Care packages are expensive. While I never kept track (and I know, I know, I should have!) of the cost of each full-sized care package, I think mine (including postage) ranged between $40-$60, depending on the contents. Add another $15 for shipping, and funding care packages can be a job in itself! I’ve found that there are many ways to make care packages cheaper including shrinking the size of the boxes!
In between the full-sized boxes I sent, I tried to supplement with other creative ideas to help to ease the financial strain. These boxes are small and either fit in a large envelope or a small USPS Priority box (or in one case, a bottle). The cost for the entire thing–from making it to sending it– costs no more than $15, with many of them costing far less than that.
Here are six great ideas that will (no lie!) cost $15 or less (and that’s including postage)!
The Candy Sushi Box was a ton of fun to make. It’s deceptively easy to make candy sushi. They travel well and won’t melt, which makes candy sushi a great baked good to send in a care package!
This care package makes up a ton of tiny care packages that fit into seven envelopes– one for every day! Just slip the envelopes in a larger one and send for just a little over $2.
A Peppermint Stick
I decorated a poster tube with duct tape and filled it with candy. It’s the perfect fun package around Christmas. But you could also just decorate the tube with fun colors and send it at any time!
Feel like your loved one is far away on a desert island? You can send them an actual message in a bottle. I’ve done it both with 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles. It really does work!
There comes a time in every deployment… the halfway point! Celebrate with a halfway-themed care package, complete with home-baked cookies cut in half!
I sent this care package to John a month before he left for home. Inside were a ton of snacks he could take with him on the military flight. Yum!
What care package hacks do you have to save money?