Christmas card exchanging is my Fav. I LOVE IT. I am so excited every day to check the mail and get more then just the endless papers of coupons and advertisements....actual envelopes, with cute stamps?! Hooray! I am in heaven. Since I love it so much, I send out over 200 Christmas cards every year, its intense. No, really. And thus, it is expensive (especially since stamp prices keep going up, sheesh!). So to pinch pennies where I can here are a few of my budget saving strategies!
1. Make you own! There are so many amazing and free picture editing sites out there, such as PicMonkey and Canva. They make it so easy and fun to personalize and give a photo the pizzaz you want to be proud in sending out those annual beloved family pictures. Just upload your picture throw on a festive phrase in a cute font and booyah- your own christmas cards have been born. You can check out my friend Morgan's blog, for a cute "make your own cards" tutorial for inspiration. Then you just hop that pdf over to a place like Costco and you could have your own cards for as little as . $.13 a piece! A note worth mentioning is many other printing sites like Shutterfly or Snapfish offer free printing for first time customers, so make sure to look into that too!
See how cute Morgan's handmade cards turned out?! Plus I get to feed to my addiction for Washi tape?! Sold.
2. Find FREE Christmas Card Promos. Many printing companies offer free Christmas cards around this time, so be on the hunt for those. I love following Hip2Save for all sorts deals, so checking there often and you will never miss a steal of a deal! And right now one of my favorite stationary company's, Tiny Prints, is doing a promotion for 10 Free cards! A few years ago I took advantage of all these kind of promotions and spent around $20 total for all my Christmas cards, plus I thought it was fun having a dozen different variations of our family photos smeared over all the cards!