Frugal Greetings


Time and money are short these days but I never want a birthday or holiday to go unremembered for the very special people in my life.  I also want to make sure that my kids see me caring for others and using my creativity to make their days brighter.

My card making setup is currently in our master bedroom atop a formerly used small dresser that was turned into a changing table for our youngest.  I keep bits of card stock in a 12″ x 12″ pretty box, punches and stamps in a cosmetics case, and washi tape in a nice dispenser for easy access.

When I receive a thank you or pretty cards in the mail, I deconstruct them and either quickly reassemble them into something new or “file” them away for future use.  Years ago I cut embroidered patches off children’s clothing to glue on to paper and use for Christmas tags.  After they were used this last Christmas, I set them on my dresser and reconstructed one of them into a Valentine’s Day card for my dad (in a nursing home dementia care unit) and made another quick valentine for my husband’s grandma (also in a nursing home). I know they will both be thrilled that I took the time to make and send them.

Being able to be creative is such an important part of who I am.  If I don’t use my creativity for simple things like greetings, I feel like I’m letting myself down as well as my family.  Saving money by using my creativity is something I want to pass on to my kids.  How about you? Are you O.K. with buying cards or just sending emails?

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