print each month. But It’s a Fabulous program and I save soooo much more than they Estimate with printing my coupons, I use the 300pg subscription often, had Page5000 for a time, and also switch to 100pg subscription at slow times. ——–ohhhhh MELINDA, add to your post: they also have a PAPER SUBSCRIPTION that you can add to the subsciption, comment me here if I should instagram/facebook in a screenshot of the offer on my subscription page, I’m not seeing it as a bargain for me, but I’ve been watching it for a few mths in case it ever becomes great for our household.

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        SO happy to know that you’re loving the service, Justina. Thanks so much for taking the time to share! 💞

  3. Jodi E.

    I am not a fan of the HP Instant Ink program. I received 6 months free with my printer and then had a $30 credit that I could use after that. Overall it was free ink for a year. I thought that was great until I would get emails telling me I’ve used too many pages and needed to change my plan. I go through printing phases. Some months I print or copy a lot and others not so much. Printing an address on an envelope counts as 1 page. I was on the 100 page/month plan, which was $5.99/month. If I go over 100 pages it is an extra $1 per 10 pages. In a years time, I received one set of cartridges after the set that came with the printer ran out. I did receive statistics that said my average usage was 107 pages per month. Once you stop paying the monthly fee, those cartridges stop working. So my half full cartridge no longer works because I cancelled the subscription. You must also cancel 1 month in advance. There is no immediate cancellation. For my HP printer I can buy the ink for about the same amount I would pay for HP Instant Ink, especially when I go over the number of pages in the plan. I also won’t receive the nasty emails saying I’ve printed too much. If I want to print something I don’t want to have to stress about how many pages I’ve printed during the month.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! So sorry to hear about your experience, Jodi E. Thanks for taking a moment to share your honest review of the service with us. 💕

    • Laura

      Good to know this! I have ODD so I absolutely dislike anyone telling me I can’t do something. This is not something I would like to engage with. I print random things at random times. I don’t ever count pages. So I will stick with a bi-annual run to Office Depot every year. 👍🏼👍🏼

  4. stephanietaylor

    I am signed up for the free plan which is 15 pages a month. I occasionally need extra pages and they are $1 per 10 pages. Works great for us!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Good to know! Thanks for sharing your positive feedback! 🤗💗

  5. Allison

    I love the HP instant ink program. With 4 kids in school, we have phases of printing for school projects and I appreciate never running out or having to make a last minute trip to the store to get ink. I love that we can print in color for the same price as black and white, which helps with school projects. My husband gets the emails about running out of pages, but I actually appreciate them so we know if we should change plans for a month or 2.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Allison! Being able to change plans at any time based on your printing needs is such a nice feature of the service! 🙌💗

  6. TiffMeow

    Love my subscription! I don’t worry about printing anymore. I have the lowest plan and it works perfectly for our family. We have hundreds of roll over pages

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s great! Glad to know the service is working well for your family. Thanks for letting us know! 💞

  7. melanie c

    Yes!! We’ve been doing this for about 6 years and love it! I’m a teacher so I like to print a lot in color and our plan fits this perfectly!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! We sure appreciate you sharing your thoughts, melanie c! 💕

  8. Paula

    It was very confusing and I had to beg them to send me ink! I had to call 3 times before they finally cancelled it

    • Justina

      they automatically send you ink, some people do lose them in their homes though, put them in the same spot every time, they may arrive some time before you really need them, say i print like 100 pgs in a day and the ink gets med-low, they will send out cartridges based on average daily usage and send me new cartridges, but then randomly i may not need them for a month, i put them in the same spot every time, once i had to search around my cart for them because the website told me that i should have them in my home and they were really in my home in the cart, just not the usually spot, you can cancel online so it’s no fuss with having to call them

  9. LauraK

    Do they provide both color and black ink cartridges?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey LauraK! I found this on their site’s FAQ for you – “HP Original Ink black and color cartridges are included in your HP Instant Ink subscription. With an ink plan, go ahead and print in color because color prints are the same price as black and white.” Hoping that is helpful! 💕

  10. siena95

    I’m telling you, the Epson eco tank is a life changer! No cartridge and ink lasts forever! You buy bottles of ink and pour into tank..you can watch the ink level from the viewer and if hardly decreases.

