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Vistaprint: 100 Free Business Cards? Not Really, Here’s a Better Promo

logo vistaprint redFree business cards from vistaprint.com: There’s an ongoing promotion that you’ve probably heard of by now for “free” business cards from Vistaprint. To make a long story short, you only save $5 or so going with these free economy-quality cards, as you still have to pay for shipping. I say go with their $500 for $9.99 deal instead. Here’s a link to both promotions for comparison:


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Vistaprint’s free business cards aren’t free; you still have to pay shipping

“There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you want to enjoy something you have to pay for it.” – Charles Hall

Ah, well said, Charles, and such is the case with Vistaprint’s free business cards. For years this was their signature promotion, and it really did wonders for their brand. The money they lost on giving away free business cards surely was a good investment.

But, times have changed, and they really don’t need to get their name out there at a loss any more. Not only to they give away fewer business cards for free (used to be 250), but now they are referred to as “economy” business cards. For years they also added their logo on the back of the card, which screamed, “cheap-o!”

Ouch! That’s not how most successful entrepreneurs get started. Maybe they would be good for your “economy” business, but who wants cheap-looking business cards, unless you are dropping them in a fish bowl to win a free lunch. (ironic!)

Skip the free business cards and spend $15 bucks on nicer ones

freebiespot womanAnyway, in this case you should gladly accept the up-sell you get on their site. skip the free cards and consider their “500 business cards for $10” deal (read review) instead. With shipping it ends up being under $15 for 500 “standard” business cards, which are nice enough to get the job done in most cases.

*Tip: If you are on their site looking at the standard business cards, scroll down and you’ll see customer reviews. Consumer affairs is where you’ll find negative reviews, which are helpful to read, too

Vistaprint’s “free” business cards: limited design selection

On top of being printed on thinner paper, you’ll be limited in design templates for their free business cards. Do you still need reason’s to skip their free business cards promo? Actually, you might find a use for them in other creative ways. Like as tickets for an event or something. Or, maybe you print them for your kids’ lemonade stand?

No one gives away free business cards any more

I just searched for similar promotions, and this is actually as good as it gets. I estimate Vistaprint must lose $3-5 every time someone uses this promotion, so it’s purely an investment to get your contact info and hope that you remain a customer. Well, no other printing services dare match this offer, so kudos to vistaprint.com for being the “tallest midget in the room” when it comes to free business cards!

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Shutterfly: FREE Address Labels (Set of 24) – Saves $10

logo shutterflyGet a free set of return address labels from shutterfly.com: There are a lot of nice label design options at Shutterfly including seasonal labels, and ones that feature a photo. Although there is no purchase necessary, you’ll have to pay for shipping ($2.99) if you don’t buy anything else.

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*Use code: FREELABEL

*No expiration; should be ongoing. Expired? Latest Snapfish offers here


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Free address labels promotion at shutterfly.com

*source: https://customprintingdeals.com/stores/shutterfly-coupons/

Everyone can use address labels, right? Well, this is a great freebie to add to your order if you are a Shutterfly customer. However, you could say that these address labels are not truly “free” because you have to pay $3 for shipping if they are the only item that you are ordering.

Shutterfly has some nice design templates for their labels including wedding & floral designs, and a number of various font options.  There are a number of Holiday / Christmas / Winter themed labels to choose from. Their printing is really sharp, so you can consider featuring a favorite photo in the address label design, too.

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Not truly “Free” address labels, but worth paying shipping

Bottom line: I got a free set of these, and even though they aren’t totally “free,” ($3 shipping cost) I think these are probably worth it because they are really nice. Although I’d never buy these (or any other) address labels for the $9.99 retail price, they are definitely worth adding onto an existing order from Shutterfly.

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Snapfish: FREE Prints for a Year w/ App Download (New Customers)

snapfish logo blueGet 100 free 4×6″ prints when you signup & install the Snapfish App: The competition between photo-sharing sites is brutal, which means you are the winner! If you signup with a new account or email address, download, and log into the Snapfish app they will credit you with 100 free 4×6 prints every month for 12 months. Sweet!


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Snapfish Free Prints with App download offer for New Customers

So, this freebie is pretty straight-forward; basically you have to signup a new account with Snapfish, then download their app, and log into the app.

