So obviously, since I create a lot of printables, you know I love them! And, if you are are a regular here at the blog, you are most likely printing a lot of printables as well. My biggest struggle over the years has been how much money I spend on ink. I have always tried to buy ink when it’s on sale, but even the sale price is ridiculous. At one point, I tried getting my cartridges refilled, but that turned out to be a hot mess and my printer was not happy!
Not so long ago, I ran across the HP Instant Ink program. The program allows you to print for as low at $.03/ full color page! WHAT?!?!
Here’s how it works. You need to have an HP printer that is compatible with the HP Instant Ink program. To be honest, I had an old HP printer that wasn’t compatible. I figured out what I was spending yearly, and it was ridiculous. The printers themselves are relatively inexpensive. After working with the numbers a bit, I realized it was smarter for me to get a new printer in order to use the HP Instant Ink program, all leading to more savings in the long run! I ended up with the HP OfficeJet Pro 6975, partially swayed by the sale price at Sam’s Club ($79.99!). If they weren’t having a sale, I definitely would have gotten the HP Envy. It’s a great little workhorse printer and perfect for home printing.
Once I had my printer, I simply went online and picked the best plan for me.
There were ink cartridges that came with my printer, so I used those until my cartridges from HP came in the mail. Once I installed the cartridges, the program started to monitor my usage.
What I love:
- CONSISTENT: I know what to expect every month and the plans allows me to roll over the unused print pages. I can even change plans easily!
- CONVENIENT: The ink shows up at my doorstep before I run out–no more running to Staples or even having to place an online order!
- COST SAVING: The price is amazing–much cheaper than buying ink cartridges and there is an affordable plan for everyone
I’ve ditched every way I have tried to be conservative on printing: no more printing in draft mode, no more refilling ink cartridges, no more uploading planner printables to Staples.com to have them print at the copy center for me. Instead, I print without worry! If I was super high-quality color copies, I am sure to use my absolute favorite Hammermill 32lb. Laser Paper (yes, it works great in an inkjet!). I save this for the “special” stuff! If you touch it, you’ll know what I mean!
It’s just that easy! It’s a print-party in my office!