I ordered up a simple set of 250 free business cards, and payed the additional $3.99 for a blank back, selected the cheapest/slowest shipping, and went along my merry way.
While I was waiting for my cards to come (and they got here a lot faster than the 21 days they tell you for the 'cheap' shipping...) I found a post on a blog of a great friend of mine, AlwaysAmy about not only taking advantage of the free business card section, but also using up some of the other freebies they offer as well... and using them for promos. Even better yet, spending the few extra bucks to add your own photos to them, rather than using the free graphics they offer, you can really dress up a free promotional item from Vista Print pretty easily and make the most of it, to use for your own promos.
Now, I know there are some people who use Vista Print, and some who don't. Some who like them, and some who don't. But, the idea here, is to look beyond the boring freebies some of these business card companies offer, and change them up to make them more useful for your own good. Nothing wrong with taking advantage of free or otherwise inexpensive resources that are available to us, especially when times are tight.
And, one last thought before I go. I've also seen some people use business cards, be they printed from a printing company, or done from your home computer... as ingredient/label inserts for soap packaging too. So there's another inexpensive idea on how we can turn something ordinary, into something useful.
Have a great weekend all!