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Frugal Family: Update Household Picture Frames and Get Discount Photo Gifts

This is the perfect time to get pictures printed and photo gifts made for the holidays.

The holidays are beginning in a couple of weeks with Halloween. If your house is anything like mine, this means it is the beginning of the season of house guests. Relatives and friends seem to visit the most in the winter. An easy way to update your home is by changing out pictures in the house. Updating the baby pictures of your teenager on the staircase wall or finally changing the wedding picture above the fire place to include all of your children is a quick and inexpensive start.

This is also the best time to start thinking of holiday cards with all of those fun pictures that you took all year. If you wait a few more weeks, your schedule will be more hectic and some of the best deals go to those who shop early. We went shopping over the weekend to find the best deals on picture frames, prints and photo gifts to help you get ready and save money.

has a huge selection of photo frames. The best time to buy them here is when they are offering 50 percent off of frames, which they do quite often. If you want one of your pictures professionally matted and framed, this is also the place for the least expensive option. Load the Michaels application on your phone to make sure you always have a coupon with you. Shoppers can print Michaels coupons here as well.

,  and  are always going to be hit or miss type of stores. But, when they have exactly what you are looking for, you will save a lot of money. Designer brands are often found at these stores at 50 percent or more off of the original department store price.
 is a store where shoppers can get very inexpensive wall frames. They start at just a few dollars and come in wood colors as well as black. If you have large walls of many pictures, this is an option for you because the focus is more on the photos than the frames. The quality of these frames is not great and you do have to examine them for scuffs and nicks, but for $3, its a steal.

They offer prints in all sizes and shoppers can upload the pictures right to their Web site to share with family and friends. Prints start at nine cents each but that price does have a minimum order number. They offer value priced photo gifts as well.

is the cheapest place to get pictures printed if you are not using a coupon or taking advantage of a sale. Often, they even beat these prices. Their regular prints are 13 cents each and they will print pictures in all sizes. If you are thinking of doing photo gifts and albums this year, their photo books are average out to about $1 per page and they have a huge assortment of photo gifts for you to choose from. Greeting cards are $15 for 50 and adding increments of 25 only increases the price by less than $6. Shoppers can upload or e-mail pictures to the store and pick them up when they shop. If you are in need of frames, this members only warehouse does have some great deals. They have packaged sets of frames which are nice because you can save money and coordinate your walls with similar frames in different sizes. These packaged sets are also great deals for sending identical gifts to each set of grandparents or other family members. Note that this is a members only store and there is an annual fee to shop at Costco.

has a photo center that has same day pick up when you upload the pictures to their Web site. This is convenient and they often have discounts and coupons in their fliers right inside the door of the store. Shoppers can go to their Web site and see all of the options that are available to create and have printed up and then simply pick them up at the store when you are out running errands.  They are currently offering 33 percent off on their greeting cards so if you know which pictures you plan on using for your holiday cards and like the choices at Walgreens, this is a good time to place that order. Prints start around 12 cents each without coupons. 

 is also offering 33 percent off right now. The prices between CVS and Walgreens are always very close, but they do have different backgrounds and options for you to choose from. CVS has online ordering and all of the same convenience methods as Walgreens. if you already normally get your pictures or have been getting e-mail discounts from Kodakgallery or Snapfish, these are also stores that you can pick up the orders from these Web sites. Sometimes shoppers get a better deal going through these other companies because of the free print offers, but often the deals are better straight through the store. Keep your eyes open. Right now, when you register at CVS online for their pictures, you can get 25 free prints. Deals like these can not be beat since they are free.
has a selection of frames and also has a photo studio. The prices of their frames are about the same as at Michaels, but rarely is there a coupon for them at Target. Watch Target for their print coupons at their Web site. They often offer free photo prints and discounts on their photo gifts. Prints start at 15 cents so they are a bit higher in price but they have some very creative gifts and ideas that the other stores do not carry.

When you order online for these stores to have them delivered to your house or to go and pick up yourself, be sure that you order though Ebates first. This site will give you cash back on your purchases just by going through them. It adds up in an account for you and then they will send you a check. Its like earning free money.

floraburney October 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM
There is a new online discount sweeping the country this holiday season, called "Printapons" where a local store is featured every day with huge discount.

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