HP Instant Ink JUST 99¢ a Month + $10 Sign Up Credit!

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

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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 in the middle of the 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%2 with HP Instant Ink, 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 they sign up for an HP Instant Ink subscription3!

Already signed up? You may be eligible to receive 3 months FREE when you refer a friend! For every friend that signs up, you’ll both receive 3 FREE months!

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 automatically7, 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?

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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 about halfway 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 the new HP Instant Ink to print out some fun activity sheets.

hp instant ink printing declutter printable

Check out why my Hip sidekick Emily loves it so much:

“Before you say, ‘I don’t need a printer’ or ‘I don’t need ink sent to me’, let me tell you I felt the SAME WAY… until I got myself a printer a few months ago. I was annoyed having to pay for prints for random documents and scooped up an HP DeskJet with 9 months of HP Instant Ink and immediately thought, ‘whyyyyy haven’t I gotten one sooner!?’

This has come in handy for printing return labels when I was limited on time, and very very last-minute gift cards for the holidays (especially since so many stores around me were closed). But the best part?! The HP Instant Ink. I would have been in such a pickle if HP didn’t do the work for me by sending out fresh cartridges when my printer’s ink was low. I would have never been timely enough to place the order and the Instant Ink service has saved me from what could have been soooo much frustration.

I’m still under my free trial period for the HP Instant Ink, but even as someone who doesn’t print often, I know I’ll keep using the service once it expires – it’s just too handy! In the meantime, I’m printing off allllll the planning, organization, and decluttering printables I can get my hands on to start the new year off right.”


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!

ink box on printer

Even our readers love their HP Ink subscriptions!

“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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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 (CPP) to print ISO/IEC 24711 pages on most HP, A4 color inkjet cartridge printers and MFPs. Comparative printers are priced at or below the most expensive HP Instant-Ink eligible printer in each country using local currency, as of September 2022. Sale prices not considered for this study. Average CPP per country used to determine percent savings versus CPP for HP Instant Ink. HP Ink Advantage printers, printers sold through contract, and other printers which only use XL cartridges excluded due to non-standard hardware & supplies model. Keypoint Intelligence October 2022 study commissioned by HP. Printers selected by market share in IDC Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker – Final Historical 2022Q2. 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 12.31.2023. 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).

7Automatic Delivery: Printers require direct connection to the Internet for program participation. Internet access sold separately.

8 – Compared 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 27

  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. 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! 🤗💗

  4. 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! 🙌💗

  5. 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! 💞

  6. 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! 💕

  7. 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! 💕

  8. lazondral

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

  9. 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!

  10. ElleS

    I love Instant Ink! Been using it for a year. I highly recommend it!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad to hear how much you enjoy this program, ElleS! Thanks for sharing! 🤗💗

  11. Tiffany

    I have been using Instant Ink for about 3 years now and love it! I rarely remembered to buy ink at the store, or it was sold out, or I just didn’t want to shell out $40 for ink! I love that I don’t have to check if I need ink because it is shipped when I get low. So far, I have never run out and not had the next cartridge ready. This month is the first time since I downgraded my plan (after my kids went back to public school 2 years ago) that I went over my allotted sheets because I printed a bunch of extra stuff for parties and marketing stuff.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Super glad to hear you’ve been loving it these past three years, Tiffany! Thanks so very much for taking the time to share your experience with us! ❤️

  12. hip2trade

    Tempted to try this. One thing I don’t understand is the 10 pages thing. The cartridge won’t run out after 10 pages? It’s confusing whether this is based on pages printed or cartridges low ink? If you pay .99 and print over 10 pages then what happens?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question! If you go over the alloted pages, you can roll over a certain amount or pay for some additional prints for as low as just $1. Plus, if you don’t print at all, the pages you didn’t use are added to your available rollover balance! Hope that helps! 🤗💖

    • amandaa

      No, the ink cartridge is normal size and can last for months/years depending on how much you print. If you print more than your alloted amount per timeframe, you just pay additional for more pages. If you have a credit on your account, the charge will be deducted from the credit.

  13. Sara

    Printing 1500 pages in black ink will cost less than that….

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