I recently had to get some passport photos taken for myself and my 2 daughters. I didn’t really give it much though who has the cheapest passport photos in Canada, so I went to Walmart. Didn’t give it a second thought. Afterall, Walmart is cheap right?
I found out the hard way they aren’t quite so cheap after all, especially for passport photos. The pictures for me and my 2 daughters was $15.99 each, or $53.73 for all 3 after 12% HST (BC Resident). It wasn’t until several weeks later that I discovered Costco does passport photos and that the price is only $7.99 per person, exactly half the price of Walmart. It was too late for me, but had I known I would have saved over $26 on photos.
2014 UPDATE: COSTCO still has the cheapest passport photos in Canada. At only $7.99, its less than half the price of most other places.
I spent about 40 minutes searching the net and travel forums (RedFlagDeals is my favorite Canadian bargain site), and calling to a handful of photo shops but nobody even came close. I might have missed it but I’m pretty sure Costco offers of the cheapest passport photos in Canada.
Quality Does Matter: Last time we got our photos taken, my twins were only 2 years old. Getting them to pose for a photo was pretty tough slugging. Try telling your kid NOT TO SMILE. It goes against everything they’ve ever been told. Last time around, we used Sears for our photo before a family trip to Las Vegas. So after we finally got the pictures taken, they were rejected from the passport office not once, but twice. It took 3 visits to Sears, a company I will never use again for my passport photos.
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Check your passport expiry date: Here’s an obvious tips for travellers but one that nearly cost me a 2 week trip to Hawaii. Two nights before our trip last spring, I checked our passports and discovered my twins’ passports had expired. We were all set to fly out of Victoria (YYJ) and couldn’t. Luckily I discovered that minors were permitted to enter the US by boat. We changed our flights so that we were flying from Seattle to Honolulu (instead of Victoria), and we caught a ferry from Victoria to Seattle. The whole incident cost me about $500. This was for the ferry, extra hotel in Seattle, flight change fees, and food.
Do you know somebody who offers passport photos in Canada cheaper than Costco?