Free and Cheap
Janine is a 20-year veteran journalist who puts her sleuthing skills to use unearthing deals and discounts for families in the Tampa Bay area. Raising her own two daughters has taught her that some of the best things in life are “free” but not necessarily “cheap.”
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Score cheaper birthday greetings
Posted Mar 30, 2012 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Need to send a greeting card but don’t want to drop $3 doing it?
Head on over to Wal-Mart or even Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores (if you want to get in and out quicker) for cards for just pennies.
We noticed this week that the very same cards that you can find at other Hallmark outlets such as CVS and Target for .99 cents are priced at merely .47 cents at Wal-Mart.
On display were the identical dogs wearing birthday hats and cupcake platter designs that we currently have stashed at home, purchased at twice the price. Gasp!
There is a limited selection of design choices and occasions, but you can mostly cover your birthday greeting needs and thank you notes with these offerings. There are also some “get well soon” and “thinking of you” options.
Want something that looks a little bit fancier? For just .97 cents you can get the larger, upgraded cards that feature embellishments such as foil, glitter or embossing. These are not the .99 cent cards at 2 cents cheaper, these are more like the $2 - $3 varieties.
Again, limited selection, but the cards are nice, not too weird like the ones you find at dollar stores (“Happy 105th Birthday to my great step-niece!”) or excessively picked over.