Holiday e-cards that will save you time and money

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start finding a favorite family photo and seasonal message to send to your mailing list. Everyone loves receiving cards for Christmas and the holidays. However, purchasing stamps, cards and envelopes can be expensive. The same goes for invitations to festive holiday parties.

Consider embracing the digital age and replacing snail mailings with holiday e-cards or a holiday greeting on social media. It’s just one trick you can use to celebrate without breaking the bank.

Here are a few holiday e-card sites to check out. Many of them closely resemble the traditional cards you send in the mail with a modern look.

Greenvelope: The digital stationary comes in dozens of designs, and you can barely tell the difference between fancy cards you would spend a lot of money custom ordering. You aren’t limited to holiday cards either. Throughout the year, send invitations and cards for any occasion that are designed by the company’s staff who work with stationers, graphic artists and painters.

You can order cards for $29.99 per mailing and send them to as many people as you’d like. Greenvelope donates a percentage of its sales to Mountains to Sound, a nonprofit that maintains forests.

JibJab: If you’d like to have a little more fun with your holiday greeting, send a JibJab e-card. You can place the faces of you and your friends on dancing elves, reindeers doing the Macarena or retro-themed disco dancers. There are lots of options to choose from, and the site has added new themes for this season.

You can get a free account, or pay for a membership to get some extra perks. Your friends are sure to laugh when a JibJab arrives in their inbox.

Care2: E-cards for Christmas and other holidays are just one way that this organization generates donations for charitable causes across the world. You can send the cards for free and earn credits to redeem for gifts such as safe drinking water, carbon offsets or aid for shelter animals. The cards can be personalized and sent via email, Facebook or Twitter.

The larger mission of Care2 is creating a social network of citizen activists who start petitions and support each other’s campaigns. The group has been around since 1998. Some of its partners are the Human Rights Campaign, Environmental Defense Fund, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Creating e-cards can be a lot of fun! Not only will they save you money, but also time that can be hard to find during the busy holiday season. You will thank yourself, and your friends and family will enjoy it too!

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