This Holiday Season don’t skimp on the Holiday Greetings just because you think they are over priced. I have six ways to get the perfect Holiday Greeting Card made just for you at a low cost or even no cost!
My first low cost idea is to visit www.vistaprint.com. I joined their mailing list last year when I got a personalized T-Shirt for my daughter for Free! I am so happy I did. This year I received several emails from them letting me know about their specials, including Free Personalized Greeting Cards. I simply went on-line to their website, decided which Free Greeting I wanted to create, added a picture of my little girl, personalized my cards with our names and a greeting that I could chose from a list. When I was done, I previewed the order to make sure all was perfect and submitted the order.
The cards were free for the first ten ordered and discounted for any additional cards or matching accessories ordered. But I thought, why not create a second card and see if it would let me submit for a second set of free cards. And to my surprise, it did. I created a whole new Holiday Greeting for my daughter’s friends and teachers at school. Lucky for me the ten free cards covered all of them. I thought to myself, this is great! I have a set of cards for my family and close friends, a set of cards for my daughter at school, what else could I do?
They had such a wide variety of cards, ranging from 4×6 photo cards with greetings printed on back like a post card, 4×6 photo bi-fold greeting cards, 4×6 no-photo bi-fold greeting cards and 5×7 photo bi-fold greeting cards. Wow, they really offer a lot of options!
Now I did say “low cost” so where does the cost come in on “free” cards? You do have to pay shipping for the cards, but the shipping is so inexpensive that it’s completely worth it. I paid shipping of $4.00 per set of cards, with rush shipping. You can choose a lower shipping cost to ship in 10-14 days, but I wanted mine in as soon as possible, to beat the rush of all the Holiday mail. So I paid $8.00 plus tax total for my personalized photo greeting cards, which you would never have gotten anywhere else for that cheap, with the selection of 100’s of backgrounds, horizontal or vertical layout, and complete control over what goes into it, including the actual text! Now that’s a bargain. Similarly you could go on-line to photo printers like CVS, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, Office Max, Office Depot or Target to print greeting cards, but you do not get as wide of a selection, and it’s priced nominally higher, starting at $1.99 per card, up to a set of twenty for $24.99. With free shipping offered by some of these retailers, the savings just still doesn’t stack up to the price, quality and selection offered by Vista Print. You just can’t lose if you want to create that one of a kind special greeting card!
My second low cost option is to head on out to your local Dollar Store, General Dollar or King Dollar. With prices as low as $1.00 for a box of 8-10 standard greeting cards, you can pick them up super inexpensive. The down side to these cards are that you might have to sift through hundreds of boxes to get that perfect one for you, and if you don’t find it, you might have to settle for something a little cheesy. But when cost is an issue this option is definitely the frugal one!
My third option for a no cost greeting card, is to recycle your greeting cards from prior years. You know, the ones you save and have no idea what you are going to do with them in the future, you just feel obligated to keep them or feel a close tie to the people whom sent them. Well put them to use! You can use the front cover and blank back to create your own greeting.
There are a couple of ways to spruce it up a bit. You can cut out the greeting from the other side and glue it to the back of the card, hand write a greeting of your own, type up a greeting on your computer and print it on the back, or any number of crafty solutions can but used. Just get creative with it. You will get a free greeting card, but it’s personalized by you! Just remember you still have to purchase envelopes for each card, but what a great alternative to the pricey cards sold by most retailers and the recipient is sure to love it too!
Option number four is to print your own greeting cards at home using a wide variety of card stocks or holiday stationary available at retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Office Max, Office Depot or Staples. This is a great way to get that personalized touch with out breaking the bank. The options are limitless, since you have complete control over everything and you can print as many or as little as you want! Card stocks start at plain white packages of 150 for $6.97, and vary in price as you add color and texture. Stationary can starts as low as $2.99 for 25 decorative pages or as low as $11.84 for a greeting ink jet card 20 pack kit. Still a frugal option, when you are looking for complete control over the content going into your greeting card. It won’t have that professional fresh from the printer look but it is definitely a great option.
Option number five is to use crafting supplies you already have at home to create a one of a kind homemade greeting card made by you. This is a crafty one and the options are limitless. The cards are made from cloth material, cut to a 5×7 or 4×6 size. Spray with a water glue mixture to stiffen it up a bit. Instructions are available on www.instructables.com, just search “water glue mixture” for instructions) Glue or stick on your greetings and decorations to personalize your card. You can spruce it up with doilies, foil letters, foam letters, foam designs, stencil designs painted on, craft buttons, etc. Go crazy with it and have fun! You will need the following supplies: Elmer’s glue, water, scissors, and decorations such as glitter, craft buttons or foam letters/shapes. This is a great option for those with young children at home that can help with the creation. This option is best if you plan on handing out your greetings instead of mailing them. You can still mail these but the weight tends to make it hard to find the right size envelopes and can be expensive to mail.
Option number six is for you crafter’s out there that have oodles of crafting supplies at home or available to you for cheap. This one requires a bit more work and a lot of supplies. This Christmas medallion holiday greeting card can look professionally done with a little bit of effort. You will need the following supplies: Medallion rubber stamp, Merry Christmas rubber stamp, Red card stock, Ivory card stock, Embossing ink pad, Gold embossing powder, Heat tool, Glue pen, Double sided tape pen, Red and green glitter, 3D foam pads, Scissors, Paper trimmer, Scoring tool. This will get your started but for the complete instructions just go to http://www.instructables.com/id/Christmas_medallion_card/.
All of these options are wonderful frugal options, you just have to choose which option speaks to you and fits in your budget. Whether you are looking for low cost or no cost, you can’t go wrong in doing it yourself!