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How to Save Time and Money This Holiday

With Greeting Cards

By Heidi Richards Mooney

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Giving a greeting card creates a lasting impression and emotional bond between sender and receiver. In a national survey for the Greeting Card Association, nearly one-third of respondents said they keep the special cards they receive “forever.”

And that’s not all… according to the same survey:

• Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year. Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated at more than $7.5 billion.

• The average person receives more than 20 greeting cards in a year, about one-third of which are birthday cards.

• The exchange of greeting cards is one of the most popular and widely accepted customs in the United States. There are cards for virtually any occasion or relationship.

• Nine out of 10 U.S. households buy greeting cards, with the average household purchasing 30 individual cards in a year.

• Women purchase an estimated 80% of all greeting cards. Women spend more time choosing a card than men, and are more likely to buy several cards at once and to pay attention to the price. Men generally focus on buying one card for a specific occasion, and are unlikely to consider cost a key purchasing factor.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of sending real greeting cards is the time it takes. And it is getting more and more difficult to find the time to go to your local card store, find just the perfect card, personalize each one, address the cards, put a stamp on them and then drop them in the mail. Not to mention how expensive it can be. The average card store cards cost between $2 and $4. And let’s face addressing cards one by one can be tedious and time consuming.

The holiday season is upon us and your to do list is getting longer and longer every day. So many things to to accomplish before you can fully enjoy the holidays. If you are like most people you have lots of people to send cards to, in fact each year your list seems to get longer and longer.

Well, I have an answer to your card-sending woes. Did you know there’s a system that will Make your life Simpler? It is one of my favorite time-saving tools for sending holiday greeting cards. And it is so simple to use. In just a few clicks I can send cards to the hundreds of family members and friends on my list. And I never have to lick a stamp, seal an envelop or take a pen out and address a card.

It is called Send out Cards and it has literally been sweeping the nation in the past few years. It takes your card from your Send out Cards account online and mails it (complete with a stamp) to a list of one or hundreds at one time.

Even with email, texting, voice mail and social media greeting cards have not lost their appeal. if anything they are even more popular and important. People still want and need to touch a REAL card. To look at it and smile knowing someone thought enough of them to take time to send it.

And people love them! Because let’s face it, card sending has gone by the wayside. Oh sure, we might send a handful of cards to close friends and relatives. With Send out Cards you can send dozens or hundreds (and yes even just one) anytime day or night. And the cost is less than $1 for a traditional foldover card. There are also postcards and tri-fold cards for shorter or longer messages. Price ranges from about 50 cents to $1.50 each.

You can even add a gift to the card in the form of a gift-card or mail a gift like yummy brownies to anyone on your gift-giving list!

With Send out Cards you can add your own picture, upload you contact list to your account database and even have cards created in your own handwriting. It doesn’t get much better than that. A real card mailed to a real mail box. And it takes less than 5 minutes to do one card (or many).

In addition to sending cards for the holidays you can use Send out Cards to send cards throughout the year for any occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, get well, just because, thank you, sympathy ~ you name it, Send Out Cards has it. There is a catalog of more than 14,000 cards to choose from and if you don’t like any of the ones offered (which is almost unheard of) you can create your own.

Then if you want to add a gift, you visit the Send Out Cards Gift Store and find just the perfect gift or gift card to accompany your card.

The database has lots of great features. There is a built-in reminder system so you can schedule cards to be sent anytime of the year. You will never forget another important date. You can create lists in your database so if you wanted to send a card to just your immediate family, you simply click on the list and viola! They will be sent out for you in a matter of moments.

And there are many other benefits of using Send out Cards. They are great for staying in touch with clients, to market your business, to network and to introduce your company to prospects.

All this and the system is affordable. You can become a retail customer for around $25 and send cards to all the lists you create. It would cost you that much in time and money just to purchase your cards, address them and mail them.

With Send out Cards there is no more going to the card store to buy your cards, the post office to buy postage and mail your cards. Send out Cards does it all for you. You hand select the cards you want and have them instantly mailed for you.

What more could you ask for this holiday season? Now you have more time to enjoy your family and friends.

Go to SendOutCards.com and sign up for a free gift account today. Go ahead and give it a try. The first one is FREE on me!

 

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