Let’s go back to May 2018…
I found myself at Staples in the ink section. I was looking at the sign that told me I was would have to spend $55 to get the new ink that I needed for my printer. Even with a $10 coupon, but that was still a lot of money.
I had been considering the HP Instant Ink program for months. At that time, I was a new VIPKid teacher. I was printing 2D props and collecting things to make my online classroom awesome! I also have a Teachers Pay Teachers store and was spending a lot on ink to print my product samples. I knew that I would have to buy a new printer to take part in the Instant Ink program, but would the savings make it a worthwhile purchase?
On that day, I finally decided to go down the printer aisle and check out the prices of the HP Instant Ink printers*. I found the HP 3830. It was on sale for $39.99! WOW! I was also able to use my coupon. $29.99! Awesome!
I brought it home and set it up the next day. Then, I looked at the different programs to determine which would work best for me.
I learned that I could use a referral code to receive a free month of Instant Ink. I also found a coupon for 3 free months inside of my printer box! Since I wasn’t paying for it, I decided to go with the biggest plan option at the time, that was the 300 page, $9.99 plan. I love the freedom of printing whenever I want and never worrying that I will run out of ink!
Things to Know About HP Instant Ink…
Here are some things to know if you decide that you are considering HP Instant Ink:
- It seems like there is not always the 3 free months in the box that I received, so don’t be too sad if that’s not in your box.
- The printer will come with a very small starter cartridge. This prints about 50 pages. If you are planning to do a lot of printing, make sure that you use up those first 50 pages quickly so that your first “real” cartridge can be shipped. I was disappointed when my cartridge ran out quickly, but my first order of new ones was at my home in about 3 days.
- After your first order, you will never have to wait for another shipment of ink. The printer is online, so it will send a message to HP to let them know to ship the ink well before you need it. Typically, I have 2 colored inks and one black one in waiting at any time.
- With HP Instant Ink, you do not have to wait until all of the color runs out to change your cartridge. If you notice that just one color doesn’t seem to be performing as well as you’d like, you can change your cartridge and that will tell HP that you are ready for another shipment.
The Math and Saving…
100 pages per month is usually more than what I need. So, here is some quick math:
$4.99 (for the 100 pages a month program) * 12 = $59.88 per year
With my old printer I typically had to replace the ink about 3 or 4 times per year. Usually more often with the color and less often with the black ink.
$55 * 3 = $165
$165 – $59.88 = $105.12 in savings!
I hope you will try out HP Instant Ink. If you have already, let me know in the comments.
*It should be noted that not every HP printer is equipped with HP Instant Ink. Check the HP website for the most up to date list of Instant Ink printers.