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10 Affordable Options for Holiday Cards

Everyone likes to receive cards for the holiday season, but the costs can add up. Purchasing $2 cards for 50 people will end up costing you $100.

That’s a lot of money to spend when you have decorations and presents to worry about. Here are 10 affordable holiday cards that are sure to save some money.

1. Buy from Costco.

Costco is well known for being a bulk store. It even has a wide variety of holiday cards that will make your holiday season even better. It easily has some of the cheapest holiday cards on the market and can cost as little as $0.69 per card. That doesn’t include additional discounts you may receive as a member.

2. Make a pop-up card.

Wikihow and several other websites offer templates to create your own pop-up cards for this holiday season. They provide step-by-step instructions and are easy to personalize. Print a message or even write your own message on the card once it’s finished. You can even use colored paper, decorate with glitter, or glue on some ribbon.

3. Buy from Minted.

Minted.com is an online stationery store that offers a wide array of holiday cards. These cards are fully customizable. You can choose the color, the pictures involved, and the message. Nothing is more useful. Depending on when you buy, you can even use coupon codes that are listed on the site itself. There are hundreds of designs to choose from. There’s definitely something for everyone at Minted.

4. Buy photo cards.

Several shops now make cards from photos that you’ve taken. These can be beautiful photos of your family, pets, or whatever you want. The front can be your picture and you can include your good tidings on the back. Shops like Wal-Mart offer these cards cheaply. Make them a postcard for even better savings.

5. Buy from the dollar store.

Dollar stores usually have great card selections for 99 cents. Some even sell bulk packs for around $2. While these cards won't the be the amazing ones you’ll find at Hallmark, they’ll do in a pinch.

6. Make your own card.

Most computers come with a program where you can make cards. If not, there are websites where you can make your own holiday card. GIMP is a free program you can use to create holiday cards. Templates can be found online and then saved to your computer. Open them up, put cardstock in your printer, and then print off your card. Include whatever else you want – glitter, ribbon, or beautiful lettering.

7. Choose E-cards.

Sometimes an e-card is enough. Holiday e-cards are cheap or free. Some people might see this as a little impersonal. To get around this, write a message to everyone that is unique to them. Show them that just because you’re saving money, it doesn’t mean that they don’t matter to you. Hallmark even offers high-quality cards that can be purchased for fairly cheap.

8. Buy from Tiny Prints.

Tiny Prints is known for their cute designs. During the holiday season, they offer several different types of cards that cost anywhere from $1.84 to $2.09 each. You can choose the theme, photos, and if you want them to have foil or glitter. There are several options to choose from, so it’s not hard to find something you’ll love!

9. Create an Instagram card.

Instagram is super popular and isn’t showing any signs of fading away. Making your own Instagram cards is a great way to send holiday greetings. Plus, in the future, your family and friends can look back on the cards and remember the Instagram era! You can create these cards with household goods. 

10. Bulk cards from Vistaprint.

Vistaprint offers great bulk prices. Depending on the size you purchase, 50 postcards can cost anywhere from $10 to $25. With five sizes to choose from, it won’t be hard to create the card that’s perfect for you. You can add your own pictures and message. During the holiday season, the website offers various deals. Check them out for a cheap bulk option!

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