Christmas in a cost of living crisis continues to be a very different. We all want to know how to save money this Christmas. Everybody wants to know different ways to save. How about not sending Christmas Cards this year?
How many Christmas cards do you write? All those family member, friends, work colleagues, friends of your children. It probably adds up to a lot. Maybe 100 cards, maybe more?
Let’s look at the time taken to write those cards, a personalised message and the digging out of addresses. Maybe three to four hours of time. And then add on the cost. You have the cost of the cards plus the 75p per second class stamp it costs to post out the cards. If you posted JUST 30 cards it’s a cost of £25 for cards and stamps. 50 cards is more like £45.
Why send Christmas Cards?
But why? All that time and money spent sending a card with a note saying Happy Christmas, love from Lynn, the boys and Trev cat. I say STOP. Don’t waste the time, instead pop a little note onto social media to say you won’t be sending cards this year and instead give a donation to charity.
Just imagine the impact if we as a nation stopped writing Christmas cards and gave that money to charity instead. The impact would be huge, there would such an influx of money going to charity, rather than the post office.
I stopped sending cards in 2012, coinciding with the birth of my third child and having no time at all. Every year I have given £20 to charity and tell my social media friends and family I am doing this. It feels ever so good to give that money, and I have saved myself a load of time and money not writing Christmas cards.
Of course, it means every year we receive fewer cards, but this is fine! I am really not sentimental about cards, they clutter up the house and will just end up in the bin!
You might be crying bah-humbug. But I think the gift of money to charity is far better than the act of writing 100+ Christmas cards! P.S I do send a card to my elderly step mum who I know loves a Christmas card, however I know she would rather be sent a picture of the boys and a phonecall/visit.
Here are some of the charities that I have given money to.
A wonderful charity who offers counselling and care to children who have been bereaved. This is a charity that I have regularly supported for many years and wish something like this had been around when I lost my parents. They offer such an important service that makes such a difference to young peoples lives. I love what they do.
We are a family of animal lovers and I have always had cats. My cats always come from the rescue home. We got Trev from from the Blue Cross as a kitten in 2017. They are a charity of wonderful volunteers who would love an extra donation.
Macmillan Cancer Support
We have all been affected by cancer in some way, be that with family or friends. The Macmillan nurses do such a caring, amazing job that I have always felt inclined to give money to this charity.
I hope reading this encourages you to do the same, lets make a huge difference together. Let me know your charity of choice.