Greeting cards are a great way to let our family and friends know we're thinking of them, but while the sentiment is priceless, there's no reason to overpay. Here are a few ways to acquire greeting cards without the hefty price tag.
First, always check the lowest racks of greeting card displays at the store. That's where they usually stock the least expensive cards, including ones from name brands like Hallmark, which can be priced as low as 47 cents.
Next, try to stock up on greeting cards right after a holiday like Mother's Day, Christmas or Valentine's Day. Shopping ahead can help you get cards at up to 90 percent off of the pre-holiday price.
To make sure you don't misplace the cards, use a small shoebox or an expandable folder to store them. You can even create dividers for each type of card or time of year so you'll never miss an important occasion.
For those of you who want to send cards without leaving the house, there are some great online options, too. With Greeting Card Shop you can choose from tons of designs that available for every occasion. Once you select your theme, you can personalize your message, and the company will then print and mail your greeting anywhere in the country for only about $2.50 per card, including tax and shipping. You can even specify what date you'd like to send the card out on.
The next time you need to send a special message, give these tips a try. You'll see how easy it is to get your greeting cards at great, low prices.
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Has it been a long time since your mom sat down and watched a really good chick-flick? Or even a thriller? Create a movie night basket for your mom. You can include a good DVD you can purchase from Amazon for under $10 or get her a one-month Netflix subscription for $7.99, include a box of microwavable popcorn that costs under $4 and her favorite wine for under $10. Package it up nicely in a gift bag or a small basket and include your own homemade card. The key is to personalize every detail to her taste.
With most moms, everyone comes before them and by the time they get to themselves, they are simply too exhausted to do anything, even take a bath. Create a gift basket for mom by including her favorite scented bubble bath (which should be less than $8), her favorite bottle of wine for under $10 and a copy of her favorite magazine for under $5. Since mom is usually busy, having it right there for her will give her the incentive to take some time out and enjoy her evening doing absolutely nothing.
Your mom might have been saying that she wants to get in shape in passing conversation, but she probably also mentioned that she didn’t have the time to do it. Put a fun fitness gift bag together for her to enjoy on her time off. If she likes yoga, include a nice DVD you can find for under $10, a yoga mat for under $10 and a water bottle for her to hydrate during her workout for under $5. No more excuses for mom and she will be grateful that you actually listened to her when she was talking and got something that she needed.
Is your mom a foodie? Does she like to cook fabulous meals at home, but she doesn’t have the time to shop, prep, cook and eat. Well, leave it to you to do all the shopping and prepping and leave it up to her to do the cooking and eating. Pick her favorite meal, get a fancy recipe from a cookbook and buy all the ingredients. Portion it out according to the recipe card and put them in sandwich bags with labels on them. Put them in a gift bag with the recipe card and directions, asking your mom to cook and eat within a given time period since produce can go bad quickly. If you have a bigger budget than $25, you can also include the cookbook in your gift bag.
Does mom have a sweet tooth? Depending on when your mom was born, she might have fond memories eating certain candies and she might have also told you about them. Gather your mom’s top five to ten candies and package them nicely in a tin can or a see-through plastic bag you can get from any party supply store and tie it with a big bow. For example, if your mom was a child in the 1950s, consider Atomic Fireballs, Hot Tamales or Cup-O-Gold. If she grew up in the 1960s, take a look at bananas splits and Twizzlers. Check out the website OldTimeCandy.com for more ideas.