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October 30, 2008

Free Halloween Ecards or Bags of Candies

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In the official Top 10 list most expensive holidays, Halloween should really be somewhere near the bottom. But one year for me, it was more like #1. I had just had my first child the week before and was feeling pretty depressed. Not only was I no longer getting comments on my lovely pregnancy glow, I wasn’t getting any sleep either. So the day before Halloween, my husband gave me a $100 bill to purchase some Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters, in the hopes that it would cheer me up.

It was my first venture out of the house since my son was born, so I was feeling overwhelmed. But I was certain that purchasing Halloween candy was going to pull me out of my funk! Once I was in the store, I was in awe of all the choices, so I started piling up my cart with every candy I saw. The lady at the check out line said “Wow! Having a party?” and embarrassed, I lied and said “Yep! All the neighborhood kids are coming!”

When I got home and brought in all of the bags of candy, my husband was speechless. I had spent all $100. I then was brought to tears, as I discovered that Halloween candy purchases are final and can’t be returned. To make matters worse, we had less than 30 trick-or-treaters that year, and what looked like thousands of pieces of candy. In the end, I was not cheered up at all, but rather even more depressed due to my frivolous Halloween spending.

If only I had GotFreeCards.com back then, to pull me out of my funk, my Halloween would have been so much better. I would have been able to shop for ecards all day if I wanted to, and sent them to all of my friends, without spending a penny! I would have been able to enjoy funny and scary animated Halloween ecards at no expense to my now poor husband. THAT would have made my Halloween. So this year, yes I will buy a few cheap bags of candy for the trick-or-treaters. But to really get into the spirit of Halloween, I am going to send free ecards to all of my friends, and a special Halloween ecard to my husband

October 28, 2008

Halloween— Relax!

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Spooky Halloween

Spooky Halloween

It’s almost here: Halloween!

 

 Hands down, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.  Don’t get me wrong: I love getting together with relatives who live far away on Thanksgiving, and seeing the looks of joy on family members’ faces as they open the perfect gift on Christmas warms my heart, but Halloween still stands above the rest, in my book.  The reason: it’s just about having fun.

 Sure, there’s an important, and in some cultures sacred, history behind the origins of Halloween, but for most of us, it’s turned in to a big, light-hearted celebration.  For at least one day out of the year, we don’t have to be solemn in our thanks; we don’t have to empty the bank account to buy gifts; we don’t have to juggle our celebrating with the stresses of cooking a big meal for the extended family.  On at least one holiday, all we have to do is enjoy ourselves.  And I don’t know about you, but I feel like I deserve that kind of a break, if only once a year.

So in celebrating Halloween this year, you don’t have to get your friends a free e-card  from GotFreeCards.com to show them how thankful you are.  You don’t have to pick out the perfect animated e-card to show how deeply you care.  No, on Halloween, you can send someone a free halloween ecard just because it’s a fun, funny thing to do. 

            Enjoy the holiday!

October 27, 2008

Halloween costumes don’t have to cost a fortune

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Are you tired of spending money on ridiculously expensive Halloween costumes that your child will wear only for a couple of hours? No worries! There are ways to make Halloween, and almost any other occasion, fun for your kids and family even if you are on a tight budget. Here are two thrifty saving tips to get cool Halloween costumes without blowing your budget.  

Make your own costumes. Get creative.

Used gift wraps, old night gowns or bath robes, bed sheets, old curtains, table cloths, chart paper, cardboard can all be used to make a unique Halloween costume that can’t be found in stores. With your imagination and a little creativity, you can make this ‘annual Halloween costume making’ a fun, family project. What a great way to save money and spend quality time! Besides, you can come up with your own themes. One family I know dressed up as a garden salad bowl once.  The parents were celery and spinach, the kids were carrots, broccoli, peas and beans! What a wonderful way to get kids to like vegetables! Can you think of a theme that will engage your family?  

