who doesn't love free? | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, October 11, 2015

who doesn't love free?

I'm just popping in to do a quick post on how I use Shutterfly to get FREE things for my business and my classroom. I also did a Periscope about it this morning you can find here if you want to listen to my scratchy voice and watch my blurry video.

Most of the promo offers are good for 48 hours (it will say how long it's good for in the email). So, if you aren't signed up to receive their promo emails, I recommend you do that right away. And I don't get paid or compensated in any way for any of this, I just wanted to share :)

This one is a no-brainer. Whether you're a teacher or not, this deal is too good to pass up. All you have to do is fill your cart with $20 (or more), enter the promo code and checkout. You pay shipping. That's it. So basically, you get $20 for FREE.
 Lots of these types of promos happen. This last summer their was a TON. I took advantage of this and stocked up on all kinds of logo stuff (good for passing out at a certain upcoming Vegas conference...) and teaching items.
I've also saved my gift certificates as images and uploaded those and used the "101 Free prints" promo (it's a common one they have) to order a stack of gift certificates ranging from $5-$100 to send to blogger meetups and friends.  You could make postcards to send to your class (before the first day of school is just one idea).  ****If you are hosting a blogger meetup, please contact me! I'd love to send you something! 

And here's another tip--create things ahead of time so when the deal comes to your email, you just have to add the item to your cart! I have all of these in my "Saved Projects" folder on Shutterfly. If you saw me in Vegas last year and said, "Bring on the Cha Ching!" you may have received one of those items :)  I also ordered cards and address labels (both were free at one point last summer) for sending gift certificates to my store, as well as cards to send to parents when they volunteered or donated something. You can never have enough cards! Plus, from about now to mid-December, they have all kinds of promotions for Christmas cards (I snagged ours free last year and the year before).
Over the last 2 years I've taken advantage of the FREE 16x20 poster promotions and ordered my Writing Workshop Anchor Charts as posters.
And here's what they look like when they arrive (minus the cute toddler inserted to show how big they are):
And if you want to blow up your own images into a poster size (say...an anchor chart), you upload it as an image (save as a PNG in Powerpoint) and then upload it onto Shutterfly.
Change the size to 16x20 instead of the default 4x6.  Enter your promo, order and done! Shipping is usually around $5 for me (and that's to Alaska), but I imagine it's somewhat similar if you're shipping elsewhere in the U.S. 

 As you can see below from my order history, you could easily start spending a lot of money. BUT, if you think of it as an investment, you could be saving money (glass full here).
So, that's it! I hope you found this post useful!


  1. I've been taking advantage of quite a few of these. Our classroom Christmas cards are on their way thanks to the free $20.

    A Very Curious Class


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