Shutterfly: Your One-Stop Photo Shop

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Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Shake Up Your e-Cards With Rattlebox!

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Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to Shutterfly: Your One-Stop Photo Shop‘s new and improved look.

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Yikes! So many photos from 2011 to print! There’s Easter at Aunt Esther’s house, Thanksgiving with the family in Topeka, and Christmas in Cancun. Don’t forget your son’s first basketball game and the school play, or your daugher’s dance recital and slumber party. Then there’s the photos you took on last summer’s vacation to Yellowstone National Park. Wow! That’s a lot of photos!

Don’t go all camera shy now! With today’s online digital photo printing services, photo printing is as simple as 1-2-3, and Shutterfly is one of the best!

What”s Shutterfly? No, it’s not a new breed of pesky flies! Shutterfly is an online digital photo service powerhouse. So where should you start your digital journey? Start with becoming a member of the Shutterfly family. You can’t lose … it’s free!

Free Membership Benefits: What does a Shutterfly membership get you? First, just for signing up, you will receive (50) 4×6 prints for free. Then sign up for a Share page (more details below) and you will receive another (30) 4×6 prints for free. In less than 5 minutes, you now have (80) free 4×6 prints. Additional features of a Shutterfly membership include:

  • Quick and easy photo and video uploading with Express Loader.
  • Lifetime, secure online photo storage.
  • Photo editing tools; get rid of those devilish red-eyes!
  • Add custom photo borders and personalized back-of-print messages.
  • Easy online photo sharing features.
  • Organize photos and create custom photo albums.
  • Create a wide variety of custom photo gifts. Personalize books, photos, calendars, custom holiday cards, and more.

Membership does have its rewards!

Shutterfly Special Offers: What Shutterfly does best is enable you to print photos without breaking the bank! Current coupon offers include:

  • PRINT30: Save up to 30% off prints. The more you order, the more you save! 25-49 prints save 10%; 50-74 prints save 20%; print 75 or  more photos and maximize your savings at 30% off the print price.
  • Save 25% on all photo books. No code required.
  • Save 20% on select photo gifts, collage posters, desktop plaques, and select stationary gifts. Again, no code required.

Shutterfly frequently adds new coupon offers so be sure to check the Shutterfly Special Offers page or an online coupon websites such as Retail Me Not or Coupon Cabin before you order. You might just snap up a free shipping deal too!

Don’t forget to click through Mr. Rebates before you order for an additional 5% cash back.

A few words on these favorite Shutterfly services:

Online Photo Share Service: Share your fantastic family fun with everyone! Shutterfly’s free share service makes it easy to share memories with family and friends. They can even print their own photos from your share page. Sign up now and receive (30) additional free 4×6 prints.

Online Photo Book Creations: Shutterfly’s photo book service is easy to use, allowing you to quickly create memories. You can be as creative as you want utilizing the “Custom Path” option. Or, let Shutterfly do most the work for you with the “Simple Path” option. Either way, you are sure to love the end results. The best part: you can share these books using the Online Photo Share Service!

And right now with Shutterfly’s 25% off sale on all photo books, you can preserve those memories and have enough left over to print a photo book  of your kids for Grandma’s birthday!

Print Options: You’ve put the finishing touches on your photos and are ready to print. You have two options with Shutterfly:

  • Pick Up In Store: Need photos in a hurry? Have a Target, Walgreens or CVS store nearby? Then choose your local store when you are checking out and in a few short hours, your prints are ready for pick up.
  • Home Delivery: Got time? The best way to maximize your savings is to plan ahead for the home delivery option. Most coupon codes are not usable when using the Pick Up In Store option.

Print Paper: Shutterfly prints its photos on high quality Fuji Crystal Archives paper. Not all print services use higher quality paper, so if paper quality is important, then rest assured that Shutterfly uses a premium paper.

A few final words on pricing and how to maximize your per/print price deal: It can be a bit tricky. Should you buy a prepaid print plan? Or should you only print when there are coupon codes such as PRINT30? Well, that depends! How many photo are you printing? And do you  have a free shipping coupon? Do you have a “members-only” special coupon to use? Here’s a snapshot of current pricing to help you determine the “best fit” for your print needs:

Basic Pricing: A 4×6 print price starts at $0.15/print. However, when using a coupon code such as PRINT30, you can bring that price down to $0.10. Not bad!

But if you plan to print a lot of photos, then you might want to consider a prepaid print plan, dropping your per photo price to as low as $0.09.

One of the more efficient and cost effective ways to maximize your savings with Shutterfly is to “stockpile” your photos until the ideal coupon combination is available. Shutterfly does allow coupon combining.

Have Friends? Invite them to a Shutterfly memberships and receive (15) more free 4×6 prints for each friend who signs up and makes a purchase. Don’t have a membership? Ask me in the Comments Section below and I will send you a personal invite! Help me get (15) free photos!

