Printing all those coupons can really add up when you factor in ink and paper.
Here are a few ways I save on printing:
Print in “Draft” mode. This uses much less ink. If you have a color printer, change your settings to “Grayscale,” too. Printers usually have a larger black ink cartridge than color, and the black cartridge is cheaper.
Print two-sided. Most printers have a setting in the print preferences that will let you print on both sides of a piece of paper. This works great if you’re just printing out information for you. Obviously, if you’re printing coupons, it won’t work.
Ask yourself if you really need to print something. If it’s coupon you are certain to use, or information you know you will refer to later, than print. Otherwise, you have a few options for saving the info you want. You can copy the info and paste it into a Word document. Or you can go to CutePDF, and download some free software that will allow you to create pdf’s of the pages you are interested in saving. This can be helpful for those rebate forms.
Some people insist on refilling their ink cartridges… You can buy refilled ones or buy kits to do it yourself, but I have never done this. I have heard that it can be hard on your printer. Instead, I try to shop around to find the best bargains on manufacturer cartridges. Some office supply stores will give you store credit for bringing in your used cartridges for recycling.