Updated on 10.26.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Printing Photos Edition

Trent Hamm

I’ve been experimenting with photo printing at home (related to an upcoming post). I’ve lost quite a bit of money simply mis-printing photos and trying new things.

My conclusion? If you’re printing a wide variety of stuff, you’re probably better off using a service. A one-off photo is fine. A bunch of photos? Find a service.

Cheap Things You Never Use Are No Bargain Excellent article. I have a follow-up post that I want to write, but it needs to percolate for a little while. (@ get rich slowly)

11 Reasons to Ditch Your Television When I see statistics like “the average American watches five hours of television a day,” I shudder. Yes, I know that averages aren’t perfect statistics, but even if you have one person watching two hours and one person watching eight hours, that’s still every day. (@ man vs. debt)

A Simple Formula for Financial Independence This is an interesting way to look at your expenses. It puts those little expenses in the light of what they’re costing you in terms of financial independence. (@ frugal dad)

Why Marriage Makes It So Hard to Control Remodeling Costs. (Well, Kinda Sorta.) This really boils down to the whole “supersizing” effect. If we’re already buying something, why not throw in more cash and make it a bit “better”? (@ len penzo)

The Path Between Fear and Overconfidence While this article uses investing as the backbone, this is really true of any fear people want to overcome in life. (@ dividend monk)

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  1. valleycat1 says:

    Len’s post on remodelling struck me wrong when I saw it on his blog a few weeks ago. Getting carried away & going over budget isn’t always the wife’s fault. And singles are at least as prone to budget creep as marrieds.

    Several years ago I told my DH I planned to repaint our bathroom that weekend. He immediately decided as long as I was doing that, we might as well update the fixtures. We ended up stripping the room down to the studs & foundation, special ordering a new tub, etc. because “as long as you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right.” Fortunately we did all the installation work ourselves, but talk about blowing a budget! Lesson learned the hard way, but when we later re-did the kitchen, we worked better as a team to keep within the pre-set budget.

  2. Aaron says:

    The best photo printer I have ever used is the Epson Picturemate series. You buy the ink and paper in the same package for about $35. That’s over 100 pictures, which makes them 3.5 cents apiece. The best part is they come out of the printer waterproof like the prints from stores.
    For other printing I use a laser printer, 2000+ prints for about $30 in toner.

  3. Ryan says:

    I agree that photo printing at home isn’t usually very cost effective. The volume just isn’t there to make it worth it.

  4. Riki says:

    I’m a part-time wedding photographer, and I have never seen a system that gives the quality of image I want (with correct colour) at a reasonable price. Using a service is by far the best way to go . . . and besides, it takes FOREVER to do the printing yourself.

  5. If anyone wants to save money in their next home upgrade or renovation, google the phrase “Diderot Effect.” Knowing about this phenomenon in advance will help you fight off the inevitable project creep.

  6. I am not sure what’s different for me but I find printing my self to be cheaper, maybe its because as a professional photographer I mainly print 8×10’s? I have been printing at home for the last 4 yrs on my Canon MP600 which was pretty reasonably priced(150?) and I estimate my costs with premium glossy paper at about $2 each (including ink). My printer just went bad, lines in prints, and I tried pricing prints online at Shutterfly and Kodak and 8×10 ran between 2.99 and 3.99, plus shipping of 1.79 and 2.99. That’s easily double the cost for me and I am looking to buy new printer, I have my eye on Canon’s PIXMA IP4820 which is a dedicated photo printer for only $79. I think I’ll keep printing at home, but if you do mainly 4×6 or 5×7 then yeah they are cheaper elsewhere.

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