If you are like most people and print things from your computer, you know how much printer ink can cost. To say it’s outrageous is putting it mildly!
I work at home and so I print a lot of things, not to mention the coupons I print off during the month to save money on groceries when we go shopping.
I would estimate that we were spending close to $200 a year on printer ink. That’s a lot of money, just for ink. What made the amount worse is that the ink never lasted very long. To say I was frustrated is an understatement. I had to print things off for business and I wanted to print my coupons. But I didn’t want to keep paying such a high amount for printer ink cartridges.
We’d even tried the refillable ones in the past, thinking we’d save money on ink that way. It was a disaster! Super messy, and still the ink didn’t last very long.How to Save a Ton of Money on Printer Ink Click To Tweet
Just over a year ago now, I somehow happened upon HP Connected. We’ve been using this service ever since, and it is amazing, to say the least.
So just what is HP Connected and their Instant Ink program and why am I recommending it to you? Oh my, where do I begin? Well, first of all let me tell you that you will need an HP Instant Ink compatible printer. We have this one and it works wonderful, plus it costs less than $100 on Amazon: HP Officejet 4650 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer
You need to sign up with HP Connected and make an account. After signing up, you will want to click on their Instant Ink link on that page. It should show you the amount of pages you can print per month and the price. I have to 100 pages for $4.99 plus tax per month plan. you get rollover pages for up to 100 pages (with this plan) for the pages of that 100 that you don’t use during the month.
Okay, so with tax, the plan I am using for printing now costs me $5.30 for 100 pages a month. You can get a plan that’s less than that if you normally print less than 100 pages a month, or a plan for more if you normally print more than 100 pages a month. $5.30 x 12 months comes out to $63.60 a year on ink. That’s a savings of about #140 a year for us on the cost of ink. AND this ink lasts MUCH longer than the ink we’d been buying at the store, which also happened to be usually the HP ink brand. Why? I have no idea. But it does, which is great.
Oh, and this is a really cool feature that I love – when the ink is starting to run low, before it’s ready to run out, your printer will send a message to HP that you need ink and they will send it to you, FREE of charge!
You’re paying for the amount of pages that you print, NOT for the ink cartridges!
I print close to 100 pages a month, every month, sometimes over that… and in the one year that we’ve had this printer and used this service, we’ve only just today replaced the ink for the second time. It comes with cartridges to start, and we’ve replaced it now two times. That should give you an idea of how much longer this ink lasts.
So, as you can see, if you want to save a ton of money on the cost of printer ink cartridges, this is the very best way to do it. Not only are you saving a load of money on printer ink, you’re savings yourself the cost of the gas to go to the store to buy it because the ink is mailed to you, and you’re saving yourself time and the headache of having to order it because the printer tells HP when the ink is getting low so that it’s automatically shipped. And if that’s not enough, you’re automatically billed each month so all you have to remember to do is make a note of it if you need to.
This printer and printer ink service has been one of my overall best experiences ever! I highly recommend getting the printer (or another HP Instant Ink printer of your choice but this one is the best price and it works wonderfully) and signing up for the service. It will save you a ton of money!