Tuesday, January 15, 2008

WFMW: Funky Junky Fun

Sent a letter lately? Nope, most people just send emails. Received a letter lately? If so you know the joy that it brings to someone to get mail that is something other than a catalog or bill (or anyone who just wants your money). Even though we are in the age of free long distance calls on cell phones, there is just something about getting "real" mail that brightens your day like nothing else. (Think back a couple of weeks ago when you were getting Christmas cards.)
Since we are in the day and age of "constant communication" with cell phones and emails (which you can even do from your cell phone, no less), taking the time to actually sit down and write out a few words (by hand) is a very touching way to let someone know you are thinking of them.

So.....what does this have to do with being frugal? The most brilliant idea came to me recently. Why not take those boxes that we put into recycle and make them post cards? I used to make post cards with card stock, but you have to admit that a "Cocoa Puffs" card would surely bring an extra layer to the fun experience of getting mail. (I bought them with a coupon, on sale -- I promise.) Just take the box and measure out a retangle that is 6 inches by 4 1/4 inches, and you are good to go. Just write your little message on one half of the card (make a line if you wish). You could do stamps or doodles. Remember, it is supposed to put the person in a good mood! Oh -- and the other great thing about it: A postcard only costs 26 cents to mail. So you can recycle, create a smile and do it all for about a quarter! Works for me!

For other great ideas, scoot on over to see Rocks In My Dryer and the rest of the gang at Works for Me Wednesday.

23 comments:

Phyllis Sommer said...

what a cute and fun idea! creative recycling -- i love it.

{Karla} said...

this would be so much fun for my kids to do too! Love it!

Blessings,
Karla

Nikki said...

Very clever! I like your style of frugal thinking. I am definitely going to do this. I remember back in the day when regular postage was 25 cents.

Hey, do you keep your cereal bags too? I recently (like the last three months) started keeping them. I use them to freeze pie crust dough, to cool baked granola cereal on, to cool baked caramel corn, or pretty much anything that I would have used wax paper for. I was actually going to do a WFMW about it today, but I got lazy.

Playful Professional said...

I love this idea...I'm definitely gonna try it. Now can you give me some tips on actually getting to the mail box or post office to mail them.

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

I love getting mail! This is such a great idea. I just don't think my Fiber One would make fun post cards like the Cocoa Puffs. LOL!

infinitygoods said...

LOL! That is such a funny post and such a great idea. I also think it's very important to send real mail to people.

Rain said...

What a superb idea! I am going to give it a go and let the little ones make post cards for the grandmas!

Melissa Markham said...

What a cool, creative recycling idea! Thanks!

Domestic Spaz said...

Wonderful! This will be a great way to keep in touch with my best friend all the way across the country. :)

Angie said...

What a fun idea! We'll have to try this -- my kids have oodles of cousins, so it would be fun to send out postcards.

Tiffany said...

What a cute idea! I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Wifey said...

How cute! I know some kids (and kids-at-heart) that would love this.

tickledpink.nicole said...

I'm a teacher and I think I could adapt this for class projects! We throw away a lot of boxes from snacks, and I never thought to recycle them into a project. Brilliant!

sunshinekmp said...

This is a great idea! Fun for kids to give and get! Now to get some postcard stamps!

JoAnn said...

I, too, love this idea. I think I'll have my kids send some postcards to their cousin who is in her first year of college.

Alexandra said...

Great idea for recycling!

opheliag said...

I love this idea! Very creative. Thanks!

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

you'll probably like this:

http://everythingispink.blogspot.com/2007/11/jills-good-mail-giveaway-dont-miss-it.html#links

chanelireli said...

What a great idea!

Totallyscrappy said...

Fabulous!

Tammy and Parker said...

I think that would really bring some smiles to many faces. A Cocoa Puff post card!

Tammy and Parker
www.prayingforparker.com

Laane said...

That's a great idea!
I love recuycling, especially when it brings a smile.

Thanks!

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Have a great day!!!

Jen @ JenuineJen said...

great idea. thanks for sharing!