There are many reasons you might want to use a home printer. You may work from home like my husband and occasionally need to print off documents including letters and leaflets. I home educate so am constantly searching for worksheets and other resources. It is so much easier to use them now we have a home printer to hand. There are also occasions when we need to scan things or to print photographs You do have to watch the costs though or it can all get a bit out of hand.
Set a budget for your printer
Before looking online or visiting a store, work out how much you want to spend on a printer. It is all to easy to get over-excited when clever marketing tools and savvy sales people are around. Ensure you actually need the features of a particular printer before letting go of your hard-earned cash.
Consider your Ink Costs
Over the years I have had printers where the printer inks made them really expensive to run. You need to work out how many pages one ink cartridge will actually print. As I always advise on this blog, take time to think before purchasing anything.
Choose the right paper
Paper varies so much from cheap and cheerful to expensive and fancy. If you are marketing yourself as a person via a Curriculum Vitae or your brand via marketing materials, it is worth investing in decent paper. For most other things, supermarket value paper really will suffice.
Print your photos away from home
I prefer to print photos using a high street store or an online retailer rather than doing them at home. For a start, I always find home printing of photos results in a poorer quality and there are such good deals out there on printing in bulk nowadays, it would be daft not to take advantage of them.
Use less ink
I recently discovered that if you go into your printer software settings, you can find something that might be called eco-mode or draft mode. These modes mean you are using less ink per job. Some printers will remind you of this cheaper option when you press print or carry out other print functions. Not every printing job needs to be pristine. Sometimes good enough really is good enough.
These tips will ensure you save money with your home printer. As we know, little savings all add up to a more frugal family life or a higher profit business-wise down the line.