With the evolution of home printing over the last decade, printing has now become more easily accessible than ever before. All but gone are the days of paying a print shop to print a simple document. Printing at home can save you time and money. With that being said, ink is still a pricey liquid that can really cut into the college student, or coupon clippers, budget.
There are some smart ways to get the most bang for your buck when printing.
Is your font eating up your ink? If you regularly use Arial, you could potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri, Century Gothic or Times New Roman as your default font. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines, so go light instead of bold for your prints.
Now that you have looked at your font, you may want to look at your default printer preferences. Select economy or draft mode if you are printing a casual note, or restaurant coupon, that does not require top quality, and you can save yourself money on those color inks. If you have a commercial printer, you may also have the option to select duplex printing. Selecting this option allows you to easily print on the front and back of each page, cutting your paper cost in half. 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.
Once you are using the least amount of ink and paper per print, you will want to find the lowest price on replacement ink cartridges. You don’t need to purchase name brand ink cartridges, there are many stores, like Clickinks.com, that sell reliable remanufactured ink cartridges, at half the price.
Most of us aren’t printing our own money, so apply these tips and you too can save more money when printing.