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PFT #62 - Personal Finance Tip of the Week: How to Save Money on Printer Ink Cartridges

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Over the years it has become commonplace for people to own a printer just like with a television or a cell phone.

This is a great convenience and is worth the money as paying for printing service over time is a much more costly affair.

When it comes to maintenance, ink cartridges will need to be replaced or refilled from time-to-time.

With that being said purchasing new cartridges is the most expensive option. Depending on the make and model of the cartridge, they can cost between 200 - 300% more than refilling them.

When choosing this path, the first option is to find a retailer, typically a big box store that has equipment to provide the service to a large set of customers. The beauty here is that this is a clean and easy process.

The second option depending on the retailer, is to subscribe to an ink filling program which is typically offered by original equipment manufactures such as HP or Cannon.

The third option is to refill the cartridges yourself which is equivalent to a small household project.

The first step is to buy the replacement inks which are pervasive on the Internet. Next you'll need to locate the hole that was used to originally fill the ink cartridge or if there is not one present, then a small hole needs to be drilled.

Choosing this path is the most economical; however it can be messy so make sure to follow the instructions from the package or utilize self-help videos.

The beauty in this scenario is that you have three options which allows you to choose the right one that fits and most people save between $50 - $100 per year.

The other benefit is that estimates show that cartridges can withstand 2-6 refills before a new one needs to be purchased and this equates to you saving money and putting less plastic back into the environment.

How to save on printer ink cartridges


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