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happyfeet

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2014, 08:02:49 AM »
I too use the Dollar Tree  or make my own.

The best is though .... my 80 year old parents go to the card store around Valentines Day and pick a card for each other at the store - and just read it there to one another. And put it back.   Love it!

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2014, 08:25:45 AM »
My family is huge on cards.  We expend a lot of energy choosing the right card (the misprints from Dollarama are particularly prized) with family in-jokes. And we write long personalized messages that cover the entire inside of the card.  It goes without saying that we save the cards.  I'm really glad we do this because otherwise I'd never have the chance to see my parents' handwriting again.

For me this is the opposite of a PITA.

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2014, 08:35:30 AM »
I too have felt the pull between "It's ridiculous to spend money on something that is just going to be thrown away" and " I want my family to know that I love them and sometimes a card can really make a difference"  I use greetingsisland.com. You can print off free cards even with your own pictures and personalized sayings (Happy 27th Birthday) I didn't think that they were very cheesy and I'm even going to use them to send out birth announcements instead of paying a printing place to do it.

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:55 PM »
I'm not generally the card giving type, but I agree that it feels nice to receive a card sometimes.  Even if the sentiment is generic or unoriginal, it does feel nice to know that someone is thinking of me.  Sometimes, the sender may choose generic, because they truly don't know what to say (I can think of sympathy cards for instance).  Sure, I can think of things that a person may want to write, but I don't judge the unoriginal.

In my family, though, it is sort of a joke.  You may receive a recycled birthday card with the previous sender's name crossed out and replaced with a new name.  It's all in fun, of course, and no one seems to mind.

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2014, 02:43:55 PM »
pipercat, one Februrary my husband took an old Christmas card with some nice graphics on it in reds--crossed out "Merry Christmas" and wrote in "Happy Valentine's Day" and gave it to me on the 14th. Now, I'm not overly romantic, but that did not do it, even for me. I had not planned anything special for the day, other than to give him the funny card I had bought him. But after his dumb and cheap-a-rama gesture (albeit hilarious, because it was sooooo idiotic)--I made him take me out to a movie that night. Hee-hee.

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #55 on: January 15, 2016, 06:39:36 AM »
I hate cards as well and always throw mine away. For others, I buy in bulk online or at the dollar store. Sometimes I also send e-cards.

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #56 on: January 15, 2016, 06:56:45 AM »
Our Goodwill store has a cards rack and is well worth checking out. They have some nice ones. Sometimes I get cards from charitable organizations along with a pitch for a donation. I don't donate, but if the cards are fairly nice and don't have advertising on them, I save them and use them. We also have a 50% off card store in the plaza where our post office is...so it's easy to find nice cards that are reasonable. I don't send a lot of cards, but there are a few people who always get a birthday and/or Christmas card from me. (Like my 90-year-old, computer illiterate step-dad).

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #57 on: January 15, 2016, 08:57:38 AM »
My grandmother and her sister have been exchanging the same birthday card for decades. They find it hilarious  and I think it's genius!

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Re: Greeting cards
« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2016, 11:34:54 AM »
There's something to be said for picking out a card with just the right sentiment and picture, and then adding a line or two in your own handwriting--putting a stamp on it and putting it in a mailbox at the post office. I'm thinking sympathy cards for sure, maybe pet sympathy cards, maybe if someone is getting married and you're not really getting a gift or going to the wedding...it can just be...nice.

I agree with those who said a card with a 49 cent stamp can equal the cost of lunch. No, I wouldn't spend that much on a card. But I don't think you need to. Mustachians are experts at finding good stuff cheap.