Wednesday, March 30, 2011
How do I do this? Through Hallmark.com. I first discovered their addressing and mailing service a few months ago through an ad in a magazine. They were running a promo to get the cost of the stamp for free when using their card service. For a free stamp it sure seemed worth a try.
Basically, to use the service, you choose a card design on Hallmark's site. They even have photo cards, which to me is a huge benefit. The chances of my remembering to actually get photo prints made in time to include with a card for a particular event is practically nil, yet I know that photos bring such joy to faraway relatives. This way, I just have to pick out a photo already on my computer and add it to the card.
After you have personalized your card with text and/or pictures, you simply enter the recipient's address and pay online, and Hallmark prints and ships the card for you. You have to pay the cost of a stamp, but you would have to do that with a conventional card anyway. The addressing and mailing service is free.
Best of all, the prices of the cards are very reasonable. They range from $1.39 for a flat card to $5.99 for a musical card (customizable with any song from their library). These are comparable to grocery or card store prices, with the added benefits of personalization and photos. Plus, there have been lots of coupon codes available for the service. I just got 30% off on my dad's birthday card with a code I found for through Google.
Using Hallmark's online card service costs me a little bit more than my usual dollar store card, but the added convenience and customization make it often worth the cost to me.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Hallmark.
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