Check out these prior blogs to learn more about Please Retail Me Not, Get Coupon Cabin Fever, or Save More with Mr.Rebates.

Do you have memories to print? Where do you print your photos? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

Little Miss Cupcake

1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

Gilt Taste

2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

Gilt City

3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

Gifting Grace

4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • Hotels.com: A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any Hotels.com booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

Groupon Getaway

Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

Five Gift-Giving Guides For The Holidays

Four shopping days left to Christmas and you have three more gifts to go. There’s plenty of time to get out and buy those last gifts.

But what if you just don’t know what to get? Is your “someone special” especially hard to shop for? Then check out these gift idea websites to help you find that perfect gift:

RealSimple.com: Looking for something unique? Real Simple’s Holiday Gift Guide might be your ticket to a really awesome gift. Each of the four categories are chockful of unique and affordable gift ideas for nearly everyone: 22 Gifts for Women, 27 Gifts for Men, 34 Stocking Stuffers Under $25, and Gifts for New Home Owners, New Parents And New Grads. Life really is made more simple with the Real Simple gift guide!

Gifts.com: Last minute shopping has you flustered? Perhaps Gifts.com’s handy Gift Finder can help you out. Simply put in recipient, occasion, and price range, and you get a list of gift ideas complete with prices as well as retailers selling those items. Need a gift idea for a teen and want to spend no more than $50? Here’s the list that Gifts.com provided: Gift List for Teen. Now that’s easy!

Amazon.com: Stumped on what to get Dad? Then check out Amazon’s Gift Ideas. Amazon has compiled an extensive list of ideas in a wide variety of categories including “Gifts for Dad.” Click on your preferred category and you will find even more ideas. Bet you can find something here for Dad!

Amazon

RedEnvelope.com: RedEnvelope has brought together a unique collection of gifts at a wide variety of price points. You can search through several categories as well as price points to find that ideal gift.  Still not sure what to get? Perhaps RedEnvelope’s 4 Tips and Tricks to finding your perfect gift can guide you. Want to save more when you order with redEnvelope? Then check out their current coupons at redEnvelope Coupons. Most are valid until January 4th. Using the coupon code, SGIFTS20, gets 20% off your order.

Giftys.com Find unique gifts and get great gift ideas at Giftys.com. Giftys.com’s slogan is “Your online gift mall” and their goal is to make gift finding easier and less confusing. Refine your search by recipient, occupation, hobby, gift type, and/or price to even further narrow your search. Searching for that perfect gift for Mom with a budget of less than $100? Check out Gifty’s selection: Gifty’s Gift Selections Under $100 for Her.

Once you find that perfect gift at one of these convenient gift idea websites, you might want to search for coupons at Retail Me Not.

Don’t forget if you are purchasing online to also check if the retailer participates in the Mr. Rebates program!

What’s your favorite gift idea this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments section below.

Are You a Last Minute Christmas Shopper?

You are not alone! But what to do now? You only have a few days left to finish your Christmas shopping. Is that enough time? And can you still get a great deal?

Kohl's

Yes! But you may want to act fast if you plan to shop online. Most free shipping offers for a Christmas delivery are ending either today and tomorrow.

Check out these last minute deals you can take advantage of today to complete your Holiday shopping list:

Toys-R-Us

Toys-R-Us: Toys are one of the most highly sought after items at Christmas and today and tomorrow only, Toys-R-Us is running their 50% off sale. For online shoppers there is free shipping for orders greater than $49. Most orders will need to be placed by tomorrow, though, to be in time for Christmas. And starting today through Christmas Eve, Toys-R-Us brick and mortar stores are open 24 hours a day, making it that much easier to get the toys on your list.

Kohl’s: Kohl’s slogan is “expect great things” and they deliver today with up to 30% off nearly everything! Shopping online? Order by 11:00pm tonight to cash in on their Wrap It Up sale and free shipping with delivery for Christmas. Just request “Standard Shipping” and if your order is more than $50, it will ship for free. Better yet: you get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent. Not sure what to get? Check out their handy gift guide: Kohl’s Last Minute Gift Guide.

GAPBrands: Need great holiday outfits for the family photo? GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Athleta each have last minute Holiday sales: Gap and Athleta both have up to 60% of select items; Banana Republic has up to 50%; Old Navy has an extra 20% off online orders. Piperlime is running its twice-yearly Lime Tag sale of up to 40% off. If your order is $50 or more, shipping is free, and if placed by today, it should arrive by December 23rd.

AnnTaylor: Wow! Just announced this morning is another 50% off everything at Ann Taylor with coupon code WINTER50, good for both in store and online shopping. If shopping online, order by Dec. 23rd and your order will arrive in time for Christmas. Better yet: If that order is more than $150, it ships free. AnnTaylor also has a convenient gift guide to help find that perfect gift: AT Gift Guide

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Looking for something sporty? Also just announced this morning is a one-day only online special at Dick’s Sporting Goods: $20 off orders over $100 and if ordered by midnight tonight, free shipping for many items in time for a Christmas delivery.

