The Tiny Heart: That Time I Got A DSLR for $40

7.10.2014

That Time I Got A DSLR for $40




Blouse-Old Navy (similar H&M Sleeveless Blouse for $12), Belt-H&M (similar H&M Leather Belt), Shorts-Rampage (similar Loft Shorts), Sandals-American Eagle (similar Journee Sandals), Bag-Forever Tiff Couture (similar House of Fraser Bag)

Not sure if you guys have noticed, but I got a DSLR! (all my photos this week have been taken with my new camera). I bought a Canon Rebel T3. I was tired of taking photos with my digital camera and hating the way my photos looked. But I didn't have the extra money just laying around. 

So what did I do? I saved up gift cards, most of which I won from giveaways. I also signed up for camel camel camel, a site that tracks Amazon items and will alert you when the price drops. I got an alert that the camera had dropped down to just $299! (the lowest it's been since 2011!). I had managed to rack up $280 in gift cards, so the camera wound up costing me a grand total of $40 including tax.
  

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49 comments:

  1. That is amazing. How smart of you! I might need to sign up for camel camel camel!

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  2. What a steal!!! That is a well deserved splurge, and for $40 can't go wrong! Love those shorts too!

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  3. What a deal! I use a DSLR but I still can't get the hang of it...hahaha

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  4. oh wow good job and the pictures are amazing.
    k at www.beautystylegrowth.com

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  5. GREAT outfit Sharon!! XO

    Lisa,xo

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  6. Love this! White and olive is one of my favorite color combos! Omg I can't believe you got your DSLR for 40$! Go girl!

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  7. That's crazy you got a Rebel for $40!!! I need to start doing the same thing so I can get a new one for cheap! Definitely checking out that site! :)

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  8. What??!!! That header certainly grabbed my attention! Congrats on superb shopping. And good luck with the new camera. When I shifted from a point-and-shoot to a real dSLR, my enthusiasm for taking pictures exploded. And the photos got significantly better. I hope the same happens for you.

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  9. Congratulations on that steal of a camera Sharon.....looking forward to see great images from you!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  10. What an awesome deal with saving up the gift cards towards a big purchase! The pictures are much more crisps you can see the difference. Great summer outfit - love those sandals.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  11. OMG I was going to mention how this pictures were so sharp, and you looked super pretty (not due to the camera off course) that is such a crazy steal, congrats girl!!!!

    Please do share new tips as you work with it, I am still trying to figure mine out.

    Natalia

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  12. What! That's such an awesome deal!! I'm sure you'll love it! Also you looks amazing in your outfit!

    http://aboutamor.com

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  13. That is awesome that you were able to get it for such a good deal!! I hope you enjoy it! I just started using my husband's DSLR camera and it is so much fun!

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  14. so cool! I'm looking to upgrade my DSLR, might have to do that camel Camel Camel (random name). Your pictures from above look awesome with your new camera. And I love the green shorts:)

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  15. Wow that's an amazing deal! I got like $50 off mine and though I was a savvy shopper haha! Giftcards clearly pay off

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  16. Wow, what a steal! Congrats on the new camera, your photos are looking fabulous!
    I love getting reward points with my credit card... what is better than getting to shop for free?
    Chic on the Cheap

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  17. Excellent strategy! Well done! I have a Canon Rebel 4 and I LOVE it! You're going to have so much fun with your new camera and, yes, your photos have been looking very nice lately. I especially noticed in the beach photos. Very pretty! Congrats!

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  18. Such a casual cool look for summer- especially digging those cuffed sandals! Chic honey!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  19. OK that is awesome!! and i really have been thinking your pics look great! I can totally tell!

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  20. I really like this look on you, I especially love your sandals! Congrats on your camera deal, your pictures look great.
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  21. Wow! What a steal! Regretting my $699 camera now ;)

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  22. I am soo jealous :) This is amazing--and your pics look spectacular!! I am so fed up with my digital one as well--will have to try saving up and watching for deals!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  23. Ugh I am SO unbelievably jealous.

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  24. How exciting! And what a great price!

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  25. How freaking awesome is that?!?! You did good girly...I think I'd have a hard time saving gift cards haha. ;) Your photos look great!

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  26. yay for your new camera, and that great deal!!!!! Your pictures are looking so amazing! Loving this summer outfit on you :)

    xo,
    Angela

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  27. Oh my gosh, great, great deal! I love mine. I just wish I knew how to use more of the features. I am going to look for a class this fall. Your pictures look good.

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  28. Great job on saving up and being persistent. Love the way your pics turned out. Oh and those shorts look so great on you.

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  29. Wow congrats! That's such a steal! I can definitely see the picture quality difference!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

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  30. Cute outfit!! I like the bag. :)


    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  31. That's such a good deal! I won a $250 giveaway and put that towards getting my camera! Your pictures look great!
    ~Sara

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  32. Love the photos! Amazing to get a camera for that price-- and a true testament that saving up can seem like a pain at the time but totally worth it in the end!

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  33. OMG! CONGRATTTTSSSSSSSS!!! That is so awesome!

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  34. Whoa lady, that is awesome! Great deal, and gorgeous photos too!

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  35. Awesome deal and the photos looks great!!

    Mo

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  36. holy crap! that's the best deal ever on a camera!!

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  37. Now THAT is a bargain worth bragging about!!

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  38. Yay! Yay! Yay!!! You are going to love having one!! It makes all the difference with photos. These turned out great! And daaaaaaang, girl, what a score...way to save up and keep an eye out for the deals!! So excited for you!

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  39. Amazing! I thought I was good by getting my new $80 lens for $10, but you win! Have fun with it-- great camera!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

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  40. Sharon you scored BIG! Your pictures look amazing! Love your shorts and bag.

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  41. Great casual outfit, you look comfy and chic.

    Silvia
    Spanish Muse

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  42. Great buy! A DSLR makes such a huge difference-- I love mine and know you will love yours too!

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