*source: https://customprintingdeals.com/stores/snapfish-coupons/

After doing so, your account will be credited with 100 free 4×6 print credits every month for 12 months. Here’s more about how it works:

  • For new Snapfish customers only
  • Unused credits will expire at the end of each month
  • 100 new print credits are added on the first of each new month
  • Credits only work towards “mail to me”, and not in-store pickup at CVS or Walgreens
  • No promo code is needed
  • The free prints must be ordered through the Snapfish App, not online through snapfish.com
  • Excludes collage prints and 4×6 wallet prints
  • Shipping is extra

If you have already signed up and logged into the app but don’t see new credits for this month, you can log out and then log back in to see the credits.

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Best FREE Online Tax Preparation Software: Our Top Options for 2017

What is the best free online tax service to use in 2017? If you have a simple or 1040ez tax return, there are a number of free versions of tax software from popular brands. But, which is best for you, and is it truly free? We researched the most popular free tax sites online, and came up with our list of the best four options to consider.

Just remember that if you have a mortgage, claim dependents, or have other deductions, you might have to opt for one of the premium versions of the software. (with the exception of TaxAct, which can handle complex tax returns for free)

Paying up front for a premium or “deluxe” edition is often a good investment, costing less than what you could lose from a single missed deduction. Also, while these brands offer free filing of your Federal taxes, State fees are often extra unless you meet their qualifications including a maximum income threshold. Here’s our list of the best “free” tax software options:


#1 TurboTax

As one of the most user-friendly tax programs on the market, you should find that you have no problem using Turbo Tax. This really is the best free tax software that absolute novices can use with utter ease. One of the major pros of this tax software option is the fact that it imports tax documents from a vast variety of companies.

In fact, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that this particular software imports documents from 1.4 million financial institutions and other companies. I’m sure that you’ll agree that is seriously comprehensive; more so than many of the other downloads on the market.

To truly pay nothing to file with TurboTax AbsoluteZero, you must meet a number of qualifications, including that your adjusted gross income be under $31k. (Or, under $60k for military or those who are eligible for the earned income tax credit.)

The free version of TurboTax is pretty decent, however, there are also paid-for versions that are available including their popular Deluxe Edition. The cost of these forms of software tends to rise depending on how close the tax return deadline is. Make sure that you check out all the small print before you agree to anything. That way, you can be sure that you will never, ever get caught out.


#2: H&R Block

You’ve likely heard of the H&R Block free software before now. They do a ton of advertising during tax season, and there are hundreds of H&R Block office locations spread out through strip malls in every state.

Their website states that their free version is “best for first-time tax filers,” meaning that only simple returns will actually be free. While it’s true that this software is easy to use, there’s something you should know before you attempt to use it for yourself. You see, like TurboTax, the free version of H&R Block is only available for your Federal returns in most cases.

H&R Block has a number of qualifications for their software to truly be free including that your adjusted gross income not exceed $53k, and you must be under age 53. If you have a mortgage or are self-employed, consider their Deluxe Edition for as little as $25.

If you aren’t filing a 1040ez tax form, or you’re hoping to complete a more comprehensive version that searches for deductions, you will need to fork out money for the pleasure of doing so. That’s likely enough to put a fair few people off, but there are a whole load of advantages to using this tax accounting software.

If you need a little extra help along the way when it comes to filing your taxes, you should find that H&R Block is the perfect program for you. The helpful little ‘Learn More’ button is always available, which means that you should never have any problem understanding the software. All you have to do is click the tab and a short description box will open. Perfect. The navigation of the software should also be simple to follow; it works as a step-by-step platform which means you will never get lost.


#3: TaxACT

Again, this “free” software is only free when it comes to filing your Federal tax return. Still, it’s well worth your time and really is one of the best free tax software options on the market right now. Unlike it’s competitors TaxAct is not limited to simple tax returns, and can handle more complex tax situations than just 1040ez.

For a long time, it was hailed as one of the cheapest ways to do your taxes. However, you should know that there are a few costs to be considered before leaping at this opportunity. For example, if you need to itemize your accounts, you will actually need to use TaxACT Plus, which costs $14.99.

To qualify for the TaxAct Free File version, you must have an adjusted gross income under $52k.

So, what do you get with this tax software and why should you use it? Well, the security features on TaxACT are quite top-notch. For example, after just a few minutes of inactivity, the program will log you out safely. That means that you will never accidentally leave your personal information out for all to see. What’s more, the accounting software allows you to review your summary as you go. Bonus.


