Saving on Paper and Ink in the Studio

Saving on Paper and Ink in the Studio

This post is updated frequently with the newest HP Instant Ink codes… so if you’re thinking about jumping on the HP Instant Ink train, bookmark this post! 🙂 Or if you have your own referral code, share these extra codes with your friends! 

Saving on Ink in Your Studio

Last year I spent over $250 on ink cartridges. (YIKES!)  I needed an option that wasn’t so expensive, so this year I decided to hop on the HP Instant Ink train.

Because I have a large studio I decided to use biggest plan (300 pages for $10 a month), yet in the past 5 months I’ve only spent $26.31 on ink… and I’ve printed over 1500 pages.

Why so many pages? Well, when I did the math it works out to about 22 double sided pages per student… most of it is studio licensed digital sheet music, but also studio policies, calendars, and assignment sheets. Thankfully we’ve saved on paper by printing double sided!


How did I get this so cheap? I got the first 3 months free by using a coupon code and then another month free for using the “friend referral link” like the one I’ve provided here. Yep — I got 4 free months! And you can save a bunch when you sign up too. 

Edit: Codes last updated on 10/23/18: 

  • Get 1 month free by using my referral link. (This will ALWAYS work!) 

    Other codes to try (yes, you can stack them! code availability depends on model of printer): 

Saving on Paper in Your Music Studio

There are so many great music theory worksheets out there nowadays. If you’re looking for a series that incorporates colorful theory worksheets with elementary level pieces, check out Supersonics Plus

Sometimes I’ll print out the sheets for my students to take home, but most of the time I’ll have students complete the theory during lessons right on our iPad.

This really helps us save on paper and ink in the studio!

Here’s a preview of what the theory pages look:

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Preview of a Supersonics Plus Theory Page

Other Great Features:

  • Web-based platforms can be used on iOS and Android tablets
  • Pencil, highlighter, and text options let students get creative
  • “Undo” and “Redo” features help save time
  • The “Trash” button lets you start all over
  • Zoom features make it easy to focus on smaller notes
  • Download function lets you save and print from any device

Oh… and one more thing: you don’t even need a tablet/iPad to use these. The web-based platform lets you access the worksheets direction from any computer. Just open it up in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and you’re ready to go.

More About Using Worksheets on iPads

If you’ve never tried something like before, I’d suggest taking a look at this quick tutorial by Bridey Gibson about one of the ways you can turn any PDF into an interactive worksheet on an iPad. While you’re there, be sure to check out her 3 free worksheets

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P.S. I’m kind of obsessed with cute woodland creatures like squirrels and rabbits… so these are some of my favorite go-to worksheets for beginner piano students. 🙂

How do YOU save on
paper and ink in your studio?

Leave a comment below — I’m always looking for ideas to save money in the studio! Maybe I’ll feature YOUR idea in an upcoming blog post 🙂


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  • by Kerry Drombosky Posted January 18, 2017 11:55 am

    I really need to “gift” my current HP printer to one of my kids and get a new one that’s part of that new plan. Even though I’ve down-sized my studio and only have 21 students, I use a black cartridge every other week!

    Saran Paradis ( who isn’t a member of the Susan Paradis fan club?!) promoted using her worksheets on iPads a few years ago & had a lot of blog posts walking us all through the best apps to use. I owe a lot to Susan! Another way of saving ink& paper is to laminate work sheets and use erasable markers on them. This works particularly well with the youngest students who may not be up to the “undo”, “erase”, “pick a color”, etc. options that are so appealing on the PDF apps.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted January 18, 2017 1:12 pm

      Wow, wow!! That’s a ton of ink. I got my HP on Amazon for pretty cheap. It’s not the world’s greatest printer in terms of printing FULL color pages (some noticeable lines), but it gets the job done. It was $90. You could probably get a much better one for not much more!

  • by Kimberly Posted January 18, 2017 11:34 pm

    I have LOVED the HP instant ink plan. I print color sheets now! I also use clear sheet protectors for theory sheets I print out. I cut up theory books and put them in page protectors, too. My students never seemed to get around to doing their theory books sonI quite buying them. I have lots of sibling groups- 2 sets of 4 siblings. They are here for a while, so between iPad apps and theory sheets in page protectors with wipe off markers, they get lots of extra theory. Saves me money and saves the parents money. It’s also been more effective. Win, win!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted January 18, 2017 11:58 pm

      Fantastic idea about having siblings complete homework while waiting! Page protectors are a piano teacher’s best friend 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • by Emily Posted March 5, 2017 9:16 am

    After going through so much ink, my husband just bought me a HP color laser jet. I am loving it so far!
    I also laminate worksheets, and have students work on those while they are waiting for siblings.
    I lovd the idea of having the worksheets on the iPad…….just haven’t done it yet. I appreciate this post and the link to learn how to do this.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 6, 2017 9:40 am

      You’re welcome, Emily! You’ll love doing the worksheets on your iPad. There are so many apps you can use to open them nowadays.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

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