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:

MAKE A LIVING FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM
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.

CREATE A HOME (OFFICE) TO CALL YOUR OWN
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.

DON’T FLUSH MONEY DOWN THE TOILET
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.

DON’T GET TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS
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 www.moneyandhappiness.com. And, to calculate how much you are overpaying, go to www.printandprosper.com.

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:
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  • 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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The Happy Housewife May 12, 2009 at 3:01 am

I just blogged about saving money on paper and ink… too funny. I would save almost $300. We homeschool too and my printer is always going. As for the savings I would probably use it to buy more paper and card stock for all our projects!
Toni

Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire May 12, 2009 at 4:35 am

I would save approx $185! That is a lot of ink-but I do print a lot of photo & design work from home

Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire May 12, 2009 at 4:35 am

I subscribed to your feed in Google Reader

Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire May 12, 2009 at 4:36 am
Milly May 12, 2009 at 5:13 am

$135!! That is much more than I thought it would say. I really hope to win it!

Milly May 12, 2009 at 5:14 am

Subscriber!

Melissa Multitasking Mama May 12, 2009 at 5:15 am

I am appalled that I could save $213 and change by switching printers- holy Moses!!

Shellie Blog4Mom @Military_Mom May 12, 2009 at 5:15 am

I subscribed via google reader, now I can keep up on my igoogle home page!

Melissa Multitasking Mama May 12, 2009 at 5:17 am

I follow you in my Google Reader

Shellie Blog4Mom @Military_Mom May 12, 2009 at 5:20 am
Shellie Blog4Mom @Military_Mom May 12, 2009 at 5:23 am
Shellie Blog4Mom @Military_Mom May 12, 2009 at 5:29 am

Linked from my post about the Kodak ESP7

http://blog4mom.com/2009/04/24/win-kodak-esp7/

Alaina Frederick May 12, 2009 at 5:39 am

So I did two different calculations- one for what I actually printed and another for what I would have printed if my printer had affordable ink-

I would have saved $75.68 last year had I had the Kodak Printer. If I printed what I WANTED to print I would have saved….$202.78!!!

I seriously have so many CD’s and SD cards with pictures that just hang out there and would love to have a printing spree!

Alaina Frederick May 12, 2009 at 5:41 am
Alaina Frederick May 12, 2009 at 5:43 am
rachael s May 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

$110.71 – with the savings i would treat myself to a house cleaning i didn’t have to do myself!

tuesday May 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

I cannot believe I would have saved $173.50! That makes me sick.

rachael s May 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

i am a subscriber

rachael s May 12, 2009 at 5:52 am

i tweeted about the contest. http://twitter.com/littlebites

Alaina Frederick May 12, 2009 at 6:27 am
Liz Isenberger May 12, 2009 at 6:36 am

I would have saved $78, but I will soon be printing a lot more pictures as I am getting caught up on my scrap booking so I am sure that would go up big time.

Liz Isenberger May 12, 2009 at 6:39 am

Blogged about the contest!

Liz Isenberger May 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

I now follow you with Google reader!

can you tell I need a new printer!

Carrie Keiser May 12, 2009 at 6:53 am

Wow! nearly $82 a year. I have wanted to look into one of these, but you know when ya have a big family and your stuff still works, it’s hard to rationalize new stuff….. but the savings would be worth it.

Heather May 12, 2009 at 6:57 am

Wow, I don’t print much and it would save me $101 a year. That’s not even counting the fact that I haven’t replaced my ink & have been sending all my photos to the store to print instead! YIKES!

I love that you posted about the cable thing. We gave up cable almost a year ago & either watch the shows we missed online or get the whole season on DVD through Netflix. We don’t miss it & love watching shows without commercials and not having to wait week to week to find out what happens next!

Judy @ Mommy News Blog May 12, 2009 at 7:05 am

I would save $218 if I switched to this printer!! And boy would it make my life easier!! Right now I have to go upstairs anytime I want to print in color or send a fax – this does everything all in one – so I would have it right at my desk – that would save me TIME and MONEY – you can’t beat that!!

Judy @ Mommy News Blog May 12, 2009 at 7:06 am
Judy @ Mommy News Blog May 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

Just tweeted about the give-away: http://twitter.com/MommyNews/status/1773562856

Jill May 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

$156 !!!!

I need to change.

Jill May 12, 2009 at 7:12 am

I subscribe through Reader.

The Happy Housewife May 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

I already subscribe to your blog. :)

Michaela May 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

We would save about $100 a year – that could easily help us get the new camera we want!

Michaela May 12, 2009 at 7:30 am

I subscribed via Google Reader

Carolyn G May 12, 2009 at 7:37 am

I would have saved $258.88 That’s a lot of money. I definitely need one of these!!

Carolyn G May 12, 2009 at 7:37 am
Carolyn G May 12, 2009 at 7:37 am

I subscribe through google reader. THanks.

Jill May 12, 2009 at 7:43 am

Have your button, mccormackspot at blogspot

Michaele May 12, 2009 at 7:45 am

Saw an article about you in my local paper and had to check you out. Glad I did and glad I saw this post as I work at home and need to watch my expenses!

Tabitha "Tabz" Smith May 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

$156.52! Man, that’s a lot of money!

Jingle May 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

I would use that savings to buy extra photo paper so I could print lots of photos!!! I was surprised at the number!

Jingle May 12, 2009 at 8:10 am
Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

I overpaid $112.24… I could have gone shopping at Marshalls for some new summer clothes with that money!

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

Added your button to my sidebar… http://giftfullysimple.blogspot.com/

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 8:20 am

Put a link to this contest on my Facebook page… http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/home.php?filter=app_2309869772

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 8:21 am

Added your feed to my RSS reader

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 8:37 am
Joyce May 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

I would save about $40. I’m having a baby any day/minute now, so I’d probably use it to buy some baby items.

