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Half-term holidays for schools is once again upon us What about a FREE star chart to help keep the youngsters busy during the holidays When it comes to checking your child’s behaviour there’s really nothing like a reward chart. The daily reward chart keeps a record of your child’s good behaviour and deeds to help keep the day tantrum free. They say that a little bribery can go a long way with children, rewards being one of most useful parenting tools. The child can complete the chart on a daily basis and as they finish each chore they can record it on the Star Chart. Your reward for good behaviour can be a box or bag of fun usually got from the local Pound Shop or simply a Lucky Dip from the same shop!
Some useful tips on how to best run a reward chart*.
1. Try to concentrate on one behaviour at a time.
2. Make sure the behaviour is achievable by the child
3. Chat to the child about the behaviour and work with them.
4. Maybe allow the child to choose the reward – something they will enjoy like a trip somewhere.
5. It’s a good idea to give the child a sticker hone they have achieved a particular task.
6. This is usually suitable for children above the age of 3.
* Theses tips on improving behaviour with Star Charts are suggestions only.
Top Tip: Don’t forget, make sure you use your compatible ink cartridges so you don’t break the bank when printing your FREE Star Chart!
As 2016 kicks in and our thoughts turn on how to save money, one of the forgotten household bills is that of printer ink in Dublin. Many homes across Ireland spend a huge amount on printer ink in Dublin during a typical year, the bigger the household with school going children the bigger the bill for ink. Most families now have two printers on the go with one not being sufficient to satisfy the needs of those at secondary and grammar schools with the printing of projects and assignments.
The first port of call for many people for their ink cartridges in Dublin is the local stationery or ink shop and of course you can expect to pay premium prices for your ink there. With Dublin ink prices being what they are you can expect to pay as much as €60 for a set of original brand printer ink! It’s scandalous of course, considering that this may be more than you paid originally for the printer.
The key to buying the best value printer is to do your research first with regard to the running costs of the printer. This is essentially the cost of the printer ink in Dublin for your printer. Before you make the purchase find out if the printer will accept a compatible version of the printer ink cartridge as this can be where there are massive savings on ink cartridges to be made. Indeed it’s possible to buy some high quality compatible ink cartridges online for as little as €1 each!
There are some brands of printers that are more willing to accept the compatible cartridges than others. For example, it is our experience that Epson, Brother and Canon printers accept the non-original version of the cartridge a lot more readily than HP. Epson are particularly good value and with the ‘small in one’ printer range – printer/copier/scanner – these printers are great value to buy at under €100 and are cheap to run. They are ideal for the home user and the ink cartridges are broken down into four or six cartridge colours. The big advantage with this is the ability to replace a single cartridge at any one time and not have to replace a whole set.
Once you have done your research and bought your printer, where to buy your cartridges is the next important key in the running costs of the printer. Online shopping for your cartridges is by far the best way to find the good value high quality ink cartridges in Dublin as most Irish online suppliers offer low cost delivery within 1 or 2 days to home or the office.
Replacing your printer can be as small or as large, any investment as you like. But, ultimately it should depend on what you need your printer to print and how much it will cost to run. The cost of running the printer means obviously the cost of the inkjet cartridges and typically how much per sheet it will cost. Firstly if you are a home user, that is to say a family with several school-attending children using the printer then the printer is in for a lot of use. Because the printer will be used to print out colour as well as black and white images then a colour inkjet printer will be sufficient. You would do well to pick an all-in-one printer that has additional features as well as being a printer/copier/scanner such as wifi or cloud-print. In fairness, most printers come wifi enabled these days but many people still prefer to connect them via the USB cable. The print speed of these printers is not that fast but considering the option is a high-speed laser toner printer, the cost would not warrant stepping up in cost for the average family.
The running costs of the printer have to be the next and some will say the most important consideration. If the cost of replacing the ink cartridge is going to cost as much as you paid for the printer, which is highly likely given the low cost of some printers on offer on the high street, then it’s time to think again. First of all check if this wonderfully inexpensive printer will accept a non-genuine brand ink cartridge, i.e. a compatible cartridge, if so what is the cost? If you can find an affordable set of compatible ink cartridges for the printer then you have hit the jackpot, but beware, not all new printers will accept the compatibles and some are so new that there is not yet a compatible cartridge available for them yet. The compatible ink cartridges are manufactured by a third-party manufacturer who has been careful enough to replicate the original brand ink cartridge without infringing on the copyright of it.
The quality of the print out from a printer using compatible ink cartridges as opposed to the genuine brand is not noticeable for general-purpose everyday printing. The only time when we think it may be an issue if you are trying to reproduce photo-quality prints that you may wish to sell or keep for many years and are concerned that the print may fade. All in all, the compatible ink cartridge should be a big consideration when purchasing your new printer and any good seller or ink especially online will give you free advice so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help.
