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    9 Cheap Ways To Stay Close With Long-Distance Friends

    Love doesn't have to cost a body part.

    Sometimes life throws a wrench into your spokes and someone you love moves away.

    Distance can amplify even the smallest pain, so you have to put in a little extra work to keep things running smoothly.

    1. Keep postcard stamps in your wallet.

    2. Snail mail something fun.

    3. Hang your love notes.

    If you're getting more mail, you might be wondering what to do with all of it. Extend the mushy feeling you got when you opened it and keep things where you can see them.

    It can be as simple as tying twine on two nails and using clothespins to secure your cards. (Attach them onto some string lights for an added hazy glow.) Keep the unused cards in a shoebox and swap them with the seasons for a rotating display.

    4. Tend to them when they're sick.

    There's nothing worse than feeling helpless when someone you love is miserable and can't even get up to make food. Hunt for a local deli joint and send them some much-needed soup.

    5. Stop messing up birthdays.

    6. Don't just plan a chat — plan an activity.

    7. Tell them why you think they're wonderful.

    8. Designate godfatherhood for your pets.

    9. Have to work when they're visiting? Send them on a scavenger hunt.

    Send them drop pins with things they can do throughout the day. It's the most customizable fun you can have while sitting on your glutecakes, regardless of interest and transportation limitations.

    If you're in a city, you can include directions or leave them to fend for themselves. For example, you can send a photography lover to off-the-path locations, like beautiful graveyards or coastlines. If you have the car, make one using Post-Its at home with snack surprises so your guest isn't hungry, or use riddles or jokes to direct them to the next note.

    How do you stay close? Tell us below!