A couple of things got me thinking about Christmas cards. I posted a status on FB today about donating to Wikipedia and how it is a resource in our homeschooling. It is cheaper than private school tuition. A short while later I was talking to a girlfriend (yep, it was you) about Christmas cards and whether she was getting hers out this year. She brought up a very good point about Christmas cards…they are expensive!!
How many of you budget for Christmas cards?
Do you send picture cards?
How about letters?
How many cards do you send?
I have done picture cards with a letter for years. I send about 70+ cards a season. Let’s say I only send 70 cards this year, that is $30.80 in postage alone. The average “basic” picture card from Snapfish is .73 each for a total of $51.10. Then I need the fancy Christmas computer paper for about $20. That puts me at about $100. Thankfully, that is not a budget buster, but it IS $100 during the Christmas season and NO I haven’t budgeted that in.
So, I think I will change things up this year. There will not be a picture card or a letter. Most people know my business through the blog and my FB updates anyway. I am going to send out all the cards I receive from the different charities we donate to, or not. You know the ones I mean, the ones you get in the mail asking you to donate to their particular organization. Well, I never throw the cards out because that would be wasteful, but then again I haven’t used them either.
One thing I realized after I made that decision was how expensive some of those cards actually were hahahaha