If you’re a grown-up, it’s likely you remember a time before the Internet. The Internet allows society the ability to reach anyone (friends all over the world now have an instantaneous way of connecting), but it’s unfortunately led to the decimation of certain traditions, such as sending greeting cards.
These traditions don’t have to go the way of watching commercials during syndicated programing. (No one does that anymore, right?) Instead, embrace the Internet and use it to reinvent your favorite traditions from the nineties and before. And, save some money because virtual items are less expensive than their real-life counterparts.
It’s Okay to Send Virtual and Real-Life Greeting Cards
Do you remember receiving birthday and Christmas cards in the mail, and not just Facebook greetings posted to your wall? Your siblings, nieces, grandchildren, etc. still feel joy when they open the mailbox, and there’s a card inside. It’s still good manners to send a physical greeting, especially to those family and friends you hold dearest.
For everyone else, there are e-greetings. E-greetings are heartwarming, and sometimes cute and funny. They’re more formal than a quick email or Facebook message, but less expensive than a traditional greeting card and postage. Your favorite greeting card companies now offer e-greetings, as well as physical greetings. Hallmark offers birthday cards, as well as holiday and collection cards. These cards can be personalized, as well as they can be scheduled for sending up to a year in advance.
LinkedIn Doesn’t Replace Business Cards
LinkedIn has transformed business. It’s social media for entrepreneurs and businesses and the business-minded. It’s also a great way to get yourself hired by your dream company, but it’s NOT a replacement for a business card.
Business cards are becoming rarer and rarer, as individuals direct their business connections to their LinkedIn and other social media pages. But, is this connection a lasting reminder of the services you can provide? Why not send a virtual business card, as well as connection requests from your social media accounts?
Virtual business cards are very inexpensive when compared to the cost of printing physical cards. Plus, they’re environmentally friendly, and they serve to remind connections of the quickest way to reach you. Just like a regular business card, you can affix a photo or logo, as well as add your contact information. These virtual cards can be shared online or via text messaging.
Physical Couponing Versus Online Coupon Codes
Using coupons is still one of the best ways to save money. You purchase a newspaper (or multiple newspapers for coupon stacking), and then clip the coupons. This allows you to save money at the grocery store and other establishments. It’s time-consuming, but it saves you a lot of money.
In the digital age, you can cut back on the time you spend clipping coupons by downloading a coupon app. Many grocery stores now allow you to save virtual coupons to their discount card – meaning you no longer have to clip the coupons, but can still garner the savings.
It’s best to use both methods, as physical coupons still save you a ton of money (especially when you get into extreme couponing). It can be assumed that physical coupons will someday be a thing of the past, but for now it’s best to blend virtual with reality, and both clip and download coupons.
The Internet hasn’t ruined savings traditions, but rather created ways to create deeper connections and save more money. It’s best to embrace these new traditions because they can save you money, and result in deeper more cherished relationships with people.