How To Spend Practically Nothing On Ink

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX House of Brokers

I pride myself on not paying more than I have to for things. In real estate one of the things you can't get away from is using a lot of ink. But I have a system in place that allows me to pay about $1.25 per cartridge.

First get an ebates account at

Then search on the ebates website for ink and a company called www.123inkjets.comwill come up. If you click the link through ebates then you get 16% cash back on your purchase (once a quarter ebates will mail you a check) and you will also see all the current coupons 123inkjets has going. Right now they are offering 15% off plus free shipping on their 100% compatible ink cartridges. I have been using their compatible cartridges for about a year now with no problems so you don't need to buy name brand. I am ordering 3 black cartridges at $3.99 and 4 color cartridges at $4.99. Subtracting the 15% discount I am averaging about $3.87 per cartridge and then if you count my 16% cash back I am earning through ebates I am only paying $3.25 per cartridge.

Lastly Staples will take up to 10 cartridges per month and give you $2 credit for each cartridge in the form of a rewards check you can use in the store or on I then use the rewards check for things I would have purchased anyways. If you don't have a Staples rewards card you can sign up in the store or on  This brings the total I pay for my ink to about $1.25 per cartridge. I also just found out that Office Depot has a similar program called Worklife Rewards and supposedly will pay $3 for any ink cartridge up to 20 cartridges per month and the rewards don't expire for a year but I haven't personally tried taking any in to them yet so I can't say from personal experience. If it is true though I would basically only be paying .25 per cartridge. You can enroll at definitely check the terms though as it looks like they will only give you rewards up to the amount you spend there.

Hopes this helps you have a little more cash to enjoy life!

Comments (7)

Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

OK - I like that price .... and I'm going to follow your lead.  I spend a fortune on "ink" so now I can save one instead.  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 19, 2010 08:07 AM
Jeff Jasinek
Clients First Realty - Peoria, AZ
Realtor-Clients First Realty, LLC

God Bless you Jami, how'd you ever come up with this process?  ;-)

Aug 19, 2010 08:31 AM
The Elise Bickel Team
ReMax Select Realty - Pittsburgh, PA
Leasing, Property Management and Sales

Good price for ink. I'm going to have to check that out.

Aug 19, 2010 08:34 AM
Jami Van Den Bogaert
RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO

Jack and the Weber Team, glad I finally thought of something to write about that would benefit agents everywhere.

Jeff, lots of research. In the past I have been frugal almost to a fault, some things you have to buy name brand like dishwasher soap and marshmellows but ink is not one of them.

Aug 19, 2010 08:41 AM
Arris Robinson

Hey Jami - thanks for the information! I don't know if there is a place like this in Springfield, but in Phoenix there is a place called Cartridge World that will refill your ink cartridges for you at a fraction of the price it costs to buy new ones. They also have neat recylcing programs, too! Check em out at

Sep 14, 2010 06:12 AM
Jami Van Den Bogaert
RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO

Hi Arris, we do have a Cartridge World in Springfield but at least for my particular printer it is still cheaper for me to get them this way. Thanks for the suggestion though as other people may want to check into it,


Sep 14, 2010 06:39 AM
Mario Gattavara
Coldwell Banker Lifestyle Properties - Oroville, CA
(Lake Oroville Area)


Thanks for the idea.

You can also get ink cartridges refilled for under $10.00 at many local stationary stores, Costco, etc. Too bad I don't go by my own thought. I still catch myself buying $40.00+ cartridges on what seems to be a weekly basis.

Sometimes re-setting your ink settings on your PC to fast draft instead of fine, or super fine can help double your cartridge life. Worked for me...


Sep 20, 2010 11:33 AM