Friday, December 12, 2008

Just a piece of paper

One of the biggest rip-offs in the world is the price of greeting cards.

What makes one folded piece of heavy paper $4 and another only $.99. Size doesn't seem to affect the price, either. Greeting cards are way too expensive.

I went to Target and Wal-Mart tonight. Those stores are supposed to be cheaper than your usual retail store, but neither store had any 99 cent Christmas cards! The cheapest thing I could find was $1.99. I've found 99 cent cards in the past, but this year they seem to have disappeared.

I know I shouldn't make such a big deal of a dollar or two, but I'm trying to save money. I'm poor. I'm unemployed. I need all the help I can get!

I bought a couple of the cheaper cards, plus a sheet of stickers. I'll make something good out of that.


The Bumbles said...

We have a place called Building #19 which hawks all the odd lots and leftovers for dirt cheap. We actually got all of our X-Mas cards for there (and they were even normal!) - about $4 a box of 15 or 18 cards. As for everyday cards like for b-days, etc. it can be highway robbery. I love looking through them all at CVS - our local drugstore chain - I know they have a $.99 section which is actually pretty good.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

That's what the Dollar Store is for :) I never pay more than 50 cents for a card and they have some really pretty ones too :)

Wil said...

Russ, both suggestions are great as far as they go. The real trick is shopping the left-overs the day after Xmas. There are some very serious bargains to be had then - including cards for ten cents on the dollar.

I know all about being poor. Used the Sunday funnies from the trash box at work for years as wrapping paper for my kids. Cards were ALWAYS hand made and individual. It becomes second nature. Here's hoping that 2009 is a better year for you than 2008 ever tried to be.

Russ/rfduck said...

Bumbles - 99 cent sections are the best!

Mistress - I haven't been able to get to the dollar store lately. I was hoping Target/Walmart would have a decent selection, but they don't this year.

Wil - Howdy, stranger! I use newspaper as wrapping paper even when I have money to spend. It's my own little quirk.

Thanks for the comments, folks!