As the song goes, "I worked hard for my money" and ink cartridges for printers are pricey. My newer (to me) model has warned of low ink levels long before the print quality is affected. No reason to change the cartridge until necessary. It's good for a few more copies.
Until it isn't and you're supposed to be at your writing group to share your latest opus. Everyone has seen the blurred lines that result from printing when the ink really has run out. It's not something you can inflict on others; you can't even read it yourself. Yesterday I set my story to print while I washed my face and applied a minimum of make-up.
The print finished and when I came into me "office", the paper had spewed forth onto the floor - unreadable. With my "deadline" looming, I had to replace the ink cartridges. I had new ones on hand but the instructions for the operation were MIA. How hard can it be? First, I couldn't remember where to open the printer to get at the ink. Once it is open, I remove the spent cartridges. No wonder the printer was on sale. If your hands were much bigger than mine, they wouldn't fit into the cramped space. Can I see what I am doing? Nope. I push the new ink in and hoped for the best.
Back to my document, after reloading the paper. If I used the other side of the sheets, that would make up a little for the waste. I try to print one copy and the message pops up to tell me either that there is no ink cartridge or that it is improperly inserted. Nothing to do but open the printer and fiddle with the cartridges. Finally, I click one into place and then the other. Holding my breath, I push print. Haleleujah. Pages spew forth again and I have forgotten to number them. I'll keep the un-numbered copy for myself. I put in numbers and print the other three copies I need.
All-in-all, I save nothing by trying to get every last bit of ink into use. Paper is wasted as blank pages are picked up in the print run. I am almost late and don't have time to grab paper clips to secure the pages. When I relate my struggle with ink, my good friend says, "If you prop the cartridges on their end and let the ink drain, you can get another couple of days from a cartridge." I don't think I'll try it. In fact, I might pick up more ink today to have, just in case.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.