Printer ink is expensive, especially if you buy the name brand product, and you use your printer a lot. If you are trying to save money by printing online coupons, you may find that the cost of paper and ink adds up quickly. How can you cut the cost?
Buy Generic. Unless you need to print high quality photos or important documents, you don’t need name brand ink. Off brands can be purchased for considerably less at places like eBay. Office supply stores also sell their own brand for less.
Purchase in Bulk. The more you buy at a time on eBay, the less the cost. Ink is usually guaranteed for two years, so don’t buy more than you can use up in that time.
Chip or No Chip. You will notice that some ink sold on eBay comes with a chip and some without. If you buy the one without the chip, you have to remove the chip from your old ink cartridge, and attach it to the new cartridge. If you feel comfortable doing this, you can save money by purchasing the cartridges without a chip.
Fill Your Own. Another option is to refill your own cartridges. Kits are sold in many stores which include bottles of ink and needles to use for filling. It’s a messy job, but it does save money.
Store Refills. Some stores such as Walgreens will fill your ink cartridges for you for a reasonable price.