I was getting very disappointed and frustrated when I noticed that my printer/fax machine was using too much ink, and if the ink tank would run low, I would have to replace it to receive a good copy. In order to save on the costs, I then decided to do the following:
One might want to then ask themselves if they actually need to have an actual copy of a document, versus saving it to your computer. If you don't want the advertisements on a web page, use the "block" feature on your keyboard and copy/past the information and create a new document (i.e., use Microsoft Word). I have saved money, time, and gas by not purchasing extra ink tanks. I now enjoy having my printer/fax machine because I can afford it.
By Leti from Ventura, CA
Tips and advice for saving money on ink cartridges for your printer. Post your ideas.
Local Costco no longer carries Ims-Ink refill kits. Last one I bought cost $20. The 240ml is 3 bottles of Black @ 80ml/bottle. I refill a Brother MFC3420C and have never had any difficulty with refills. I previously have refilled Epson and Lexmark ink-jets.
This Bother is my favorite. I use the copy and scanner frequently. Refill is the only way to go. It saves you a fortune.
Does your computer printer use a lot of ink? Mine does, even when I go in and change the printer to fast draft before printing and gray scale only. You may want to consider changing the font setting to cut ink consumption. Ecofont, a Dutch company, has developed a set of fonts that uses 15 percent less ink by essentially leaving small holes in printed letters. The Ecofont website allows you to download an ink-saving font. Ecofont ink-sparing fonts include Times New Roman, Calibri and Franklin Gothic Medium. I hope you like this tip as much as I do!
Source: AARP news letter
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
Switch your printer font to Century Gothic. It uses less ink than other fonts.
Source: Women's World
By lynda (crabby) from Kearny NJ
I hadn't really thought about the difference in the fonts and how much ink or toner they use. I don't print much, but for those who do, this is a great tip! Thanks, Linda.
I have used both fast draft and gray scale. Finally I decided to choose a less black color with your document's choice of ink color. Choose one that is a little blacker than gray and you will save even more ink! Most people (unless they have poor eyesight) will be able to read the text even with the color change. Try it - you just might like it!