With all the holidays, milestones and vacations, it is easy to amass many digital pictures in a short time. However, one important step, printing the photos, is often overlooked. Ordering photo prints can seem like a minor detail until faced with a full memory card at an inopportune moment. Now is the perfect time to catch up before more holidays, prime photo opportunities, roll around. Free or cheap photo prints are available, if you know where to find them.
Use these tips to find the best price and save money on digital photo prints.
1. New Member Specials
Many online photo print stores offer a bundle of free prints to new members. Although the quantity varies, ordering free prints is a good opportunity to assess the company’s print quality and get a feel for the site. The free picture offer usually has an expiration date based on the sign up date. Read the details and be sure to redeem the offer in time.
2. Drug Store Discounts
Drug stores, including Walgreens and CVS, offer an array of digital photo products. Check the weekly sales ads for coupons and the latest special. Ordering from drug stores is a good option because sample products are on display.
3. Holiday and Seasonal Savings
Major holidays, such as Christmas and Father’s Day, mean discounts on digital photos and gifts. Join the e-mail lists for various print stores to receive notice of the sales. Otherwise, periodically check each website for holiday and seasonal savings.
4. Referral Bonus
Shutterfly, Snapfish and other sites offer free prints for referring new members. This is a great promotion because the existing and new member both receive free digital photo prints.
5. Bonus Offers
Once registered with these websites, look for bonus offers. Shutterfly is generous with member specific bonus offers based on previous purchases.
6. Discount Codes and Rebates
Before ordering prints, search the web for the latest discount codes and rebate offers. Fatwallet.com is an extensive source for both types of savings.
7. Slash the Budget
Save money by sharing photos without purchasing duplicate prints for everyone. Set up a share site and e-mail the link to friends and family members. This will allow them to view pictures and, if they wish, order prints at their own expense.
Take the time to order prints so friends and family can view and enjoy photos of treasured memories.