You finally made it to the weekend! If you are like most of the general population, then you will probably end up taking a picture of someone or something this weekend. Everyone has a camera now-a-days, whether its an actual camera, a cell phone, tablet, or even a Polaroid camera! All around us, everyday, people are taking pictures.
I tend to be one of those people that after the picture is taken, I upload it onto my social media accounts, and then delete it from my phone. The chosen favorites are sometimes saved onto my laptop. My husband keeps every photo he has ever taken, on his phone. All of the photos of our daughters exist on these devices, and I couldn’t help but have a panic attack at this thought. Once upon a time, my desktop crashed. Through the help of a tech-savvy friend, I managed to salvage some of the baby photos of my first born, but alas, most were lost. “Never again,” I vowed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you this weeks App Saturday, FREE PRINTS! I didn’t think I would be one for needing actual prints of my photos, not with technology now-a-days. I don’t have the time to make scrap books, and I figured the photos would just lay around. Well, yes and no.
When I had only one daughter, the thought of sitting down and making a scrap book seemed fun. At the very end of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with preeclampsia, and put on bed rest until my due date. I was only two weeks away, but it became a very long two weeks. I was only allowed to get up to go the bathroom. You can probably imagine my boredom, so I took up scrap-booking. I’m glad I did, since this was before my desktop crashed and I lost so many of her baby photos. Now-a-days, everything is on my social media accounts. I have several Facebook albums dating back quite a few years! Still, the idea of something happening to any of my devices, or Facebook suddenly crashing, sent my anxiety into overdrive. (I should probably also mention that yes, I have been diagnosed with anxiety. I realize that stressing over Facebook having a sudden catastrophic event isn’t exactly the norm.) Moving on…
Free Prints is exactly what it says in the name. FREE PRINTS. You don’t need to subscribe to anything, and there’s no monthly free! You simply download the App onto your device, and from there you can select the images you want printed, right from your social media accounts!
Is there a catch? Well, you can’t please everyone, and nothing is ever truly “free.” So here’s the deal:
- You can get up to 1000 free prints per year, but you can only print 85 per month. (If you want more, you can pay for more that month, or earn more by referring family and friends).
- The size of the free prints is 4X6. If you want a bigger size, then you are going to have to pay.
- You do pay shipping. It starts at $1.99, and goes up from there. I paid just under $5 for my first order. Not too bad in my opinion. Free Prints states that you will never pay more than $9.99 for shipping.
- Don’t expect amazing quality, if the images you are selecting are terrible quality. You get what you pay for. The Free Prints App will alert you if you choose a low quality image, but you can still print it anyways.
Still not sure? Click Here for the Free Prints FAQ page. I have ordered twice so far, and been very pleased both times with my photos. I selected the standard size, because I wasn’t looking for anything fancy, and I wanted the images to fit into the photo albums I have. My days of scrap-booking are long gone, since finding the time to blog can be hard enough! Photo albums are easier to put together, and my girls love to lay on the floor and look at photos of themselves, and of each other. It’s kind of nice to see them looking at something other than a television or tablet.
As my girls grow, and it comes time to switch out the photos in the picture frames, I now have the prints on hand! I used to buy the special glossy paper for the printer and spend a fortune in ink to just do it myself at home. Not anymore!
Maybe having actual prints isn’t for you, and that’s okay. I am the type of person that refuses to use a kindle or tablet for reading. I love the feeling of an actual book in my hand. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I sniff old library books in my free time, but I don’t exactly hate the smell of books. Having actual prints of my kids to hold and to look at gives me a sense of nostalgia. Not too long ago that was the only way you could see the pictures you took. Oh how the times have changed.
Click Here to learn more about the Free Prints App, and to download it, free!