Contact Us

Middle School Student Figures Out How to Save the Government Millions of Dollars

If you did a science fair project as a kid, chances are it was something like a potato-powered clock, or a baking soda volcano.  But a 14-year-old from Pittsburgh named Suvir Mirchandani might have actually done something useful.

Suvir found out that printer ink can cost almost twice as much as Chanel Number 5:  $75 per ounce, compared to $38 for the perfume. So for his middle school science fair this year, he decided to analyze the different fonts people use when they print stuff out. And he calculated that if his school district stopped using Times New Roman, and used a slimmer font like Garamond, it could save them $21,000 a year.  Then a group of experts looked at the data and realized that if the federal government did the same, it would save $136 million a year in taxpayer money.  Plus another $234 million if state governments did it.  So, $370 million total.

I have never been very handy.  If I don’t break something or at least drop it, it’s a huge accomplishment.  So that’s why this story is so amazing to me.

The government loves wasting money though, so we’ll see if it happens.  In the meantime, you can do it yourself and save almost 30% on ink every year.

Savingly yours,


Best of KSIS Radio

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSIS VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSIS VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.