I love all the freebies from Shutterfly, which I use to stock up on birthday, holiday and random gifts for my parents and in-laws. Since I won't be posting daily to let you know when there's a code out, I wanted to make sure you know how to keep getting your freebies.
The key is to make sure you've signed up to receive their emails and mailers. I get a lot of codes that are just for me (i.e., they can only be used once). Although the email will say the code is only good for a few products, when I enter it, I often get a much longer list of products that I can get for free. Shutterfly's emails can easily end up in your spam folder, so make sure you add Shutterfly@em.shutterfly.com to your Contacts, and regularly check your spam folder since the codes are time sensitive.
If you're not sure if you've signed up for Shutterfly emails and mailers, go to Shutterfly.com and click on the little down arrow next to your name at the top right of the page:
Click on "Settings" in the drop down menu, then scroll down to "Account Settings" and select "Change communication preferences."
Make sure the boxes are checked, or check the boxes and save your changes.
Pro tip: When you click on "Settings" in the drop down menu, you'll see a box with "Enter Code" in it.
If you enter the code here, then click on "My Promos," you'll see a list of the promotions currently attached to your account. This is a great way to check if the code you entered is good for more than just what was listed in the email. You can also enter codes and come back later to use them, so long as you use them by the expiration date.
Of course, you almost always have to pay for shipping for the free products, so that's definitely something to keep in mind. As I mentioned last week, I've started buying discounted Shutterfly gift cards to pay for the shipping costs. I'm still paying for shipping, but because I paid less than face value for the gift card, I'm at least saving some money.
I'll leave you with a word of caution: Don't order a freebie just to order something, or you'll likely end up wasting money. For example, I've gotten carried away and ordered multiple notepads, only to have no real use for them. Or another example: the reusable shopping bags are great, but shipping is around $8. You can buy a reusable bag for $0.99 just about anywhere. So only buy the bag from Shutterfly if a customized bag is going to be meaningful. I love having bags with my kids' artwork on them, so it was a worthwhile purchase for me, but only three of the dozen reusable bags I regularly use are from Shutterfly.
How do you use Shutterfly freebies?
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