"Our family and friends loved our 2012 holiday cards! Normally we go to JCPenny to have our holiday pictures taken, but due to a timing and procrastination issue, we would not have recieved the cards back in time to mail them out before Christmas, so we pulled out the camera and the tripod and starting snapping pictures of the family. We uploaded the pictrues on Tuesday, ordered the cards on Wednesday and had cards in our hands by Friday. Now that we know how professional the cards came out, we will be ordering future holiday and special occasion cards from Shutterfly more often."
"I create art so instead of a photo of me, I send out a photo of an art piece on my Christmas Cards. This year I have used 3 different companies to create cards....shutterfly, my publisher, and thru my Mac photo program. Shutterfly was the best because of clarity and quality of digital photo, you can create on the front AND the back of the card, the fonts for changing type are expansive and the heavy weight card stock is a premium. I also photographed and digitally enhanced photo's of my friends houses and created note cards with their homes on the front. Then will give them as Christmas gifts. Again the quality was superior and I am really pleased with the heavy weight card stock and lovely envelopes. I was also able to create return address labels with my design."
"Wonderful thick, quality cards! Beautiful design! Can't wait to share!"
"Many choices are available which I liked and user friendly for the most part. The quality of photos excellent and we received compliments on the cards. Also, I appreciated the prompt and professional service from the time I placed my order to receiving them in the mail. Thank you!"
"We have always gone to a local person for our cards but unfortunately he went out of business this year. We decided to give Shutterfly a try as we had received a free 8x8 photo book coupon due to a Best Buy purchase. We not only got this amazing, free book (very easy to put together), we did our Christmas cards with Shutterfly as well and they are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks Shutterfly, you now have a new loyal customer...and we have already done 3 more photo books for gifts!"
In 2015 alone, people spent more than $626 billion on holiday shopping. The season does bring good will and cheer, but if you aren’t financially prepared for it, it may be bringing some fear as well. Luckily, there are ways you can save money and still have an excellent holiday with your family.
Set a holiday budget and divide the amount by 11 or 12 months. You can then save a portion of the money each month. For example, if you expect to spend $800 in the holiday season and you save for 11 months, you would save $72.72 per month. If you wanted to save for 12 months and catch sales at the last minute, you’d only need to save $66.66 per month.
You already know you will need gift wrap and address labels for Christmas every year, so purchase them in the first week of January when the stores have their holiday items at very steep discounts. This is also a good time to purchase any décor you’ll want for next year as well as an artificial tree if you’ll need a new one.
If you have older children or adults to purchase gifts for, buy them as you come across good deals throughout the year. These are usually safe bets because their tastes won’t change much. However, it’s probably best to stick to buying closer to the holiday for smaller children whose tastes may change often in a year.
Instead of spending lots of money and using up lots of time baking dozens of types of cookies yourself, have a cookie exchange. You get to socialize with family and friends, save money by only making one or two recipes and get lots of yummy treats all at once.
You can even find affordable holiday cards. Shutterfly offers great everyday prices on cards like the chalkboard cheer Christmas card every day, and sales are regular throughout the year.