Print and Prosper – Another way to save money (& a giveaway!)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 11, 2009

Last month I was asked to be a guest at Kodak’s Print and Prosper online blogger event with Laura Rowley, personal finance expert and author. I was pretty happy with my printer at the time, but was intrigued by the very idea that I could save money on ink by using the Kodak ESP 7 All-in-One Printer over my current printer.

Before I committed to attend, and consequently receive a printer to review, I decided to calculate how much money I could save if I were to switch. I was shocked to discover that I would save $135 a year!! (Keep in mind, I print pages for my kiddos for school every single day, so this is well above average. But, WOW!)

I quickly agreed to participate and am so glad I did… I not only love my new printer, but Laura was full of great ideas for cutting costs in every area of the home. I also gleaned so many fab tips from my fellow bloggers, as well. Here are just a few from Laura:

Watch a little closer. Americans pay an average of $60 for cable, but only watch 15 channels, according to the Consumers Union. If you pay for premium cable, call your provider and put the service on “vacation mode.” You’ll still receive basic service but save temporarily on the extras – and get a good sense of whether you miss them. If you don’t, call the cancellation department and say you’re considering eliminating service altogether – this department has the best deals on hand to keep you as a customer.

Rethink your ink. Equip yourself with items that stretch your dollars like Kodak’s All-in-One Inkjet printers, which can save you up to $110 a year on ink.

Go with the low-flow. Water bills can be cut back 25 to 60 percent by replacing showerheads and faucets with low-flow aerating models for $10 to $20 each. Look for a model that’s 2.5 gallons per minute to save on average $200 per year.

A dirty secret. Households spend an average of $1,500 a year on dry cleaning, and 65 percent of those clothes are washable, according to Proctor and Gamble research. Wool, cashmere, silk, rayon, polyester and spandex can all be laundered, saving America $750 a year.

For more great tips on saving money throughout your home visit And, to calculate how much you are overpaying, go to

kodak esp7 all-in-one printer

And still more good news for you :: Kodak and I are so excited to be able to give one of my lucky readers their very own Kodak Ink Jet ESP 7 All-in-One Printer (retail value $199.99)! But that’s not all! Oh, no! There have been over twenty printer giveaways posted across the blogosphere, and the winner of each one will be entered to win a FULL scholarship to BlogHer in Chicago this summer, including overnight accommodations AND travel accommodations, courtesy of Kodak!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Head over and calculate how much you overpaid last year because you were not using the Kodak All-in-One printer and then come back and tell me what you would do with the savings. You must enter by 9pm on Sunday, May 17th.

  • For additional entries you can send a tweet with a link to this giveaway, or leave the link on your blog or Facebook page. You can even grab my button from my sidebar and place it on your sidebar. Be sure to leave me a separate comment with a link to your blog, tweet, or Facebook page.

  • You may also subscribe to my blog feed for yet another entry, and leave me a comment saying you did so. You must remain a subscriber during the entire duration of this giveaway.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email, so make sure you leave a valid email address in your comments. And, remember… If you win this giveaway you will also be in the running for an all-expense paid trip to BlogHer this year!

Good luck and may you “live long and prosper!” Sorry, just couldn’t resist! hehe

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Valerie Gay May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

Left a tweet!

Twitter name: mommyof3valerie

Valerie Gay May 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

…posted a blog and link!

Wendy May 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

I would save over $200 a year! WOW. I need this printer.

Valerie Gay May 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

…subscribed in google reader!

Can you tell I want that printer?!


Valerie Gay May 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Placed your blog button on my blog.

Can you tell I want to go to BlogHer?! :)


terribletype May 13, 2009 at 10:56 am

subscribed via apple mail

Cindi May 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

I would save $132.85 a year! I am a fanatic for making my own greeting cards. There are so many wonderful examples on the internet and I make colored copies of each and every one I adore. This could really save me money. Please count me in…..Thanks, Cindi

Cindi May 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

I am subscribed to your feed via my Google Reader Page!
Again, many thanks…..Cindi

Cindi May 13, 2009 at 11:18 am


daysgoby May 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

I would save $58.09 a year! Hey, that’s a decent size bottle of perfume! Or some nice sandals!

I tweeted about your contest too:

And I’m signing up for your feed!

(SO SO want to go to BlogHer)

Katherine C. May 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I overspent by $117.00! I would probably use the money towards other bills!

