Have you purchased a card for someone lately? I did on the weekend, it was a birthday card and boy howdy was it expensive. I must admit, I don’t normally go shopping for cards as I am not really a big card giver, but when you are leaving a present on a birthday table to be opened later, we buy a card so that the person receiving the gift knows who bought it for them.
We went to the local news agency to buy the card and quickly discovered that cards these days pretty much start at about $4 and go up to around $15-$20. I really struggle with spending $4 for a card, let alone over $10! The card would cost no more than a few cents to make in bulk, so why the crazy mark up?
Saving Money on Cards
I’ve decided that I am over paying a fortune for cards and so I have created this list of ways to save money on birthday or greeting cards.
Create Your Own
Possibly the easiest (and most fun) way of saving money on cards is to make them yourself. I personally probably would never have considered this before becoming a parent, but now that I have a son I think it would be great fun for him and I to do together.
If you are in need of inspiration there are plenty of great ideas on Pinterest.
Buy in Bulk
Another great way to save money on cards is to buy them online and in bulk. I just did a quick Google search for buying birthday cards in bulk and had many websites (including eBay and Amazon) that offered a variety of birthday cards for about 50c each including shipping.
Send an eCard
If you really don’t like the thought of cardboard cards, then perhaps eCards are your thing? There are actually a huge range of eCards that are available, with many being either free or very low cost. Some even have little movies that play when you open them and allow you to customise it with photos and other cool things.
Reuse Old Cards
I normally throw my cards out when I get them, but it is possible that you might be able to reuse some of them. Quite often cards are able to be cut up and turned into other types of cards. There is a great website here that have 18 different ways to reuse old cards.
Don’t give a card at all
My personal favorite, don’t give a card at all. It is the cheapest option and it doesn’t cost the environment anything at all. Or you could just buy a little sticky label and write to: recipient, from: you – simple, cheap and effective.