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Friday, April 24, 2009

Keeping in Touch (on a budget of course!)



I am trying to be a good correspondent...keeping in touch with whoever is willing to respond from high school through college through (ok...I'm old, face it!) today! But to send e-mails can sometimes be boring...and, face it, there are a lot of dates to keep track of (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, births (ok a bit beyond by age group...HA!), etc. etc.

Like many of you, I tie into Classmates.com (only the freebie version, thank-you!), LinkedIn (but that's more professional than social) and FaceBook (but too much cutsie stuff cluttering that site so I don't use it for "real" correspondance).

I truly miss letter-writing (but no one writes these days so it becomes very one-sided) and while my preference is to send cards for any and all occasions, the cost of cards and the postage make that tough on a budget right now. My best solution?
I absolutely swear by the ecard sites you can find on the Internet...yes, many of them charge subscriptions, but we are talking about $13 or so for annual unlimited use of their services! My personal favorite is www.americangreetings.com

You can send music cards, talking cards, animated cards and the list goes on...for any occasion (or non-occasion!) you can think of. Most sites provide you with address books you can set up, reminders for special dates, calendars and ways to archive your favorite cards (sent or received).

Here are a few additional sites that offer similar services:

www.egreetings.com
www.bluemountain.com
www.hallmark.com
www.123greetings.com
www.wish.org (sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation)

Have fun and if you find another site you prefer, let us know!

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