Sometimes there is no way around it and you need to print something out. Whether it be important documents that need to be signed and posted or promotional material for your business, there are many reasons why printing is justified and necessary, and we’ve created a list of X brilliant ways to save money on your printing costs.
- Invest in a good printer and quality ink
The first piece of advice is to invest in a high-quality printer to ensure that when you do print, it prints correctly and you don’t need to keep printing because of low-quality prints. Investing in a better printer also helps to keep costs down on printer ink as better printers typically have cheaper cartridges such as HP printer ink so is much more cost-effective.
- Black and white printing
Another, slightly obvious tip, is to print in black in white opposed to colour. If your documents are mainly text and you don’t need the images in high quality or colour, then this will significantly reduce your printing costs. Choosing your font carefully will also help to reduce costs as bold or thicker styles will use more ink and thus, cost you more.
- Double-sided printing and reducing margins
Printing on both sides of the paper and reducing margins will also help you save costs. This type of cost-saving is more based around saving you money on buying more paper opposed to the printing itself, but it will certainly still help to save you money and be more environmentally friendly.
- Buy lower quality or recycled paper in bulk
Another cost-saving idea when it comes to paper is by buying recycled or lower quality paper in bulk. Not only will this help the planet by using recycled products, it will also mean that you need to make fewer trips to the shop to keep stocking up on printing supplies so will save you money in the long run.
5. Only print what you need
Again, something that is straightforward and will really help to save you costs from both an ink and paper perspective. When you go to your print settings, it’s possible to only select the pages that you want to print instead of every single page in a document. By only printing the pages you need you will save money and won’t have the extra filing to do of unnecessary pages.
6. Sell old cartridges
Selling old cartridges is another brilliant way that you can save money on printing and help the environment at the same time. You can make up to £1.50 per cartridge depending on the make and model and the postage is free too!
Finally, while we’ve listed many ways to save on your printing costs. The final question that you must ask yourself before you click the print is, is it absolutely necessary? Making sure you are considerate with your printing habits will be the best way to save you money and be more environmentally friendly.