Buy costumes a year in advance. If you are sure you will be purchasing a costume for your kids next year, then why not buy them now, at a bargain price? Plan ahead. Stores put up Halloween costumes on sale the day after Halloween. You will find great deals on some very good costumes. This is the perfect time to buy next year’s Halloween costumes at a steal. Remember to buy children’s costumes a size or two larger.

Remember, having fun does not necessarily mean having to spend a lot of money. Spending more time doing what you like is more important. So, don’t let the economy, job cuts, fuel prices or anything come in the way of your celebration. By being creative, you can still celebrate in style.  And while you are at it send out free ecards to your loved ones.

October 23, 2008

Birthday in July

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Birthday Gifts

Birthday Gifts

When I was growing up, I had a friend in the neighborhood whose birthday was on December 27th—just two days after Christmas.  I often told him how unlucky he was, to have a birthday so soon after Christmas: there’s no way he would get enough presents!  Me?  I was lucky, I thought, because my birthday is in the summer, and so my gift-receiving days were spread pretty evenly apart through the year. 

 

Of course, now that I’m older, I realize it’s not just about maximizing gift-receiving potential, and I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to celebrate a birthday in a snowstorm, rather than at the beach.  The important thing, either way, I’ve learned, is to surround yourself with people you love, and who love you.  That is what makes a birthday special, and not gifts. 

But gifts are nothing to sneeze at, either.  At gotfreecards.com we have free e-cards that you can send to your friends and loved ones on their birthdays.  You can show them how much you care with our animated e-cards, and save money by not splurging on expensive gifts, too. 

Even though I still wonder what a winter birthday would be like, I’m perfectly happy to be able to blow out my birthday candles, and then jump in the pool.

October 20, 2008

Ecards and politics –a healthy mix?

Filed under: Free Ecards, eCards — Tags: , — ecards @ 1:14 pm
 

Obama For Change

Obama For Change

With the presidential elections around the corner, there is no shortage of material for late night comedy shows, humor columns and comic strips. Politics and the candidates have made their way into ecards too. As election day nears, more and more ecards are being created with politics as their theme. Some ecards mock at one or both the candidates, their running mates and their catch phrases. Others have more universal themes revolving around politics. Either way, these ecards serve as stress relievers. Witty lines, cynical comments, spoofs on politicians are all popular concepts. Who doesn’t like to share a hilarious ecard with friends and colleagues? And some of these jokes are in fact quite clever. But, the fact is that politics, as such, is a very serious issue. Especially this election is being slated as one of the most crucial in America’s history. Considering the current economical situation, the next president of the US will have a pivotal role to play in shaping the country’s and the world’s future. So, is it really ok to take things lightly and to make jokes out of the campaigns? Does that diminish the graveness of the situation and mislead people into believing that everything is fine when that’s far from reality? Do these jokes and wisecracks cause today’s youngsters to take an important responsibility lightly?

Or do we need these lighter moments to take our minds off the bad news all around?

What’s your take?

October 9, 2008

Words or visuals – what do you look for in an ecard?

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What is it in an ecard that makes you choose it, over hundreds, maybe thousands of others?

Just on the home page of any ecard site, like this one, and you will see at least ten different ecards for various categories and occasions. Each occasion has at least a dozen choices. Popular categories like birthday, anniversary and Christmas carry even more. With so many free ecards to choose from, how do you pick the one card that you want to send?

The two main components of an ecard are visuals and words. People choose an ecard for one or both of these reasons. The accompanying sound or music complements both.

Sometimes, an animated ecard is just too attractive to pass up. Especially if it is really funny, interactive or has beautiful visuals.  At other times, it’s the words and the message it conveys.  Some people choose a card for its witty lines or the original poem it carries. If an ecard is really well thought out and professionally created, it scores on both accounts. That’s when you get the ‘Aha’ feeling of having found the perfect card that says exactly what you want to. But that may not happen all the time and you might have to settle one way or another.

So, tell us. What is your way of choosing an ecard? Do you look for a card that has the right words? Or do vivid visuals grab your attention? What kind of cards do you like to receive? Ones which draw a picture with words? Or one that communicates volumes with a picture?

What would be the components of your perfect ecard for any occasion?

