Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'Tis the season ... for deals

This picture came to mind while writing this post. That's 7-month-old Cate as she appeared on our card in 2007.

Honestly, I like Christmas shopping well before it's Christmas time. It helps me enjoy the season more when I don't have a shopping list hanging over my head. Plus it means I buy gifts as I find them and often use great deals that show up in my inbox.

So, in the spirit of Christmas being less than two months away, I thought I'd share some deals. And you'll notice I think photos make lovely gifts.

Shutterfly Photo Books
These are my favorite brand of photo books and they're 50% off through Monday, Nov. 3 when you use the code PUMPKIN.

Just in general, yes. I've bought University of Kentucky, My Little Pony and Lego goodies for fall birthday and Christmas presents. The sales are quick and some items aren't available long, but I'm sure if you browse long enough you'll find a good deal on that perfect gift for someone.

Encouragement can come in cards, home decor, books, journals and coffee mugs. There are often deals here. Right now, there are some new fall gifts. You can also save 40% on one item through Saturday, Nov. 1 with the code EARLY GIFT. {Yes, I took advantage of this and bought a gift. And, yes, now I want what I bought for my own kitchen table.} Free shipping comes with an order more than $30 when you use SHIPPING30.

Photo Cards
Last year, I ordered lots of smaller sets of different Christmas cards as I found deals. I used Ink Garden, York Photo, Shutterfly and Tiny Prints. I recommend them all, so be watching those photo printing companies if you want to stock up on free and discounted cards.

Right now, York has 10 FREE 5x7 ornate stationary cards that can be personalized through Saturday, Nov. 23 with the code CARD GIFT. You have to be a new customer and pay a few dollars for shipping.

And Ink Garden also has 10 FREE cards and 40% off the rest of your card order for new customers! For the cards, use the code WinterCards. And for 40% off use Cards40. These offers can be combined through Dec. 17.

I prefer Amazon over Walmart any day. I live in a small town remember. After much debating, we finally became Prime members again. This time we had to pay for it, but I'm glad we're back. {Find about a free Prime trial. There is free two-day shipping, lots of movies and TV shows to stream for free, and Kindle books to borrow for free. For free.} Starting Friday, Amazon is going to have various deals each week through Nov. 30 while counting down to Black Friday. You can also purchase holiday gift cards and get a free gift box and free one-day shipping. And, yes, books always make good gifts.

Have you started Christmas shopping? Seen any good deals lately?

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