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12 Ways to Get Cheap Photo Prints

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Looking for the best online photo printing deals? If you love to order prints online but hate paying full price, check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints!

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Get Cheap Photo Prints

Reader Kara wrote in with this great question:

“Hello, I was wondering what is the least expensive way to print pictures? I used to wait until Shutterfly did their free prints deals but last time I did that it seemed that their shipping fees had gone up. Any other suggestions?”

How to Get Cheap Photo Prints

I know many of you are probably like Kara and on the hunt for the best online photo printing deals!

So I decided to take this question to the readers on our Facebook page to see what their best tips were (thank you to those of you who commented!). They came up with a lot of great suggestions, but these were the top companies!

Before you go to order prints online, be sure to check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints:

1. Shutterfly

While shipping costs have gone up slightly over the years, Shutterfly is still a go-to option for cheap photo prints because of the amount of coupon codes they offer on a regular basis.

In fact, Shutterfly regularly offers free print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 50 free prints and select free products when they sign up. Shutterfly also has prepaid print plans that can give you photos for just 9 cents each.

Shutterfly Photo Prints

To keep shipping costs lower, try ordering 95 prints when a free print deal is going on. The shipping fees can be up to $4 less by simply decreasing your order by a few prints.

Or, consider doing in-store pickup instead. During the checkout process, click the “1-Hour Pick Up Available” link under eligible 4×6 prints to search for your preferred local Target, Walmart, or CVS store by zip code.

2. Snapfish

Snapfish offers standard 4×6 prints starting at 9 cents each, plus shipping. They regularly offer free and discounted print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 100 4×6 prints when they join.

Sometimes they even offer deals where you can get FREE prints with FREE shipping!

If you choose to pick up your prints in-store from participating CVS or Walgreens stores, you can see the cost difference on the order screen. For instance, you can get up to 49 prints from CVS at 29 cents each. If you get 50 or more prints, the price goes down to 19 cents apiece. It might end up being cheaper to choose this option instead of paying for the 9 cent prints plus shipping.

The Snapfish App gives you 100 free prints each month for the first year you sign up with the app. You only have to pay for shipping and one reader reported her shipping was only $2.95. Shipping costs may vary according to where you live. You can edit photos within the app and see how they will print.

3. Amazon Prime Photos

An easy and budget-friendly way to order prints online is Amazon Photos — where they offer 4×6 prints for 9 cents each with free shipping.

Members receive 5 GB of storage free but after that, you’ll need to choose a digital storage plan. If you’re a Prime member, you get unlimited storage for free!

They do occasionally offer free prints.

Note: If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial!

Free Prints App

4. FreePrints App

Another great way to save when you order prints online is to use the FreePrints app!

Customers receive 85 free 4×6 prints per month and only need to pay for shipping. You can get up to 1000 free prints in a year! If you need more than 85 prints, you can pay for those.

Shipping starts at $1.99 and is never more than $9.99 no matter how many prints you order. There’s also a FreePrints Photobooks app, which will give you one free photo book per month.

There are no subscriptions and no commitments.

5. Walmart

Walmart offers 9 cent 4×6 prints for home delivery, plus shipping. If you do the 1-Hour Rollback option in the store, it’s 25 cents per print for 74 photos or less and then 15 cents apiece for 75 photos or more. They offer free shipping on orders over $25.

6. Adoramapix

Readers really loved Adoramapix’s photo quality, especially for photo albums. Their 4×6 photos are currently 29 cents each and economy shipping is $5.95. (See their price list.) They also offer a full range of photo sizes, so they’re a great option if you need a non-standard print.

order prints online with Adoramapix photo printing

You can sign up for special deals on their website. And if you’re a new customer, you can get 15% off your first order with coupon code Pixnew15 at checkout.

They also have an app for Apple products.

7. Mpix

People who prioritize photo quality will also want to take a look at Mpix, a service even photographers recommend! Readers are impressed with the quality, as well as the care they take in packaging your products. Their 4×6 prints are 29 cents each. Economy shipping is $3.95.

