Iceland: Tips for the budget traveler

With $20 for a fast food meal, $37 for a pizza and $10 for a real bear ($3 for a fake one at the gas stations) – traveling to Iceland can be very expensive.  Here are some tips for saving money while in Iceland.

  1. Save your water bottle from the plane and refill it from the tap.  They hand you a bottle of Iceland water as you board Icelandic Air.  The water all over Iceland is basically fresh from the glacier so drink it rather than buying other drinks. (In most first world countries tap water is completely drinkable and was done so before the whole “bottled” water trend where bottlers convinced us we had to buy water in a bottle).
  2. Shop at the grocery stores such as Bonus or Netto.  The prices in the grocery stores aren’t too bad.  Avoid eating out as much as possible.  I suspect the meal prices include tips, taxes and a high minimum wage as well as high food costs for importing food to the remote Island nation.
  3. If you must eat out, grab a hot dog – the national snack food of Iceland.  They are about $5 or less and come with crunch onions and a grill press bun.
  4. Try camping instead of hotels.  We camped all around the Ring Road in a rental camper.  It wasn’t cheap but we save on having to buy meals.  Seems like the locals were all camping.
  5. Skip tourist traps such as The Blue Lagoon and seek out local pools.  Instead of $60+ for a swim at The Blue Lagoon, a local pool will be less than $10.
  6. Skip the expensive tours and “experiences”.  The scenery, national parks, waterfalls, trails and beaches are all free.  The only natural attraction we paid for was a crater that charged $4.  Take in the natural scenery for free and skip the boat rides, glacier walks and caves.
  7. Take public transportation rather than renting a car.  If you have the will and time, figure out the public bus system that reaches all parts of the country.
  8. Share meals.  Some of the portions are huge in Iceland so if you are a light eater you can share an order of fish and chips with a friend.
  9. We saw a lot of hitch hikers.  Hitchhiking is not uncommon in Iceland, but you might be waiting for a long time and it can ruin your plans.
  10. Don’t tip.  Locals don’t tip. But feel free to do so if you feel like it.

Limited Time Promotion – Tractor

INCREDIBLE PRICE FOR A HUGE CANVAS PRINT

I created this incredible offer for a friend of mine who has been looking for a large canvas print with a agricultural theme.  I have 15 of these available at this special price for the next five days only.  The deal was created for a good friend but your can get on it also, if you act quickly.

By request – special offer to the first 15 collectors of this 36.00″ x 24.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Vintage John Deere at Sunset.

This offer is available for five days only. First come first serve. These limited time canvas print deals can be offered at such a value price because they are batch processes using a special arrangement with the printer and are intended as a promotional special deal for those who jump on this offer. Feel free to share this after you’ve secured your canvas.

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Vintage John Deere at Sunset Canvas Print

by Edward Fielding

Purchase a 36.00″ x 24.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Vintage John Deere at Sunset for the promotional price of:

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Buying local artwork and supporting local artists

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been touching on a nerve among people fed up with seeing local manufacturing jobs disappear (all the while not doubt shopping at discount stores like Walmart full of Chinese made cheap goods), but how many stop to think about the decorative artwork they hang in their homes or offices?  A trip to Pier One can snag a nice painting made factory style in overseas but what about supporting living, breathing and often struggling American artists?  The people who contribute to the local economy and turn those downtrodden parts of the city into cool, hip, viable and soon to be yuppified livable newly discovered desirable neighborhoods?

Chinese painting factory
Inside a Chinese painting factory where 10,000 paintings cranked out from copies.

Buying from local artist is often just economically feasible as buying no-name art from national chain stores. Reproductions such as those offered here on Dogford Studios (artwork of fine artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding) is just as affordable as the mass produced artwork yet the money goes directly to supporting the artist instead of a string of middlemen with a sweatshop paycheck for the actual brush wielding robot.

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Part of the pride of art ownership is knowing a bit about the artist as opposed to knowing that the art came from chair number 45 in factory building #3. When it comes to showing off your art collection its not the market value of the piece that is interesting, its your personally skill at collecting and personal curation of your private collection.

Having people over for a party and answering questions about your artwork like this “Oh I’m glad you liked that, it was on sale at Walmart.” might as well draw a zero on your forehead in the culture department. Your bean dip better be killer to make up for that one.

