“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Frugalistas, if you need (or simply want) to cut back on spending for the holidays, first, look at your Holiday Cards. You don't need to spend a ton of money on full-color, gold-foil, embossed, musical, museum-art cards and matching envelopes. A simple hand-written note might be treasured and stand out in the stack of commercially produced product.
However, if your handwriting is indecipherable, or you need to cut down on postage costs, ecards are the way to go. Here are 13 of the top e-card sites for the holidays. Some offer oodles of free cards, some just a few, some all-you-can-send for a reasonable fee.
Blue Mountain www.bluemountain.com/ Ecards and downloads, 7-days free membership
Care2 www.care2.com/ A nonprofit support site for activists, donations, and 25,000+ free ecards
123 Greetings www.123greetings.com/ Animated and musical ecards
Hallmark www.hallmark.com/ Ecards and print cards; unlimited ecards for $12/year
American Greetings www.americangreetings.com/ Ecards, some free, free trial before subscribing
E-Cards www.e-cards.com/ Just as the name says
Egreetings.com www.egreetings.com/ Free ecards
flyGreetings www.flygreetings.com/ Send ecards to up to 5 people at a time, free
cardfunk beta www.cardfunk.com/ Upload photos to add friend's/family's faces to customized cartoon cards, with sound and animation; free.
Pencake ecard.pencake.com/ Draw your own cards online with simple tools, or chose from other's creations; unfortunately drawing talent is not programmed in
Yahoo! Kids ecards kids.yahoo.com/ecards Free ecards for kids; plus thank you cards if Johnnie doesn't like writing them
Animated Cards by UpToTen.com www.animatedcards.org/ Specializes in cards for kids up to age ten
And for more adult and current news themes with a snarky sense of humor, you need to look at Someecards www.someecards.com/ .
If you know of another great ecard site, please share in the comments.