For those that have friends and family that are too far of a distance to go and visit, sending cards is the common way to send our holiday love and cheer. It may not seem like a lot at first, but the costs associated with sending cards, especially if your list of those to send to is long, can quickly add up. Here are some tips on How to Save Money on Christmas Cards.
How to Save Money on Christmas Cards
1. Decide if it is necessary. Many people have stopped the tradition altogether in favor of e-greetings or a simple phone call.
2. Trim your list. If you decide it is important to you to send out cards, decide who will really appreciate it and send only to them. Don’t feel pressure to send to those that you know will not really care either way.
3. Switch to postcards. Postcards are cheaper to mail and since they don’t have a lot of writing space on them, you can fill them out quickly. Plus, they can be pretty cheap to purchase.
4. Make your own cards rather than purchase them. This can actually be an amazing activity to keep kids busy on those days where it is just too cold to go outside.
5. Check out the selection of cards at dollar stores. They may be kind of plain, but they are usually less than 10 cents each.
6. Thrift stores often have some great greeting cards. They are in such a hurry to get rid of them, you will get them at a great price. You may even get lucky and find some cute vintage ones.
7. Recycle last year’s cards. If you have some good covers with no writing, these can make great postcards.
8. From year to year, buy “Forever” stamps. This way, when it comes time to send out any mail, no matter what the price is, you won’t have to worry about it.
9. Buy cards when they are on clearance. This tip probably won’t help you until next year, but buying packs of holiday cards right after the holiday at deep discounts will mean it is one less thing to worry about when the time comes again.
10. Make sure you have up to date addresses on everyone you plan on sending a card to. You will waste money on postage if you get the cards back. Also, before you send, pay attention to the size of your envelopes and cards. If you are over the standard sizes allowed, you will be charged more for shipping.
What are some great ways you have found to save money on Christmas cards?