If you have a printer then you will be keen to run it as inexpensively as possible. So many of us waste money on expensive paper, printer ink and maintenance when there are plenty of cheaper alternatives available.

To help you find the best solutions we have shared some great advice on key areas in which you can save money on your printing. You can choose to use one, two or all of these tips and will find that your wallet is far fuller if you do!

Buy Cheaper Paper

Rather than printing your work on expensive, heavy weight paper, it is always a good idea to opt for a cheaper packet for everyday printing instead. You can pick up a cheap ream of paper in your local store and will find that it is more that suitable for the majority of your printing needs. This way, you can keep your expensive paper for times when you need to impress and save cash at the same time!

Print Drafts Instead of Final Copies

When it comes to printing your work, unless it is a final or official copy, we would suggest that you use the draft printing option available. So many people are unaware that they can do this and continue to waste ink when it is not necessary. Draft copies are completely legible but use less ink, meaning that your HP 952 ink cartridge or alternative will last longer, giving you spare cash to enjoy!

Use Replacement Ink

One of the best money saving methods for printers is using compatible ink providers who sell replacement ink at a fraction of the cost of original ink. When you select alternative ink for printer units you do not need to sacrifice quality as long as you go to a provider that has developed the right ink. Smart Ink is one example of a company that specialises in quality ink replacement that costs next to nothing and is better than the branded ink you typically buy. Save your cash, buy alternative ink!

Maintain Your Printer Yourself

Another cost-saving method for you to try includes maintaining your printer yourself. This means that you will need to run the self-cleaning programme that is built into your printer as well as cleaning the external parts with a cloth. We would advise that you wipe your printer down and clean the scanning glass once a month and run the cleaning function every 3 – 6 months depending on how often you use your printer. Maintaining your printer is really simple and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

With so many cost-saving hints and tips, you are sure to find a way to successfully save money and still be able to print as much as you want. We would suggest you try one thing at a time and slowly build up your money saving efforts until you have tried them all; you will not regret it!