Christmas can be such an expensive time of the year. I know that Big and I go over budget every year. We are good about sticking to the budget until the last couple of weeks before Christmas and then we pull out the credit cards and go crazy. By the way, this post has affiliate links in it and if you purchase something from one of the companies, I will make a small profit.
This year we will be different. It is a promise that we are making to each other and discuss it every Sunday when we sit down to review our budget.
Each week, I will share a different way you can save at Christmas time. This week I will talk about Christmas Cards.
Cards have gotten so expensive over the past couple of years. When I think of spending $3.00 – $6.00 on a card for one person, I almost faint. Well, not really, but you get the idea. I would rather spend less on cards and put the extra money toward a gift or a donation to a charity.
Christmas Card Savings:
1.) We shortened our list of people who we send cards to. We decided that there were folks that we just didn’t keep in touch with any longer and we sent them an email or newsletter on line. Savings: no card cost and no postage.
2.) Buy Christmas Cards when they go on a deep sale, usually the end of January or sometime in February. I love to stop by Hallmark at the beginning of the new year to find great savings. Dollar Tree also has good buys on cards.
3.) Decide who you can send an online card to. I find it is easy to send an e-card to younger friends and family. I am old school and think I have to send a “real” Christmas card. Many younger people don’t feel that way. It is much less expensive to create an online card and send it. This goes hand in hand with #1.
4.) Send postcards. The big savings here is the cost of postage. A postcard is much less expensive to mail that a regular card. Remember – large and heavy cards cost more to mail than a regular size and weight card.
5.) Make your own cards. I love this idea. I often used my daughter’s art as a card. I made cards using her handprint or thumbprint. There are so many original ideas for handmade cards.
6.) Make your own photo card. I use PicMonkey to make my cards. My family thinks I am crazy when I decide in June or July that it is time to put on our Christmas sweaters and pose for a family photo. Here are a couple things I love about taking photos that early: the light is better and I have time to go through the photos and decide which ones are my favorites.
7.) Repurpose old cards. Cut the front off of them, and attach to new card stock. Find sayings on the computer and print them. Want them to be more personal? Share a handwritten note from you and/or your children.
Make sure you stop by next week when I talk about savings on wrapping gifts. Those old Christmas cards will come in handy then.
How do you save on cards at Christmas time or any holiday for that matter?