Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Deals and Steals - Saving on Printer Ink
If you are an online deal hound like me, you probably print a lot of grocery coupons. I was truly hesitant to do this at first, due to the expense of printer ink. Then I discovered that, as with most things, it is not necessary to pay full price for it!
First, let me say that I have a printer that is pretty easy on the ink. If yours is an ink guzzler, consider a change. Honestly, for the cost of new ink cartridges you can buy a good printer on sale (which will come with fresh ink!). Mine is an HP 3-in-1. I do not know if they are all easy on ink...so do your homework and read reviews before buying.
As for purchasing ink, I have discovered 123Inkjets.com. (Also known as LD Products.) I have purchased from this company several times, at a great price. They are reliable, quick to ship, and offer great deals. I have ordered both new and remanufatured cartridges, and both work great. I base my purchase on the current deals available.
123Inkjets offers a 16% cash back rebate if you shop through Ebates. (See description of Ebates below.) Let me give you an example of a deal that you can get right now.
My computer takes HP 21 cartridges. 123Inkjets' price is $13.99, if you purchase 3 or more you get a bulk discount of $13 each. Right now they have free shipping with a $55 order. So...
5 Cartridges x $13 = $65 shipped
Ebates rebate for this purchase = $10.40
Total Cost = $54.60
Walmart Price = $14.97 x 5 = $74.85 + tax (6%) = $79.34
If you order online, you can get 1% back through Ebates, but you will also have to pay shipping.
123 Inkjets- $54.60
(That's almost like getting 2 free!)
Once you are on 123Inkjets' mailing list, you will receive emails with exclusive deals. Sometimes they offer additional percentages back through Ebates as well.
As will most things, stockpiling printer ink when you can catch a great deal will save you money.
I feel like this post is about as clear as mud...so if you have any questions, please let me know! *she grins sheepishly*
**Ebates is a cash back program for online orders. In less than a year I have earned $190 cash back on purchases through them. Yes it really works! They deposit my savings in my paypal account every few months. If you sign up through the link above, I will receive a $5 bonus to my account. You will receive a $5 bonus whether you use my link or not. If you prefer not to connect through me, simply visit www.ebates.com. If you ever make purchases online, you should be using a reputable cash back site.
**This is an unsolicited review of 123Inkjets. I have not been compensated for this post. My opinions are my own.
**This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life As Mom. Stop by for other money-saving strategies!