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Saving Money on Paper

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If you look around your house or office you can see the many ways paper is used on a daily basis. This high volume usage can be costly. With some creativity you can devise ways to save money on paper. This is a guide about saving money on paper.
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By 15 found this helpful
February 29, 2008

Here is a great tip that I came up with out of "desperation": I love to peruse craft websites and print out free directions for ones I want to do later. Well, one day I went to print out a couple and found I was out of printer paper. Bummer! But, I found that loose leaf paper worked just as well, plus it has the holes, so now I can put my collection in a 3 ring binder! Now I always print my crafts and recipes on loose leaf paper, cheap and handy!

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March 5, 20095 found this helpful

If you use a lot of paper printing information from the internet, you can save on paper by using the blank side of handouts from work and school.

By Tammy from Udall, KS

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By 6 found this helpful
August 3, 2011

When I make a mistake when I copy something, I cut out the part of the paper that is blank. Any mail I get that has parts that have blank areas, I cut it out. I now have a drawer full of paper that I use for notes, shopping list etc.

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August 24, 20041 found this helpful

Don't throw away computer paper that has been used on one side! My kids love to use this paper for drawing, etc. Also, I use the paper in my computer printer when I print out things like grocery lists, eBay transactions, test print pages, etc. This save a lot of money and trees!

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Tips for saving money on paper. Share your ideas here.

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April 4, 20060 found this helpful

Tips for saving money on printer paper. Post your ideas below!

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April 4, 20060 found this helpful

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Printing Recipes on Recycled Paper
Post by Linda from Bloomington, Illinois
I usually just print recipes, general info, etc. with my computer. I have a small packet of paper that I use for special things. Otherwise I use the backs of anything I can find. I have gotten paper from an agency I volunteered at, that were mistakes of something they printed. I used the backs. I have also used papers I have gotten in the mail or in newspapers. And I have gotten handouts from the library and fliers from a local grocery store that were outdated. Anything is fair game if it is the right size.
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RE: Saving Money on Printer Paper
Post by Karen from Florida
I do not know if this tip has been submitted before.

I recycle all of my junk postal mail paper, that is blank on the back side, to use in my printer. I do not have to buy paper for the printer, a
lthough it is a small thing, every penny counts.

RE: Saving Money on Printer Paper
PATRICIA JACKSON (Guest Post)
I find that when i have to go out and buy new ink cartridges for my printer. I can recycle my old cartridges and get a free pack of 500 sheets of recycled printer paper. This works great for me. As i have to buy ink almost once a month. So, that gives me two free packs of printing paper amonth.
Pin Feed Computer Paper
Post by Ardis
Computer paper is more expensive than it used to be. I have bought all my computer paper at the second hand stores for years. It's the paper that have the feeder holes so you need to tear off the edges. Just grab about a half inch of them at a time, and separate the pages. It usually sells for $2.00 for a large box. At least in my small town.
Reusing Paper
Post by Pat Orton
Keep used paper in the printer and fax machine for general printing and receiving faxes. Fresh paper can be put in if something needs to be printed on new paper.
Print on Both Sides
Post by minymont
Thanks for the tip. Now print recipes on both sides. Also saves space in recipe book.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20060 found this helpful

You will not get free printing paper when buying ink cartridges on line, but I have found terrific buys at 123inkjets.com and no shipping charge for ink cartridges. I pay about one-third of the previous prices. Each person to whom I have recommended them, have been pleased. I order through the phone.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20060 found this helpful

I use 3 ringed note book paper to print out the many recipes I collect. Added feature is that they are ready for a binder.

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April 5, 20060 found this helpful

My husband brought me home a couple of large reams of letterhead from his office that they weren't gonna be using. I use that for printing recipes off the net and I print one on ea side. The letterhead part is just at the very top and bottom and doesn't interfere with what I'm printing. I also use it to print lists and notes and such. I will be sorry when I've used up all this paper and it's getting close but perhaps he'll find me some more! Also, it's a thicker grade of paper so I like it real well for my recipes!

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April 6, 20060 found this helpful

I try to use the back and front of the paper I print on. If I don't print on the back of the paper I give it to my lil one and she can color on the back of it and that saves money. when we are done with both sides of the paper, I put it in the recycle bin so it will get recycled.

Zig

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 3, 20080 found this helpful

To save ink (and paper) I use the smallest font on documents that my eyes can tolerate, reduce the margins to 1/2 inch or 1 inch, and use single spacing whenever possible. I also print on both sides. Sometimes I use loose-leaf paper instead of regular printer paper. If I print some document I later don't need, I reuse the paper by printing on the other side. I've heard you can also save on the cost of ink by buying ink cartridge refill kits for a couple bucks, rather than shelling out a lot of cash for a new cartridge.

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