Whether you’re homeschooling, participating in remote learning, or tired of dealing with the school printer, you may be asking yourself questions like as,
- Where do I print worksheets when I don’t have a printer?
- Where can teachers print for free (other than at school)?
- Are there any good options for cheap printing for homeschoolers?
Believe it or not, there are places and resources available to help you get all the materials you need for your students or your own children without a printer at very affordable prices.
🎵“Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!” 🎵 (Thank you, Arthur!)
Seriously public libraries have so many resources available including computer and printing services at a low rate for library cardholders.
Most libraries have standard rates of 20 cents or more per page, so if you have more documents and worksheets to print, it may be worth it to look into one of the other bulk options listed. Copy machines are also great library resources when you’re printing multiple copies of the same worksheet or document.
The Homeschool Printing Company
First, The Homeschool Printing Company is an excellent place for cheap printing for homeschoolers and teachers alike. You’ll send in a PDF version of the worksheets or other materials that you want to be printed. They’ll print the worksheets and ship them to you!
Since you’ll place orders in advance, some planning ahead is needed. Materials are shipped via the United States Postal Service, and turnaround times vary depending on workload and season. You’ll be notified of the turnaround time when you place your order.
Bonus, they do more than just print! You can add other add-ons like lamination, binding, and three-hole punching to make your projects exactly like you need them.
Office Supply & Shipping Stores
Office supply stores such as Office Max/Office Depot, Staples, UPS, and FedEx Office offer printing services that range from single sheets to large posters and art prints.
While they usually don’t offer free printing for teachers, be sure to check with your local office supply store for teacher discount programs. These are often extended to homeschool teachers as well!
These stores are usually super convenient because the turnaround time is generally within hours, with the exception of very large projects, and you can easily place your order online from the comfort of your own home.
Some drug or department stores with photo departments also offer printing services. CVS Copy Services rates are similar to libraries at 19 cents per page for one-sided black and white copies. Other services are available. Check with photo departments in stores in your area if you need quick, cheap printing for homeschoolers or teachers.
Alternatives to Printing Worksheets
All of these places and resources are available for your printing needs, but if you have access to digital devices, there are some alternatives to using a printer!
Paperless classrooms are on the rise! By going paperless not only are you helping the environment, but you’re also saving time and money.
Use digital versions of worksheets (most Wife Teacher Mommy resources come in digital versions) and assign them via an online platform such as Canvas, Google Classroom & Microsoft Teams. Plus, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams are free so you’ll automatically save money. There are so many options to run a digital classroom or homeschool!
Are you worried about going paperless? Check out a few of our other blog posts to help walk you through it!
- If you have PDFs that are not interactive or fillable, try Kami to assign digital PDFs.
- Use these tips to use Google Slides on digital platforms other than Google Classroom
- Learn how to use Google Classroom with this Step by Step Guide for Homeschool Parents
Get an Affordable Printer for Your Home
When you add up the costs of printing, it may be worth it to invest in an affordable, simple printer for your homeschool or classroom. Set it up so only you have access to the printer and keep most copies black and white to save on ink.
You can also save money on printer ink by getting a supertank printer that comes with large amounts of ink and cuts down on waste from ink cartridges. Or you can sign up for an HP Instant Ink subscription which ranges in price from $0.99 to $24.99 per month depending on how much you print.