Previously I made a post about how you can get good printing for cheap without sacrificing quality. Today, I’d like to branch out into how to create attractive designs for your business.

If you have a business, one of the most crucial marketing pieces for you is your business card. You want your card to be attractive and welcoming, but at the same time, if you are a new business, you probably want to keep your costs low as well. Here are a few tips on how you can produce business cards cheaply.

1. Use software and print your own cards
You can buy blank business card templates from Avery then use software to create the look of the card you want. The good thing about this technique is that as long as you have the template paper, you will always be able to create as many cards as you need without worrying about running out. Make sure you use a high quality printer or laser printer for this, so that your cards come out looking professional.

2. Design your cards using graphic design software
If you have a bit more hands-on design skills, you can use a program like Photoshop to create your own unique business card. You can download templates online to work off of. There are also other, simpler programs you can use to create your own business card from scratch.

3. Hire a designer to design your card
You can find a lot of relatively cheap designers on the internet to design your card for you. This isn’t very difficult graphic design work, so it likely will not cost you too much money, and you benefit by getting a nice looking business card that is professionally designed.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a logo (many businesses surprisingly do not), then it’s important to get an attractive logo designed as soon as possible. This need not cost a lot of money, but you want to make sure you spend enough to get a professional-looking design. Avoid cheap sites like Fiverr or Elance, and instead hire a trusted company such as Deluxe Checks. Deluxe is not just a check company anymore, and they offer a whole assortment of high-quality B2B services. Granted, they are not as cheap as other options, but you can get a pretty good price if you utilize a Deluxe promo code from

4. Use online design tools from print stores
Most popular online printing services like printplace or Vistaprint offers an online tools you can use to create your business cards on the fly. Usually, you just pick a predesigned look and add your details to the card. The process is simple and the cards still look quite nice. To get the best deal on online printing, make sure you use an online coupon from  PrintPlace.

If you want to save money, you may wish to print your own cards using an inkjet printer. If you do this, make sure you have a high quality printer, and it’s also a good idea to always have a lot of ink cartridges on hand since you don’t want to run out. I recommend purchasing ink cheaply from online superstores like 4inkjets.

When you buy your ink online, there are several benefits. Not only do you save money and have access to hundreds of refurbished cartridges selling cheaply, you can also take advantage of online coupons to get additional discounts. So as you can see, it really is possible to get the best of both worlds. Follow the advice above and you’ll get nice business cards you can be proud of at an affordable price.

These days, there is no shortage of great online printing companies. These companies compete on two levels. On the one hand, there seem to be many companies that offer a low price. There are also many services like PrintPlace, however, that distinguish themselves by offering a quick turnaround.

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You may worry, however, that a company that offers low prices or fast turnaround times may not offer the best printing quality. This, however, is not necessarily true. I have used both types of printing services with good results. But it remains true that you must shop around and test different printers before you find a suitable one.

I like to place small orders for things like business cards to test out a printer before relying on them for larger orders. That’s what I did with PrintPlace. To my surprise, the service provided me with top quality products.

To be certain, PrintPlace isn’t the only great printer out there. I recommend reading reviews on the internet and trying out at least 3 different services before you commit to a certain printing service.

Also, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any online coupons you can get a hold of. Most printing services offer coupons on a regular basis. In the case of PrintPlace, I used a coupon recent to receive over 10% off on my order.

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But of course, this blog is about frugality, so I will now reveal how you can watch the Walking Dead full episodes very, very cheaply. Keep in mind, each episode will cost you $1.99 if you buy them on iTunes. My method will let you watch unlimited episodes every month either for free or for $7.99 a month.

Here is how it works. You sign up for a free trial at Netflix, which will last you 30 days. Once you are a member you can watch previous seasons to your heart’s content. If you decide to keep the service then it’s $7.99 from the second month on.

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