Being Resourceful

A Savvy Shopper's Guide to Bargains, Deals, & Freebies

FREE Halloween postcards – custom photo digital postcards! October 12, 2010

What to do? What to do… You have all those fabulous photos of the kids in their costumes (because you know they’re already wearing them around the house), Fido in his costume, and don’t forget the ones of your sweetie by the fall flowers at your local arboretum.

Your Little Birdie has it all figured out for you, folks! Score some FREE Halloween postcards of the GREEN variety with absolutely no strings attached! Just pick your postcard design, email her your choices and your favorite photo, and she’ll send back your custom photo digital postcard! Not into Halloween? No worries! There’s a beautiful fall postcard available too.

Save yourself the cost of stamps and Halloween cards, the hassle of getting it all done, and just holler to Your Little Birdie for some help. She’s one smart (and creative) chickadee!

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, Anna!

 

$4.99 for 8 custom photo coasters & FREE shipping! October 1, 2010

CoastersThe season of gatherings is quickly approaching and there’s no reason to get those hard-to-remove water stains on your furniture… or on the furniture of your hosts! Be a gracious guest and bring a hostess gift of 8 custom photo coasters. You’ll be well-remembered and invited back! These make a great holiday gift too. Order them now and stash them away for a couple of months from now.

Through Oct. 6th, you can get any 8 custom photo coasters for just $4.99 and FREE shipping from ArtsCow! Choose round, square, or heart-shaped, mix and match from the photos you upload, and feel free to get creative! This is a great time to upload some artistic photos and get artsy. Remember those photos of the spring wildflowers or the summer ocean at sunset? Use them! Even better, how about photos from last year’s Ugly Sweater Party! (They also have tons of pre-designed templates if you haven’t caught the creative bug today.)

Use code LOVEDRINKS at checkout to snag this deal.

Expires: October 6, 2010

 

$4.99 Custom Playing cards (& kids’ flash cards) – FREE SHIPPING September 7, 2010

zebra cardWhy do I post the deals on custom photo playing cards every time I see them? Because they’re an AWESOME gift! Really, I’ve bought these as gifts and they’re so much fun to give — and the gift recipient has a gift he or she can really use.  Even better, ArtsCow has come out with a ton of pre-made templates so you can think outside the [playing card] box and get creative! Circular cards, heart-shaped cards, cards with sayings on them, Memory Game cards, cards for playing dominoes, even flash cards for kids!

Hop over to ArtsCow to upload your photo and make your custom playing cards for just $4.99 and FREE SHIPPING today! Use code NEWPLCARDS by 9/21/2010 to snag this deal.

I think I’m going to make a set of playing cards using their new safari zebra cartoon design and a photo of my kiddos from one of our summer trips to the zoo. This will make a great resourceful gift to stash away for Christmas!

Expires: 9/21/2010

(Here’s the actual email I received with the deal info.)

 

FREE SHIPPING on prints & photo gifts at Snapfish September 4, 2010

SnapfishThis deal could not have arrived at a better time! When my son was born, nearly 5 years ago, I was SO good at printing photos and putting them in albums. Yeah, well, that time ended when he was just a few months old. (Queue the mommy guilt!) Time to get back on the ball and print the “best of the best” to put in albums for my kids!

Through September 11, 2010, Snapfish is offering FREE SHIPPING on prints and photo gifts! No minimum purchase! Just use code FREELDSHIP on your order. Be sure to pack that shopping cart full because the code is only good once per account. (For the details, click here and scroll to the bottom.)

Here’s a tip. If you use Picasa to share your photos online with friends, you can print those photos using Snapfish without having to upload your photos to Snapfish. From within Picasa, just click Prints > Order Prints, then choose Snapfish. Your selected Picasa photos will automatically be imported to Snapfish!

Expires: September 11, 2010

 

3 FREE Custom Photo Cards August 31, 2010

photo cardThere’s nothing like getting a personalized greeting card in the mail. Someone took the time to pick out a card for you, sign it (maybe even write a note in there!), address it, stamp it, and mail it — so much more effort than a simple email! Here’s a way to make THREE FREE custom photo cards in under 5 minutes (plus about $2.97 shipping & tax). That’s less time and cost than it takes to zip to the grocery store!

Just hop on over to Shutterfly to upload your photo(s) and create your cards. Enter code SUMMERCARDS at checkout to score this deal. Their cards are normally about $2.99 each, so you’ll save about $9 with this code!

You can make one card and print three of it (the fastest way to go; you’ll need to save 3 versions of the card — just rename it — then add them to your shopping cart) or mix and match three different cards. Think about upcoming birthdays. Who do you have embarrassing photos of? Or perhaps thank you cards for upcoming holidays.  I love making “thinking of you” or blank cards to have custom photo note cards to use for any occasion!

One more thing! GRANDPARENTS DAY is September 12th! Make cards (go to “Everyday Occasions” and choose from their designs) for those deserving grandparents!

Expires: Hurry! This expires TOMORROW, September 1, 2010.

