Too often, people only look at the upfront costs of a printer and make a buying decision based on that. But as many of us know, ink is the #1 cost of printing. And even if you obtain a printer very cheaply, you will end up paying a lot of money if you have to replace the cartridge often.

Printer Ink CartridgeThat is why I believe that you should always calculate the cost per page of the cartridges you will be using. It’s easy enough to find out the type of cartridges you will need for any given printer. Once you have that information, you can typically find out how many pages the cartridge will print. Manufacturers typically provide this information, but be aware that the manufacturer’s numbers may not always be 100% accurate.

Next, you can figure out the cost per page by dividing the cost of the cartridge by the number of pages the cartridge is expected to print. So, if a cartridge costs $15 and is expected to print out 300 pages, then the cost per page would be 5 cents per page. ($15/200 = 0.05).

Obviously, you want to select the printer/cartridges that have a lower cost per page. One other thing you can do to bring down printing expenses is purchase you inkjet cartridges from online stores. I like stores like inkfarm, but honestly, there are quite a few reputable ink stores you can select from. Just about any of them will offer printer ink at a discount compared to what you might pay at a regular office store. Do a search on Google for more information on inkfarm discount codes.

The icing on the cake is that you can frequently find coupon codes to get additional deals on inkjet cartridges you purchase from online stores.