Don’t feel like you have to send out cards for the Holidays!
For the past few years I have received Shutterfly codes to get ten free cards plus discounts of up to 50% off of cards. I like doing this during Thanksgiving, but I got the code after that time this year (code invalid now or I’d share it).
I used to mail out cards or newsletters to 150-200 people which cost us so much money. It cost far too much. I remember when I first got copies made and it cost me $70 for the copies, then I had to buy all the envelopes and stamps. Once in a while I’d switch over to send the thick paper photo cards through Shutterfly which cost me up to $200 even with discount coupon codes!
I kept doing it because I felt like I had to do it. I didn’t have to. You don’t have to.
These days I factor a few things into my card sending. I start it off with the people who I feel closest to or most thankful for. Other than that we send out to my parents, in-laws, and our siblings. That’s pretty much it. This year I sent out 20 cards, which is ten more than I have mailed out in three years. ten cards were free. The rest were half off. That was enough for me. I have received a few cards from people that I did not send out cards to, but I don’t believe it should be an obligation to send them a card back. Instead, these people I do keep in touch with in other ways or I might write them a letter.