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9+ Places to Make Cheap Photo Calendars and Other Ways to Save

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If you’re like me, photo calendars aren’t just a convenient, inexpensive personalized gift — they’ve become essential. No, really, if I forget the photo calendar during the holiday season, the grandparents will let me have it. 

Now, if you’re not careful, you could end up spending a lot on photo calendars, but I’ve got the tips you need to make sure you don’t spend more than $20 per calendar (but we can do way better than that). 

You’d be surprised how many online printing services offer affordable options for creating custom photo calendars. And don’t overlook your neighborhood drugstore like CVS and Walgreens for up to 50% off deals. Websites like Shutterfly, Vistaprint, and Snapfish often have discounts, too — especially during the holidays. And then there are email lists and coveted promo codes. We’ll cut through all of it to get you the best deal. 

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Where to Make Cheap Photo Calendars

1. Shutterfly Photo Calendar: FREE!


It doesn’t get any cheaper than free. That’s right, Shutterfly has an incredible freebie deal on 8 x 11 wall calendars. Through Nov. 19, all you have to do is use promo code CALENDARS on the Shutterfly app or website. Click a template you like (or design your own), then click Personalize to add custom fonts, photos, backgrounds, and more. 

Want something bigger? To get a 12x12 wall calendar, just pay the difference in price between an 8x11 and a 12x12… which would just be $5.00.

Current Promos 

  • Get a FREE 8 x 11 wall calendar with code CALENDARS (expires Nov. 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT).

  • New customers enjoy FREE shipping (no minimum, register to receive promo code, expires 30 days from registration).

  • Use code SAVENOW for 50% off orders over $49 or 40% off orders $29+ (expires Nov. 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT).

  • Enjoy free economy shipping on orders of $79+ with code SHIP79 (expires Nov. 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT).

2. Staples Photo Calendar: Starting at $4.99

One of the best deals for cheap photo calendars is at Staples. With their 50% off everything sale, calendars start at $4.99 each (reg. $9.99). Depending on how quickly you need a photo calendar, Staples offers expedited delivery (as soon as same-day). 

Both of Staples’ personalized calendars are coil bound, but the signature option is printed on premium stock paper with no white margin. Once you establish a Staples account, you can upload your photos and add personalization. The 50% off coupon can be redeemed online or printed. 

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 Calendar Spiraled Express: $4.99 (reg. $9.99).

  • 8.5 x 11 Calendar Spiraled Signature: $7.99 (reg. $15.99).

  • Plus, enjoy free next-day delivery with no minimum order. Use code 80323 for 50% off everything until Nov. 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT.

3. Snapfish Photo Calendar: $5.99

Snapfish has an incredible sale on wall calendars through Nov. 19, 2023. Normally 8.5 x 11 calendars are $24.99, but with promo code TWINKLECAL599 the price drops to $5.99! Or you can choose to buy one, get two free calendar deal. 

And the process to make a photo calendar is just as simple. Just choose the calendar size and design and upload your photos. Then add any texts or graphics. Since you’re designing it in Snapfish’s design portal, your project is saved and can easily be accessed. 

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 wall calendars: $5.99 with code TWINKLECAL599 (expires Nov. 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT).

  • Buy one, get two free with code TWINKLECALB (expires Nov. 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT).

Note: Economy shipping is $7.99 (and takes up to 8 business days).

4. Printerpix Photo Calendar: $10.49

At Printerpix, their 8 x 11 size is available for wall and double calendar orders. A double-size calendar opens at 8 x 11 and closes at 8 x 6. This option is a few bucks more than your standard wall calendar. They do offer more discounts as you increase your quantity. For instance, 100 calendars are 79% off or $7.49 each.

Printerpix is having a 70% off sale, so the 8 x 11 wall calendar is only $10.49 compared to $34.95. This sweet deal also comes with same day shipping, 100% free returns, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Their calendars are HD-printed on glossy, sturdy photographic paper. 

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 calendar spiraled: $10.49 (reg. $34.95).

  • Get 40% off your first order with Printerpix when you sign up for their email.

  • Enjoy a massive 70% discount sitewide with no promo code required.

Note: Economy shipping is available for $9.99 with a delivery time of 5-10 working days.

5. CVS Photo Calendar: $11.99

CVS is having a sitewide 40% off sale, so 12-month wall calendars normally $19.99 are discounted to $11.99. CVS doesn’t offer same day pickup, so calendars will need to be shipped. Their standard shipping rate is $5.99, but rush is available for $24.99, so keep this mind and plan early.

