Friday, December 13, 2013

Fiscal Friday: Choosing to DIY

It's Fiscal Friday! Today is about my choice to DIY.

I am a big fan of traditional Christmas cards. I don't mean the photo ones (love those too!), but the ones you buy from Hallmark or your local CVS. Wanting to capitalize on my Extra Care bucks, I decided to purchase cards from CVS this year. I buy parents cards, grandparents cards, husband etc etc. I probably picked up 10 cards. After throwing in a couple of gift cards and a bottle of allergy pills, I go to the register and someone in a matter of minutes, I've spent close to $150 bucks.

I get home and resume the daily nighttime activities (bath for Jack, dinner, bedtime). In the quietness of a home with a sleeping toddler, I review my receipt from CVS. I wanted to throw up. I'd spent just shy of $50 on GREETING CARDS. 10 Greeting cards. I felt so sick.

It was in that moment that I decided that we'll be making cards this year. Something with Jack's handprint. I've got a stack of construction paper already. I just need some washable paint! They won't be Hallmark, but I think my family will appreciate them a bit more.

And the $50 worth of Christmas cards? I returned them the next day.


  1. Every year, we make handmade gifts from Andrew to the grandparents... usually some sort of a canvas craft with his footprint or handprint. :) Last year, we did reindeer canvases, a salt dough ornament, and I framed his 1 year portrait. They were a big hit! :)

  2. 1) I love CVS Extra Care bucks so very much. I am a CVS loyalist because of them.
    2) I adore Hallmark. I used to spend so much time in every Hallmark store I ran across. Sadly, I don't see them as much as I used to. I love knowing that someone else loves them as much as I do.
    3) Buyer's remorse after looking at the receipt is something I've been dealing with a lot lately. I'm trying so hard to be more conscientious of how much I'm spending as I'm shopping rather than wonder what the heck I've done once I get home.
    4) The price of greeting cards is out of control. OUT OF CONTROL.