#4 TaxSlayer

  • taxslayer logoOne of the top free tax preparation software downloads online
  • Free Federal efile, State fee: free or $22
  • Visit taxslayer.com | Look for coupons
  • pcmag.com rating: 3/5

Finally, we come to TaxSlayer. I’m not a fan of the name, as I always picture a clip-art quality dragon getting slayed by a knight, but maybe that’s just me.

Compared to other accounting and tax programs on the market, Tax Slayer s is a rather basic setup. However, that does not mean that you should make the mistake of overlooking it. If you’re hoping for a straightforward, clean way to do your taxes, you may just have found it.

There is a rather helpful ‘Program Guide’ which will take you through the step-by-step process of completing your forms. Still, if you are used to filing your taxes, you might not even need the guide at all. Should that be the case, you can move ahead to the forms and get on with it. What’s more, the program supports all the most popular IRS forms, and so you should have no problems using this software.


The best free software for filing your taxes: just don’t sacrifice features for “free”

free signSo, with the exception of TaxAct, the free version of any software is intended for simple tax returns. If you have kids and a mortgage, you’re likely better off paying for a premium version of their software. In most cases, this will help you find more deductions, which will ultimately more than pay for the cost of the software. In fact, a single missed deduction, like giving $200 to charity, could cost you more than you saved by going with the free version of the software.

In any event, good luck, and I hope you’re able to truly file your taxes for free! If you’ve had experience with any of these free tax options, please send us your review!

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Free Samples From Vistaprint: For Business or Wedding

red vistaprint logoFree Samples from Vistaprint – If you are a small business owner / entrepreneur, or are recently engaged, then you might be interested in free samples from Vistaprint. It’s a great hand-on way to see if their wedding or marketing products are right for you. They even ship for free:


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Free Samples for Business

Vistaprint offers a free sample kit that includes samples of it’s most popular marketing materials in varying paper stocks and finishes. (Glossy or matte) Included in the kit are a number of free business cards, postcards, and a brochure. Each one is printed with helpful information about exactly which paper stock, and other options were used:

Free Samples for Wedding Printing

If you’re going to be planning a wedding, one of the most important things to nail down is the printing. This includes everything from engagement party invites to the wedding invitations and menu. If you aren’t in a rush, (they say it can take up to 2 weeks to deliver) request free sample wedding kit from Vistaprint. If you do place an order, be sure to always use one of their coupons!

Recommended Vistaprint freebies

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Turbotax Free File: 2016 Free Federal Version – Free State?

turbotax logoFile your Federal taxes for free with TurboTax Free Edition: It’s tax season, and while you still have time until the 2016 tax deadline, you should roll up your sleeves and start collecting all those tax forms that you’ll need to start filing your taxes soon.

If you don’t own a home, have dependents or are a student, your might consider filing your simple tax return with TurboTax Free Edition 2016. Federal efile is free, state file is usually extra unless Intuit is running a promotion:

turbotax free version 2016 bannerTurboTax Free 2016 – Free Federal, State fees extra

 


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Can You File State Taxes Free With TurboTax in 2016?

coupon shareState filing fees are usually extra, so the “free” applies only to your federal taxes. As a special promotion last year, TurboTax did off free state file, but that was the only time I’ve seen it.

How Much Does TurboTax State File Cost? Are there Coupons for State File?

While Federal eFile is free, the cost for state file is $39.99. (2016) You can use a coupon for Federal and state filing to reduce this cost by about 10%. You’ll see the initial discount on the software, and a 10% discount when you file your state tax return. State filing fees are the same for all versions, including the Home & Business 2016 edition of TurboTax.

TurboTax Freedom Edition Vs. Free Version: What’s the Difference?

The TurboTax Federal Free Edition is part of the standard lineup of TurboTax products from Intuit and is meant for simple tax returns. There is no limit on income level with the “free” version.

The TurboTax Freedom Edition is intended for lower-income tax filers regardless of the simplicity of their tax return. The Freedom Edition is offered through the IRS Free File Alliance Program. State returns are free with the Freedom Edition. More at turbotax.com.

