If you want to save money on ink, consider buying an HP printer and using the HP Instant Ink Program. Read on to learn more.
I use my Canon printer every single week, which means I use quite a bit of ink regularly. Because of this, there is almost a constant pop-up on the bottom right of my computer screen that says “Ink levels low” every time I print something new. I ignore it until it’s so low that my printer refuses to print with it.
No joke, right now three of the six ink levels have a large red X over them and one more has a large yellow exclamation point. They are mainly my colored ink cartridges, which means we’re stuck printing everything in black and white, preferably in draft mode.
So, any cute printables I may download from various bloggers or websites or create myself are printed in a lovely grayscale in order to save money on ink.
While we try to stay stocked on ink, and buy ink in bulk, sometimes we run out when we need it. We used to be close to a Staples, and I loved taking advantage of their ink recycle program to save money on our ink purchases, but the closest one isn’t that close, so we have a huge bag of empty ink cartridges waiting to be recycled.
We used to be close to a Staples, our preferred office supply store, and loved taking advantage of their ink recycling program to save money on ink purchases, but the closest one isn’t that close, so we have a huge bag of empty ink cartridges waiting to be recycled sitting in our desk.
I really wish that when we replaced our 7-year-old printer at the end of last year, that we knew about the HP Instant Ink program. Unfortunately, I only heard about it a couple weeks ago. It sounds so amazing though that I knew I had to write about it and share it with all of my readers.
As a work-from-home, homeschooling mom, with a church calling, who likes to print things from home, I am certain we’d save a lot of money, never have to worry about running out of ink, and print in color all we want, if I had an HP Instant Ink eligible printer!
Let me tell you why I think this ink program sounds amazing, especially if you print often (or want to).
HP Instant Ink Program Overview
HP has created several printers that communicate with HP headquarters which automatically tells them when your ink is running low, sends you an extra, extra large ink refill cartridge at no cost, supplies a prepaid envelope for you to mail back your old cartridges to be recycled, without you having to do a thing. You simply pay a low monthly subscription cost, which can be canceled anytime.
Really. That’s it.
But, here are some more details about how it works:
1. Buy an HP Instant Ink Eligible Printer
In order to use this service you have to have an HP printer that is on the following list (click on the blue underlined ones for more details about those printers):
If you don’t have one on this list, you really should consider buying an HP Instant Ink Ready printer. The price point range from about $50 on the low end to over $200 on the high end. And the savings on ink will more than make up for the cost of buying a new printer.
2. Select an Instant Ink Plan
There are three Instant Ink Program plans: The Occasional Printing Plan, the Moderate Printing Plan, and the Frequent Printing Plan. Each plan is month-to-month with zero annual fees, zero shipping costs, and can be changed or canceled at any time, at no charge. Each plan is charged based upon the number of pages you print, not how much ink you use. And, bonus: unused pages can roll over (up to a certain allotment)!
The great thing about this is that you can use as much color or black ink as you want on our allotted printed pages plan. That means it could be 50 full-color PDF pages or 5×7 photos and you would still only pay $2.99 that month! Talk about huge savings for anyone who loves to print in color or print their own photos from home!
If you go over your allotted number of pages each month (and your total number of printed pages is easy to track on your HP Instant Ink Account Dashboard online, by the way), they only charge you $1 for every 25 pages.
3. Home Delivery
Your printer will do all the work of ordering new ink cartridges for you. There is no running out to the store for more ink at the last minute because the printer signals to HP that your cartridge is low and simply ships a new cartridge to your door at no additional cost aside from your Instant Ink subscription plan’s monthly cost. Shipping is free, and they include a prepaid envelope for your old cartridge so they can recycle it.
HP Instant Ink Program is currently available in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
5. Instant Ink Program Savings
Ink cartridges are expensive. Really expensive. A combo pack of ink for my current Canon MG 7520 Printer is $47.67 on Amazon right now. I’d say we’d easily go through two boxes in a year, and it doesn’t include the gray individual tank which costs an additional $12.99, which we use at least two of in a year. That works out to $121.32/year for ink (minus any taxes and shipping or fees), or about $10.11/month, which is equivalent to the HP Instant Ink Program’s 300 pages/month plan. We, however, do not print 300 pages a month (or ~10 pages a day)! My printer’s ink cartridges are small and don’t hold a lot of ink, and we are often forced to print in grayscale in order to save money on ink, because colored ink is always the first to go.
Plus, keep in mind that the HP Instant Ink cartridges are BIGGER than the XL HP ink cartridges you can buy in store or online! Some people say their ink from HP Instant Ink lasts over a year, some as long as two years.
HP boasts that you can expect yearly savings of $96 on the occasionally printing plan, $204 on the moderate printing plan, and $672 on the frequent printing plan. And I believe that’s pretty accurate, assuming you do print often, using up most if not all of your allotted pages each month on your plan.
Plus, HP offers a referral program! So, after you sign up yourself, you can refer the service to an unlimited number of friends by sharing your unique referral link. You and then will both receive a free month of service when you do! (Yeah for more savings and for helping a friend save on ink too!)
Okay, here’s a video overview of the HP Instant Ink Program again, in case you need it:
Doesn’t this sound A-MAZ-ING?! I love saving money, hate running to the store, and would love to not think twice about printing in color! Maybe with this service, I’d even finally start printing off (and displaying) pictures of my kids more around home (our 18 month old has yet to make an appearance). Or scrapbooking! Okay, maybe I’m getting a tad carried away with that last idea. But, you get my point.
Now I just need to decide which HP Instant Ink Enable Printer to get (and find someone to take our current one off our hands).
Are you as excited about the HP Instant Program as I am? How often do you print things at home?