Joyce May 12, 2009 at 8:54 am
Joyce May 12, 2009 at 8:54 am

I’m a subscriber.

Joyce May 12, 2009 at 8:55 am

I have your button.

Aimee May 12, 2009 at 9:45 am

I’d save about $75 a year it told me…that’s a good amount of money to spend on the “extras” in life…like going out to eat with a friend or a hot date with my hubby! I don’t use my printer much because the ink is SOO expensive!

Aimee May 12, 2009 at 9:46 am

I get your feed :)

Liz Mull May 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

$184.52 is what I would save! Wow, I would be able to print a lot more pictures of my adorable kids. And that would make this mommy very happy.

Liz Mull May 12, 2009 at 10:06 am
Liz Mull May 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

I have your button

Angella May 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

I would save 172.72– Man– i could totally put that into savings!

Linda B May 12, 2009 at 10:42 am

I would save $187.00. My ink is sooooo expensive and I print a lot of coupons! I need a new printer so I can print even more.

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 10:50 am
Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 10:57 am
Deb - Mom of 3 Girls May 12, 2009 at 11:07 am

Yikes, $68.57! Wow, what a difference that would make – I would be able to spend it on bills, groceries, etc. Or maybe new shoes. :)

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls May 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

I already subscribe. :)

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 11:15 am
Leighann May 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm

$101.17! Holey Smoley! What I hate is when you shake the cartridge and know there is ink in there, but the printer says you are out and have to replace it.

With $100+ extra dollars a year I would get a manicure every other month. Who says I can’t spend it on myself :)

Leighann May 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I subscribe in google reader. Thanks for the chance to enter!

Lolli May 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I could have saved $73.81. Seriously, I am always so mad about how long (NOT long) my cartridges last. It stinks! I would love to have a printer that used less and cost less!

Lolli May 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Lolli May 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I subscribed via my google reader. Thanks!

brandy w May 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

i would save 184.52 cents amazing. my hubby is a student/teacher, so we print a lot

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm

My other tweet was retweeted… http://twitter.com/HolleyV/status/1776025861

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Laura F May 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Wow, I overpaid $73.81
I’d love to win this printer! [and a trip to BlogHer!!]

Thanks for a great contest :)

Laura F May 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I’ve subscribed to your feed!

Rebecca May 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

i overpaid $46.78! yikes!

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Tami May 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm

$152.05 or more because I print way more photos than documents and I couldn’t change the count to make those higher so I guesstimated. Shocking really!

Nancye Davis May 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm

$135!!!! That is a lot of money!!

Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Courtney Velasquez May 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm
Cheryl May 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm

$145.44!!! And I estimated conservatively! That’s amazing. I also print pages for our homeschool as well as pages for the class I teach at our homeschool co-op.

MaryH May 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Wow! I’d save $71 a year! That extra money could go a long way in a high-interest savings account.

MaryH May 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I’m also a subscriber via Google Reader.

Becky S. May 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I would save $167!!!! That is crazy!

* TONYA * May 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I can’t calculate my savings because they don’t have my Canon MP730 on their list, but I’m sure I could save a heck of a lot :)

* TONYA * May 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm

of course I’m a subscriber :)

Stefanie @ Mommy Musings May 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I would save $182.14!

Stefanie @ Mommy Musings May 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I am a subscriber :)

Cathy B May 13, 2009 at 12:03 am

I would save over $300 I am sure, even though it says at least $227. The scale wouldnt go any more. I print a minimum of 100 sheets for church bulletins weekly and the scale didnt show that, nor the older model printer i have. I could buy the new kodak printer with the savings alone!

Thanks for a great giveaway. This printer, AND the trip to BLOGHER have been on my dream wishlist for months now!!!!

cathy b
project hope 7 at gmail dot com
twitter id: project hop e7

Cathy B May 13, 2009 at 12:04 am

I am a subscriber!

cathy
project hope 7 at gmail dot com

Cathy B May 13, 2009 at 12:08 am

Your button is on my sidebar!
http://insearchofthebest.blogspot.com
cathy b
project hop e7 at gmail dot com

Cathy B May 13, 2009 at 12:23 am

your button is on my sidebar!

cathy b
project hop e7 at gmail dot com

joanna smith May 13, 2009 at 6:48 am

That was a fun exercise! I found out I will save $105.61 a year! That’s pretty substantial and I am sure in actuality I will save more because I am sure I print more than I realize! I would use that savings towards purchasing more eco-friendly products for my family of 5! Everyday I look for ways that I can “Greenify” our home and the products I use for the home and on my family and this money will help me to replace all of our old conventional household cleaning, health and beauty products with healthier organic natural products. It can get expensive so I am right now replacing them on an as needed basis! It would be nice to just go out and slurge on them! Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to enter. I have always loved Kodak products and know they are always going to be state of the art!

joanna smith May 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

I twittered! Here’s a link to my tweet:

http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/1784423772

joanna smith May 13, 2009 at 6:53 am

I am indeed subscribed to your blog feeds through my google reader. Thank you!

joanna smith May 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

I posted about this amazing giveaway on facebook. My username there is Joanna Smith and here’s the link:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535152687&ref=profile

Heather May 13, 2009 at 8:53 am

I subscribed to the blog. Love your tips & tricks.

Stacie Haight Connerty May 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

I would have saved over $221 last year. That is crazy!

Stacie Haight Connerty May 13, 2009 at 10:37 am
Heather May 13, 2009 at 10:41 am
Valerie Gay May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

What a great giveaway!

I overpaid $110.71 last year :(

Valerie

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