The greeting card aisle at the grocery store is certainly convenient, especially for those of us who tend to wait until the last minute to pick up gifts. It only costs a couple of bucks to give your mom a mass-produced card inscribed with your deepest emotions and love, right? Unfortunately, if you compare that card to simply making or printing one at home, you're looking at a 200 percent markup.
A card means more when you make it yourself -- even if it's just a scribbled few lines on a folded up piece of paper. Those heartfelt creations are the ones people save, anyway. If you don't feel creative enough to make your own card, how about sending an e-card instead? Some e-cards are free, and they're also "green."