Review: Shutterfly Photo Books for Picky People

shutterflyEver the procrastinator, I always put off creating my annual family year-in-review Christmas books until the very last moment. One year, I had to give them as New Year’s gifts, that’s how bad I am about it. And it looks like its shaping up that way again this year, with only 10 days until Christmas.

I’ll tell you honestly that I haven’t decided which brand of photo book I plan of creating this year. I’ve used Kodak and Snapfish before, primarily because of the lower cost, but I also spent hours (literally) creating these books. This year, if I order early enough to take advantage of the free shipping and 50% additional books coupon codes, I’m going with Shutterfly.

Shutterfly photo bookA few months ago, I got a code from Pampers to create a free 7×9 photo book and used the Simple Path technology on the Shutterfly site–letting them arrange and design the book for me. Huge time savings. And great result too!

I’m a magazine editor, so I’ll admit I’m way too opinionated about the placement, cropping, design and type styling for each page of my annual book. But the Simple Path nailed it. A new record time for me creating a book! (Anyone who’s stayed up late making their annual book knows the pain.)

Shutterfly even offered to let me try their Holiday and other Everyday Occasions greeting cards if I’d write a post about my past experiences with them. The deadline? Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m. Check the post time… Dec. 15 at 10:57 p.m.

7 Things You Didn’t Know about Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards

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free Pampers codes1. Sign up: If you’re not signed up for Pampers Gifts to Grow rewards, here’s a link. Collect points for free gift cards, books, toys and other items in their ever-changing rewards catalog. Earn more points by…

free pampers codes2. Making it a party: If you have other new mom friends, encourage them to sign up too. You’ll receive 10 points per new member. If you have a blog, you can request a referral link by visiting the Pampers Village section and entering your email address. They’ll generate a referral link for you on the spot. Watch your email for…

3. Free codes: Generic codes (ones that are not one-use only) are released occasionally for public consumption, often around holidays. Here’s one brand new code for you:  4HAPPYHALLOWEEN worth 5 points. More free codes can be found on…

4. Facebook: “Like” Pampers on Facebook for more free codes. In the past, they’ve released high value limited-time codes, so it pays to keep an eye on their updates in your Facebook newsfeed. More points means faster…

free-shutterfly-prints5. Rewards: I used to think the Shutterfly rewards were the best redemption on Pampers Gifts to Grow since I used Shutterfly so much anyway. But lately, Shutterfly, Snapfish and Kodak have been really generous in free print offers, so FatHeadDog recommends saving your points for larger Shutterfly items or other rewards, such as…

sams club gift card6. Gift cards: If you see one you have enough points for, snag it now! Previous gift cards have included CVS, Red Robin, Diapers.com and Sam’s Club. Gift cards fly off the Pampers virtual shelves quickly, so if you want it, get it. Of course, stay tuned to…

fatheaddog.com7. FatHeadDog.com for free codes, tips and hints for making the most of your Pampers Gifts to Grow account.

Cheapskate Santa: Give (free) Photo Gifts as Presents

One of the best ways to save money on your holiday shopping is…  spending no money. Cool photo freebies abound on the interwebs. Here are a few for you:

Free Photos and Cards

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Get two sets of 20 FREE 4×8 flat photo cards from Snapfish with two separate coupon codes: BABIES and BABYMAIL. It’s valid on any set of 20 4×8 single-sided flat photo cards with envelopes (find them under Products, Photo Cards). Expires on 10/31. Hint: Use these codes separately since Snapfish doesn’t allow you to enter multiple codes for one order.

Snapfish is offering 75 FREE photo prints when you use the code ISTOCK75. If you’re a new member, you’ll also receive an additional 50 free photo prints for registering. Expires on 11/30.

This offer looks pretty stingy compared to Snapfish’s free stuff, but Shutterfly is offering a FREE folded 5×7 photo card with the coupon code CARD4U. Expires on 11/17. Hint: The nice thing about Shutterfly is that you can save this offer for a future order (before 11/17), whereas Snapfish you have to enter the code and order at the same time.

Free Photo Gifts

free Snapfish calendarGreat for Christmas gifts, order a FREE Snapfish desk calendar or photo mug from Hershey. If you don’t have a UPC code from a Hershey product,  just click on “Don’t Have UPC’s?” and the form will automatically be completed.  Then you will receive a unique coupon code by email. Expires 1/15/11.

Hint: To redeem this offer, you have to follow the link sent by email. Enter your emailed code and login. Create your calendar and checkout, If the credit doesn’t appear automatically in your cart, then click on Account. Look in the upper right corner for FREE Desk Calendar, and click redeem. Then click Open a Saved Calendar, select and checkout. Hoops to jump through, I know, but worth it! I made the mistake of creating my calendar first, before using the link, so I’ll have to contact Customer Service, but hopefully this will go more smoothly for you.

