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How to save ink when printing?
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Our pod has decided we are going to have a "theme pod". We love the idea of the bright colors and black (most people call it chalkboard). The problem we have discovered is all the ink! Is there a secret to printing out all the black (chalkboard) type items without spending a fortune on ink?


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wondered if you could use black paper. Don't know if colors would print on it or not.

I did find this, which makes no sense to me, but maybe it will to you.

http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/06...-black-or.html

There were a lot of sites when I googled how can I print on black paper. Maybe if you check it out, it will make sense to you.

Hope you succeed.
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The only way I've found to save on ink requires a new printer purchase. I got one of the hp instant ink printers and save a ton on ink.

Other ideas...chalkboard paint. Get some plywood or mdf and paint large pieces to attach to the wall. Use chalk markers on it.

I used black fabric this year. Found it for $3 a yard at hobby lobby but just doing a few boards still cost me nearly $50 in fabric. At least it's reusable.

Good luck!
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Do you have an instant ink printer? Because that is the best! It was cheaper for me to buy a new printer and get 6 months of ink than it was to get new cartridges for my old printer. It's 9.99 a month for 300 pages - color or black. And they just send the ink in the mail when it gets low. Best thing ever!
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The free months negate the cost
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Buying a new hp printer for $70 and signing up for 4 to 6 months free (depending in deals you can find), negate the cost of the printer. That and the savings on your regular ink purchases. I'd say for sure give it a try. I love it!


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When I had to print a lot of stuff, I uploaded everything to UPS Store online. It was ready within a few hours, and it was way cheaper than printing it myself. I made a bunch of 11 x 17 posters in color this year. They were glossy and heavy paper. They were like $1.25 each.
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Instant Ink
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Just wanted to add a vote for a printer that's Instant Ink compatible. My old printer died, so I had to get a new one anyway. You can add all of you "free month codes" and I ended up with 8 months of free printing. I usually print more than the 300 pages level, so I called and talked to an HP rep - turns out there's a "secret" level: 500 pgs/$15 a month. And yep, got the higher rate on the free months. The printer was paid at least four times over just in ink savings.
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I have just a plain old HP printer
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I've never heard of the Instant Printer, I will do a little research. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Printing explanation
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Hi, I follow "Pocketful of Primary" on youtube. She has a great video where she explains the HP printer ink program. Check it out! I am waiting for my current HP printer to die and then I will buy one of the compatible ones. Sounds great!
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