If you’re like me, you aren’t a fan of rushing to the store at the last minute to buy a greeting card. Especially if you’re on a tight budget or short on time. Cards can cost as much as $5.00 or more – crazy!! Especially since most people wind up tossing cards they’ve received after a few days or weeks.
So what I do is stock up on FREE, often personalized greeting cards. I keep a stash of them for multiple occasions: birthdays, graduations, baby showers, weddings… I also keep sympathy, get well, friendship, and blank cards on hand. Then when I need one, I simply grab one from my stash. Done.
Money saved because I never pay for them. Time saved because I didn’t have to run to the store. Peace of mind knowing that the recipients won’t likely be throwing my cards away because they are personalized with my own photographs and messages.
These are the three ways I get all my greeting cards for FREE:
- Create an online account. Often, they will e-mail you a promo code (to use during checkout) for a free greeting card. Usually limited to one card per e-mail account/home address, per promotion. Shipping is free if you have it shipped to you. You pay the $0.44 postage to have it shipped to your recipient. They will not require billing information unless you order more than one card.
- Tiny Prints
- Create an online account. Occasionally, they will e-mail you a promo code (to use during checkout) for a free greeting card. Usually limited to one card per e-mail account/home address, per promotion. Shipping is free if you have it shipped to you. You pay the $0.44 postage to have it shipped to your recipient. They will ask you for billing information, but your card will not be billed unless you have more than one card in your shopping cart.
- CVS Promotions
- CVS frequently runs promotions like “Buy 3 American Greetings Greeting Cards, Get $3 ECB.” (Some CVS stores do this with Hallmark instead.) I purchase 3 of the $0.99 cards, totaling $2.98, and they give me $3 ECB back! Voila. Three free cards. (This is what I was talking about in my post about 20 Things You Should Never Pay for Again.)
While we’re on this subject, don’t forget about the current Cardstore promotion, which ends tomorrow. The photo above is of the personalized photo card I made on the first day of the promo (3/8 – only took a couple days to get here). Very high quality! Get yours before they run out!