This actually happened to me at a party. I was at a high level hospital director’s house and was checking out her artwork in between trips to the Gin and Tonic bar. I figured, she travels, she has money, she goes to benefits etc. Her art must be local or at least original. I complemented her on a “painting” and asked where she got it. Expecting a bit of a story behind the piece and maybe the artist. “Oh yeah, isn’t that neat. I saw it at Pier One.” Yikes! She knew I was an artist who sells their artwork for a living. Just what I want to hear, Chinese factory art hanging in the home of someone who could afford the real deal. This is someone who spends top dollar on the top gin brands, drives a sexy German sports car and whose bonuses equal a year of my son’s college tuition.

It really doesn’t take much more effort or money to buy from real artists. You can buy online or at craft fairs, art fairs, local galleries or direct from the artist on a site like this. The reward is the satisfaction of getting something few other people have discovered. Instead of someone walking in the door and saying “oh I have that.” or worse “I had that Ansel Adams poster back in the 80s”, you can show off something unique, something not found in the local Mostly Posters.

Truth be told this actually happened to me. On an Ikea buying spree I picked up a framed Picasso drawing reproduction and hung it in the entry way. Our new neighbor comes over to introduce themselves and one of the first things he said was “Oh. We have that too.”

I joked “It’s the original.” (which in our neighborhood could be true, we have some celebrities living in this town.)

He was taken aback for just a second before joke hit him but later the piece ended up in the basement and was replaced by one of my own works. Its same danger when you redecorate with everything from Home Depot. You are bound to find someone who comes over and can spot all of the fixures or tile from Home Depot. I can do it myself. “Nice tile. We put that in the bathroom of our condo back in 1992.”

Bottomline – shop local, support your artist neighbors and enjoy art collecting with a sense of individuality.

Valid Confirmed Fine Art America Discount Coupon Codes

Looking for a Fine Art America or Pixels coupon code that works?  It’s tricky because of the way the coupon codes on FAA and Pixels.com work.  The artwork prices are set by the artist so the coupon codes only work for the specific artist offering the discount.

The savings comes directly out of the artist’s pocket, not the base price of printing, framing, packaging and shipping.

Its further confused by coupon scraper sites that list coupons codes for Fine Art America, FAA or Pixels.com without explaining how they work.  These sites often just find coupon codes on social media or other coupon code sites and list them without checking if they are valid.

Art PrintsTry these coupon codes on any artwork by artist Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com or edward-fielding.pixels.com

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Discount codes are a great way to generate interest in your artwork and attract new buyers who may have been hesitant to buy from you in the past.   A new discount code is also a great excuse for sending out an e-newsletter and posting announcements on Facebook, Twitter, and your personal website / blog.

Your discount gets applied to all of your products that are sitting in the buyer’s shopping cart at the time of checkout.   If you set your discount to 25%, for example, and the buyer is purchasing a stretched canvas, a framed print, and a greeting card, the 25% discount will apply to all three products.

Important Note – If you offer a dollar amount discount, the total discount received by the buyer will never exceed your total markup.   For example, if you offer a $25 discount code, and a buyer uses it to purchase one of your greeting cards with a $1 markup, the buyer will receive a $1 discount.   The remaining $24 on the discount code would go unused unless the buyer adds additional items to the shopping cart.   If the buyer then adds a stretched canvas print to the order with a markup of $75, that markup would then be reduced by $24 to $51.

 

 

Limited Edition Music Canvas Print

Special price on this limited edition canvas print promotion to the first 25 collectors.

Life is a song love is the music by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

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Your image gets printed on a premium glossy canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars. All stretched canvases ship within one business day and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Life is a song love is the music 4 Canvas Printby Edward FieldingPurchase a 16.00″ x 20.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Life is a song love is the music 4 for the promotional price of:$99

Celebrating my 50th birthday!

Guess who turned fifty today? Half a decade, time flies you know. One minute your a gawky teenager than a blink of an eye later you have gray hair and a teenager of your own. To celebrate my birthday I’m offering a special coupon code that knocks of 50% of the costs I control on any of my artwork.

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SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SAVING COUPON CODE: XAHRLT

Hey and don’t forget Tiki! Its his birthday too!

Let the party begin! Tiki turns four!
Let the party begin! Tiki turns four!

Special Offer On Lighthouses

This week’s limited time promotions feature LIGHTHOUSES.  Each offer is available to the first 25 collectors.  Each is a 16 x 20 inch canvas print and is available for the next five days only.  Great time to decorate the beach house!

