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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I've barely put the Halloween costumes away and holiday lights are popping up all over the neighborhood. So now I'm sweating over my holiday cards. I'm torn over sending cards anyway. Isn't it better for the environment to send an e-card? I read an article in "The Economist" that argued the mail service is going to be in even bigger debt if we all send e-cards. (Don't get excited -- I knocked over some magazines at someone else's house and it fell open to that page.)

I never sent out cards when I was single. The year I got married, I sent out a picture card with a wedding photo. Then there were the vacation photo years, then the local family photo years, and now the vacation family photos. I like a photo card with a picture of the whole family, not just the kids. Children are strategically placed to cover any extra parental pounds. If we could drape a child over my husband's receding hairline, we would.

I generally get my holiday photo cards at Costco. They have a nice selection, you can order in-store or online, and I find the quality at my local Costco to be very good. For the number of cards I order, the cost is $.25 each, plus tax, which includes the envelope.

I found I just missed a fantastic Sam's Club deal for 100 photo cards for $15, so keep on the lookout for something similar. Walmart's photo cards are $.28 apiece and are slightly smaller. This site shows some online choices and provides coupons for them.

The most economical option, however, may be to make your own. Get 4x6 photos printed for as little as $.10 a piece and get creative with cardstock. Or do something fancy on the computer -- here are some templates. Everyone loves something homemade. It appeals to the "Little House on the Prairie" in all of us.

Don't go too far, though. I wouldn't recommend handing out any oranges as Christmas gifts ...

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Artisic Christmas eCards December 4, 2009, 10:02 PM

Carefully selected beautiful ecards with personal messages can be equally sincere. ecards are environmental friendly and economic, if you need to send to a large group of people. You can check out the beautiful animated Christmas ecards at

forex robot December 4, 2009, 10:13 PM

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

maeby December 7, 2009, 6:54 AM

i get mine from
they only work if you and your family have a sense of humor though.

Andi December 10, 2009, 10:09 AM

I’m big on homemade cards, especially when my daughter adds the glitter. We have a great time. But this year we’re so broke that we can’t afford the stamps - how freaking pathetic is that? I’m awfully sorry to skip the personal greetings, and I hate to take business away from the USPS but that’s where we are. Christmas cards vs. groceries. Cookies vs. gas in the car. So be it. Maybe next year.

Shannon December 14, 2009, 6:37 AM

This is the 2nd year we have sent out xmas cards & both times I made a card on & went & picked them up when they were ready. You get to enter your own photo/message for $12.99 for 20 cards! Last year I dressed up our son as Santa & this year I added our 1st family photo. Really cute designs & cheap too, but not cheap looking : )

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Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 10:42 AM

Nice info. Good and fun reading. I have a thing to make about t-shirts.

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