Do you see all the colorful things on Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest and wish you had the budget and the color ink to be able to print them?! Well, I’m here to tell you that you can! My school had zero options for printing in color but I wanted all the pretty things so I researched printers and cheap ink. I’ve been printing in color, on card stock for years with very little out of pocket expenses and I’m here to tell you how you can too!
Once you find the printer you like, type it into a new Amazon search with the word “ink” to find the correct type of ink. Make sure you look at reviews because I have definitely had some mishaps buying generic ink from just anybody. Sometimes the cartridges wouldn’t work. If it’s one per pack I think it’s not so bad considering the price you get them for but more than that is no good. For the printer above there is the ink you can get for around $30 for 12 XL cartridges (prices change frequently on Amazon) with great reviews! I print A LOT and 12 cartridges last me awhile. When you think about one brand name cartridge costing $30 each, this is an amazing deal!
I then like to make sure I have plenty of card stock for all of my printing. If i’m going to be using my color ink, I want to make sure that I am printing it to last. Print on card stock and then laminate so items that students will use and reuse will last longer. I get my card stock on Amazon because that is where I have found it to be the cheapest. here is the kind I buy….the pictured card stock. It is 90 lb thickness and bright white to make my color printing stand out even more! And, you can get 250 sheets for less than $10!
Once you have your supplies, you are ready to start printing! But, before you do you should check and make sure that your settings aren’t wasting any of that precious ink. Go to your control panel or finder and locate the printer and see its settings.
Once you find your printer, click on it to see the different settings that you have. Now every printer is different but for mine, there was a print quality setting and I chose to print everything in the “fast” setting. This setting uses minimal ink but still makes my resources look beautifully colorful. That being said, the option to do this was there when I print it at school but the option is not there at home so if you can’t find it, don’t be alarmed.