Planner Follow-up #1

This is labeled Planner Follow-up #1 because I’m sure there will be plenty other follow-ups over time…

We are moving into our busy time at work and I have so many hold files for so many projects it’s making my pretty little head spin. I decided to add a work calendar to my planner to help me keep track of things a little better. Currently my to-do lists are written on a giant post-it, which isn’t very portable… or organized.

I didn’t want the bulk from adding more of the Arc branded calendar inserts, plus I didn’t want to pay for another set. I did a little surfing in the web and found someone offering a plethora of free templates. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

Now, I haven’t dropped the $40 for an Arc punch, so I did the next best thing… headed to YouTube. And of course I found a walk through by MyMommyLife where she punched her own papers. Check it out here. I tried it out and it worked perfectly. I will tell you it’s a slow process, but it’s an argument of time vs money. It seems I don’t have much of either, but I was able to get this done while catching up on some tv. Killed two birds with one stone.

Looks just as good as the Arc branded pages!

And I haven’t forgotten about my promised dashboard post. I ordered some pictures to use from Shutterfly (I don’t have one of those fancy Fuji Instax cameras or printers… yet), so I did it the old fashioned way. At the time I ordered them, they were running a special where all 4×6 and 4×4 photos were free, you only pay shipping and handling. I’m waiting on those to arrive before I can put the dashboard together.

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Savings Jars

I went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University a couple of years ago. During that few months, not only did I learn how to improve my financial future, I also learned the importance of teaching good money habits to your children while they are young. Since then, I’ve picked up the book Dave co-authored with his daughter, Smart Money, Smart Kids. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!

One thing I learned from the book is to teach children to separate their money into three categories: Give, Save and Spend. My kids are 11, 9 and 6, and especially with my 6 year old, being able to visualize this is very important. Cut to the savings jars…

I will preface the remainder of this post by saying I did not create this idea. It’s all over Pinterest, and Dave Ramsey even sells something similar on his website. With that being said… onward ho!

I found this candle holder at Kirklands, (sorry, link says it’s no longer available), and purchased coin jar lids from Michaels. And yes, I used coupons at both locations! 🙂 You could call it a day and have a finished product, but of course I had to spice mine up a bit.

I pulled out my Scan N Cut and made vinyl labels that read: Give, Save and Spend. I then transferred those to the mason jars. See how much that little label kicked it up a notch? I finished off each set with a personalized chalkboard name tag and we were done! Now the kids can watch their savings grow!  

 Please keep in mind these are glass jars and therefore are very breakable (I know this from experience and have had to replace one of the jars).