Being Resourceful

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

$10 OFF photo sessions in the Texas Bluebonnets April 2, 2010

If you’ve been in Texas in the spring time, the first image that comes to mind is those gorgeous Texas bluebonnets! Even better than seeing those bluebonnets is preserving those memories of your kids (or grandkids or even yourself!) playing in the bluebonnets!

Here’s your chance and it is a steal of a deal. JK Photography is offering $10 OFF their mini-sessions in the Texas bluebonnets (in Richardson, TX) when you book with a friend, bringing the price down from $40 to $30. Your 15 minute photo session will include 5-10 high res photos that you can print as you’d like, a 5×7″ print, and memories to last a lifetime!

Email JK Photography at jessicakarlinski at gmail dot com to book your time slot! Click here for more info.

Expires: April 15 or when all of the spots are booked


1,200 FREE 4×6″ photo prints April 1, 2010

You want to print those photos that have been lurking in the “to print” photo on your computer, but now there are so many… And you’d need to go get more photo printing paper and ink… What a pain! Save the trouble and take advantage of this deal for 1,200 FREE 4×6″ photo prints from! You’ll be able to use them as 150 FREE 4×6″ photo prints per month!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Sign into your ArtsCow account by clicking here
  2. Within the My Account section, click into Credit & Discount
  3. Copy and paste code SPR10PRINTS and click validate
  4. Your new credits should now appear on the list

For their shipping rates, click here, then scroll down about half-way down the page to see the rates for 4×6″ prints. It varies based on how many you order.

Here’s a tip: Ship them directly to the person you’d give the prints to anyhow. Does Grandma live across the country? Why pay shipping twice? Send them directly to her!

Expires: The code is good for 8 months!


FREE 8×10″ Canvas of your Photo March 27, 2010

They’re at it again! (Woohoo!) I just got word from a friend who is a professional photographer that Canvas People is offering a FREE 8×10″ canvas print of your photo or image, or a $55 credit toward a larger canvas size, photo effects, and frames — again! All you have to pay is shipping, which was just $14.95 when I tried it out (for an 8×10″ canvas to be shipped to Texas).

Their products are gallery-wrapped, so the image goes all the way around the frame and what you receive is a finished product. They’re also “sprayed for protection” so that the art can withstand the test of time.

My photog friend took advantage of this deal the last time it was offered and she was thrilled with the results. I hold her opinion in high esteem. After all, she knows her photography stuff!

Mother’s Day is coming up sooner that you think… (May 9th!) Take the hint and thank me later. :)

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, Jessica of JK Photography!


FREE deals expiring this week! November 29, 2009

November ends this week, and so do these great deals! With the craziness of the holidays already in full swing, I thought you might like a reminder. Safe travels wherever you’re headed today!

Expiring tomorrow, Monday, November 30:

Expiring December 5:


20 FREE holiday cards! New England photographer: Jessica Hughes November 19, 2009

Now HERE is a business I wish I’d known about exactly 4 years ago when I lived in Central MA!

I’ve recently heard about Jessica Hughes, a fabulous photographer based out of Central MA. I love that she works with natural lighting and travels to YOU. Check out her site to see some of her sample work… it is amazing.

So, how do you get those 20 FREE holiday cards? Just book your photo session by December 5, 2009. It’s that easy!

Some ideas for photo opps include couples/engagements
, high school seniors,
, children of all ages, maternity, newborns
, glamour/fashion, and don’t forget those holiday pics! (Having a photographer that travels to you for newborn photos is especially helpful. I’m talking from first-hand experience here. Just imagine photos of your sweet newborn in the natural light of his or her nursery in your arms!)

So, all you New Englanders (and I know we have lots of readers across the region), now is the time to give her a buzz to book your photo session! And just think how appreciative someone would be if you gave a photo session with Jessica Hughes as a Christmas or baby gift!


FREE photo note card November 13, 2009

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If you haven’t yet received a true work of art in the mail, then you’re missing out! Check out up & coming artist Ann Williams, who “depicts hidden stories from off-the-beaten path.” Her work has been featured most recently at Fusion Home Fashion, Legacy Books, and other North Texas Locations.

So, how do you get that FREE photo note card I taunted you with? Easy! When you place your order for a set of Ann Williams’ hand-crafted, hand-signed photo greeting cards (6 for $20), you get a card FREE! The catch? This deal is only good through the end of November, so place your order before time slips away from you.

Don’t show up at the holiday gift exchange or next weekend’s holiday party without a hostess gift! And if you’re looking for a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person, a box of art is the way go! Her designs range from the masculine So Co T-Bird to the touching Tin Heart (pictured here). Visit her site to see more.

Psst! Here’s a secret! The first 50 people at Etsy Dallas on November 21 get a goodie bag jammed with freebies, including one of Ann Williams’ hand-crafted, hand-signed photo greeting cards!

Expires: November 30, 2009


Reserve NOW! $10 OFF mini photo sessions for Christmas! November 11, 2009

Ok, it is November 11… Do you have your Christmas photo session booked yet? Do you have that perfect pic for your holiday cards?!?

If you’re anywhere remotely near the DFW area, this is a STEAL of a deal! JK Photography is hosting their Christmas mini sessions the weekend of December 5 & 6 for ONLY $40! And… if you refer a friend, you will BOTH save $10 off your sessions! (Now, that’s a present unto itself!)

Your mini session will include 15 minutes in their Holiday studio, 5-10 high resolution images on a CD for you to use however you wish, and 1 5×7 photographer selected print.

Please tell JK Photography you learned about this amazing bargain on Being Resourceful! 🙂

Expires: December 6 or whenever all the time slots get booked!

Thanks, Jessica!


A STEAL on fabulous fall photos of your kids! September 14, 2009

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I have found an AMAZING photographer in Plano, TX, who has just the perfect eye for capturing her subjects’ personality on film… Jessica of JK Photography is definitely THE go-to gal for photos around here. And, she’s hosting fall “mini sessions” for only $40 on September 26 and October 18.

Here’s a blurb from the email I just received…

JK Photography is pleased to offer fall mini sessions at our convenient Plano location. Each $40 session includes:

  • 15 minutes at our outdoor fall-themed set
  • 5-10 high resolution images on a CD for you to use however you wish
  • 1 5×7 photographer selected print

These time slots won’t last long! Email JK Photography at as soon as possible to book your slot.

You can thank me later!  🙂


FREE portrait @ Picture People June 7, 2009

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This one is perfect for Father’s Day! Head to Picture People and get a FREE 8×10 or 10×13 portrait, and 20% off the rest of your portrait purchase with this printable coupon.

Find a Picture People studio near you.

Expires: June 20, 2009