Stephanie May 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Wow… I would save nearly $100! I think I would do something fun, like date night. haven’t had one of those in a loooong time!

Stephanie May 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm
The Happy Housewife May 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I tweeted.
Have you entered @youngmommy ‘s Kodak printer giveaway?


Rebecca May 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm

With the extra savings I would love an extra date night!! :) (my printer wasn’t listed, but the average of what I would save would be about $72/year)

Rebecca May 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Update my status on Facebook: Rebecca Dabney-Unfried Have a broken scanner, would love to win this Contest:

Rebecca May 13, 2009 at 10:08 pm

tweeted: rebeccaunfriedRebecca Dabney-Unfried Have a broken scanner, would love to win this Contest @YoungMommy

Fiona May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I would save 171.73??!! With those savings I could totally justify buying a Flip video cam!

Fiona May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm

subscribed to your feed

Fiona May 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Tweeted! (@banteringblonde) Enter Print/Prosper Kodak ESP 7 Printer @youngmommy giveaway!

Amybeth May 14, 2009 at 7:02 am

I would use the savings for my upcoming wedding :)

LittleMissKnowitAll May 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

I recently got my ESP7, so I know just how great these printers are! I’m saving $195 a year by switching to Kodak! And as a coupon queen, that’s a HUGE deal for me!

I’m using that savings by having lunch out with friends once a week. Using that savings and discount restaurant gift certificates, I’m able to have lunch once a week with my friends while the monkeys are in school. And what Mom doesn’t need a little time with the girls? I definitely do!

LittleMissKnowitAll May 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

I tweeted it!

Denise May 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I could have saved $90.91!

Kasey Jensen May 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I would save about $73 a year. I could have a few more date nights with my husband! :)

Kasey Jensen May 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Kasey Jensen May 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I subscribed to your page on my feed list!

Diane S May 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I overpaid by around $185. I could use that for a bit more than hamburger or chicken on the table. Not that there is anything wrong with either but it would be nice to sink your teeth into a real steak once in a while. :)Thank you for the giveaway.

Diane S May 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

i am a subscriber.

Sarah N May 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I would save 141.62!

Sarah N May 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I subscribe.

Cindi @ Moomettesgram's Musings May 14, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Wow! I could have saved $184.52 and used it to reinvest in my blogs! Or maybe, that would have been a lot of mani’s and pedi’s!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindi @ Moomettesgram's Musings May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Subscribed in a Google Reader!

Cindi @ Moomettesgram's Musings May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Liz May 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I would save $220.28 annually! That would add up for a family of 6, and could be put to good use. We would use this money for extra groceries, or stock up on meat to put in our deep freezer.

Liz May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I am a subscriber.

Liz May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm
ShaRhonda May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I would save $141.62! Wow! I really do need a new printer! Thanks!

Kristi R. May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

My savings would be $95.95. If I could use that money, it would go towards my upcoming wedding in August. It would also be nice to win a good printer to do my invitations on! ;)

ShaRhonda May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I tweeted! (I have no idea how to show you the link)

Kristi R. May 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Liz May 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Liz May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm
Brooke May 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I sent out a tweet about this awesome giveaway!

Brooke May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I overpaid by $99.60. That makes me sad!

Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm

OOOOHHH MMMYYY GOSH! I could save $378.85 a year! I believe it too! We homeschool and are always printing, hubby prints stuff off for church, photos here and there and my new love of online print coupons! We cringe everytime we have to buy more ink for our “L” brand machine!

Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I’m an RSS subscriber!

Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I put your cute button on my blog!!! Thanks

Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm
Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I”m following you on twitter as susieqtpie and I just tweeted!

Susieqtpie May 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I just posted the giveaway on my FB page! I’m Susan Chambers Buetow on FB

Kelsey May 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Apparently I would save $57.71 if I switch from using my HP All in one to the Kodak all in 1. This would be PERFECT for me as I’m going to college in August!! I graduate tomorrow..ultimate graduation present as I have been wanting to go to BlogHer forever!!

missy crace May 15, 2009 at 9:42 am


Shanna May 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

i could have saved 110.71. sigh

valmg May 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I’d save $73.81. If I didn’t have to worry about bills and such I’d put it towards a Keurig coffee machine.

valmg May 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I’m subscribed by email

valmg May 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm


Also my last comment should have said subscribed in Google reader. I couldn’t find an email subscribe option.

