Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #142!
Is your printer about to make you broke on ink?
One thing about homeschoolers: because most of us are living on a single paycheck (or a series of cobbled together streams of income…) most of us are always looking for ways to save money.
OK, truth-be-told, these days most everybody is looking for ways to save money, so homeschoolers don’t really corner the market on this one, am I right?!
And even though quite a bit of our lessons are digital downloads these days, I still find myself using up those ink cartridges…and spending a small fortune replacing them. (Just go ahead and ask my kids how I react when they tell me they need to print out a PICTURE… I’ll be honest, folks, it’s not pretty!)
So you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to try out HP’s new program HPInstantInk.
How HPInstantInk works
Well, first of all, and even though it seems obvious, let me just point out that you need to have an HP printer. And the printer needs to be connected to the internet, so there’s that. Now, if you’re still on board with those two parts, keep on reading!
What HPInstantInk IS…
HPInstantInk is an ink cartridge replacement service. When your ink levels are getting low, your printer automatically signals HP, and a new cartridge is promptly delivered. No more running out of ink as your kids print out an English paper last minute, or your hubby needs an updated copy of his resume ready to go! No more waiting for sales, or saving that coupon only to find out it’s expired when you go to use it!
Even with the small monthly fee, which varies depending on your plan, and the monthly page limit, HP estimates that you can save in the vicinity of 50% on ink with their service! The page limit is just a benchmark of ink usage; and on slow months, when you have pages left over, just like those cell minutes of old…they roll over, too! Conveniently, the dashboard that is set up when you open an account keeps track of everything, so you don’t have to worry about one. more. thing.
…and what it isn’t!
So you’re really not paying for the cartridges themselves, but for the pages. This totally works in your favor, tho, because you can go ahead and print anything from a resume or school paper – both of which are light on ink, and very low on color – to a photograph or ink-and-color-heavy image! (Go ahead, kids, hit “Print!”)
And you won’t have to worry about those $$$ signs swimming in front of your eyes as the pages emerge anymore!
Now if this interests you, or you know someone else who might benefit from trying it out (I mean, seriously, what do you have to lose?), ordering through this link and using promo code 3MONTHS at checkout can snag you 3 free months added on to your account! (Offer good through 5/22/17.)
You will have to check with them and see if your printer qualifies, but you can get started with that process using the link above, too.
Even with the many ways we’ve written about to save money around the house, it makes me smile to be able to add yet another…
What other ways do you save $$ in your home/homeschool? Please share with us all in the comments!
Now, on to our features!
Good tips here! I remember these days…
Okay mamas! You have done the hardest job of all. You delivered a precious baby after carrying for 10 whole months. You’ve endured morning sickness, night sweats, and heartburn. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep, a shower, or a good meal in DAYS! You have put all of your energy into taking care of this brand new baby.
So, how can you support your husband as a new dad when you feel like you are hardly getting by?
You might be surprised by some of the answers I got from some new dads. In fact, the number one response I got is something that might even help YOU out. So here we go, ten ways to support your husband as a new dad.
Even if this is your first year of homeschooling, I think you’re gonna find a bit of truth ringing in this post…at least, if you’ve being honest 😉
We have almost two years of homeschooling under our belt now. No matter how hard I try I still fail to keep and everyday routine. Something happens, usually my own fault, that we get off schedule.
You’re sure to enjoy this one from Elizabeth…as always!
There are a few things I can’t imagine needing another one of…ever.
Mugs, for instance. Hot chocolate, hot tea, life-sustaining coffee-flavored creamer: I have vessels for all of these. All at once. With several in the dishwasher, awaiting a run cycle. Even if we have guests.
I’m also good to go on lice outbreaks, having done three. (Which was four too many.)
And decorative scarves. For every mood, outfit, meteorological condition, and neckline, I. Am. Set.
On the other hand, here are a few things I’ve always got room in my kitchen or closet or desk drawer or life for.
Also worth featuring, although there is no picture available, is Why Your Happiness Matters, by Heather at Devotions for Moms. A worthwhile reminder…
Thank you all so much for your inspiration and timely words…
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