This is the third post in an ongoing series about how to save $10,000 this year. You can find all the posts here.
Let it be known that I love handwritten notes. I have a little box full of some of the most meaningful notes from the dearest friends for many years. There’s something about getting a hand-addressed envelope in your actual mailbox that is so fun and special! But, you don’t have to buy fancy cards to send good snail mail.
$3 card for 36 people = $108. If instead you bought $8 worth of card stock and wrote your own notes, you’d save $100 this year. I copied a friend’s idea and ordered these plain pre-folded white cards, sewed on hearts cut from fabric scraps that I already had, and ended up with super cute stationery good for any occasion.
Or, if you’re feeling less crafty, you could just buy a multicolored pack of cardstock, cut them to size, and call it a day. That $9 pack of 500 sheets of cardstock would probably last you a lifetime of card sending 🙂
For bonus card savings, send a Christmas e-mail instead of a card. Again, I love getting Christmas cards. But, if you’re pinching pennies and trying to figure out ways to cut spending, a Christmas card is an easy thing to cut. If you have 100 people on your christmas card list, and cards are .75 each, including postage. That’s $75 savings not including the savings of skipping the professional photos if you do that too.
Do you send snail mail? Are fancy cards something you could cut?
Remember, not buying cards is just one semi-random and extreme idea for cutting your budget down overall. I stopped buying cards for occasion but still send friends mail and give cards at parties. Random $3 things you buy frequently add up over time, and sometimes they can be cut altogether. Cards, lattes, snacks, lunch…. what are your $3 purchases that add up and could possibly be cut in order to reach a bigger goal of saving $10,000 this year?
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