Did you know that printing at home can save you lots of money? You may have heard that printing at home can be pricey, but is it really? The answer is: it depends on how you print. If you’re printing at home, you can save a surprising amount of money. Here are six ways to save money by printing at home.
1. Print only what you need
The cheapest printer at the supermarket might have the newest technology and perform well, but there’s a good chance it’s overkill for your needs. You may have to cut back on some features to lower your printing costs. For example, maybe you don’t need a monochrome printer. Maybe you only need one color. A lower-end printer might be perfect for you. Consider these options: A color laser printer. These offer faster printing and cheaper ink costs than an inkjet printer. These offer faster printing and cheaper ink costs than an inkjet printer. An inexpensive inkjet printer. These offer comparable print quality and low ink costs. These offer comparable print quality and low ink costs. An inexpensive laser printer. These are also affordable and offer similar print quality.
2. Print double sided
Do you print everything with just the one side? Maybe you don’t. Or maybe you print on just one side. But if you use two sides of paper, you will save some money. Printing on two sides of paper increases your sales and your profit. The best place to buy double sided paper is at the office supply store. They’ll have it for between 50 cents and $1.00 per sheet. If you have to buy it online, it will be around $2.50 per sheet. So if you print on both sides of paper, you’ll save $2.00 for each paper. Plus, if you spend the extra $2.50, you’ll be saving your employer money. 3. Print in color We all have that one photo with the color all wrong. Or we have that image where the colors are not right. Just think, we all make those errors, but it costs money to fix them.
3. Turn off the printer when not in use
When you turn off your printer, you’re just stopping it from printing, not charging it. Set your printer to not print while you’re away. Then, turn it back on later, when you’re ready to print. This will give you an opportunity to set the printer to run while you’re home, and it will never run while you’re out. If you don’t have to print when you’re out, then you can save even more money. That’s all for today. If you have any more tips for saving money by printing at home, share them below!
4. Cut down on ink usage
One of the biggest and most important ways you can save money is by reducing your ink usage. According to Wise Bread, you can cut down on your ink usage by almost half. If you have a top quality printer, this will not be difficult at all. For example, here are two printers, both having the exact same top-of-the-line specifications: This printer uses $350 in ink per year. This printer uses $300 in ink per year. The top-of-the-line specifications for these two printers would be 80% more expensive, making this $300 printer way cheaper in ink than the one that uses $350 per year. Similarly, this printer uses $90 in ink per year. Here is another one: This printer uses $125 in ink per year. Here is another one: This printer uses $85 in ink per year.
5. Choose the right paper stock for your needs
You’re probably familiar with the various grades of paper. You probably know that the more expensive the paper, the better it is. But what you probably don’t know is what makes a good paper. First of all, look for light weight papers. Lighter weight paper means it takes up less room in your printer. It also means it will flow more smoothly. And it will do a better job of printing. Another thing you should look for is a paper stock with special markings. These markings help identify how good the paper is at handling black and white text, black and white photos, and photo images. Many office work items print well on standard-weight paper. But if you print graphic design work or printed photographs, you want the best paper possible for your needs.
6. Make sure you buy a wireless printer
If you’re a “print on demand” (POD) user, the number one thing to keep in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision is the model’s wireless capability. Most POD printers require that you connect your printer to a USB stick. That may not be ideal for those of you who are mobile-centric. If you’re truly going to be printing on the go, make sure that the printer is wireless. Even more importantly, make sure that the printer you’re choosing is a more reasonably priced model than what you can get at a local store. While you can’t tell much from a direct comparison to a comparably-priced model at the local electronics store, most POD printers tend to be a lot more expensive than comparable, non-POD printers. 5. Buy bulk Another way to save money on printing is to buy in bulk.