Ink isn't cheap, but there are a number of things you can do to stretch out the cartridge, including selective printing (only print the best photos), looking for the "Print" tab on websites (to avoid printing ads and other ancillary info) and choosing "Print Preview" (to ensure you like what you see before wasting ink and paper).
In case you missed Digital Crave's 7 easy ways to preserve your printer ink, click here to read and/or share it.
And here's another solution to saving ink: Ecofont is a collection of font styles that are "perforated." Yep, they have little punch holes in the letters, numbers and symbols -- therefore, when printed, can save at least 25 percent of your ink or toner, says the Netherlands-based company.
For example, the Ecofont version of Arial can save 26 percent when compared to the original Arial; this calculation is based on a high-resolution scan after which the pixels have been counted.
It works with popular programs such as Microsoft Word and Outlook, running all versions of Windows beginning with Windows XP. A Mac version is in the works.
Depending on the size of the font you use (such as 8-, 10-, 12-point), these "Ecofonts" are virtually indistinguishable to the naked eye from regular fonts on the computer screen and paper.
Not only does this mean less ink is used, which is better on your wallet, but it could mean less ink cartridges in landfill sites, too.
Costs vary depending on whether you’re a consumer or are buying for a business, but home users can buy a lifetime license for $24.95, which includes unrestricted access to these following fonts: Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Times New Roman and Trebuchet MS.
Small business owners might opt for a 3-computer lifetime license for $54.95, for the same collection of fonts. There’s also a medium business and enterprise package that can be installed on 30+ workstations (including support for network installation) and custom fonts, but you’ll need to contact Ecofont for a quote before you buy.
If you’re curious about how it looks, there is a demo font you can download and try for free.
Here’s a video that explains what Ecofonts are and how they work:
Digital Crave readers, what do you think about this? Great idea if it can save you money and you can't really tell the difference? Or is paying for fonts ridiculous?