Looking for the best online photo printing deals? If you love to order prints online but hate paying full price, check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints!
Reader Kara wrote in with this great question:
“Hello, I was wondering what is the least expensive way to print pictures? I used to wait until Shutterfly did their free prints deals but last time I did that it seemed that their shipping fees had gone up. Any other suggestions?”
How to Get Cheap Photo Prints
I know many of you are probably like Kara and on the hunt for the best online photo printing deals!
So I decided to take this question to the readers on our Facebook page to see what their best tips were (thank you to those of you who commented!). They came up with a lot of great suggestions, but these were the top companies!
Before you go to order prints online, be sure to check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints:
While shipping costs have gone up slightly over the years, Shutterfly is still a go-to option for cheap photo prints because of the amount of coupon codes they offer on a regular basis.
In fact, Shutterfly regularly offers free print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 50 free prints and select free products when they sign up. Shutterfly also has prepaid print plans that can give you photos for just 9 cents each.
To keep shipping costs lower, try ordering 95 prints when a free print deal is going on. The shipping fees can be up to $4 less by simply decreasing your order by a few prints.
Or, consider doing in-store pickup instead. During the checkout process, click the “1-Hour Pick Up Available” link under eligible 4×6 prints to search for your preferred local Target, Walmart, or CVS store by zip code.
Snapfish offers standard 4×6 prints starting at 9 cents each, plus shipping. They regularly offer free and discounted print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 100 4×6 prints when they join.
Sometimes they even offer deals where you can get FREE prints with FREE shipping!
If you choose to pick up your prints in-store from participating CVS or Walgreens stores, you can see the cost difference on the order screen. For instance, you can get up to 49 prints from CVS at 29 cents each. If you get 50 or more prints, the price goes down to 19 cents apiece. It might end up being cheaper to choose this option instead of paying for the 9 cent prints plus shipping.
The Snapfish App gives you 100 free prints each month for the first year you sign up with the app. You only have to pay for shipping and one reader reported her shipping was only $2.95. Shipping costs may vary according to where you live. You can edit photos within the app and see how they will print.
An easy and budget-friendly way to order prints online is Amazon Photos — where they offer 4×6 prints for 9 cents each with free shipping.
Members receive 5 GB of storage free but after that, you’ll need to choose a digital storage plan. If you’re a Prime member, you get unlimited storage for free!
They do occasionally offer free prints.
Note: If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial!
Another great way to save when you order prints online is to use the FreePrints app!
Customers receive 85 free 4×6 prints per month and only need to pay for shipping. You can get up to 1000 free prints in a year! If you need more than 85 prints, you can pay for those.
Shipping starts at $1.99 and is never more than $9.99 no matter how many prints you order. There’s also a FreePrints Photobooks app, which will give you one free photo book per month.
There are no subscriptions and no commitments.
Walmart offers 9 cent 4×6 prints for home delivery, plus shipping. If you do the 1-Hour Rollback option in the store, it’s 25 cents per print for 74 photos or less and then 15 cents apiece for 75 photos or more. They offer free shipping on orders over $25.
Readers really loved Printique’s photo quality, especially for photo albums. Their 4×6 photos are currently 29 cents each and economy shipping is $5.95. (See their price list.) They also offer a full range of photo sizes, so they’re a great option if you need a non-standard print.
You can sign up for special deals on their website. And if you’re a new customer, you can get 15% off your first order with coupon code Pixnew15 at checkout.
They also have an app for Apple products.
People who prioritize photo quality will also want to take a look at Mpix, a service even photographers recommend! Readers are impressed with the quality, as well as the care they take in packaging your products. Their 4×6 prints are 29 cents each. Economy shipping is $3.95.
They have a Reward Program where you can earn points towards discounts and special offers with every purchase you make. You can earn 100 points just for signing up for a Mpix account. When you reach 500 points, you’ll get free shipping or a $5 coupon.
A lot of readers said Costco was a great inexpensive option for photo prints.
If you do a mail order and have them shipped to the warehouse, you’ll pay as low as 9 cents for 4×6 prints. And shipping is free if you opt for standard delivery.
If you want to do in-house warehouse pick-up, you’ll pay 17 cents each for the first 99 4×6 prints or 14 cents each for 100 or more prints.
9. Sam’s Club
At Sam’s Club, 4×6 photos are 10 cents each for 1 Hour Photo. They are 8 cents each if shipped to your home.
They regularly offer special deals and you can upload your photos on their app. New customers get 50 free prints when they sign up for an account.
Walgreens offers your first 74 4×6 prints for 33 cents each. If you order 75 or more, you’ll pay 23 cents each. The price is the same for in-store pickup or mail delivery. Standard shipping costs start at $0.99 and go up to $5.89.
Many readers report they’ll place their order through the app or website and pick it up at the store an hour later or at their convenience instead of having it shipped. The Walgreens app allows you to print the photo directly from your phone.
Customers can also sign up to receive special deals by email. And Walgreens regularly sends out free print and coupon deals to make their print prices even better. (You can also earn Balance Rewards points!)
One reader went so far as to say she’s saved more money than she’s spent on prints at Walgreens!
As a competitor of Walgreens, they have a very similar pricing structure.
The first 74 4×6 prints from Walgreens are 33 cents each and 75 or more prints are just 23 cents each.
Groovebook is a unique option that lets you create a 4×6 “photo book” with between 40-100 pictures each month. The photo are perforated, so you can tear and share them just like regular photo prints.
Subscriptions cost $3.99 per month — so it’s like paying just under $0.04 per print! You can get your first Groovebook for FREE with code MYFREEBOOK at checkout.
If you have fewer than 100 photos that month, they’ll fill the rest of the book with duplicates. The app seamlessly integrates with the photos on your phone and is available for iPhone and Android.
I’ve heard from a lot of people who use and love Groovebook!
Bonus Tip: You might also try your locally owned photography shop, because they typically offer coupons and have some of the best quality around! While this will vary by location, it’s definitely an option to look into!