Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{31 Days} Day Ten: Never be late for a birthday again!

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This year we did something pretty crappy. We forgot my father in law's birthday. I know, I know, I feel terrible! I have become responsible for all birthday cards and reminders. I dropped the ball. I also didn't send a birthday card to any of my nieces or nephews or siblings... All birthdays were forgotten and the Mother's Day and Father's Day cards were late.

I always wanted to be that person who always sends a card. We all love getting mail and cards are fun to get. I remember being little and getting birthday cards in the mail and thinking it was so cool! Between Todd and I, we have 7 nephews, 5 nieces and 1 great niece. That's a lot of remembering right there! Not to mention our siblings, their significant others, our parents, our grandparents, our close friends and other family members... it gets crazy. January alone has 10 birthdays.

So this year, I decided I will be on top of this. I marched my butt down to Dollar Tree and bought birthday cards upon birthday cards. I went armed with a list of every person who I needed to buy for. Then I came home and signed them from Todd and myself except his family and friends. I figure they may want to see his signature. I addressed them, stamped them and sealed them. I left the kids' birthday cards open, so I can put cash in them. My oldest nephew and niece get 20 dollars as does Todd's nephew because he's Todd's favorite. lol. Everyone else gets 10 bucks. Believe me, it's way cheaper doing this than buying presents. We don't live near any of our family, so shipping can get pricey.

Now I just organize them by month and mail them out at the beginning of the month. I do have some birthdays the first week of a month, so those will go out the last week of the earlier month. Does that make sense? Then all you have to do is write it on your calendar to mail out cards. You'll never be late with a birthday again! Next year I'll pick up extra Mother's Day and Father's Day cards so I can get those prepped ahead of time.

A few tips:
- Keep some blank cards and extra stamps in your pile of birthday cards. If someone has a baby or goes through a loss, you'll have a card to send without worrying about getting to a store to buy one.
- Buy your Christmas cards when they go on clearance after Christmas. You can sign and address them and put them at the back of your card schedule. It's one less thing to worry about next year. Sign a few generically in case you have an expected person on your list.
- If you need to add any money or a gift card to a card, put the card into the envelope folded side first. That way you just need to open the card inside the envelope. Less hassle is always nice!
- Don't forget thank you cards! These are easy to buy in bulk. Sending thank you notes is incredibly important especially to those who are not near by. For instance, I mailed a graduation card and cash to two kids. One sent me a thank you note, the other didn't. It was uncomfortable asking her if she got her card. My fear was the money got lost!
- Keep your address book up to date. We have friends and family who move often, so it's important to
- If you have children, keep some of their cute artwork in your card box. I can't imagine a happier grandparent to receive a piece of art in the mail with their card!

You have no idea how happy people will be to hear from you!


Bethany Lee said...

This is a REALLY great idea! I never remember anyone's birthday. Half the time I can't even remember how old I am. People close to me have to give me reminders, or I'll be clueless. Lol.

Jenn said...

Love it!

I love mailing cards so it's pretty easy for me to remember to look at my calendar each month to see who's birthday it is. What I love about this is that the cards are all bought at once!!

odile said...

great ideas. .Love this series

Nessa the Procrastinator said...

I can't remember my birthday lately either! It's ridiculous. After 21 it's all down hill anyway.

Nessa the Procrastinator said...

Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Nessa the Procrastinator said...

I know you like to make cards so I guess you could make a huge pile in advance. Lol

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