Carrie T May 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Carrie T May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm
Carrie T May 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I grabbed your button!

Carrie T May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I’m following you on twitter.

Kim @ What's That Smell? May 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

I would have saved $110! I would have actually saved that money because I am hoping to buy a MacBook one day!


(ps…I haven’t been here in ahwile I guess because it looks different and is soooo cute!)

Alaina Frederick May 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Alaina Frederick May 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Also tried to subscribe by email but that option was not there. Added it to my Google Reader- although sadly I never check that. I like my email subscribes :)

Amanda May 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

There are so many things I have learned over the past year from many many bloggers on how to save money.

When it comes to packing my daughter’s lunch, instead of using plastic bags for everything I use lunchtop lunchbox for her. It’s basically perfectly proportioned plastic containers that all fit neatly inside the bento box/lunch box. I also send her to school with a water bottle that she knows to bring home that way she can sue it daily. This right there has saved us a lot of money. No more juice boxes or wasting plastic bags.

Another thing the kids and I have started is growing our own veggies! This not only is a wonderful learning experience for the kids, but they love eating what they helped grow!

We have switched from leaving a light on as a night light, to buying a Mr. Beams light. This little light turns on only when it is dark, and turns off when it gets light again.

We have cut our electric bill by turning down the thermostat and putting on a sweatshirt.

To save gas, I walk the girls to school

To save money and instead of buying fancy store bought gifts, I have the kids make them. Or do their handprints in clay. Family members LOVE them! Also, at Christmas time, I have the girls make all the decorations!

Trust me, my list can go on and on, and I really have all the Mom Bloggers out there to thank! It’s their money saving tips that have helped me and my family save about 300 dollars a month (if not more). This is money we have been able to apply to our children’s college fund!

I have been seeing the new commercials for Kodak’s Print and Prosper campaign, and I have to say the first time I saw it I almost fell out of my chair! Really!! I spend IDK how much money on ink for my printer each year! I do a lot of home printing of the girls pictures and stuff for my blog, and I thought I was saving money printing from home. BUT!!! I wasn’t sure it might save me a few bucks now, but what about next month when I have to shell out 50 dollars on new ink! I am excited about these new printers!

Thank you for sharing the tips from Laura Rowley, I think one of my favorite ones and that we have started doing is eating in. I can’t even begin to tell you how much we save by eating in. Instead of spending 50 dollars going out to dinner, we will apply that 50 dollars to the grocery store!

Haila May 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm

$273?? Good grief, I need to find another printer!

Haila May 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Oh, just realized I forgot to tell you what I’d do with my savings ($273). Probably nice stuff for my 2 boys!!

Carol May 17, 2009 at 6:06 am

I calculate $153.45 and I would surely love to use that money and invest it in a camera to record the doings of our new granddaughter. Thanks for the chance to win this!

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brandy w May 17, 2009 at 7:16 am
brandy w May 17, 2009 at 7:16 am

i am subscribed to your feed through yahoo reader

cassidy engle May 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

i would save $135!! i would use that money to pay extra payments on bills! (having a bay is super expensive!!!)

Lisa May 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

I overpaid by $126.72! I could have gotten a couple of nice pairs of shoes!

Lisa May 17, 2009 at 9:19 am

I’m a subscriber.

Sandra May 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

wow, $163.00 I wasted!

Sandra May 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

follow in my yahoo kibbles286 (at) yahoo

Jen May 17, 2009 at 11:59 am

One hundred fifty seven dollars!! I could go out for a nice dinner several times!

Danetta May 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I’m overpaying $152.41. I would put the extra savings in a savings account for my son so there will be a nice chunk of change for him when he gets older.

Trish S. May 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I could save $81.19 and I don’t even print much. That might be just enough for a nice massage.

Claudia May 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

wow – $159.41 down the drain :0 I would put the extra savings towards next years school uniforms.


leah May 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I overpaid by $237.22. Yikes! I could have bought some nice clothes with that money!

leah May 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I subscribe!

Sylvia May 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I would save $214.80. I think I need a new printer. I could use the extra money to go see my sister

Joye Taylor May 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm

We have been talking about this in my house for awhile…I have to get one..Kudos to Kodak..

Heather R May 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I would save $81.19. I would use that money toward fixing p the playroom for my daughter.

patty May 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I should have waited to buy this Kodak printer. Would have saved $ 233.00 Argh!! Day late and a dollar short.

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