Friday, September 26, 2008

Frugal Friday

Is it ever too early to start thinking about Christmas?  

I'm thinking Christmas cards.  In the past I've shortened up my card list and made my own.  This year I've gotten the wild idea that I want to send them to anyone and everyone.  While I'm not sure that I'll follow through with that, I won't be able to make that many if I do.

So I'm putting on my thinking cap and coming up with my best Christmas card bargains:
  • Check out the dollar store--often times they have a great selection and good quantities in the packages.  I was in there the other day and while I didn't have time to look, I noticed that there was already a huge display of cards out, and quite a selection it looked like.
  • The Dollar Spot at Michael's--after making mine last year, I saw some really cute photo cards in the dollar spot.  They came in packages of 10, making them $.10 a piece.  Sure you're adding the photo, but can you really beat that?  I'm headed over there this week to see if they're out yet.
  • Postcards--looking for a way to recycle those old Christmas cards that you can't bear to throw away?  Cut off the front cover, add a dividing line, and write out your greeting.  Not only will you be recycling what you have, but they're also cheaper to mail.
What about you?  Do you have any great ideas for bargain Christmas cards?

To see how others are being frugal, check out Biblical Womanhood.


sunnymum said...

I always try to get some at the end of the Christmas season to save for the next year. I know a lot of people do this, but if you look in places that don't specialize in cards, the "leftover" selection is usually better.

Vanessa said...

I've been just designing them to use one of my photos and print out as a standard 4x6 photo. This year, we're combining the birth announcement and Christmas cards.

I've also ordered Sam's club photo cards in the past which was pretty cost-effective.

CC said...

Like Vanessa, I have been using my own photos. Last year I even made them into postcards to save on postage!

Anonymous said...

You just reminded me that I bought very expensive Christmas cards last year 90% off!! I can't wait to start them!

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

Great ideas! Christmas is sneaking up on me, but I'm not prepared.

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