I just recently purchased what would be $120 worth of ink for our printers. After my Ebates cash back, a coupon code, FREE shipping and deciding upon purchasing a cartridge refurb, that total dropped to around $35!
We all need printer ink, especially to print the great coupons!!! It is a requirement to saving money with coupons. Sometimes printing so much makes me wonder if the $1 coupon is really worth it! Luckily for Ebates and saving purchasing cartridge refurbishments, I don't have to consider that as much.
Have you use remanufactured or refurbished cartridges before? I have been purchasing remanufactured cartridges for a few years now. I have found, for my printer, the quality is just the same. And, I don't know if it is me but the remanufacturered cartridge ink lasts me longer than a brand new one.
The only downside to purchasing ink online is the shipping time. The very last set of cartridges I purchased were brand new and from Staples. The cost was around $50! The same two purchased as remanufactured were about $20. Since I didn't have time to wait for the shipping time, I had to suck up the cost and spend more. I firmly believe that planning most purchases will save you in the long run. That's $30 I can't get back!!! And, the cartridges didn't even last as long as my refurb ones did!
I ordered my cartridges through 4inkjets.com. But, I have also ordered from 123inkjets.com. 4inkjets offers 19% cash back at Ebates and 123inkjets offers everyday 16% cash back. The cartridges were $1 more expensive at 123inkjets too.
Another thing worth the mention is these companies also offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantees. If you try these and don't like them, simply return them! I have never had an issue. It is a nice way to try something new if you are nervous about it.
Walgreens has also offered FREE cartridge refills on certain days too. Those have also been great! I have only used the black refill since I typically print in black only. But, with my refilled cartridges, I get both black and color and they work perfect. I always keep at least one old cartridge at home for the Walgreens refill FREEbies (if they come around again).
Don't forget that you if you order from either 4inkjets.com or 123inkjets.com you can ALSO use online coupon codes when you shop through Ebates. So you are saving buying a refurbished model, using coupon codes to get additional savings, AND getting cash back! It's awesome!! Remember, new Ebates members can get a $5 sign-on bonus too! Read all about Ebates and other ways to shop online and earn $$.
Just a few general printing tips I have been following for years. If you are printing coupons, or other non-critical documents. Set you printer to fast draft. For coupons, they really need to scan, but the most critical aspect is the remit to address being legible. So, a draft quality works fine! You can save on ink and it just prints faster.
Also, for large documents, I try to select only the text I really want to print (highlight the text and when printing, hit the “Print Selected Text” button). By doing this, I don't get the ads or other items that I don't necessarily need to have printed. That saves on ink and speeds up the printing.
So, this is just one more way I save as I save (to print coupons). As I mentioned above, buying refurbished cartridges, or even purchasing online to get cash back, does require some planning. I actually always order two refills just so I don't have to order for a while! It's always good to have a backup!
Do you have any tips or suggestions for saving on printer ink?
I purchased all reburbished cartridges: 4 OfficeJet cartridges and 1 Laser Jet cartridge. A brand new Laser Jet cartridge retails for around $75!! And, yeap, my total after all discounts/cash back was around $35! Love it!!