These days, sharing your photos online is simple and free, but if you prefer to have your pictures printed the old fashioned way, it can be expensive. Here are a few great places to get photo books printed without the high costs.
The first place you should go is CVS. While the chain is known for being a top-notch pharmacy, CVS was actually rated the highest in quality and value in a recent photo book review by Good Housekeeping.
For only $4.99, you can get a 20-page, single-sided album with free shipping or same-day pickup. These are great for last-minute gifts, but if you're looking for something a little fancier, go online.
MixBook, a popular photo printing site, won a recent TopTenReviews Gold award for quality and custom design options. Here, you'll find over 150 stylish template options to choose from. Sure, these books are a little more expensive, but the high-quality design is worth it. For $6.99 and a $5.99 shipping charge, you'll get a 20-page 4"x6" booklet that you can keep forever.
If you prefer to create a photo book from your cell phone pics, try GrooveBook. This app offers a basic book design, but the price can't be beat. For just $2.99, you'll get a 100-page 4.5"x6.5" book, which includes shipping and handling.
This costs about 70 percent less than digital printing at places like Walmart, where the same photos would cost you nearly $10 plus shipping.
So, when it comes to making photo books, keep these options in mind. You'll be able to hold onto your memories and preserve your funds, too.
Save Money With These 7 Smartphone Apps
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Stop texting and start saving! Yes, your smartphone can save you money – from coupons to comparing prices to making a shopping list, these seven smartphone apps are the key to making sure you don’t go over your budget. And they’re all free!
This app, available on the iPhone and Android, allows users to scan the bar code of any item in the store and the app will find the retailer or online site that sells that item for the lowest price. This way, if you’re in a store, you can show proof to the manager that another store sells the same item for less, and ask the manager to match that lower price.
Available on the iPhone, users can find coupons from tens of thousands of retailers, like Macy’s, Kohl’s, Gap, JC Penney, and Bloomingdales. When shopping online from your phone, you can drag the promotional code from the app and drop it right into the retailer’s website when you’re checking out. You can also redeem the coupons from the app in the store – no need to print anything out!
It happens to consumers: You purchase an item and the next day it goes on sale! After you make a purchase, simply take a picture of the receipt using your smartphone, the app will store it and let you know if that items goes on sale – this way you can easily head back to the store and be credited for the difference between the sale price and the amount you paid. Some stores have a window of 15-30 days to get a price adjustment. The app is available on the iPhone and Android.
Food from your local farmer’s market is generally cheaper (and healthier) than the supermarket. Using GPS, this app finds the nearest farmer’s market – it’ll even tell you what foods and produce are in season. It’s available on the iPhone and Android phones.
Gas prices are always expensive. Type in your zip code and the GasBuddy app will find the cheapest gas station in your area. Various users post the prices at each gas station throughout the country – this way, we can all save! Available on the iPhone and Android.
Do you tend to overspend when buying gifts for friends on special occasions? This app allows user to enter in a budget for the gift – it will then suggest gifts that fit within your budget. You can even enter in your friend’s age, gender and hobbies to make sure you find the perfect gift. The app browses some 150,000 products. Available on the iPhone and Android phones.
Studies show making a shopping list (and sticking to it!) will ensure you spend less at the grocery store. This app lets users create a shopping list. To add items to the shopping list, you can scan the bar code of the item, talk to the app (using its voice activation feature) or enter it manually. Once you’ve purchased the item, you can cross it off your list, conveniently on the app!