Each year, the average American family typically spends around $25 on greeting cards for the holidays, not including postage. When you think of it that way, $25 could get you a 30-minute massage or five chocolate chip frappes! Year after year, the added expense of holiday cards becomes burdensome. Here are some helpful ways to send out amazing cards without the hefty price tag.
- Make Your Own: As long as you don’t plan to send hundreds of cards this year, grab the family, some scrap paper and your arts & crafts box and make your own. Personalizing each card makes each card special and could become a great tradition to do with your family each year.
- Keep The List Small: Every year I seem to add more and more people to our card list: the new PTO mom, my daughters’ new dance teacher, the dog groomer, the old man at the end of the street that always says hi to me…you get the idea. Keep the list to those that are just family and close friends, saving you both time and money.
- Check Dollar Stores: Most dollar stores will have a box of 10 or 12 cards for just $1.00. Larger retailers carry a box of 20 to 25 for more than $5.00. But grab them quickly, these boxes of cards always seem fly off the shelves at our dollar store.
- Try Vistaprint: You probably already know that Vistaprint offers business cards, magnets and calendars but you may not know that the site has an incredible selection of holiday cards that will fit any budget. Plus, CouponCabin often has a coupon for Vistaprint so make sure to check before you order!
- Send a Card Via Email: With more and more people relying on text messaging and emails to communicate, snail mail is becoming a thing of the past. Keep up with the times and send a e-card. You can usually add your own photos and some websites even create singing and dancing photos of yourself! This is the best option when you want to save time and money but still want to send some holiday cheer to your loved ones.
What methods will you use to save money on holiday cards this year?
Post contributed by Brianne Miller of Just Trying to Save Money.