In an attempt to reduce both our cash outlay (on cards, at least) and our environmental footprint, my wife and I decided that we would make Christmas (or holiday, depending on the recipient) postcards this year – from scratch. Most years we would do what everyone else does – buy box upon box of Christmas cards and sit for hours signing our name, stuffing envelopes, and licking stamps. And as we all know, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of oh, 100% of these cards end up in a landfill or a recycling station somewhere. Most holiday cards also use virgin paper instead of recycled paper, so it is really a huge waste of paper to make all these cards every year! So this year we wanted to do something different, and here is the front of what we made:
We bought a ream of 100% recycled card stock for $14, a few rubber stamps at Michael’s (a few of them were only $1 each!) and two ink pads – red and green. For a few hours, we stamped the different designs and colors on both sides, with the front being only for the card and the back being split in two like a typical postcard: the left for our greeting and the right for the stamp and address:
And since stamps for postcards are only $.26 compared to stamps for regular mail at $.41, the post cards cost $.15 less to send. Sure, not a big difference if you are sending 2 or 3 cards, but there are 65 people on our Christmas card list at a minimum, so that switch alone saved us $10. So for a grand total of less than $45 we were able to send handmade Christmas cards to 65 people while at the same time reducing the amount of waste our cards produced. I know my mom will be thrilled – it will be like the old days when I made her cards in school!
So my question to you is – Do you have any ideas for saving money on holiday cards this year?