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Thursday, November 13, 2008

A new perspective that saves money on holiday photo cards + $10 off at Kodak Gallery

Yesterday, one of my most favorite bloggers, Heather at Freebies 4 Mom, posted a coupon code for a free set of photo cards at Kodak Gallery (TRYUS3).

The code gave me a credit for $10 off a set of in-stock 5x7 photo cards. But there are only 10 cards per set, and I need at least 65 cards this year. Each set is $9.99, although there are volume discounts. Ordering seven sets would bring the price down to $6.99 per set, but that still totals $48.93. Factor in the $10 discount and postage and we're still talking over $65 before shipping, although that's before additional coupon codes.

And that was when it hit me: All of our holiday photo cards don't have to be exactly the same! I'll use the same photo for all of the cards, but it makes no difference to anyone - least of all the recipients - if the background is different.

I can now hunt for the very best deals on photo card sets without regard to quantity. If I can purchase them all at one time at a steep discount, so much the better. But if I have to pick them up one set at a time, that's fine too. It takes almost no time at all to create a card. And it's early enough in the season that my need is not yet urgent - in fact, Angie at Baby Cheapskate says the best photo deals are yet to come (check out her post for current photo deals).

Incidentally, I ordered my set from Kodak and elected to pick them up at CVS, which kept the shipping down to $1.49 (it would have been $2.49 to have them delivered to my doorstep). Since I always go to CVS anyway, the $1 savings is worth it.

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4 Comments:

  • At 11/14/08, 5:09 AM, Anonymous michelle allen said…

    Actually, kodakgallery is offering 20% off most items right now. If you need the code, let me know.

     
  • At 11/14/08, 2:19 PM, Blogger Clean ClutterFree Simple said…

    Costco has great prices for photo cards and you can order them online for in-store pick-up.

     
  • At 11/14/08, 2:27 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Michelle & CCS - Thanks to you both, I'll keep that in mind! The Kodak set works out to 15 cents per card, and it's now my price to beat. I realize that's going to be tough - the best price that Amy at MomAdvice found was 23 cents per card - but I'm sure going to try! :)

     
  • At 11/16/08, 3:24 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    Snapfish is offering 20 4x8 cards for $.20 (total) plus shipping. I paid $3.44 total. Code is CARD08 and is good until Nov 23rd. Not as cheap as Kodak, but still not bad overall.

    I blogged here about it: http://www.growingupgabel.com/2008/11/cheap-photo-cards-from-kodak-snapfish.html

     

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