(To buy: $6, paper-source.com)
You’re on the way to Kate’s birthday dinner when you realize you forgot to pick up a card. You make a quick pit stop, scribble a message, and wipe your brow–crisis averted! We’ve all been there, but if you find yourself frequently making last-minute stops at the drugstore to buy a card, this simple system will save you time and effort when it really counts.
Instead of buying individual cards, designate one day each year to buy birthday cards for friends and family. This way, you’ll have the time to pick out meaningful cards for all of your loved ones and you’ll never be caught in a pinch. Stock up on a few extras–think condolence cards, thank-you notes, and more–for unexpected events.