Monday, August 29, 2016

Print This (That and Everything)

Once about ten years ago, we were going on a field trip to Ellis Island.  During the discussion about the trip, one of my boys said he wouldn't want to live back then because he liked the world in color better.  We'll just gloss over the fact a 13 year old thought the world used to be black and white and get to the point for this post.  We prefer color.  Black and white can be beautiful, especially in film noir movies but color is so much better.  But printing in color costs a small fortune, right?  Nope!

I have put printer ink on Donors Choose (see last week's post) every year.  I won't have to ever do that again. Why, you ask? Because of HP Connected.  How is it possible I just found out about this? Well, it doesn't matter any more because I know now, and so do you.

How does it work, you ask? Ridiculously simple. It may costs a little money up front.  I didn't have an HP printer that was in the program, so I had to buy one.  Mine cost $60, not too bad.  As you add the printer to your computer they ask if you want to join the Instant Ink program.  And yes, you do! There are a few levels to the program. It all depends on your needs. There a low, mid and high level print plan.  I did the 300 color and 300 black and white copies a month plan.  It's only $9.99. For 300 color copies.  If you run out of ink, they'll send you another cartridge.  It takes up to 10 days which may be a bummer but they send it when they see you're running low, so it isn't too bad.

As if that isn't great enough, you can print from your tablet or smart phone.  Oh, and for a crazy Jetsons add on, you can send documents to print to your personal HP email address and it will print out the papers even if you're nowhere near your printer!!!!!!!! Yes, this is amazing. Another bonus? You get 3 months free when you sign up, you, change the plan at any time (high plan for beginning or the year, mid plan for mid year), or cancel at any time.  I can't think,of a single reason why you wouldn't want to join.  No, I'm not getting a kick back, I just want everyone to have a beautiful, colorful classroom, like I do!


  1. I love this idea! I have never heard of HP Connected. This sounds like a great way for me to finally be able to print the color resources I need at home. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I will look into HP Connected. I totally love the story you shared about your student thinking the world was black and white "back then."

    1. I told the story to a friend and he said, well thank god it wasn't as bad as when the world was cave paintings!

  3. We have an HP Printer too! It is so awesome to be able to print via email! Totally a Jetsons moment!

  4. I've used the HP Instant Ink program for more than a year now and am so pleased! HP sends the new cartridges long before my current ones run out so I always have the spares waiting. I selected the 300 monthly copies plan and often have some leftovers at the end of the month. The rollover feature is great for when you have those extra copies you need. When I figured out how many cartridges that I use in a year and what it would've cost purchasing them out right... WOW, talk about a savings!



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