As couponers, we all know the value of printer ink. We use it to print coupons, shopping lists, store policies and so much more!  Unfortunately, ink is generally so expensive it can make those great coupons much less of a bargain.

Never fear, there is a fantastic way to make your ink more than pay for itself! Some printers accept compatible ink that can cost less than $1 a cartridge.  Staples and Office Max offer $2 for each empty cartridge you bring in to the store. That makes your ink a moneymaker!  Go ahead and print away! The more you print, the more money you make!

The Right Printer Makes All the Difference

Not all printers take compatible ink, and compatible ink costs vary greatly. Do your research to make sure that your printer can take low-cost compatible ink. A few printers that I know work well with compatible ink that cost less than $1 per cartridge can be found on Amazon. They include:

Cannon: Cannon Pixma MG5220, Cannon ip4600, Cannon ip3600, Cannon Pixma MX700, Cannon Pro9000, Cannon PGI-220, and many others.

Brother: BROTHER MFC-240C 440CN,  MFC 230C 240C 350C 440CN 465CN 3360C 5460CN 5860CN 665CW 685CW 845CW 885CW and others.

I'm sure there are others that also take low-cost compatible ink. Just be sure to check the price of the ink before you buy a printer.

The Fine Print

Both OfficeMax and Staples accept up to 10 empty ink cartridges per month.
Ink cartridges can be purchased anywhere and can be any brand.
In-store credit posts on the first of the month following your purchase. So, if you turned in ink during the month of November, your credit will be available on January 1.
In-store credit can be used to buy anything in the store.

One Possible Scenario from Amazon

Buy two five-packs of U.S. Patent Canon PGI-225 BK CLI-226 BK C M Y compatible ink cartridges (with CHIPS!) for Canon PIXMA iX6520, iP4820, MG5120, MG5220, MG8120, MG6120 printers for $4.12 each with free two-day shipping.

Spend $8.24 ($0.82 per ink cartridge).

Return 10 cartridges to Staples for $20.

Total: $11.76 Moneymaker!

Turn Your Rewards Into Cash

To make this deal even more exciting, use your in-store credit to buy items that have a mail-in or easy rebate. By doing this you turn your in-store credit into cash!

For Example:

Buy two five-packs of U.S. Patent Canon PGI-225 BK CLI-226 BK C M Y compatible ink cartridges (with CHIPS!) for Canon PIXMA iX6520, iP4820, MG5120, MG5220, MG8120, MG6120 printers for $4.12 each with free two-day shipping.

Spend: $8.24 ($0.82 per ink cartridge).

Return: 10 cartridges to Staples for $20.

Use your $20 credit to buy two packs of paper ($9.99 each with $9.99 Easy Rebate)

Spend: $19.98.

Receive a check for $19.98 that you can spend on anything anywhere!

This makes the ink and the paper an $11.76 Moneymaker!

So get out there and print all the coupons you want and never worry again about wasting ink! Your ink is no longer a drain. It’s a moneymaker!

This has been a guest post by Heather from Eagle, ID
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