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    Hello all,
    Just wondering (I am a newbie), if it's worth it to invest in a laser printer? I'm finding myself printing more than usual, and in color and with how expensive cartridges are maybe a laser would be a good idea? My Max is only 4, so I'm printing copywork for writing letters, mazes, images from the internet and coloring pages. Just wondering how others manage. We are currently using FIAR, HWT and abcmouse.com.
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    Naz

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    i use a black and white laser and a color inkjet . . . i am not sure if the color lasers are cheaper than teh color inkjets - its really the cost of ink (look up cost per page). but i didnt start homeschooling until 1st grade . . .
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    hi Naz! I don't know if it's worth it to buy one just for this, but we have both a laser (b&w) and a color printer and I really feel I need them both. For b&w pages the laser is better for several reasons -- it's cheaper, the image is much sharper, and water won't smear it. But I love the color printer for, well, everything color.

    I buy my toner and ink cartridges online and it's a lot cheaper for both, so you might want to look into that too.

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    My laser printer is like a second (er, soon to be third) child to me. For high-volume printing, laser toner lasts longer and gives you the sharper, smudge/smear-proof images (as Operetta said).

    Though to save ink on our inkjet printers, I just select the "Quick Print" or "Draft" option in the printer properties tab when I print. They use less ink that way.
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    I'm real cautious about how much I print (My husband has a thing about the "Cost" of ink being more than crude oil per ml.. lol) and I never print in Color. When My Son was working on Letter formation I found that it was relatively inexpensive to purchase a workbook, I even found them at the dollar store. If I did print, I tried to use "page protectors" so he could do the activity more than once.

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    yeah, i'm still surprised when people buy a full curriculum in PDF and then print the WHOLE THING . . its usually cheaper to buy the printed version. Unless you need it for multiple kids. because the printed version they only usually charge you like $10 more or something. But some ppl say they just send it w dh to work to get printed for 'free' . .. .
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    I looked into a laser printer but then when I really thought about it-I don't print as much as I imagined I printed. I think the cost would be worth it if you really do print a lot and do not want to print in color (having two, one color inkjet and one B&W laser) would make sense to me for this.

    I do print a good deal of stuff...I pay for PDFs of Math Mammoth because they need to last through 4 children and I print copywork and things...but I have a hand-me-down printer that is only used for school and grocery lists (I just go ahead and order photo prints) and I use generic ink. I've voided my warranty but I only have to pay roughly $15 a year on ink...also...I use generic paper from Walmart or the cheapest I can find on Amazon.
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