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I have a confession, I am not 100% caught up on my photos. In fact I am several years behind. There once was a time when I spent at least one evening a week scrapbooking (the type that required fancy papers and stickers) and I swore I would not be that mom looking back at years worth of photo’s going “when was that”? But God has a way of humbling the proud and now I am facing years of “is……. 10 or 12 in this photo?” ” What year did we visit …..anyways?” .
Lately I have had a few more evening hours available and have decided this would be a great time slot to fill in with photo book making. This time I am not scrapbooking with stickers and paper, this time I am keeping it simple with digital books and prints placed in simple albums.
I am also keeping it as low cost a possible. Here are a few tips I have discovered on how to catch up your photo’s without breaking the bank or loosing your sanity.
1. Stick with one company for the sake of your sanity
The following tips on reducing the prices of digital photo books or prints could be used at various companies. In fact I suppose one could jump from site to site to take advantage of every deal, however, you have to consider the time to upload the photos to all those different sites. I find it much easier to keep all my photos stored on just one site and then take advantage of all the different ways to find free codes for that one site.
I use Shutterfly since I find free photo book codes and prints offered regularly for them and I really like how their site works. I have also been happy with how quick their service is .
2. Follow a bargain site that lists photo deals
I follow Money Saving Mom for announcements of Shutterfly free photo book codes. I have my personal Facebook account set up so that I see all the notifications for Money Saving Mom and therefore can jump on the deals as the come up.
If you are not active on Facebook you could try signing up for email notifications.
3. Follow your company of choice on Facebook
I liked Shutterfly’s Facebook page a while back and quickly discovered they not only share a lot of the codes that I was finding on Money Saving Mom but they were also sharing even more great free or discounted offers. If you are working on catching up a great deal of photos you just might want to make sure to click the “get notifications” tab so that you don’t miss out on any of the deals.
4. Join point programs that offer free codes
Mycokerewards offers codes for both free photo books and prints at Shutterfly starting at just 25 points. My husband is an avid coke drinker so this works well for our family but if you don’t have a pop drinker in your home (and truly I wish mine didn’t either) perhaps someone you know drinks coke products but doesn’t take part in the program and might let you have the codes.
A few other companies that offer free album Shutterfly codes as cash outs..
A few reward programs that offer Shutterfly e-gift cards as rewards …
- Swagbucks (I have readers earning $100 a month with Swagbucks)
- InstaGC (My favorite thing about InstaGC is instant rewards! here are 4 ways to earn gift cards with InstaGC)
- MyPoints (Here are all the ways to earn gift cards with MyPoints)
- PrizeRebel ( PrizeRebel currently has 9 ways to earn gift cards)
5. Watch Daily Deal Sites
Just last week Groupon offered a 67% off sale for a photobook at Shutterfly. No it is not a free book but it still saves you almost $20 off paying regular price.
6. Photo books are less work than organizing prints
Some might argue with me on this point but I find that although photo books take longer to order prints take a lot more work once they arrive. You have to remember to buy the album and then label them all. When you order a photo book you do all that work online and therefore cannot procrastinate or put it off a minute longer.
Others might say that shipping cost is less on prints than books and that is true but once you get the prints you still need to purchase a book or box to put them in plus any supplies you need to store them in such a way that they include the stories behind the photo ( such as photo safe pens used to label them).
7. If you want to take advantage of free print deals here is a simple scrapbook idea
If you run out of free photo book prints though and you still want to keep catching up on you current photos for less, you could take advantage of the free print codes and then use this idea I found on Simple Mom on how to create a minimal fuss photo book using prints .
I love that this idea uses inexpensive brag books often found for just $1 and printable quotes and memory boxes. It takes some of the work and the expense out of traditional scrapbooking and I think it could be replicated for more themes than just summer. In fact if you visit the blog Simple As That you will find many more great low fuss and low cost scrapbooking ideas.
Do you have any tips for printing photo’s inexpensively to add?
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Now that you have figured out how to make catching up your family’s photos a reality perhaps you are wondering how on earth to squeeze actually making photo albums into your already packed day. You want to…you just don’t see how? A great course that can help you find more time in your day by living it with intention is Crystal Paine’s course Make Over Your Mornings. NO Crystal is not going to tell you to begin your day at the crack of dawn to squeeze more in….what time you get up is up to you. The course simply shows you how to set your day up with intention so you finally achieve your goals and dreams.