  11. lazondral

    Thank you for this. Have had a subscription for a few years but didn’t know about the vacation option.

  12. michelle-34

    So what if I currently have a cartridge with ink available to use? I don’t want to waste it but seems like if I sign up then I can’t use other cartridge?

    • Justina

      I think you sign up, they mail you new ink, hold onto them,finish out the current cartidges, when you put the new one in the sensors on it feed info thru to the internet to hp and THEN your service starts, but you sign up online to get the cartidges mailed to you, doublecheck the website, but that’s what I remember from gosh 8yrs back

  13. Annyeo

    I was a big fan for years…until I wasn’t. As a small business, it ended up not being worth it for me. Customer service is awful. I guess if you are a super diligent printer, it works. But even if a page has three letters on it, you get charged for one page. Kept having to up my subscription to meet my needs. And others said above, once you cancel, you are immediately unable to use the cartridges you have in the machine. The cancellation is based on your LAST billing cycle. The day before I cancelled, I received brand new cartridges. Can’t use them, and can’t give them away as they don’t just work on any machine with a subscription (I tried with a friend). I would read other reviews online to see all the complaints. I think if you are a casual user, it works great. It’s very convenient to have ink sent to you so you never run out. Again, works great if you watch carefully what you’re printing. For example, you want to print a recipe from online and it has a full page of directions, but the second page is just gobbeldygook from the web page. If you don’t choose “print page 1-1” instead of the default, you’ll get that second page and it will count toward your total. It adds up quicker than you think. As for their support, I complained and got a “here is a copy of your agreement, please read.” lol. They weren’t wrong.

  14. JJ

    I’m an attorney and I bought the printer for some pro bono work. The real fine print gives HP the control to turn off your printer altogether if you don’t use their ink.

    I’d rather just buy my own ink than give them control to turn off a $150+ home printer arbitrarily. If I want to pay per page, I could just go to Office Depot or Staples.

  15. Pamela

    Hello I wonder if I can see the listing of HP printers qualified for this program and My old printer is HP Officejet Pro 8600 so it is not qualified, I am thinking about buy new HP printer soon. Much appreciated and thanks.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Pamela! GREAT question. I was able to reach out to customer service and they shared this link with me of their qualifying printer options. You can scroll down a bit to view the listed printers. Hope this helps!

  16. Kim

    Warning: HP Customer Service is TERRIBLE right now. I think they must be severely understaffed. There is no e-mail option or phone number to call for HP Support. You have to do everything through chat and you will wait literally hours to get anything done IF anyone comes onto chat at all. I currently have a bad ink cartridge that won’t align and there is no way to speak to anyone about it to get a replacement, but Instant Ink is still showing that there is plenty of ink in the cartridge so they won’t automatically send me a new one either. So frustrating.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Kim! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I did find this customer service phone number for HP support, if you’d like to try calling them – (855) 785-2777. The site does say their operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. / Saturday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Hoping this is helpful and you’re able to find out about your cartridge! 💞

      • Kim

        After 2.5 hours on chat (and waiting for almost a full hour with no indication if anything was happening before someone finally came on…) I did finally convince someone to send me a new ink cartridge. Hopefully, that fixes the issue! Thank for you finding a direct phone number! I’m going to save it in my phone for future use! Whenever I clicked the phone support link in the HP website, it said “this service isn’t available right now”, but I guess it just wasn’t available from there? It was definitely during business hours when I tried!

        • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

          Thanks so much for coming back to share the update, Kim! So happy to hear that you have a new replacement cartridge on the way! Hopefully the number is helpful for the future, but also that you don’t need it! 😉🥰

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