I used to hate (HATE) buying printer ink. It was one of my least favorite expenses – and boy, was it EXPENSIVE! I would search and search for the cheapest place to buy and would oftentimes end up buying a refilled cartridge from eBay.
Although the refilled cartridges were eons cheaper, and they did work with my printer (some printers reject them), the ink did not last long. It ended up costing me more money over time!
One day, I was searching yet again for the cheapest place to buy ink. I’m a lover of printables (I have a whole library for my subscribers you can check out here) and tend to print way more often than I should. 😉 (If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right! Haha.) But my printing habit was costing us way too much money in ink.
During my search, I came across something interesting. I have an HP printer, and I saw this HP Instant Ink program where they claimed you could save up to 50% on printer ink AND get new cartridges shipped to your door automatically when your printer started running low.
I was hooked! Not only did they say I would SAVE MONEY, but I didn’t even have to worry about buying ink ever again, because my printer would tell them when it needed more??
I was actually worried it was too good to be true…. And seeing it was a monthly service, I was even more hesitant. I didn’t want to add another monthly bill to our budget.
But I ended up giving it a try, and I am so glad I did. I’ve been using it well over a year now and have no plans to ever go back. Want to find out more? Check them out here!
Whether you print in black and white or full color, all pages cost the same. This way you can print whatever you need with no penalties and no worries about using too much colored ink! This is my favorite part of the program. I used to be so stingy with my ink usage, never wanting to print in color. Now I don’t care!
Another cool thing is, your printer actually communicates with HP to let them know when you need more ink. You don’t have to do a thing except make sure your printer is online. The ink will ship for free and show up at your door much sooner than you need it, so you never run out of ink. The cartridges are much larger than the cartridges sold in stores, so the ink will last a very long time.
HP Instant Ink has always (to my knowledge) had 3 paid plans to choose from, but they have recently added a 4th plan which is free!
- 15 pages for FREE! Each additional set of 10 pages is $1.
- 50 pages for $2.99/month (plus any applicable tax). This plan includes up to 50 rollover pages (any pages you don’t use in your plan carry over into the next month, up to 50 pages) and if you go over, you get 15 pages for just $1. (and if you don’t use all of the pages, they also count towards your rollover pages! They make sure you actually get what you pay for!)
- 100 pages for $4.99/month. This includes up to 100 rollover pages and if you need extra pages you can get a set of 20 for $1.
- 300 pages for $9.99/month. This includes up to 300 rollover pages and extra page sets are 25 pages/$1.
Additional Program Details
You can change your plan at any time. So, if you enroll in the 50 pages/month plan, but notice you’re printing more than usual that month, you can bump up to the 100 pages/month plan rather than pay for extra sets of pages. Then the next month, if you’re back to your normal printing amount, just bump it back down to the 50 page/month plan. They make it very easy!
You can easily check how many pages you’ve used. Here’s a picture of my home page. (Yes, I print a LOT! Haha.) It updates anytime you log on, and you can also refresh it if needed.
They make it crazy easy to cancel enrollment! I hate it when programs make it ridiculously hard to cancel something. The worst is when you have to call…. blech. HP Instant Ink makes it so easy to cancel with just a click of a button!
You can add more than one printer. If you have multiple printers, you can enroll more than one. Just bear in mind that you will have additional charges for each printer.
Want to try it out yourself for Free?
If you sign up through my referral link, we both will get 1 month of free service! How awesome is that? And when you’re done with the free month, you can always stick to the free plan they now offer, or cancel entirely if you’re not a fan of the program (which I don’t see how that is possible… they make it easy to love!).