How Can You Use Your Printer Without Being a Millionaire?

Printer ink is not cheap. It costs money. Lots of money, if you are on a limited budget. So how can you use your printer without being a millionaire? It takes discipline both in saving money and watching how much you print. Below you will find some ideas for how to use your printer without breaking your bank account.

  1. Buy ink when it is on sale.
  2. Print only what is necessary to eliminate waste.
  3. Fan your paper before you put it in the paper tray to avoid paper jams and wasteful printing.
  4. If you have your own business or use ink in your office, the ink you use for business purposes is tax deductible. Save your ink receipts and take that deduction! Consult with your tax advisor on how you can take advantage of this tax deduction.
  5. Purchase compatible ink cartridges. It will save you a significant amount of money compared to brand original in cartridges.
  6. In between ink purchases, save a bit each month so you have the money on hand when you need to re-purchase printer ink. For example, if you buy compatible toner cartridges that cost $39.99 and it takes you four months to go through an ink cartridge – save $10 each month. $40 divided by four months equals $10. That isn’t much, is it? Not when you think about it and plan for it. This is where discipline comes in. For those on a limited budget, it may mean you have to give up going to Tim Horton’s once a week to save that money for printer ink. It beats having to charge it or go without though, doesn’t it? If you do not frequent Tim Horton’s, then maybe it is your weekly online movie rental, the fun money you use for online or mobile apps or the extra treats you purchase when you get gas. There is usually a way to tweak your budget to save a bit of money to afford something else. You will just have to take the time to figure out what it is you are willing to give up or go with less of in order to have your printer ink too.

As you can see from the list above, using compatible toner cartridges is a viable way to save money and still use your printer too!

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