Guest post: Need to print? It doesn’t need to cost the earth


Many people stick to doing all their printing at work or school to save time and money. It’s not ideal; you’re always under scrutiny, and you might feel bad (or be made to feel bad) for using all that paper and ink. If you’re someone who keeps telling themselves that there’s no point spending all that money on a printer, and you can’t afford to keep it filled with ink, then you might be surprised to learn that you can get into printing at home for much less than you would imagine.

You can buy a printer for as little as £15 from a variety of major retailers, including supermarkets and the massive online department stores. You might think that the old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here, and to an extent that’s true if you’re planning on printing photos, or printing on an industrial scale – but for the everyday needs of most people a cheap printer will do the job. More often than not it’s easy enough to get a standard peripheral made by a well-known and well-respected brand such as HP for this price. Fill it up with cheap printer cartridges that you can buy online, and you can save yourself a lot of hassle for not very much money at all.

Even the cheapest printers usually come with some cartridges too, so you can get to printing straight away. Now it’s possible to buy cheap products like paper from your local supermarket too, it’s easier than ever to own a printer of your own and put your documents on paper at your convenience. Combined with cheap goods from the internet (Toners 4 Less is a great site, for instance), you don’t even have to pay a lot for the privilege.