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 Calendar Spiraled: $11.99 (reg. $19.99).

  • Use code 40SITE to get 40% off everything (expires Nov. 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET).

Note: Standard Shipping is $5.99 and takes 1-4 business days.

6. VistaPrint Photo Calendar: $11.99

If custom calendars are your thing (obviously), VistaPrint has a wide selection – wall, desk, poster, and magnetic. Wall calendars are currently just $11.99 with their promo code, saving you 40%. Aside from adding photos, you can also add birthdays and special events to your calendar. 

Current Promos

  • 8 x 11.5 Calendar Spiraled: $11.99 (reg. $19.99).

  • Up to 50% off holiday products: Including calendars, with code HOLIDAY50 (expires Jan. 1, 2024).

Note: VistaPrint has free shipping on orders over $100.

7. Walgreens Photo Calendar: $12.49


I always find Walgreens photo coupons by heading right to their store deals page. It always feels like they’re giving items away! Their 8.5 x 11 photo wall calendar is normally $24.99, but with their current 50% off promo, the calendar is $12.49. Plus, there’s free same day pickup. 

If you’re feeling creative, there’s a design-your-own option or you can just choose a pre-made template. Once you decide on a design, a drag-and-drop website will appear for you to upload photos and start designing. You will need a Walgreens account to add photos and use their project builder. 

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 Calendar Spiraled: $12.49 (reg. $24.99)

  • 50% off everything with code 50OFFEVERY (expires Nov. 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT)

Note: Standard Shipping costs $9.99 (1-7 business days; only applicable for 9 x 12, 11 x 14, and 12 x 12 calendars).

8. Walmart Photo Calendar: $12.96

Walmart loves rolling back prices, and you can benefit by saving some cash (about 14%) right now on their spiraled wall calendars. While Walmart does sell an 18-month photo calendar, only their 12-month calendar is on sale. And there’s same-day pickup, so you don’t have to stress about shipping delays. 

Like Walgreens, you’ll have to sign in or create an account and you have the option to design a calendar format or begin with one of their templates. The interesting thing is that you can order up to 1000 calendars, but they’re all the same price. So if you were hoping to save on multiples, you’re out of luck. 

Current Promos

  • 8.5 x 11 calendar spiraled: $12.96 (reg. $14.96).

  • Same-day pickup available; free shipping on orders of $35+ for Walmart Plus members (takes 2 days or less).

9. Minted Photo Calendar: Starting at $24.80

Minted is on the higher end of photo calendar costs (due to their premium, luxury paper), but you can still save 15% to 20% with various offers. Their 8 x 11.5 calendar is normally $31, but the price drops to $24.80 with their 20% off promo if you’re a new customer. 

Not a newbie? Use their 15% off deal to get the calendar for $26.35. I guess the bright spot is that you can get a FREE calendar when you save 10 personal occasions, and Minted offers free recipient address printing. Still though, Staples is only $5!

Current Promos

  • 8 x 11.5 calendar spiraled: $24.80 (reg. $31)

  • 20% off for new customers with code NCWELCMNTD

  • 20% off for new customers with Minted email signup

  • 15% off gifts (including calendars) with code HOLIDAYJOY23 (expires Nov. 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT)

Note: Standard shipping costs $3.95 to $9.95 and takes 4-7 business days.

Other Places to Make Cheap Photo Calendars


Bulk Orders & Group Discounts

Consider placing bulk orders if you're creating calendars for a group or organization. Many printing services offer discounts for large quantities. Pooling orders with friends, family, or colleagues can help you take advantage of bulk pricing and reduce individual costs.

Free Templates & Software

Look for free calendar templates and design software to create your photo calendars. Online platforms like Canva, Fotor, or even Microsoft Word offer customizable templates for calendars. These freebies can significantly cut down on design costs.

DIY Printing

If you have access to a good quality printer, consider printing the calendars at home. Purchase high-quality photo paper to ensure the best print results. This option may not be as cost-effective for large quantities, it can be a budget-friendly choice for smaller batches.

Local Print Shops

When I want to support local and save on larger print orders (especially for wedding invitations), I look to local print shops like Minuteman Press. Sometimes, smaller businesses offer competitive prices and personalized service. Visit or call around to compare quotes and inquire about any ongoing promotions or discounts.

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