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We all know that when you have a new baby, you kind of get a “pass” when it comes to what’s going on with your friends. You’re perfectly entitled to fall off the face of the Earth for a bit (phone calls and email greetings get pushed to the side, along with things like showering and sleeping.) But, at some point, you have to come back to real life – and that often means a whole new plan for getting organized.
I’m a fine one to talk. My baby is 17 months old and I’m pretty sure the mail from the day she was born is still sitting on my counter.
I’d go so far as to say that, lately, I’ve been a really crappy friend. Missing phone calls, forgetting birthdays, figuring out how NOT to make plans. I’ve just been SO overwhelmed by…well, all of it.
But no more! I’m on a mission to get some order back in my life and start taking better care of my social life and relationships. (Click here to help my mission by tweeting about it!)
And after what I did yesterday, I’m sooooo ready for this.
Quality Greeting Cards For Less
We stopped off at Walmart for a hummus run, and I took a quick detour to the greeting card aisle. Why? Because I found a great secret for busy moms on a budget: select Walmart stores carry a huge array of Hallmark Value Cards priced at either .47 or .97.
And they’re not just for birthdays. They have cards for all occasions, from weddings and anniversaries to baby showers and “get well soon”, so you can stock up for any unexpected thing that might sneak up on you. And they’re clearly marked in the store so you can’t miss them.
So what did I do? I grabbed a card for every possible occasion. My kids’ birthdays, my anniversary, an upcoming wedding, some simple “hello” cards. Like, 20 cards in all. And I spent way less than $20, since many were only .47!
Not one to let a learning opp pass me by, I enlisted my son’s help and we talked about why it’s so important to let our friends and family know we’re thinking about them, whether it’s their birthday or “just because.”
I’ve seen “value” type cards before, but they’re usually so boring. And getting a low price isn’t a bargain if the cards look cheap. The Hallmark #ValueCards you’ll find a Walmart have sturdy cardstock, beautiful photos, modern graphics and fun finishes (glitter!) …there’s nothing “value” about the way they look.
And they didn’t forget the funny! Always a plus with my crowd.
Buying the cards is one thing, but actually getting them to the people you care about is a whole different challenge.
To Be More Thoughtful, Think Ahead!
Here’s how to make it work:
Creative Card Ideas
I used to use stickers on all of my greeting card envelopes, but now I use a custom stamper. It not only adds a personality, but cuts down on resources, too. While you have the stamper out, get the kids to put fingerprints or handprints on the back of the card! It’s a super cute touch, and won’t cost you anything.
Stock Up in the Summer
I’m creating my card file in July for two reasons. Summer is a great time to update your contact/address list and send out “Thinking of you” cards to those folks you haven’t checked in with since holiday cards went out. It’s also my birthday month, so I’ll have a good reminder to restock my file each year.
Need yet another great reason to shop? (As if!) On top of the already low prices, you can also earn rewards for the Hallmark Cards you buy at Walmart! For every 5 cards you buy, you’ll earn a reward – get the details here: Hallmark Card Rewards Program
And don’t forget to like Hallmark on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current promotions and get some daily inspiration!
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