Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to dust off your address book, pop another cartridge in your fountain pen and get writing all of those endless Christmas cards. It can make us feel all festive at first, especially with a glass of mulled wine and the right cheesy soundtrack (shout out to East 17). However, at the end of the day, it’s not a task that many of us relish. And it can be a surprisingly expensive undertaking too. Not only do you need to shell out on a stack of cards, but postage can be a royal (mail) pain.
With emergency lenders including Wonga.com reporting that loan enquiries come in thick and fast throughout the festive season, isn’t it smart to make savings where you can during our increasingly costly Christmas period? If you’re looking for a few frugal tips to make sending out all of those Christmas cards cheaper, we’ve got some excellent helpful ideas.
Make your own cards
If you want chic looking cards, chances are you’ll have to splash out on a costly collection. Yes, you can buy cheaper cards from charities and donate to a good cause at the same time (we really recommend this option too) – but they are rarely as pretty as the more expensive alternative.
However, if you’re looking to send lovely creations to your nearest and dearest, there are cheap ways to do it. Getting crafty isn’t everyone’s speciality, but there are literally thousands of clever crafty Christmas card ideas out there online which everyone can make. Here’s some inspiration to get you cutting and sticking.
Yes, it’s the season of goodwill. Yes, we’re supposed to be loving and giving. But do you really need to send a card to Aunt Tabitha in Grimsby who you haven’t heard anything from since she sent you a £5 gift card for HMV in 1994?
We send a lot of cards to a lot of people because we feel it is what we are ‘supposed’ to do. And, God forbid, you could receive a card from someone you haven’t thought to send one to! But, in the grand scheme of things, how much does it really matter? Send cards to the important people in your life who you genuinely care about, don’t waste paper and postage on those you don’t. Sounds harsh, but does save cash (not to mention the environment)…
Buy stamps cheaply
It’s widely agreed that the Royal Mail is a rip off. Instead of buying from your corner shop, head online to buy stamps for less than their retail value. Sounds too good to be true, but you really can pick up stamps for cheap. Ebay is a good source and there are lots of dedicated discount stamp sites offering 4-6% discounts to be found all over the web.
If you’re posting overseas, remember that size and weight matter. Choose the smallest, lightest cards to post abroad – you’ll be surprised by just how much postage a bigger, heavier card can require.
If you’re feeling skint and scroogey why not forget sending physical cards altogether and stick to online eCards? You can find loads of fun versions, including singing video eCards you can personalise with your friends’ and family’s faces for extra silly, seasonal appeal. Jib Jab do a pretty good line in festive digital frivolity and, best of all, doing your Christmas post online will save you a heap of both time and money!