I have to admit I am terrible about keeping up with birthdays and special days. I have 7 brothers and sisters, 6 nieces and nephews, 3 parents, and a host of aunts and uncles and cousins we are close to that I try to keep up with but usually fail :) Most all of them live in different states which requires me to send out cards and presents. This is a problem for me! I am fine if they are in town and we get to see them but I am terrible about taking myself and 4 kids to the post office to mail something. And buying something online is hard because of all the added shipping costs, etc. that I have a hard time paying :) Even just to find free shipping requires time to research which seems to be lacking in my life at the moment.
My new solution comes from an online article from RealSimple magazine that I stumbled across on CNN.com. The solution that will hopefully help me is to set aside a day at the beginning of the month and send out all the cards then, even if the event isn’t until the end of the month. Just one day to look at the calendar and take care of business. I think I can do this! Also I can reorder stamps if I need to on that day for the next month. I am trying to keep everything on my Google calendar so it is all there for me with addresses and everything. I am taking this summer to get organized for the school year as well by setting up the calendar and updating addresses so I am ready when craziness hits.
We do not have a lot of money to send out gifts all the time but I have found a simple card in the mail goes a long way. I like to buy the card box from Costco every year which has cool, home-made looking card which are all right there ready to be sent out. Everyone in my family loves movies and you can get gift certificates online for different movie theatres that might be in their area. This has been a fun gift to give via online that has no shipping charges.