Cheapskate’s guide to buying printer ink

printer inkI always seem to run out of printer ink much more quickly than I anticipate. In some ways I’m tempted to stock up on a huge supply, but since printer ink can cost upwards of 30 dollars or more, I hesitate to buy too much at once due to the price tag.

Being cheap, a while back I explored some ways to get ink more cheaply. According to my research, there are two ways to get ink cartridges cheaply on a consistent basis. One is to go to Walmart, where prices in general are low across the board. But if you got to retail stores, even the cheap ones, buying new ink is usually your only option. This isn't necessarily a bad thing if you can get a good price or if you have coupons you can take advantage of.

If you don’t live near a Walmart, your other option is to buy ink online. If you choose the latter option, it’s important to order ahead of time so that you don’t face a situation where you are out of ink and have no backup cartridges.

Online ink stores abound, but choosing the one with the lowest prices can be a bit tricky. The reason for this is that there are online coupons that can give you big discounts. So you can’t just compare one store’s price to anothers, without taking online coupons into account. And a store that offers the best price on a given day may not be the one with the lowest price at some point in the future. A good deal of research and comparison shopping may therefore be necessary in order to find the best deal possible.

One store I do like is Inkfarm, and I've found that they consistently offer low prices on ink, at least for the printer I use (which happens to be an HP Inkjet printer). Regardless of your printer, you’ll find just about every kind of ink cartridge at Inkfarm. In case you were wondering -- Yes, they do offer plenty of online coupon codes, which you can get at

The next time you need ink, head to Walmart or buy them online using Inkfarm coupons, and you will notice that you can save quite a bit by doing either of these things.