As you embark on this crazy couponing adventure, your computer printing costs will inevitably increase as you print coupons. Here are some ways to save money when you print coupons off your computer:
- Set the default setting on your printer to “draft quality” and “black & white” or “grayscale” printing to save ink. You will most likely have to go into the control panel to do this (just Google for your computer’s directions). As long as the coupon scans at the store, you’re good.
- Use recycled paper to print. It’s totally okay to have printing on the other side. Use your own, take home paper from work (make sure it’s okay first. You need a paycheck more than free paper!), or raid some recycling bins!
- Get creative when feeding paper into the printer. If a coupon only prints on the top third of the page, you can fit at least one, if not more, coupons if you feed it in the opposite way or on the opposite side.
- Use the internet to find great deals on ink cartridges. Try our family’s usual site or a new site my husband recently. We can get our ink for as little as $3 for a black & white and a color cartridge with free shipping! We always buy a bunch at one time (sound like stockpiling?). This way we are never in a position where we have to run out to the office supply store and pay full price to print off coupons.
- Buy a used model with cheap ink options off craigslist to print your coupons if your fancy printer’s ink is super-expensive. My Canon Pixma iP2000 is a good option.
- Save your used cartridges and exchanged them for a free ream of paper or take advantage of another store promotion. You can donate them (many schools make money off these).
Do you have any ideas how to save money on printing coupons? Do share!
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