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Mom Spot: Time Saving Tip Tuesday

Thank you to my Nana for imparting this wisdom to me: buy cards ahead to send. Special days of the year tend to sneak up on me. I know part of it is my own personality flaws, but I also know that being a mom keeps you so busy that sometimes an entire month can can away from you!

Here's the time saving tip:

Buy cards ahead for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Have them signed and envelopes ready too!

If you don't already have a list of special dates for family and friends, make it your goal to accumulate them all in one place. I like to use Hallmark's free online service.

Of course, you can handpick cards, but I've found that this in itself is very time consuming. I prefer to purchase a box of simple cards that say almost nothing. This gives you the freedom to personalize the card without worrying about it saying something silly. With a list of dates in hand, begin signing cards and prepping envelopes (add names, return address and stamps - leave address blank in case of a move). Then set your reminder system so that you will send the card in time to get there for the special day.

A little effort can really save your time (and your reputation) all year long!

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