Tips to save you money and frustration when it comes to buying supplies.

By Allegra Muzzillo
Updated January 15, 2009
Lisa Shin
  • Many printers come with starter packs of cartridges and paper, but “the cartridges hold 50 percent of the ink of standard ones,” says Justin Yu, an assistant editor at, a technology site. “And some models include only five sheets of paper.” When you buy your printer, pick up extra supplies.
  • If a company suggests its own brand of paper, follow that advice. “The paper that a manufacturer recommends is usually the best at absorbing its own ink,” says Yu. “Otherwise you might see puddles, unclear lines, or streaking.”