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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Good Deal

Running a homeschool uses up a lot of paper and a lot of printer ink. We use an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier and we are forever buying ink cartridges.

It never occurred to me that there might be an alternative to this until I saw a homeschool forum posting recommending using a laser printer. Laser printers use toner rather than ink cartridges, and although toner cartridges cost more than ink (about $35 depending on the brand), toner lasts for 3,000 or more pages before it needs to be replaced. (Some laser printers also need to have the drum cartridge replaced, but this lasts for about 25,000 pages.)

I asked my husband to look into it. He is an expert Internet shopper, and within days the UPS man brought a $100 refurbished Brother HL-5250DN to my door. (I can't find this deal anymore, but here is the printer on Amazon for $150--still well below the $250 price for a new one.)

If only we had done this sooner! The printer is fast, better quality than inkjet, and uses only black-and-white so it doesn't constantly waste precious color ink cartridges when we print Internet pages. (You know how all those free worksheets have color in them that isn't necessary.) If you look into this, go with a duplex printer. So many of the things I print (library book lists, for instance) use pages and pages of paper. With the duplex feature it is a breeze to print things on both sides (no more flipping the paper and re-feeding it through).

It's a good deal!

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