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Welcome Greetings: How to Get Cards for Less

I love gift giving, but I also want to be smart about it by not spending money unnecessarily. Get typically expensive greeting cards with these tips:

  • Join a rewards program at a card store like Hallmark. Their free program offers monthly e-mail coupons (like a BOGO printable) as well as point accumulations for purchases. Redeem points for more cards or other store merchandise.
  • Check your favorite dollar store, which sell cards at a fraction of the price. Most have price points of $2.00-$3.00 printed on the back of the card, even though they sell for $1.00 or less. If you pair a promotion, like Dollar General’s $5.00 off a $25 purchase (with coupon) on some Saturdays, a cart full of 50 greeting cards priced at 2 for $1.00 only cost $0.40 cents each!
  • Seek bundled cards. Some gift shops and retail stores will bundle their discontinued or “last-of” cards for deep discounts. My local card store packages 5 cards in grab bags with general titles like “Get Well,” “Birthday,” and “Love” for $1.99—but customers have to know to look because they are in brown paper bags and kept in the back of the store.
  • Donate to a favorite charity in exchange for greeting cards. Charitable organizations like the World Wildlife Federation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, and many others often offer greeting cards as a “Thank you” gift for a monetary donation. So if you are planning a donation anyway, getting cards in return is a positive bonus. (The organization’s logo or web address is usually printed on the back).
  • Check garage sales and resale shops. Greeting cards are an often-overlooked product for people who shop second-hand. Look for assorted, bundled greeting cards in zip-top bags.
  • Reuse cards you receive, especially pretty ones. Cut a card along its fold line, punch a hole in the top, and attach the card to a gift bag or box. Write your gift message on the back side of the card, which is blank. Voila! A “new” card!
  • Never buy a wedding card. Instead, use the bride and groom’s existing paper invitation as a stand-in. Write special sentiments on the back of the invitation and affix if to the gift.
  • Stock-up on cards after the season has ended. After-Christmas sales are perfect, but make a habit of checking for boxed cards after other holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Halloween.
  • Free card for a free code. Cardstore.com and Treat.com routinely offer free promo codes for personalized cards.
  • Make one—or, better yet, have your children make cards. Their grandparents, friends, and other recipients will cherish these.
  • Does the recipient really NEED a card? Your toddler nephew may prefer the gift and not extra paper; your graduating-from-high-school babysitter might well prefer cash in an envelope and a nice note.

Spending less on cards leaves more money in your pocket for actual gifts. Also, using these methods creates a stockpile of cards that you didn’t spend full price on.

This has been a guest post by Audrey from TX
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3 thoughts on “Welcome Greetings: How to Get Cards for Less”

  1. Anonymous says:

    At the dollar tree stores near me sell cards 2/$1 and if you buy one it’s still $1 so I will grab another for an upcomming event or a random card for my card box. Never know when you will need one for last min things.

  2. Anonymous says:

    One of the greeting card companies- it may be Hallmark- has on-line electronic cards some of which are free to send and others incur a fee.  The free ones are nice.  There may very well be other eGreeting cards out there.

    The 99cents stores in the Dallas TX area sell many of the same quality cards you find in more upscale stores.  But at the 99cents stores the cost is $.69 regardless of the category.  I recently purchased a Father’s Day card there that normally retailed for almost $4.00.  I have also found some very nice religious cards at these stores.  I recently organized my greeting card collection into categories, inventoried where I was low, and will gradually add to my stash by purchasing from the 99cents stores.

    And recently I noticed near the checkout counters at Half-Price Books (a chain based in Dallas but which has outlets elsewhere) a rack of cards for ony $.49.  These cards resemble ones that are crafted from handmade paper.  Very nice looking.  I couldn’t find a greeting on the packaging so I suspect the cards are blank inside and could be used for a variety of events and greetings.

    And in one of the Tightwad Gazette books there are directions for making Christmas ornaments from used cards.  Never tried it but looks interesting.  The Tightwad Gazette books were originally published ( 3 of them) in the 1990′s and may or may not still be in print.  They were compiled from a newsletter on frugal living written by Amy Dacyzyn (??spelling).  The newsletter is no longer in circulation.  Amy was known as the Frugal Zealot.  Can probably locate her thru a Google search.

  3. Usually, the Dollar Tree has what I need for $1 each, but not always. They also have gift bags for $1 — any size. 

    Thanks for the tips! Dollar Tree doesn’t have a lot of humorous cards where I live.