Saturday, July 16, 2011

Printer {Linky Party}

Dana from the wonderful A Place to Share is hosting a printer linky party so I thought I'd join in. Here's the printer we have:
It's an HP D1500 or, as I like to refer to it, "the little printer that could". I bought it at Walmart and it has served me well for over two years now. Not going to lie, the main reason we chose it was its price {less than $30} along with the relatively inexpensive cost of ink cartridges that it uses. I believe new black cartridges run around $14 and color cartridges are less than $20. However, I hardly ever buy them new as I get mine refilled at Cartridge World. By bringing in my old cartridges, I never pay over $9 for black cartridges and $12 for color cartridges. I've never had any trouble with their ink refills either.

We actually don't run through them too often at home mainly because I try to do most of my school-related printing in my classroom. My school printer may be a big ol' dinosaur, but I make those cartridges last forever by using a little tip I picked up in one of the teaching interims I did before I got my job. {In fact, I used one black cartridge all year at school, but printed a TON of stuff!}

If you select "print as draft" and choose black ink as much as possible, it will really maximize the life of your ink cartridge. I've never had a problem with the quality although I'm sure you wouldn't want to print photos or something really nice that way. However, it works great for blog printables to run copies from. I rarely ever print anything without selecting those options.

Wow, never thought I'd write that much about a printer or ink. Happy printing, y'all!


  1. Thanks for stopping by! I so love your blog and your scripture under your button!!! I started in K-2 ESE then got moved to 3rd grade for 2 years and loved it and then got moved to 4th last year. I am getting to where I love it...I'm a bad one with change:/ God's in charge though so I go with it:))) I now follow you:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Thanks for linking up! I love the tip on printing as draft - I am definitely going to try that!


  3. Thanks for the draft printing tip. I'm not sure I can do that with a laser printer (that's what I have at school in my room...and I have to use my own ink since we're just suppose to print to the office).


    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  4. Tara - Thanks for the sweet comment. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has changed grades that much in the last few years. It can be tough, but like you said, God is in charge. I've already learned so much from following your awesome blog! :)

  5. Dana - Hope you'll be able to use the draft option. Love the linky party idea and your blog!

    Pat - Hmm, it may not work with a laser printer. :(