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How to Reuse Old Business Cards

If you've replaced your Rolodex with a database or printed a run of business cards that you never gave out, don’t throw them away – try these uses instead.


  • Step 1: Save the page Save your spot in whatever fiction, nonfiction, or textbook you are reading by using old business cards as bookmarks. They are also a great way to flag favorite recipes in cookbooks.
  • Step 2: Jot down notes Jot down notes. Keep a pile on your desk to use as scrap paper, or a few by the phone for messages. They are also great for making a compact grocery list.
  • Step 3: Don’t spend extra Use business cards as gift tags. With the printed side down, glue or tape one on a gift and label the recipient on the blank side.
  • TIP: Dress up gift tags by gluing or taping decorative paper onto the printed side, folding it in half, and writing your message inside.
  • Step 4: Get a cue Use business cards as cue cards. When giving a speech or presentation, old business cards are a great place to jot down your talking points.
  • Step 5: Study Study your second language vocabulary or help your child study multiplication by using them as flash cards.
  • Step 6: Label Label file folders or moving boxes so that you don’t forget what’s in them by gluing cards to the outsides and noting the contents. You’ll be in business when it comes time to unpack.
  • FACT: It has been estimated that 15 billion business cards are produced each year in the United States.

You Will Need

  • A pen
  • Business cards
  • Glue or tape

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