Dick's Sporting Goods

Sierra Trading Post: There is always a great deal at Sierra, and today, there is an even better one! Check out their 25% off Anniversary sale, as well as free 2-Day air upgrade shipping for guaranteed Christmas Delivery.

Newegg.com: Electronics on your shopping list? Newegg has an extensive list of last minute deals categorized by price-point that might just be your answer. Many items qualify for free 3-day shipping, but today is the last day to place your order and have it here by the weekend.

Retail Me Not: Shopping online but not sure what retailer might have the best deal? Let Retail Me Not be your guide. Their Christmas Coupons page lists their “Top 10” Christmas deals and coupons in nine different categories. That’s a total of 90 store specials all in one convenient location. Not only might you find the perfect gift item, you might also score a great deal with a Retail Me Not coupon! Link to Retail Me Not blog post

Groupon.com:: In a pinch for time? Looking for a gift for someone out of town? Then check out Groupon and Grouponicus deals and give a Groupon gift certificate! Link to Groupon blog post

Do you have last minute shopping to finish? Have you found a last minute bargain you would like to share? Let me know in the Comments section below!

Please Retail-Me-Not!

Retail Me What?       Retail-Me-Not!

Do you hate paying retail for anything? But what are you to do when the item you want is not on sale? And you don’t have a manufacturer’s coupon? Search on-line for possible coupon codes! How do you do that?

Retail-Me-Not to the rescue!

What is Retail-Me-Not? It is one of several coupon search websites offering you a very real opportunity for additional savings off your purchases. I frequent the Retail-Me-Not website several times a week checking for coupons I can use at my favorite on-line shopping sites as well as for local coupons that I can use in my brick-and-mortar shopping.

What specific coupons can you find at Retail-Me-Not? LOTS! At current posting, Retail-Me-Not gather coupons for 130,000 different retailers. The odds are, you will find your favorite on-line store here. So why not try it out? You’ve got nothing to loose, and savings to gain, from joining the Retail-Me-Not family.

Let’s get started using Retail-Me-Not and get you on the road to greater savings. First, load the Retail-Me-Not home page:

Link to Retail-Me-Not

Then decide what store you want to search for. There are two main ways I use Retail-Me-Not:

  • Specific store coupon searching: whether on-line or a local brick-and-mortar store, I use the Retail-Me-Not website to find coupons for my pending purchase.
  • Surprise me: by browsing the website for who might be offering special deals right now. The front page’s “TODAY’S TOP DEALS” postings is a great place to start.

Now let’s go find a coupon! Retail-Me-Not offers three coupon search categories:

  1. Coupon Codes. These are coupons you “clip and paste”  into an on-line store’s check-out screen, before you check out.
  2. Printable Coupons. These coupons are exactly that … printable … so you may take them to your local stores.
  3. Grocery Coupons. A variety of grocery coupons, again, printable for use at a local retailer.

How do you find that coupon on Retail-Me-Not? Lets say you want to purchase a jacket from Lands End. Type Lands’ End into the search space in the upper right corner of the main page. This will give you a list of “Lands’ End” options. Click on the Lands’ End icon, and off you go to a page of coupon offerings for Lands’ End. In this particular search, I came up with a 25% off everything coupon as well as a one-day sale of $16.50 for Polos, and free shipping!

Now all you need to do is click the coupon that applies to you. If it is an on-line coupon, you will be re-directed to the website, and the coupon code is usually “found” already placed into the on-line check-out basket for you. Now shop away! How great is that! Your $100 Lands End jacket just dropped to $75, and free shipping too!

How do you complete your online purchase with a Retail-Me-Not coupon code? Somewhere in the check out process, you should see a “coupon code” space. If your Retail-Me-Not coupon code is valid, it should be listed in this space.

A few more tips on Coupon Codes:

  • Retail-Me-Not splits it coupons into two groups: Active, and Unreliable. This is your gauge as to how likely you too will be successful with this particular code. You will typically use the Active coupons.
  • Using Unreliable coupons: My mantra, though, is even if the code is a low percentage of success, I might still try it. Although rare, I have had success on a coupon code that reported less than 50% success rate.
  • In most cases, the Active coupon code link works. However, I also copy the coupon code, just in case it doesn’t load in the website. This way I can add the code myself.
  • Sometimes the codes do not work. This could be because the code is expired. Try it again. If it doesn’t work, then dump it and try another code, if available.
  • Sometimes more than one code is available. Why not try both! Some sites will let you “double dip” your coupons, adding even more to your savings.
  • And if you do find a code that does not work, consider helping everyone, including the people at Retail-Me-Not, and report your success (or lack of) rate.

Last but not least: if you find a coupon you like, SHARE it with a friend through the easy “Share the love” link.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Retail-Me-Not newsletter and be ready to receive coupon offers right to your e-mail!

So tell me, how do you use Retail-Me-Not?

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