They have a Reward Program where you can earn points towards discounts and special offers with every purchase you make. You can earn 100 points just for signing up for a Mpix account. When you reach 500 points, you’ll get free shipping or a $5 coupon.

8. Costco

A lot of readers said Costco was a great inexpensive option for photo prints.

If you do a mail order and have them shipped to the warehouse, you’ll pay as low as 9 cents for 4×6 prints. And shipping is free if you opt for standard delivery.

If you want to do in-house warehouse pick-up, you’ll pay 17 cents each for the first 99 4×6 prints or 14 cents each for 100 or more prints.

order prints online with Sam's Club Photo

9. Sam’s Club

At Sam’s Club, 4×6 photos are 10 cents each for 1 Hour Photo. They are 8 cents each if shipped to your home.

They regularly offer special deals and you can upload your photos on their app. New customers get 50 free prints when they sign up for an account.

10. Walgreens

Walgreens offers your first 74 4×6 prints for 33 cents each. If you order 75 or more, you’ll pay 23 cents each. The price is the same for in-store pickup or mail delivery. Standard shipping costs start at $0.99 and go up to $5.89.

Many readers report they’ll place their order through the app or website and pick it up at the store an hour later or at their convenience instead of having it shipped. The Walgreens app allows you to print the photo directly from your phone.

Customers can also sign up to receive special deals by email. And Walgreens regularly sends out free print and coupon deals to make their print prices even better. (You can also earn Balance Rewards points!)

One reader went so far as to say she’s saved more money than she’s spent on prints at Walgreens!

11. CVS

As a competitor of Walgreens, they have a very similar pricing structure.

The first 74 4×6 prints from Walgreens are 33 cents each and 75 or more prints are just 23 cents each.

order prints online with Groovebook Photos

12. Groovebook

Groovebook is a unique option that lets you create a 4×6 “photo book” with between 40-100 pictures each month. The photo are perforated, so you can tear and share them just like regular photo prints.

Subscriptions cost $3.99 per month — so it’s like paying just under $0.04 per print! You can get your first Groovebook for FREE with code MYFREEBOOK at checkout.

If you have fewer than 100 photos that month, they’ll fill the rest of the book with duplicates. The app seamlessly integrates with the photos on your phone and is available for iPhone and Android.

I’ve heard from a lot of people who use and love Groovebook!

Bonus Tip: You might also try your locally owned photography shop, because they typically offer coupons and have some of the best quality around! While this will vary by location, it’s definitely an option to look into!

Do you order prints online? What are your best suggestions for getting cheap photo prints and finding the best online photo printing deals?

15 Ways to Eat Out on the Cheap

Want some tips on how to eat out on the cheap? Here are 15 tried and true ideas to help you enjoy restaurant food — on a budget.

How to Eat Out on the Cheap

Love eating out? Don’t love how much it can cost? Here are 15 ideas to save money on eating out:a

1. Go out to lunch instead of dinner.

2. Always use restaurant coupons.

3. Order water instead of beverages that cost.

4. Split an entree with someone else when possible.

5. Sign up for Birthday Freebies and use those when you eat out.

6. Go out for dessert instead of a full meal.

7. Use restaurant gift cards that you bought discounted.

8. Sign up for restaurant apps and email lists to be notified of great coupons and specials — or even freebies!

9. Earn free restaurant gift cards from Shopkick, Fetch, and Swagbucks.

10. Go on Kids’ Eat Free nights.

11. Eat a snack before you leave the house so you’re not as hungry.

12. Don’t order appetizers or desserts.

13. Eat out at Costco or IKEA instead of a restaurant.

14. Apply to be a mystery shopper and you could get paid to eat out! (I have done this many times in the past!)

15. Go to a fast food restaurant with a dollar menu and let everyone choose 1-3 items off the dollar menu!

What are your favorite tips for saving money on eating out? Share them in the comments!

P.S. For more ideas, check out this post on How to Save Money on Eating Out.

