Being Resourceful

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

$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.)

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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

 

FREE backpack at Staples (via EasyRebate) July 26, 2010

BackpacksCan you believe this is the last week of July? Back-to-school sales are starting all over the place and Christmas decorations are already up at Hobby Lobby… And it is still 100+ degrees outside! I heard this deal on the radio this weekend (can’t remember the station) and was blown away. Every kid needs school supplies, and most long for a new backpack to go with those new back-to-school shoes.

This week you can get ANY backpack for FREE at Staples! Really, it ends up being FREE when you send in their EasyRebate form (which they’ll print for you at the register along with your receipt), and you’ll get 100% of the backpack’s purchase price back as a Staples Gift Card. You know you’ll need to pick up more supplies in the future, whether it is more ink for the printer, the highly-coveted Sharpie markers, or even something as basic as posterboard. Or, perhaps YOU could use something like computer supplies, a phone case, a big ‘ol bag of coffee, etc.!

You can shop in the store, online, or by phone. This deal is limited to one per household, so be sure to use it on the most expensive backpack you purchase!

Find a Staples near you.

Expires: July 31, 2010

 

$1.99 for 20 5″x7″ photo prints & FREE shipping July 20, 2010

ArtsCowI don’t know about you, but I’ve caught a bug… A redecorating bug! We’ve lived in this house for 4 years and the only room I haven’t worked on is our master bedroom. The walls are now freshly painted and begging for some decoration! With this deal, I’m one giant step — or 20 giant steps! — closer to being done!

Amazingly, you can get 20 (twenty!) 5″x7″ photo prints for just $1.99 with FREE shipping from ArtsCow if you act fast! This deal is limited to the first 3,000 orders. Use code 57PRINTS20 at checkout to snag this price.

I’m going to tinker around with Picasa to see how my photos look in black & white. I can already picture a newly decorated room!

Expires: 7/31/2010 or when they reach 3,000 orders — whichever happens first

 

$10 OFF $25 at Office Depot this week July 12, 2010

Oh, the promise of an office supply store. You enter through their automatic doors and see the aisles and aisles of organizational opportunities! Binders! Sheet protectors! Post-its! Sharpies! Yes, I grew up with a father who instilled in me a love of office supplies. I think it started way back when he used to bring home those fabulous Marks-A-Lot permanent markers and reams of recycled printer paper (with the holes on the edges) from the office. The good old days!

Nowadays I keep my ears to the ground for great deals on office supplies. Here’s one I LOVE! Print this coupon to save $10 OFF your purchase of $25 or more at Office Depot this week! It is even good on “technology, furniture, supplies and more!”

Oh, what am I using my coupon for? Well, I’ve started my half-marathon training and have decided my poor iPhone has been tossed to the ground one too many times. I intended to use a previous coupon to buy an arm band, but missed the deadline (grr!). So, I’m off to Office Depot to try out an XtremeMac Sportwrap this week. Originally $29.99, I’ll get it for $19.99+tax with the coupon. I hope it is comfortable!

Find an Office Depot store near you.

Expires: July 15, 2010

Thanks, Common Sense with Money! And, check out their post to see how to get office supplies for FREE or $1 this week!

 

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!