Holiday Card Savings

by James & Miel on December 11, 2008 · 0 comments

Holiday cards are something you do to stay connected with friends near and far. Overall it isn’t the cheapest undertaking, given the price of cards and then postage – particularly if you are like me and send lots of international cards.

I had been thinking that I would do a post on the subject of holiday cards, but was further inspired by my experience of actually getting them out the door. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Use cards from last year. While we might be tempted to immediately go buy cards, I urge you to check your supply for any stragglers from past holidays and send those first. I managed to clear out two sets of cards that I’d had from years past and it felt very good and reduced what I had to buy by half.

Also, if you are concerned with sending out the same cards as years past, remember the following. A) The point is to stay in touch with friends and family. B) If your friends and family are paying that close of attention to which cards you have sent then they need to find a life. C) You can always start with those people who might be new on your list if you really want to play it safe.

Under a dollar. Originally a friend and I were discussing and agreed that as a rule we didn’t buy cards unless they were at least under a dollar per card, preferably less.

Discounts. However, after stopping in at Riteaid, my $1 rule was blown out of the water. Not only were the cards cheap to begin with, but they were also on half off. Thus I managed to get 30 cards for $4.99, or 16 cents a piece. I had to hunt for one that I liked, but it was well worth it and I’m certain to create a smile or two from my selection of an ice skating polar bear.

Deals. I also got a deal from Snapfish – twenty cards for 20 cents.

Use the stamps you have. I could have gone out and bought nice holiday stamps for that added touch, but instead I used up stamps that we already had to reduce the current out of pocket cost.

Overall while cards aren’t that cheap, particularly when you send out 60 as I am this year, they are great for staying in touch and sharing some holiday joy.

Happy Holidays,

Miel

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