Christmas Card Life Hack

The perfect card, just the right sentiment to write, stuffing, filling out addresses, going to the post office for stamps and getting them in the mailbox to travel to their destination before December 25th!  Does this, or some rendition of this, sound familiar?  Many even try to cut down their lists, only to have to run out to buy more cards to send because you received one from someone who got cut from your list and you feel guilty!

What if  you could custom design a photo or regular Christmas or holiday card, have it stamped and shipped to an unlimited number of people the next day in about 10 minutes?  This is how I do my Christmas cards every year!  How is that possible you ask? (skeptically shaking your head yet continuing to read with an increased level of scrutiny) is actually a direct marketing company, but has a very  user-friendly interface for just the regular Joe or Joette, like me, to use their services as a tool to simplify our lives!  I started using this service YEARS ago, when it was, to send out change of address announcements, birthday party invitations, party invitations and, of course, Christmas cards!  I have also used it for business to send cards to co-workers and clients!

An added benefit is you can pre-schedule cards you want sent on future dates!  I actually pre-scheduled an entire year of birthday and anniversary cards one year while on Christmas break for all my friends and family and didn’t have to worry about missing a date!

Now, there is a caveat!  You do have to spend some time entering your contact names and addresses into their online system.  Good news!  If you are already uber organized and have them in an Excel file, you can just upload it!  If not, trust me, it is worth taking the time to type them in once, to be able to use this service!  They have a toll-free number and a chat feature in case you need help getting started!

Here is an example of my Christmas card from this year (5.5×8.5 postcard-real address removed of course)!

Now your question is…. yeah but do I have to pay my arm AND my leg for this “Amazing” service? (said with full finger quotes of course!)

Not if you take advantage of a sale!   Black Friday this year through November 29 they ran promo code “Cyber17” for a 50% discount!  ($200 max savings and a 25 card minimum purchase)  So I paid $65.50 for 100 credits for 5.5×8.5 custom photo cards to be printed, addressed AND mailed to all of my family and friends, the next day!  That is $0.65/card!  Postcard stamps ALONE are $0.34 each!  That’s basically getting the card AND labor to address and mail your cards for $0.31 each!  How can you beat that!  Right now they are running a 40% off promo code (Prancer17), which is still a great deal ($100 max savings and 25 card minimum)! You also get more discounts depending on the volume of credits you buy, and you don’t have to use all the credits today, you can use them throughout the year!

Even if you just buy 1 folded 5.5×8.5 card in an envelope to send to someone for their birthday, it is only $1.70, regular price with no promo codes!  Considering a friend of mine just paid $7 for a “Name Brand” card on a recent shopping trip we were on, this is a steal!

Haven’t sold you on yet?  Here is the front of a postcard I made for my parents’ going away party when they moved!

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And here is the front of a postcard I made for my son’s 12th birthday party at a local pool!

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Here is a folded card in an envelope I sent to a co-worker who took a new position! (and you can add images on every single page if you want!)

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I hope that this life hack that I have shared with family and friends is helpful to you as well!  The saddest thing I see is overwhelmed people who just don’t do Christmas or holiday cards because they are “too busy”.  So many of us trudge to our post office box or mailboxes every day, only to find stacks of bills and advertisements.  How special is it this time of year to reach in and see a smiling face or red envelope waiting for you!  Taking time to create a special card to share with your friends and family during the holiday season is a wonderful tradition that I hope everyone continues for many years to come!

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