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What’s your favourite font? Classic Arial? Chunky Impact? Or the darling of the school yard, Comic Sans? Whatever your preferred typeface, we’re here to break some bad news: your beloved font style could be costing you a fortune in excess printing costs.<>


That’s right, you could be paying over the odds for printing simply because of the font you choose. Industry experts reckon font style could cost an extra £10-£50 a year in print overheads – which is a lot, given the already high cost of printing.

Some companies and organisations, such as The University of Wisconsin, have switched their default font to an eco-friendly alternative, in a bid to waste less ink and save more money in the process.

But why do typefaces cost the earth? The logic is simple: chunky, heavy fonts require more ink and toner to reproduce on a sheet of paper, thus driving up ink usage and racking up your print bill. According to this article, an economical font could save around 30% more ink per year; an attractive figure for businesses attempting to curb print costs.

For some print users, the extra cost may be a small price to pay to continue using their cherished Charter Black. For others however, the chance to save even the smallest amount on the cost of printing is worth forgoing that favourite font for.

To help you choose the economical lettering that’s right for you, here’s a list of the top five most cost-effective font styles.

Century Gothic

Slender and curvy; Century Gothic is favoured by many brands thanks to its informal yet sophisticated page appearance. Expect to pay around £28 a year for domestic use and £115 a year for business.


Developed by a Dutch software company, Ecofont features a series of small holes, which are intended to prevent ink wastage. Despite the eco design, you’ll still pay around £28 a year for domestic use and £115 a year for business.

Times New Roman

Used by many a student during their first foray into the world of “serious” fonts, Times New Roman costs around £30 a year for domestic use and £117 a year for business.


Microsoft made Calibri the default font on their eminent Word processor in 2007, and it’s proved popular ever since. Domestic users should expect to pay around £32 a year using Calibri, whilst business users are likely to pay around £125.


Designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft, this sans-serif typeface is a modern font favoured for its legibility. Expect to pay around £40 a year for domestic use and £150 a year for business use.

If you aren’t a fan of any of the above fonts, it’s worth considering the subtle differences between Sans Serif and Serif fonts. Serif fonts – such as Century Gothic, Times New Roman and Calibri – are very narrow, taking up minimal horizontal space. Sans Serif fonts however, tend to be much wider – making them less economical than a Serif typeface.If you’re looking to save money on print costs – plumb for a Serif font.

For more tips, tricks and advice on how to save money on printing costs, be sure to check out the rest of the Toner Giant blog. Alternatively, if you’re looking for affordable ink and toner replacement cartridges, visit our homepage or call us on 0845 365 3605.


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