Cash for Cartridges

Ok, so it isn't going to make you as much money as the Cash for Clunkers plan, but it is a lot easier.  What, you ask?  Making cash recycling your old ink and toner cartridges at your local office supply store or online.

Depending on where you live, it can be as easy as dropping the cartridges off at your Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, or regional office supply store.  $3 per cartridge seems to be the going rate, with most stores putting the money onto your rewards club card to be doled out at a later date.

If you don't have a program nearby, look online.  You can google "sell cartridges" or try one of these programs:  Cash4CartridgesUSA,, Advantage Cartridge, and eCycle Group all offer mail service, and they pay the postage.  Prices vary dramatically depending on the type of cartridge being recycled.  Unfortunately, all of them only offer the services to addresses in the continental United States.  If you are overseas, check on the local economy to see if a similar service is offered, or you might have to send them home to a friend or relative to have them recycle them for you.

While it isn't going to finance a vacation, the money sure does help pay for all the office stuff our family uses.  I'm always pleasantly surprised when I get my quarterly gift card with a few dollars on it.  It is more environmentally friendly than throwing them away, and it will help stretch your dollars as well.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.