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How to Save Money on Christmas Cards

Updated on April 11, 2012

Money Saving Tips for Purchasing Christmas Cards

Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to get those Christmas cards out to all your family and friends. As we all know, the finances tend to get a little strained during this wonderful holiday season and Christmas cards can tend to be quite expensive. To help ease the pain, I have researched various ways to help you save money when purchasing this year's Christmas cards.

Get That List Ready

The first thing you need to know is exactly how many Christmas cards you will need to have on hand to send out to family and friends. Whether you use a pen and paper or use an Excel sheet, count up how many Christmas cards you will need to make - a good rule of thumb is to add an extra 5-10 Christmas cards for those people that you forgot to add to your list. This list will help cut down the number of cards you will need to purchase, therefore, saving you money in the process.

How to Make Christmas Cards

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Types of Christmas Cards

You will need to decide what kind of card you are going to send by asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you prefer the traditional store bought cards? Hopefully you shopped the clearance aisle last year and stocked up on the marked down boxed sets. If you did not clearance shop, check out places like dollar stores who will surprise you with their nice selection of boxed sets at a discounted price.
  • Do you prefer a more personal photo card? If so, research the internet for some great money saving deals going on right now on sites like Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.New members will always get a great deal so sign on to multiple sites to see what kind of Christmas card specials they are running this holiday season.
  • Are you a person that likes to make your own personal Christmas cards? If you are a computer whiz, try making your own personal Christmas cards on the computer. This will take up some of your personal time but will help to save a ton of money. If you are a do it yourself, crafty kind of person, shop the various craft stores like Michael's who always puts out money saving coupons to pick up items to help make your cards. Also be sure to search the internet for some free templates to help make your crafty cards.

Sending E-Cards for Christmas

Since the economy is in such bad shape, I thought I would include an optional method of sending e-cards out as your Christmas cards. There are many sites online that will let you design, insert a family photo, and send your Christmas cards to family and friends by email. Even though this is one way to completely wipe out the cost of sending Christmas cards, this method does have a couple of downfalls. One negative aspect is that not everybody has an email address or use a computer to be able to send them an e-card. Another downfall is that many people do not appreciate this method of card sending deeming it rude and not very personal. But if your family is feeling a serious strain on your budget this holiday season, I say go for it - the people who mind don't matter and the people who matter don't mind!

Helpful Tip:

Wait until the first or second week of December to order from photo service websites. Their holiday deals on their Christmas cards get better the closer you get to Christmas.

Great Deals This Holiday Season

Now let's go more in depth on a few ways to get help you get some Christmas cards at a discounted price or even a few for free:

  • Check out the larger photo service websites such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Vistaprint for great money saving holiday deals on photo cards. Starting mid to end November, they will run several different savings events on photo cards. I have seen BOGO deals, up to 50% off entire website, and free shipping with your order. The longer you hold out from ordering your cards, the better the deals get so try to wait until the first or second week of December before ordering your photo cards.
  • Keep your eye on the daily deals from websites such as Groupon. They have been known to put an incredible money saving deal up to half off on the purchase of Christmas photo cards.
  • Walmart photo center always offers a great deal on printing 4x6 pictures. Many stores offer their prints as low as $0.09 a photo. This makes a great way to personalize your regular Christmas cards by inserting your favorite family photo while saving a few dollars.
  • Attention all Pampers Gifts to Grow members - Have you redeemed your points on all those diapers you have been purchasing all year? If not, you can exchange 600 points to get 25 free 4x8 photo cards from the Shutterfly website.

Hope these tips help you to save money this holiday season when sending your Christmas cards to friends and family! If you have some money saving tips for the upcoming holiday season that help you through this budget straining time, I would love to hear them so please share in the comment section located below. Hope everyone has a very happy holiday season!


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      Dale Anderson 7 months ago from The High Seas

      Fun idea for an article. I'll pass it along to my wife, she will enjoy it I am sure.

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      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Millionaire Tips! This past Christmas I used some of my Gifts to Grow Pampers Points to get 25 photo cards for free (just paid shipping) from Shutterfly. And then I placed another order using another coupon code - in the end only paid around $11 to get them shipped. My husband laughed at me for placing two separate orders but you can't beat that price for 50 photo Christmas cards :) Appreciate you reading and commenting!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      These are all great ideas for saving money on Christmas cards.

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      bananasforcoupons 6 years ago from Washington USA

      thanks alissa! i'll be checking it out :)

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      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks for reading bananasforcoupons! (Love your name!) In the past, I picked up some great deals at Walmart and Target during the 50-75% clearance sales. My blog is a good mixture of personal family stories along with great deals in the middle TN area. If you would like to check it out here is the link:

      Thanks again for your interest and I will have to check out your website as well! :)

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      bananasforcoupons 6 years ago from Washington USA

      thanks for the tips! Glad to meet fellow money savers in the community btw! :)As you can see, I'm crazy about saving money too! Where do you go after the christmas season to buy discounted cards again? And is your personal blog a money saving blog? -

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      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Yes you definitely should. Snapfish sent me an email today running a sale for 50% off their entire site. I have used them several times and have been very happy with their products. Thanks for reading and posting your comment!

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      Kenda 6 years ago

      I love putting pictures in cards especially Christmas cards. Will check into the shutterfly and snapfish for possible card photo ideas.

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      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I would definitely have to agree with you. My most special cards are the homemade ones from my little boys! Thanks for reading and sharing your comment!

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      melissa 6 years ago

      I love good home-made cards from the heart. I have tons of saved cards that loved ones have given me throughout the year!