As one of HP’s most popular ink cartridges – used in over 50 HP printers, the HP 364 is in big demand across Ireland as a compatible ink cartridge. The high-quality compatible inks offer big savings against the original brand cartridges and come with the high capacity colour cartridges holding 100% more ink than the originals that means up to 100% more printing! The HP 364 ink cartridges come in four colours, black cyan, magenta and yellow and are among a select few cartridges produced by Hp that allow the user to replace individually. Up to now most of the HP printers, some listed below, would have 2 cartridges, one for black ink and one for colour.
|HP Photosmart Plus All In One||HP Photosmart Plus B209||HP Photosmart Plus B209b||HP Photosmart Plus E|
|HP Photosmart Plus E All In One B210b||HP Photosmart Premium Fax||HP Photosmart Premium All In One||HP Photosmart Premium C309|
|HP Photosmart Premium C309h||HP Photosmart Premium C309n||HP Photosmart Premium C310||HP Photosmart Premium E All In One|
|HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309a||HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309c||HP Photosmart Premium Fax E All In One C410b||HP Photosmart B109n Wireless|
|HP Photosmart B109q Wireless||HP Photosmart B110d Wireless||HP Photosmart Cn245b Wireless|
Also, in a step away from past ink cartridge types, the cartridges do not contain a printhead, the printhead is located in the printer. In many previous models the print head was located in the ink cartridge that meant that the cost of the cartridge was more expensive than HP’s competitor cartridges that produced a similar quality print. It also meant that in the past the non-original replacement cartridge could not be reproduced as a compatible but only as a remanufactured cartridge.
This entailed a once original cartridge being taken back to the factory and cleaned, repaired if necessary, refilled with ink, tested and boxed. One advantage to this type of ink cartridge was that each time you inserted the
cartridge you were using a new print head but the expense for the end user was too high and HP have seemed to moved to follow its rival manufacturers in the hope of bringing down the price of the cartridges. The compatible version of the HP364XL ink cartridge with it’s low price, in some cases as low as €2.94 per cartridge, combined with its extra ink has got to be one of the best buys of 2016 for those who own an HP printer.
HP 364 compatible ink cartridges are now available online for as little as €2.94 each, on buying a 16 cartridges pack. High quality compatible HP 364 ink manufactured to the same ISO standards as the original brand inks offer. And, they are big savings for home and business users alike, when compared to any original brand ink . The ink cartridges work especially well for everyday general-purpose printing. they come with greater ink volumes than the original brand cartridges to offer exceptional value. The HP364 ink cartridge comes in two sizes, the standard and XL high capacity version. The high capacity version is by far the better value of the two and is also the most popular. The ink volume of the original brand high capacity colour cartridge is 7ml while the compatible version is a whopping 14.6ml that represents 100% extra!
|HP Officejet 4610||HP Officejet 4620e||HP Officejet 4622e||HP Photosmart C6300|
|HP Photosmart C5380||HP Photosmart 5510e||HP Photosmart 6510||HP Photosmart All In One|
|HP Photosmart B109c||HP Photosmart B109d||HP Photosmart B109q||HP Photosmart B8550|
|HP Photosmart B8553|
All in all, if you combine the great price and the extra ink volume of the cartridges, it really is a no brainer that compatibles are the way forward. All reliable compatible HP ink cartridges are manufactured by third-party suppliers, these suppliers endeavour to achieve the same ISO standard as the original brand suppliers. Every cartridge is manufactured to a very high standard with the intention of giving the user, the reliability and consistency, they would expect from the original brand cartridge. The colour prints obtained from the compatible HP364 ink cartridge is fine for everyday general-purpose printing and will be hard to beat for value. On average, the cost of an online HP364XL black original brand ink cartridge is in the region of €20. With the compatible version available for as little as €2.94 the savings to be made over 12 months are too big to ignore.
All good online suppliers of compatible ink cartridges will stand over any sales with a money-back guarantee and offer a full backup if any issues do arise. It’s worth checking that the supplier will offer this service and give you peace of mind if you have any concerns about switching to compatible cartridges.
Printing a personalised wall planner or calendar for 2016 can be fun when you personalise the artwork. It’s simple enough task to make the wall planner by printing it on your own home or office printer. Start with downloading a template from the internet preferably in Microsoft Word and begin by marking off the important dates such as birthdays or anniversaries (pretty much the same way as you would on a standard calendar. If for example it is a birthday of a loved one or friend, insert a photo of the person for that date and have a visual reminder of the person as well as the date.
Kids will love the idea of having their photo on a wall planner or calendar and will look forward to the important date (usually their birthday) with extra enthusiasm especially when they come to the month of the year that is most important to them. Another suggestion is to have Christmas Day represented with a photo from the previous years visit to Santa’s Grotto, the kids will be madly excited for this to be revealed in pictures!
The size of the wall planner may be determined by the output of your printer. If your printer prints A3 sheets then a wall planner template for that size will be necessary and obviously the printer will print to that size. If your printer is A4 then it will be possible to print two A4 prints and tape them together to make them up to A3 size. Depending on the amount of images that you have in your wall planner, the printer may use a lot of ink but if you are using compatible ink cartridges then the cost to you will be minimal. Most of today’s printers will accept the non-genuine compatible ink cartridges without any real issues and with the cost a fraction of the price of the original brand cartridges all your printing will be very affordable
A nice glossy finish on the paper will further enhance any images on the print whether it’s for a wall planner or a calendar. You can buy the paper, matt or glossy, online or locally and set your printer to print glossy or matt through your printer properties. If you use the correct corresponding setting for the type of paper you are using the quality of the print will be so much better as the printer will distribute the ink according to the paper type.