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Online greeting cards are much less expensive than those sent by mail.

I haven’t crossed the bridge yet and continue to send cards through the postal system.

However, I have found a way to reduce the cost of the cards.


Our family has been saving greeting cards for a number of years. I have reasons for doing this. Here are some:

·        Looking through old cards reminds us of people we knew long ago. Some of them have passed away and others have moved to a now forgotten address.

·        The cards are lovely.

·        I don’t feel it respectful to toss them in the trash as soon as the major event has passed.

·        Cards represent thoughts of people who once spent time sending them to us.


What has been done with the saved cards?

There is a special area in a closet where old cards are kept. As the late fall and winter holidays draw near they are brought out and placed on a table.

The cards are divested of their written words. Those with beauty, interest, or humor on the front page are kept for another trip through the postal system.

Card stock and sticky circles are used to put new cards together.


The inside of the card is blank. Something must be done.

A message must be included. It doesn’t have to take up all the space but we hope it appears sincere and appropriate.

This takes time and thought. We include a reference to the Holiday and our hope that they have a happy experience. We share some of our activities and plans.

As I write on the inside of the card, I think of people who will receive it. I remember times we have been together, our families, our children, and what our friendship has meant to us.

At the end, we slide the card into an envelope and address the exterior.

The card will be sent on; to a place we might not know, on a plane or truck that will carry it to a different destination.

We are linked together in memory.


Lori Blatzheim 


Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, cable television producer, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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Lori Blatzheim said:

I hope all of you, still using the craft of creating holiday cards, are taking the time to continue the art.

I have really enjoyed the experience. I am planning to carry on this practice.

Best wishes,

Lori Blatzheim

January 19, 2014 4:58 PM

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