For those feeling the pinch this holiday season, finding alternatives for greeting cards can help.
Now is the time to start exploring your options. Each year 7 billion greeting cards are sold, making card sales big business. Prices for greeting cards typically cost $2 to $4, according to the Greeting Card Association, although some may be available for a lower (or higher) amount. And once you tack on an additional 42 cents to send each card, your costs can increase.
Do the math: To send traditional holiday cards to fifty people can easily cost $121 or more. That's expensive.
So how can you wish folks well, without Grinch-ing out?
The 21st century has ushered in a new way of communicating that has swept the masses. With increased traffic on the Internet, the stigma of sending an e-card has begun to dissipate. There are personalized e-cards and even animated cards to usher in the holidays and they’re easily available. Free e-cards can be found on Web sites such as Blue Mountain, 123 Cards, Someecards, and HDGreetings.
You can print your own postcards from photos stored on Flickr or upload a photo on AmazingMail to create a unique postcard from the same service utilized by the United States Postal Service. (Cost: A little more than $1 per card.) Add a personal touch by sending holiday postcards from your vacation destinations. You could even send postcards with a touching personal note.
Hand-written Notes on Stationery
While costing less than a card, a sheet of paper with written note that borrows from the Golden Girl’s theme “thank you for being a friend” can warm your friends’ heart this winter. Also, with less handwritten notes sent during the age of the Internet, stationery provides a unique feel for the holidays.
Buy in bulk
If you still want to send regular old cards, find a couple of like minded friends and buy together.