I am a notorious piler! And, going through one such pile recently came across a great greeting card organizer that a friend had given me. The first year she gave it to me - I had it filled January through June and sailed through sending out cards on time! Since then, well - I haven't really thought much about it until it came time to send each of the cards I did not have on hand!
Determined to make a change, I set the organizer out on the counter and added it to my weekly to-do goals. I discovered some CVS Extra Bucks in my purse getting ready to expire that night and made plans to visit that evening. There wasn't much on sale I needed or was really interested in, so I decided to see how many greeting cards I could get for my organizer with my Bucks.
With my card, I purchased eight 0.99 American Greetings cards and one anniversary card that was a few dollars. My total was 0.03 out of pocket! And, with my husband's card, I purchased eight 0.99 American Greetings cards for 0.04 out of pocket. There was a sign in the card aisle that if you bought eight cards you would get a coupon for a free one within two days on your CVS receipt! So, I ended up with 19 cards for 0.07 out of my pocket and used the Extra Bucks that were expiring anyway.
This was a great start on my cards, but I still needed a few more! So, I snagged my Rite Aid ad with two $25 gift card coupons for transferred prescriptions. I will use the prescriptions anyway - so the gift cards are an added bonus! These gift cards will more than finish off my card needs and I'll have some left over for other things.
I really like having my cards divided by month and ready to send - plus there are extra pockets at the front and back for additional cards that may be extras or just to have on hand. My Mom has her cards organized by category in a box which is great for pulling what you need when you need it! Either of these options can be made on your own very frugally!
For the box: just grab a box that will fit greeting cards and cut dividers out of sturdy paper or light cardboard. Label and organize away!
For the notebook: a three-ring binder with folders or plastic sheet protectors would work great at dividing either by month or category.
If you have rebate dollars to spend at a store, that is a great way to stock your cards. Watching for transferred prescription deals is another option. And, many of us like to make all or some of our own cards as well! Re-purposed children's artwork would be great for some of these cards! And, you know how I love magazine page cards and envelopes! Sliding your cards into an appropriate category is an easy way to keep them and be ready for sending them out on time!
Having my cards organized, ready to send and getting them for just a few cents is certainly a workable system for me! What works for you?