Offers:

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Free Shipping Code for Fine Art America

Free shipping codes for Fine Art America are very hard to find.  In fact they don’t exist.  Why?  Because Fine Art America is a collection of individual artists who set their own prices depending on the quality of their work, their reputation etc.  Basically no different than the off line art world where prices vary from the unknown artist to Picasso.

So when you’ve selected your original artwork from a real life original artist and you get to the check out at Fine Art America or Pixels the twin site of Fine Art America that offers more products like tote bags and t-shirts with the work of Fine Art America artists on them, you will see a coupon code box.

This is where you can enter a coupon code offered by the individual artist member and the coupon code will pertain to only that artists work.

The coupon code will be either for a dollar amount off or a percentage off of that particular artist’s work.  But it won’t ever be for free shipping because the individual artist at Fine Art America can only offer a discount on their profit not on the organizations fulfillment costs.  It makes sense because a business can’t allow individuals to cut into their operational costs and profit center.

The artist can offer seasonal discount codes or offer a repeat customer a break on a second purchase or intice a new customer with a coupon code.  Free shipping of artwork can range hugely between rolled in a tube prints and large framed artwork, metal prints and canvases.

I’ve found that shipping costs at Fine Art America to be reasonable considering the special care needed to ensure that a fragile artwork gets to its destination in one piece.  Discounting shipping would almost be an insult to the people in the shipping department who carefully wrap, package and ship the artwork.

Recently I purchase two large metal prints – 20 x 30 inch for a show and the shipping from Fine Art America was only $25 for the first one and another $10 for the second one.  When the very large package arrived it took me about 10 minutes to get into the cardboard, styrofoam padded and plastic wrapped artwork.  It certainly took a lot of time to package that artwork and I know from experience that even the cardboard boxes of that size are very expensive.  Sometimes a box can cost $10.

If you want to save on shipping from Fine Art America the best way is to purchase prints, have them shipped rolled in a tube and take the print to a local framer or if its a standard size, use a pre-made mat and frame.

But often this tactic doesn’t really save you any money.  Custom framing is often much more expensive than the buyer imagines or they don’t get around to it and as a result the artwork sites under the bed.  Get some costs ahead of time and you might find that its actually less expensive to just have the artwork framed by the experts at Fine Art America and Pixels even with the added shipping costs.

The other route is to buy canvases or metal prints which don’t require framing at all.  So if you end up spending $20 or so on shipping costs from Fine Art America, consider the savings of not having to purchase a mat and framing.

If you’ve gotten this far, you deserve a discount code!  Use this code to save on any artwork by Edward M. Fielding from my store of over 3,500 images at http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/ “DXPSAM”

Coupon Code: DXPSAM

Note: This code works for Fine Art America or Pixels

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Limited Time Promotion – Smart Dog

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Bookish Dog Canvas Printby Edward FieldingPurchase a 8.00″ x 10.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Bookish Dog for the promotional price of:$50.

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Stretched Canvas Prints – Bring your artwork to life with the texture and depth of a stretched canvas print. Your image gets printed on a premium glossy canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars. All stretched canvases ship within one business day and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.Fine Art America is one of the largest, most-respected giclee printing companies in the world with over 40 years of experience producing museum-quality prints. All of our prints are produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade Epson printers. We use acid-free papers and canvases with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.

Our return policy is very simple:

If you’re not happy with a purchase that you made on Pixels.com, for any reason, you can return it to us within 30 days of the order date. As soon as it arrives, we’ll issue a full refund for the entire purchase price, including the outgoing shipping charge. Please note – Pixels.com does not reimburse the return shipping charge unless the return is due to a defect in quality.

Pixels.com sells thousands of pieces of artwork each month – all with a 100% money-back guarantee.

If you’ve hesitated to purchase artwork online in the past, why not give us a try? You have nothing to lose!

We take great pride in the fact that artists have chosen Pixels.com to fulfill their orders, and we look forward to helping you select your next piece!

Pixels Weekly Promotion

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Not all who wander are lost 2 Canvas Printby Edward Fielding -Purchase a 20.00″ x 24.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s Not all who wander are lost 2 for the promotional price of:$99
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Your image gets printed on a premium glossy canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars. All stretched canvases ship within one business day and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.Fine Art America is one of the largest, most-respected giclee printing companies in the world with over 40 years of experience producing museum-quality prints. All of our prints are produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade Epson printers. We use acid-free papers and canvases with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.Corner Detail: Stretched canvas print with 1.5″ stretcher bars and mirrored image sides. Also available with black sides and white sides.