There’s no doubt about it. As individuals are becoming more environmentally-aware, it affects everything around us; including how we use certain kinds of equipment. This would include our printers.

Although, thanks to online technology, we may not need to use them as much as we once did, there do come times when we need to print off documents or brochures or contracts. If there is one thing that they all have in common, it’s that they require ink in order to do so. And, over time, ink can get to be a bit on the pricey side.

So, how can you save a few dollars when it comes to the ink that you use for your printer(s)? We have a few tips that might come in handy:

Get your cartridges refilled. Aside from the fact that purchasing a new ink cartridge every time it runs out of ink can start to get pretty expensive, it’s also not the best thing to do if you are someone who wants to support the “go green movement”. The good news is that there are many places (such as Walgreens, for instance) that will refill them for you for a pretty reasonable fee.

Fill them up yourself. If you’re the “adventurous kind” and you would rather figure out how to fill your ink cartridges up on your own, it’s certainly not an impossible feat. Websites like eHow and WikiHow have step-by-step articles on how to do this for yourself. Or, if you’re more of a visual learner, YouTube has some videos up as well (just make sure to put “how to fill an ink cartridge” in the search field).

Reset your printer. If you’re printing off copies for yourself or for documents that will remain in-house, there’s usually no need to have a “perfectly printed document”. So, why not save some ink by setting your printer to gray scale or draft printing? It doesn’t use as much ink and you’ll still get a very legible copy.

Purchase recycled cartridges. Even if you do make it a point to refill the cartridges that you have, in time, they’re still going to breakdown. When it’s time to get a new one, purchase a remanufactured (which is basically just another word for “recycled”) one. They are good for the environment, plus they also retail for about 30-60 percent less than a new one would cost. You can find some of them at places like, and

Go generic. Have you ever had a time in a grocery store when you were on a serious budget and so you couldn’t purchase brand name foods; you had to go with the generic kinds, instead? When you think back on that experience, how different was the generic choice? Usually not much, right? Well, other than the fact that it was considerably cheaper. In the same vein, this is how you can look at a generic ink cartridge. Printer ink is printer ink. So, as long as the cartridge is compatible with your printer, you are good to go and again, you’ve saved a few dollars by going this route. For some options on compatible printer cartridges, visit and put “compatible printer cartridges” in the search field. Happy shopping.