I haven’t personally redeemed this offer, but other folks are raving about FREE Picaboo photo books. New members can receive a free 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book from Picaboo with coupon code 1FBLGB-7W.

Another offer I’ve yet to try, but sounds incredible is a FREE 8×10 photo canvas for new Canvas People customers. You can upgrade for a larger size, or special framing–which in the case of framing I’d recommend. Had my wedding portrait done years ago as a canvas and the frame really made the difference. When I redeem this one, I’ll report back here.

Free AdvilFinally, for your holiday headaches…

Free bottle of Advil: A coupon for a free 20- or 24-count bottle of Advil. If orchestrating your family, extended family and family-in-law is anything like FatHeadDog’s, then you’ll need this with the ensuing holiday stress.

Check out other posts in the Cheapskate Santa series:

Cheapskate Santa: How to Earn Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping

Cheapskate Santa: Earn $5 Amazon from iRazoo

Free Kashi Sample

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kashi free sampleKashi wants you to trade in your unhealthy snack for one of their free samples during its TLC Snack Drive. You can choose from TLC Cereal Bar Ripe Strawberry, TLC Chewy Granola Bar Trail Mix or TLC Crackers Original 7 Grain. Or kibble. No wait, that’s for fat head dogs only.

Free Shutterfly Cards

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ShutterflyFor fellow thank you note slackers, you might score 12 FREE photo, stationery, or folded greeting cards when you use coupon code PICKONE.

Plus, if you haven’t already ordered your 3 FREE folded greeting cards with coupon code SUMMERCARDS, you can order an additional 3 FREE cards (expires Sept. 1).

Here’s how it works:

  • Register with Shutterfly (or log-in to your existing account) – new customers get 50 FREE 4×6 prints
  • Go to My Account and scroll down to Enter Special Code Offer
  • Enter PICKONE to see if your account is eligible for 12 free cards. If not, enter SUMMERCARDS for 3 three cards.
  • Select 12 cards – view all eligible items in the “Cards & Stationery” category.
  • Shipping for the cards ranges from $2.49 to $5.99.
  • Enjoy!

Now, on to my thank you notes. “Dear Liam, thank you for the Yo Gabba Gabba magnets and MagnaDoodle…”

If you still have unwritten thank you notes, read this

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ShutterflyIt’s just too embarrassing to write them now.

My son’s 2nd birthday was in April. Yo Gabba Gabba theme. Cupcakes, balloons, good friends and lots of great photographs. The perfect little boy birthday party that my superwoman-complex mind had dreamed of. Perfect.. save the fact that I still haven’t written my thank you notes. Has anyone seen my P’s and Q’s.. because I seem to have misplaced them.

Thank goodness, then, that Shutterfly is offering 3 FREE custom greeting cards. These make great personalized thank you cards. For even the thank you-ly lazy like me.

Here’s how to cash in your FREE prints:

  • Login or register with Shutterfly
  • Click on “My Shutterfly”
  • Scroll down and click “Enter Special Code Offer”
  • Enter code SUMMERCARDS to have the prints credited to your account

Shutterfly shipping is approximately $0.99 when you send all three cards to yourself. PLUS, new members will receive 50 FREE prints when they sign up! Free greeting card sale expires 9/1/10.

Father’s Day Gifts at Shutterfly

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Dear old dad needs some love. Shutterfly can help. Here’s a rundown of their specials:

Get three FREE  father’s day 5×7 folded personalized cards for the price of shipping with code CARDS4DAD. You can have them addressed and stamped, to be sent directly from Shutterfly. They offered this same special for mother’s day and it was a big hit with my mother, mother in law and grandmother.

For gifts, such as Photobooks, Mugs, Calendars and other cool stuff, use SHIP30 for free standard shipping on orders $30 or more, through June 10.

When you spend $30 at Shutterfly, you’ll get a $15 bonus gift from Omaha Steaks. Order by June 15, and you’ll receive a reward code from Omaha Steaks about two weeks later.

A Smooch from FatHeadDog (and LIFE magazine)

You know, that’s FatHeadDog on the right. Not really, but Snapfish has teamed up with LIFE.com to offer the iconic magazine’s historic photos as printed cards, which make great personalized stationary for thank you cards and the like.  These selected number of photographs from LIFE.com’s archives can help capture the exact emotion you’re looking for in your greeting cards, notecards and notebooks. It plans to introduce more offerings in the coming months, according to a Snapfish press release.

I can personally recommend the high-quality greeting cards and notecards, but Continue reading “A Smooch from FatHeadDog (and LIFE magazine)”