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Free Seed Packet of Bee-Attracting Flowers: Freebie from FeedaBee.com

Bees need flowers, and you need freebies! (that’s what they call a “symbiotic” relationship)

Just click over to feedabee.com and click the box that says, “send me a free seed packet for a packet of seeds.” They have selected seeds for wild flowers that bees love.

Get this freebie at feedabee.com


free bee flower seedsMake this into a fun little activity, and teach your kids how important bees are to our world. (Without them, there wouldn’t be a viable food chain)

Also, remember that bees (pollinators) prefer sunny places, so be sure to pick out a sunny spot to plant the seeds!

Get your free seed packet to grow flowers for bees. After you receive your seeds, check their site for planting tips, growing tips and special ways you can support pollinator health. Make sure to share your flowers’ growing progress online using #FeedABee


Need to send flowers? Save 15-20% with a coupon:

  • Coupons for FTD
  • Coupons for 1800flowers
  • Coupons for ProFlowers
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Shutterfly: Free Magnet – Saves Up to $9

shutterfly logoShutterfly Free Photo Magnet Promotion: Want to get a free sample magnet from Shutterfly? Maybe you were thinking of giving these away as gifts, or just want to tack one on the next time you order prints; either way, it’s a great little coupon that will save you up to $9, depending on which magnet style you go with.


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Free Magnet from Shutterfly.com

Magnets make great little gifts for any occasion, and in my opinion, Shutterfly has the nicest selection around. Choose options like rounded corners, add text, or just go with something classic. Either way, these are some smart little photo gifts; and hey… why not try one out for free. Either add a magnet to your order, or just pay for shipping. (About $1.50)

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Shutterfly Free Sample Magnet Options

Choose to narrow your search for the perfect magnet by size, number of photos, color, collage, or collection. Remember, now that refrigerators are fancy stainless steel, you’ll want to make sure you have a good spot to stick your magnet.

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Free Magnets from Shutterfly + More Coupons

Before placing your order for a free magnet, check to see if that’s ultimately the best coupon to go with. For example, there is a sale right now for 50% off site-wide at Shutterfly, so if you’re buying 3 or 4 magnets, you’ll get a better deal going with that code.

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Shutterfly: 5 Free Wedding Invitations (5×7) – Free Samples

shutterfly logoYou already know that Shutterfly prints photos and all kinds of personalized gifts like photo books and calendars, but did you know that they print beautiful wedding invitations?

No? Well, most people don’t think of them when it comes to wedding invites, so they are trying to change that by offering 5 free wedding invites. (5×7″) Add them to your order for free, or pay only for shipping! (about $2)


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Details of Free Wedding Invites Coupon

  • This promo code is good for 5 free 5×7” wedding invitations for new customers only
  • Coupon can only be redeemed once per billing address.
  • The trim options and paper type must be the same for all invites.
  • Not valid on other size invitations, or on foil-stamped cards, photo paper cards, or mix and match invites
  • Shipping cost applies

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More About Free Shutterfly Wedding Invites

Whether you are looking for invitations with, or without photos, Shutterfly has a lot of great design templates that are searchable by theme, trim options and more.

Skipping the free samples and thinking of ordering your wedding invitations through Shutterfly today? Grab a coupon code online before placing any order on their site, as they always have promotions going on. You can find the latest list of their promo codes and free shipping offer here.

Shutterfly is the sister site of Wedding Paper Divas which actually has a lot more selection than Shutterfly, and they are offering free samples right now as well. You can also find coupons for WPD for up to a 30% discount to help bring the price down.

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Shutterfly Free Sample Wedding Invitations

Although they call these “free samples,” if you can get that guest list down another 200 people, maybe 5 invitations are all you’re going to need! And think how much you’ll save on the reception! (The bride’s Dad will be so happy; not sure about anyone else though)

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Redbox Codes: Free Rentals (Ongoing List)

Redbox-logoThey just installed a new Redbox near me so guess what that means? I’ll be posting Redbox codes for free rentals! 🙂 Don’t forget you can reserve Redbox movies online and use a Redbox online promo code to make things a little easier. See all the Redbox locations to reserve your title online.

Redbox movies must be returned by 9pm to avoid an extra day rental charge. Redbox codes can only be used once per credit card. Also, some of the Redbox promo codes below may be regional so they may not work everywhere. And in case you didn’t know, you can now rent Redbox games for PS3, Xbox360, and Wii.

Redbox Codes for Free Rentals

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