How NOT to Save Money on Business Cards

I am going to my very first Virtual Assistant Conference this weekend. I’m soooo excited. One of the things it said to bring was business cards, but the cards I have are not the ones I want to use. They are my marketing coaching ones, which I soooo don’t want to do anymore. I normally have my cards done by Vista.ca. but didn’t have time.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re working on a website to create new business cards. You normally go to Vistaprint.ca because they have the best prices, but they can’t deliver today. So, you go to Staples online. You’re having fun creating them, but now it’s time to send them to get printed, but when you go to checkout, there is no choice for Canada? What??? YA! That’s what happened to me this morning. I was on the staples.com and not staples.ca. I spent almost 2 hours designing it and now I can’t use it. So, I call the number on their site hoping they’ll tell me to just go in the store and they’ll be able to print it there, but nope! They are 2 separate companies and don’t have the same cards either☹

So, I print out what I made to try and replicate it. Lucky for me I’m a quick learner and can replicate things fairly quickly. All I needed was the image I wanted, but when I got there, that was a bit of a problem, because they normally want a USB stick. However, the girl was nice enough to let me log into my Gmail account and pull the pic and, I got my new business card set up in 10 minutes.

So, when I go to pay, she shows me it’s $29.99 for 100 cards! What??? That’s double the price of Vista Print and you only get ¼ of what they offer.

Well, no sense crying over spilled milk, like someone use to say.

Here’s what my new card looks like. It’s a bit blurry (sorry about that). I’m satisfied with it, but I liked the other ones much better.

So, here’s the lessons I’ve learned for today:

  1. Don’t wait to the last minute to do business cards, or you’ll pay more and get LOT LESS
  2. Be sure to check which website you’re working on so that you don’t waste time and also, get emails from a company you can’t deal with because they don’t deliver here.
  3. And lastly, don,t spend so much time making a business card. Have a plan first of what you want and then pick out the best choice instead of redesigning the whole card.

If you’re going to be making new cards soon, Vistaprint.ca is offering 40% with promo code SALE40 off cards and other promotional stuff. But hurry. It’s ends May 16, 2017. I just put in a new order for 500 cards for $7.99. Talk about crazy savings.

Here’s to your business and saving your dollars, seeings the pennies no longer exist.

Tina

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What to do with leftover cilantro or mint?

My Man made a wonderful lamb last Tuesday and it was amazing!!! I know I said he doesn’t cook, but he does…sometimes😉. There was a little bit of it left over the next day and I was going to make a salad with it, but….he ate it when we got home from work. Oh well, on to the next idea. We had lots of leftover cilantro or coriander, and mint from the lamb and I wasn’t sure what I could I do with all those herbs. So, what do I do? Google ideas and poof. I found a recipe I LOVE. Vietnamese food. I LOVE Pho soup, spring rolls, salad rolls, vermicelli salad. OMG, I could eat this every day, but I would be a bit broke and overweight because of all the rice noodles.

After going through my pantry and the fridge, I saw that I had the leftover ingredients from previous recipes and could make shrimp rolls or vermicelli salad. I decided on both, but only wrote how to do the rolls. However, i added a link at the bottom for a good recipe.

Here’s what I had for leftovers :

  • 10 small shrimp
  • 1 piece of roasted chicken
  • 30 rice wraps
  • Hot sauce
  • Shredded carrots
  • Lots of Mint
  • Lots of cilantro
  • ½ seedless cucumber (I hate seeds in them)
  • 1 left over roast chicken meat

And here’s what I came up with shrimp rolls and vermicelli chicken salad.

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Shrimp rolls

3 small shrimps

1 Rice rap stuff

1 Mint twig

2 Cilantro twigs

¼ piece of Lettuce

Small amount of Vermicelli (optional)

4 pieces of shredded carrots

 

1 ingredient Dipping sauce

  • Hoisin sauce and that’s it. Dip away.

If you like the peanut butter one, here’s one you could make with leftovers too.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/3 cup water

 

Instructions:

  • Cut up all the veggies and meat to be in slices so that it will fit lengthwise
  • Rice paper rolls – get a large enough bowl to fit the papers in, and poor very warm water in it. Dip 1 rice paper at a time into the water for 15-20 seconds. I hold it down and swirell them around. Make sure not to make them too soft, but slightly firm so you can roll them. Immediately remove from the water and place flat onto a cutting board.
  • Time to fill the rolls – Place a few pieces of shrimp, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, and if you want a small amount of noodles and a bit of cilantro and mint. Do not over stuff the roll!
  • Roll everything up tightly by gently pulling at the bottom of the roll and roll in the filling. Try to tuck the filling in as you go. I say try because those little suckers don’t want to stay in, but you’ll get it…after 3 tries😊
  • Place on plate or what I did I put 3 in my mouth and the other 3 I saved for work the next day. NOTE: they will stick to the bags, so add a bit of water to the storage bag, or do like someone else said and wrap each one in siran rap. Ah, for me, that was way too much work.
  • For the Dip – – just put the hoisin in small dipping bowl and voila. And for lunch, buy those salad dressing containers and put it in there.

 

Here’s another recipe I found online for the vermicelli salad that looked amazing, but had stuff in it I couldn’t eat like cabbage or hot peppers. WOW, talk about running to the bathroom for me😊.

Enjoy and if you have other recipe ideas for left overs, please share in the comments below.

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