Thanks, “Cents”able Momma!

 

FREE 5×7″ photo print (BOGO) August 13, 2010

WalmartI’m not usually a big fan of “Wally World,” but here are a few good reasons to stop by Walmart in the near future. (1) Their organic foods section is growing. (2) Their school supplies are inexpensive. (3) You can get a FREE 5×7″ HP print when you buy one!

Time to pull out your favorite photo from this summer to print — one copy for you and one for the grandparents. Or, perhaps you have a couple of photos that you’ve been meaning to get printed for that collage frame that’s collecting dust in your office? Use this printable coupon at your local Walmart to get a FREE 5×7″ HP photo print when you buy one! Stop by the HP kiosk the next time you’re shopping.

Find an HP kiosk at a Walmart near you.

Expires: 9/13/2010

 

$8.99 Magic Photo Cube (w/ FREE shipping!) August 9, 2010

magic photo cubeBack in my days of being a systems analyst, this was my FAVORITE desk-topping freebie that I received from one of our vendors… A magic cube! Seriously, this toy provided endless hours of fun when I’d need to walk someone through a long process on the phone. Of course, the magic cube that I had was plastered with the vendor’s logo, but I saw this custom magic photo cube and am jumping at the chance to order one with our family’s photos on it!

Regularly $14.99, you can design your own magic photo cube using 6 small and 3 large photos of your choosing (or pop your company’s logo on there if you so desire!) for just $8.99 and FREE shipping! Use code MAGICCUBE at checkout to snag this deal. (As a head’s up, the email I received from ArtsCow said I’d need to use Microsoft Silverlight software to design the cube, but when I log in to create my cube, it doesn’t look like any special software is needed.)

Here are some ideas for how to use this custom photo gift… Choose baby photos for that new mom or dad to take back to the office. Summer vacation photos. A recent birthday party — or one held years ago. A wedding-themed cube, perfect for a wedding gift or upcoming anniversary gift. A pet-themed cube. Really, anything!

This magic cube may be too delicate for the 5 & under crowd, but it is sure to be a big hit with the 6 & up folks!

Expires: 8/18/2010

 

$1.99 & FREE shipping for TWO custom handbag hangers July 13, 2010

Ok, so what’s a handbag hanger and why do I need one? Well, when you go out to dine, where does your handbag go? The back of your chair so that you can be pick-pocketed? Your lap so you can drop food on it? The floor so you can bring home who-knows-how-many icky germs?

Here’s the solution! You need a handbag hanger! ArtsCow’s “great bag hanger provides an easy way to hang your purse or handbag. The hanger folds into a disc shape and are the perfect size for carrying in your purse. Customize with your own personalized [photo or] logo (1 1/4″ in diameter), with enamel coating for long time protection.”

Normally $6.99 each plus shipping, use code HANGHOOK to get TWO for a total of $1.99 with FREE shipping!

Some ideas… Use photos of your kids to make gifts for their grandmothers! Use your company logo or a friend’s company’s logo for extremely inexpensive give-aways or gifts! Use a photo of your pet so Fluffy or Fido is always with you! Perhaps a photo of the sunset from your latest vacation to whisk you away to paradise!

Expires: July 16, 2010 or whenever the stock is depleted – whichever happens first

 

FREE 8×10″ photo collage at Walgreens June 18, 2010

What to do with lots of related photos without breaking the bank? Put them together in an 8×10″ photo collage — and get it for FREE! I made one of these with photos from last summer’s family reunion the last time I saw this deal, and this time I’m going to make a collage using photos from my son’s first teeball season!

These 8×10″ photo collages are SO easy to make, and you can get one FREE (with no S&H charge) when you choose in-store pick-up! Simply go to the Walgreens Photo site and upload your photos. Use code GOBIG8X10 to get your 8×10″ collage for FREE at check-out. If you prefer to have it shipped, shipping is just 99cents!

Here’s something to ponder… This is a fabulous FREE gift that you can have printed at a Walgreens that isn’t near you, but is near your dad or someone who’d like a photo collage from you? Have the collage printed at the Walgreens nearest the recipient and ask him or her to swing by to pick it up! Now that’s being resourceful!

Find a Walgreens near you (or someone you love)!

Expires: Order by midnight tomorrow (Saturday, 6/19/2010)

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

 

$8.99 & FREE shipping: custom photo flip-flops! June 7, 2010

This may be the coolest, most unique Father’s Day gift yet! Sure, your guy can wear flip-flops that look just like everyone else’s, but there’s no mistaking they’re his when his flip-flops are adorned with photos of loved ones, your latest vacation, or crazy (possibly embarrassing) pics from his wilder, younger years!

ArtsCow has men’s custom flip-flops for just $8.99/pair plus FREE SHIPPING through June 20, 2010 when you use code FDAY2010 at checkout.

They also have custom flip-flops for ladies and kids! For those, get 30% OFF when you use code DISCOUNT30P through June 7, 2010.

Expires: Men’s deal expires 6/20/2010 and the 30% off deal expires 6/7/2010