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15 Dinners to Make When Your Cupboards Are Bare

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Looking for dinners to make when your cupboards are bare and money is tight? Here are some of our family’s favorite ideas. Best of all, most of these are super quick and easy ideas, too:

Meals to Make When Your Cupboards Are Bare

1. Grilled Cheese

You can use any kind of cheese and any kind of bread!

2. Eggs and Toast

This is an easy meal that even younger kids can make!

3. Loaded Baked Potatoes

Get creative with whatever you might have on hand that would work as a topping: taco meat, chili, beans, ham, bacon, cheese, broccoli, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. You could even do chopped chicken, salsa, and cheese.

4. Any Pasta With Pasta Sauce

If you have any canned tomatoes or ground beef or onions, you can add it to the sauce. Then, serve it sprinkled with any kind of cheese you might have on hand.

5. Sandwiches

The options are pretty ended here: Peanut Butter/Jelly (or PB & honey — we love to toast the bread for a little extra something!) Egg Salad, Meat/Cheese, etc.

Tip: Did you know you can freeze PB&J sandwiches?

6. Build Your Own Taco Salad

Use whatever taco-like ingredients you have on hand: Ground beef or turkey with homemade taco seasoning, beans, lettuce, chips, tomatoes, cheese, etc.

7. Crockpot Sausage and Peppers

This is a staple at our house. If I have kielbasa in the freezer and I’ve gotten peppers on markdowns, I’ll chop up both and add some onions or potatoes or sweet potatoes (if I have them) and cook this with a little water and seasonings in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on low. You can you serve over rice or pasta (if you didn’t include potatoes).

8. Meat/Potatoes/Frozen Veggies Hash

This was a standby recipe at our family’s house growing up. If we needed a quick dinner, we’d brown some ground beef with onions, and then add some chopped potatoes and fry those until tender. Then we’d add corn or peas. I think this recipe originally came from the More With Less Cookbook.

9. Refried Beans and Cheese

We like to spoon refried beans into a baking dish and top with cheese and then heat these up in the microwave (or you can bake in the oven) until heated through and then serve with chips and salsa or spread onto tortillas to make bean and cheese burritos.

10. Breakfast For Dinner

Breakfast foods are always a quick and easy pantry meal idea, depending on what you have on hand. Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast served with eggs and/or bacon (if you have any) and fruit. You could also do a big pan of Baked Oatmeal and top it with any fruit you have and serve it with yogurt or milk.

Tip: Have extra eggs on hand and some meat and cheese? Make these yummy Egg & Cheese Bites.

Pantry Meal Ideas From My Followers:

11. Quesadillas

Betsy said, “We have what I call refrigerator quesadillas. Tortillas, cheese and anything else leftover– chicken, ham, zucchini, corn, etc. Stick it in between tortillas and cheese and you’re pretty much set!

12. Have a Chopped Competition

One of my followers, Amanda, said that they love to play Chopped when they are trying to use up what they have on hand. (If you’re unfamiliar with it, Chopped is a TV show where contestants are given random ingredients and they have to make a recipe with those ingredients.) What a fun idea!

13. Tortilla Soup

Charity said: “I almost always have bullion, diced tomatoes, canned black beans, an onion or garlic and some veggies (typically celery, carrots and corn) and a handful of rice and crushed tortilla chips around. We’ll top it with shredded cheese.”

14. Cheater Chili

Tanya said: “I always have the ingredients for ‘Cheater Chili’ in my pantry and boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix. A can of chili beans, a can of white beans, a can of kidney beans (or whatever kind you want really) and a jar of Pace Picante sauce. Heat until hot. I add ground beef when I have it or have time, but it’s great without it too.

15. Barbecue Cups

Amanda said: “We make Barbecue Cups — ground beef with bbq sauce, place on top of raw biscuit in a muffin tin add cheese to top, bake in oven.”

What are YOUR favorite budget-friendly meals to make when money is tight?

P.S. For more ideas, check out this post on my Facebook Page.

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