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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets

28. May 2013 12:39 by Danielle in clickinks, office supplies, savings  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets {Guest Post}

David Bakke is a small business owner, Internet reseller, and contributor for the popular personal finance blog, Money Crashers.

Whether you're a small business owner with a passion for digital technology or you're simply obsessed with grabbing the latest gadgets for yourself, there is tech temptation at every turn. The iPhone 5 was just released, as was the iPad 4. Just because the next latest and greatest gadget enters the market, however, doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune. In fact, there are ways that you can keep up with cutting edge technology without breaking the bank. Read on for some go-to money-saving tips for gadgets:

1. Purchase Online It's true that one of your best strategies to save on office gadgets is to look online. Use eBay or Amazon to begin with, but if you truly want to save, sign up for email updates from a website such as FatWallet or Slickdeals. That way, you can get an aggregate of all the deals both online and in-store where you can save the most money. Just be sure to factor in the shipping costs so you don't end up spending more money on online purchases than you would in-store.

2. Buy Used Shopping online is great, but take the idea to the next level by checking out used listings when you're shopping Amazon or eBay. You can sometimes uncover a deal where the product may be opened but it is virtually unused. Just because it's listed in the "used" category doesn't mean its tainted goods. It might be an item that was simply unwanted or one with a UPC code removed for a rebate promotion.

3. Track Clearance Sections This can involve a bit of leg work, but if you check out Staples, Office Depot, Office Max and Clickinks on a regular basis, you can find some nice items in their clearance section. These items aren't limited to traditional office supplies – you can even get display model laptops and other devices at significant discounts.

4. Go Without Although abstinence is never fun, sometimes it's best just to wait a while before making your purchase. You're never going to be able to keep up with all of the latest electronic releases, so your best bet may be not to buy new office gadgets at all. At the very least, wait unit the next model is released and you're going to save money by purchasing the previous model.

5. Sell Your Old Gadgets When you do upgrade your smartphone or other office gadget, be sure to sell your unwanted items. Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are typically the best places to make a sale. Be sure you package your items safely and securely and ship them fast as well - you want to avoid getting returns.

Final Thoughts If you find yourself in the position of saving a few hundred dollars on a laptop computer, consider investing that money where it can do your finances the most good. If you don't have an emergency fund in place, start one. Got credit card debt? Get those balances knocked down. It's great to save on office gadgets, but using your savings in a meaningful way is even more important.

What ways can you think of to save on office gadgets?

How to save on printing

We are all trying to save money these days, so here are some of our best tips on how to cut your printing costs in half by taking simple steps like shopping around for the best price, emailing your documents instead of printing them out and using duplex printing.

Don’t spend too much on ink

You can shop around and compare prices on printer ink. You will usually find the best prices, discounts and widest selection on-line. Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are the best price at the highest quality, you will find remanufactured cartridges less than half the price of OEM while performing better than refilled or compatible cartridges.  Clickinks.com is known for low priced remanufactured ink and toner cartridges.

Print in economy mode

Next thing is changing your printing preference; how is this going help me save on my printing cost? By changing your printing preferences to print fit to page, change your current resolution to 300 DPI, change you toner saver on, set to economy mode and change your printing settings to text or even draft instead of photo. Once you have changed your printer preferences then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.

Duplex Printing

If your printer has a duplex option, you can print on both the front and back of paper.  Many office printers even have the option of automatic duplexing.  This will cut your paper costs in half. 

Consider your Font

Switching to Calibri, Times New Roman or another narrow font and not using bold effects also means that you use less ink with each letter you print.  For more information on Ink Saving Fonts, see our earlier blog.

Email your documents

Are you sharing documents with other co workers? Everything doesn’t need to be printed, many times you can send them by email instead of printing them out, saving time, money, ink and the trees. Only print out what you need, for example let’s say that you have a memo or announcement you can just print the document once and then post it up somewhere everyone can see.

When you aim to save money, you end up spending less on ink or toner, putting less strain on your printer so it lasts longer, saving trees and keeping empty ink cartridges out of the environment.

Sealing your envelopes without inducing a tongue full of paper cuts

27. June 2011 09:15 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Use an envelope moistener for only 95¢ and save your tongue

 

Christmas cards, birthday greetings and stacks of bills can really get to you after awhile.

 

But there is an easier way, don’t lick all those envelopes when you can use a neat bottle moistener.  This is no tongue in cheek joke, these bottle moisteners are so inexpensive and make it really, really, easy to seal a stack of envelopes without worrying about where that envelope has been, drying your mouth or cutting yourself.  

Get one for home and another for office, you will never be left in a sticky situation again.

 

·         Envelope moistener with polyurethane sponge.  

·         Eliminates the need to lick envelopes.

·         Distributes moisture evenly without over-wetting.

·         Long-lasting polyurethane sponge.

