I love photos as a way to document my journey in life and celebrate my favorite moments. My favorite moments aren’t always the “big” moments. You think of weddings or milestone birthdays or the birth of your kids or becoming an aunt or uncle as momentous occasions, and they are.
But sometimes the unplanned awesome days with your kids or with friends that include conversation and laughter that feed your soul are just as memorable.
Shutterfly is one of my favorite vendors for all things photo related. Actually I should clarify, for all things photo and in general celebratory moments, as Shutterfly offers many non-photos gifts as well.
I’m an avid scrapbooker. I literally have a huge storage unit full of paper, cut-outs, strips, scissors, glue, and all things scrapbooking collecting dust in my closet. Since I’ve learned you can create printed scrapbooks on the fly using companies like Shutterfly they have trumped the hours and hours I used to spend scrapbooking on my own.
Maybe it’s because I have less time these days. Or maybe I have lost my patience with the cutting and gluing. Am I simply less creative than I used to be? Or perhaps it’s the huge mess I make in the spare bedroom after creating a few pages and the annoyance with having to clean it all up when I’m done.
The fact that I can upload as many, or as few, photos as I want and quickly, and cost effectively create an album, or framed photo, or a number of many other items, has me using Shutterfly again and again.
I’ve found some ways you can get Shutterfly for free or at a significant discount and I wanted to share them with you.
Free Shutterfly (or really discounted)
1) Directly from Shutterfly
Sign up for their emails. Download their app. They consistently offer free items (plus shipping and handling). For instance I just got an email this morning, feeding off the excitement of the royal wedding. The email featured a call to action: “Ready for a Royal Treat?”’ I click the icon and I’m driven to a landing page to choose a free Phone Case, Notepad or Reusable Bag.
You will get charged shipping and handling for your free items, but it’s still a great deal if looking for a memento for yourself or someone else. These make great graduation gifts or father’s day gifts!
2) Manufacturer Partnerships
Interestingly enough I get free coupons for Shutterfly pretty consistently via email through Kellogg’s, Pampers, and P&G. I get many for free items like a mug or reusable bag. Those are great but generally are pretty consistent with the ones you can get directly from Shutterfly as mentioned above.
Kellogg’s gives free Shutterfly
The coupons I like that I get from these vendors, typically Kellogg’s are dollar-off coupons. For example, I just received an email from Kellogg’s for $25.00 off. Or $50 off orders of $99+. I get emails like this pretty regularly and that’s just a simple. Here’s $25.00 to spend on anything you want on Shutterfly’s website.
At one point I wanted to get monogrammed wine glasses for a few of my close girlfriends. Every time I would get a $25 off coupon via email from Kellogg’s I’d buy one. The coupon is only valid if you spend the entire value of the coupon so you have to spend at least $25 in this case.
The wine glasses are $19.99, so I wouldn’t reach the threshold. To get up to the $25 minimum I would create a custom greeting card or two and add it to the order to get me over the $25.00 minimum.
I’d pay around $7-$9 for a wine glass AND a custom card or two; typically I create custom Mother’s Day cards from my daughter to her grandmothers or a custom Father’s Day card with my daughter’s picture all over it to give to my husband on father’s day. It’s a complete win-win and my favorite way to add a low dollar item to reach a minimum threshold.
I also get similar coupons as mentioned above from Pampers. I signed up for Pampers emails when my daughter was born. They were the diapers used at the hospital so we stuck with them. At the time I thought I may get some coupons from Pamper’s so thought why not get their emails?
I don’t see a ton of coupons for diapers in my email from Pampers but pretty consistently get free Shutterfly offers. You don’t have to have a baby or use Pampers products, just sign up!
Free Shutterfly with P&G
Same story with P&G emails. Again I signed up for their emails in the hopes that coupons would be delivered to my inbox. I do get coupons for their products, but am also happily surprised periodically by some great Shutterfly offers
3) Free Gift with Purchase
This tactic is more hit-and-miss and more of a surprise. I recently received a free offer for a Shutterfly book that was included in my Kohl’s.com purchase. I didn’t know there was a free gift, it was included as a postcard in the order delivered to my house. Surprise!
I have received a free 8×8 album as a register print-out making a purchase at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
I played the Monopoly game at Jewel Osco in April and early May. One of the tear-off game pieces featured a free album as well.
Shutterfly is my go-to source for personalized gifts, both photo and other. Discover some of the ways to find Shutterfly for free or cheap and you will get so many coupons you won’t be able to use them all!
Shutterfly recently started carrying tea towels with photos and I got one for my mom for Mother’s day. It arrived in cute packaging and was a hit! They have gifts for nearly anyone and any occasion.
Now go out and save on Shutterfly my friends!
Where have you seen Shutterfly coupons or deals?
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