October 6, 2008

Almost nothing is fun when you’re sick

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Face it: almost nothing is fun when you’re sick.  Television is boring.  Movies are too long.  And books are too hard to concentrate on.  But what always gets a smile, even in the midst of your worst cold, is when friends go out of their way to show they’ve been thinking about you: chicken soup delivered to your door, a concerned phone call, or, now, a free animated  Ecards from GotFreeCards.

Sending free Ecards from GotFreeCards.com is fast, simple, and, of course, free.  Just go to

Co-Worker Not Well Ecard

Get Well Soon Ecard For Your Co-worker

GotFreeCards.com, and browse through our selection of animated Ecards, many of which are specially designed for that friend or family member who’s under the weather.

When you send an animated Ecard to that friend or loved one who’s stuck at home with the flu, you can be sure it will make them feel just a little bit better, to open up their e-mail and know you’ve been thinking about them.  So head over to GotFreeCards today, and pick your  Get Well Soon Ecard.

October 4, 2008

Free Ecards for Halloween!

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Boo! Did I scare you? No? Well, how about this: if you buy greeting cards from a retail store, you’re going to be set back between three and dive dollars a card!

Halloween’s supposed to be scary, but not that scary!

But have no fear (well, not much, anyway): the e-cards at GotFreeCards are always free. And they’re easy to send to anyone, with just a couple of clicks needed—and you won’t waste a moment searching for the right sized envelope, either. Plus, the cards at gotfreecards.com are animated, making your choice of a free e-card seem a little more thoughtful than even one of those five dollar cards from the store.
Boo! Still not scared. Oh, well. I tried.

October 3, 2008

Thank you messages to write in cards

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The Right Words

The Right Words

Saying ‘Thank you’ seems a lot easier to do when the person you are saying it to is standing next to you. Facial expressions and body language – a warm hug, a genuine smile, a hand shake – communicate what words cannot. But, there are situations when you may have to adopt the long distance ecard way. Written words may not always compensate for a hug and a smile, but, they can still communicate your heartfelt appreciation in a sincere manner, provided you choose the right words.

So how do you convey what you feel in a ‘Thank you’ card?

  • Be sincere – When you say it from your heart, it shows. So say what you mean and mean what you say. ‘Thank you for making it to the party. We really enjoyed your company’ seems far more sincere than, ‘Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend the party.’
  • Be specific – Tell the recipient, what exactly you are appreciative of. Instead of saying, ‘Thanks for everything’, you could say, ‘Thank you for making me feel welcome. I needed that’ or ‘Thanks for being a good listener and for reminding me of my capabilities. Talking to you boosted my confidence.’
  • Be yourself – A thank you note serves as a token of your appreciation. It reflects your personality. So, whether you are thanking guests who attended a party, or a friend who helped you out, remember to add that personal touch that says it’s from you. A card is not complete until you personalize it with your message.

October 1, 2008

Halloween Ecards -A Trick or Treat!

Filed under: Free Animated Ecards, Free Ecards — Tags: , , — ecards @ 7:02 pm

Halloween is definitely a holiday that people enjoy planning for, decorating for, and celebrating once a year.  It is a time to enjoy with everyone, and getting people in the spirit of the festive holiday is part of the fun!  What better way than by sending your friends a Halloween “treat”: an animated ecard sent to their email inbox, something they won’t be expecting, but something that is sure to chill them, thrill them, or make them hungry for Halloween candy!  At GotFreeCards, all of the ecards are animated, and the best “treat” of all, they are FREE!  You could of course take time out of your day to head to the store, browse through the selection of Halloween ecards, pay money for the card and postage, put it in the mailbox and hope it gets there in time. But then when will you have time to make your fabulous costume or carve your pumpkin!  A store bought card won’t be animated, it won’t be free, and the recipient won’t be able to forward it to all of their friends to see.  At GotFreeCards it will, and they can!  Let GotFreeCards assist you in making this year’s Halloween the best yet, by getting your friends in the Halloween spirit with animated ecards.  It’s our “treat”!

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