 

Order this handy envelope moistener today for only 95¢ at Clickinks.com!

 

Top 5 ways to Save at Clickinks.com

1. April 2011 06:00 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
  1. In case you missed our big announcement earlier this month, you can now use eBillme to pay for your orders from Clickinks.com.  eBillme is safe, all you have to do is pay using your bank's online bill pay service.  If you pay your utility bill online, eBillme works the same way.  The best part about eBillme is that you can earn 10% Cash Back with Every Purchase, on top of our other Discounts!
  2. The more ink you buy with ClickInks.com, the more loyalty points you will automatically earn, and the more you save. Every purchase earns loyalty points, you can redeem these points for money off your next purchase, or save them up for a big spend.  Loyalty points can be applied to anything from ink cartridges to starburst candy!
  3. The best known way to save at Clickinks.com is probably our remanufactured cartridges.  Although we do offer OEM cartridges, our own professionally remanufactured cartridges available at up to an 86% savings!
  4. Free Shipping. The gas prices are so high, it is not worth driving around for the best deal anymore.  Place any $30 order and we will ship it free to any street address in the Contiguous US.
  5. Sign up for our exclusive weekly email newsletters or follow us on Facebook. We will provide you with a discount on Day 1, and periodically there after for additional savings.

Earn Cash Back Now at Clickinks.com

15. February 2011 06:00 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

We are excited to introduce a new payment option at Clickinks.com

Have you ever wanted to shop online without a credit card, or worried about identity theft, fraud or debt? And on top of that, would you like to earn money while you shop?

Well you can - if you pay with eBillme when you shop at Clickinks.com. eBillme is a secure cash payment option which allows consumers to shop online without a credit card, and pay cash using online banking.

eBillme is free to use, has no sign-up, and every eBillme purchase includes the same benefits you typically get with premium credit cards, such as free buyer protection, a best price guarantee, and cash back rewards.  And with eBillme, you never need to enter a credit card number.

Simply shop at Clickinks.com, and pay for your purchase at your bank (eBillme is available at  17,000+ financial institutions that offers online bill pay), or at over 75,000 walk-in locations including WalMart, CVS, 7-Eleven and more.

From now until March 31, 2011 - when you shop at Clickinks.com and checkout using eBillme you will earn 10% cash back on every purchase, on top of our already low prices!  And this deal gets sweeter, on Tuesday and Thursday, you can double your cash back, which means your purchases will earn you up to 20% cash back!

So go ahead, shop at Clickinks.com and earn cash back with every order.

Ink Saving Fonts









 

Did you know that different fonts use differing amounts of ink to create the same characters? The examples listed above are all the same size and none of them have been set to bold. It becomes very obvious when you look at the examples side by side. This very text you are reading is in the Times New Roman font. You would potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri as opposed to Broadway or Bauhaus 93. A monetary savings in the thousands could be possible for larger organizations. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay has asked users to switch to Century Gothic for all printed documents. They have also switched their campus wide e-mail to Century Gothic. "The feedback we've gotten so far has been positive…Century Gothic is very readable." The school of 6,500 students was spending about $100,000 per year on ink and toner cartridges.

Recently a popular website tested different fonts for their ink-friendly ways, and Century Gothic and Times New Roman came out on top. Century Gothic uses approximately thirty percent less ink than Arial. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines. A font with ‘light’ or ‘narrow’ in its name generally uses less ink that its ‘bold’ counterpart said Thom Brown, an ink researcher with Hewlett Packard. Additionally, serif fonts, those with short horizontal strokes at the top and bottom of the characters, tend to use thinner lines and therefore less ink than a sans serif counterpart.

Now here is where things get a little confusing and not so cut and dry. While changing fonts may help you use less ink and buy fewer ink cartridges, it’s not necessarily the best decision for the environment. That’s because some fonts that use less ink are also wider. A document that’s approximately one page in length in the Arial font could possibly extend onto a second page when printed with Century Gothic. UW-Green Bay said research suggests that the monetary cost of ink is the main cost of a printout. The environmental cost of the additional paper used when printing with these reduced ink fonts is higher. Maybe the individual characters use less ink, but if you're using more paper, that's not so green, is it?

Other tips for reducing printing costs includes printing in ‘draft mode’ whenever possible and re-use and print on both sides of a piece of paper for those drafts. Always use print preview to eliminate wasting pages on useless text, like unwanted images and copyright lines. The use of an ink saving font is just another technique when you’re trying to consider the environmental impact of your printing habits.

So what is the best way to save on printing costs and help the environment? Simple, buy your ink and toner from http://www.clickinks.com/. The use of remanufactured ink cartridges helps to reduce the number of empty cartridges that are disposed of into landfills. Our high quality, low cost remanufactured cartridges are great for both the environment and your bottom line.