Rainbow Weekly Planner Stickers Free Printable

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Today I am sharing FREE printable planner stickers. The printable stickers will fit the Erin Condren planner. Please make sure when you print the pdf file that “actual size” is selected in the print options. It works best if you print the file on a 8.5″ x 11″ full size Sticker Paper. You will receive 1 pdf file. To download the pdf file please follow the link below.

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Meal Planning Made Easy – 5 Easy Steps

mealplanning1Meal Planning Made Easy – 5 Easy Steps

I have been keeping track of our expenses for the last few months using my printable worksheets. It is great seeing where all the money goes but also a big eye opener on how much money we are actually spending (wasting).



One of our biggest expense is food, this includes groceries and dining out. We have consistently spent about $1,300 each month. We are not a large family and knowing that other families only spend about $500 – 700 on food each month, our grocery budget needs to be at least cut in half!

I know there are certain factors that led to the high spending. My husband and I are both working full time, often stopping at the grocery store after work to pick something up for Dinner. Because we didn’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking once we got home, we usually pick up something that was already prepared or just needed to go in the oven. Oh, and don’t forget the snacks! We are eating out a lot on the weekend or before/after our son’s Hockey practice during the week.

Next month I will try to cut our grocery budget to $700. That would be about $600 dollars in savings!!! Wow!!! That is a big motivation to plan my meals ahead!

Step 1: Download printable meal plan layout

I believe the best way is to plan your meals ahead for the next week or even month if you like. This shouldn’t just include dinner but also breakfast, lunch and snacks. You can download a free printable layout here that will help you plan. I will be using it for my meal plan this week.  You can download the file here -> weekly meal plan

My meal plan starts on a Monday because I usually do my planning and grocery shopping on the Sunday before. If you would like to start your meal plan on a different day (many people start their week on a Sunday) let me know in the comments and I’ll upload another version of the file.

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Step 2: View local flyers for great savings

A good idea is to look at your local grocery flyers for items that are on sale and plan your meals around these ingredients. For example, if ground beef is on sale maybe have Spaghetti, Chili and Hamburgers that week.

Step 3: Write down meals for the week

Now it’s time to write down all your meals in the meal plan. As you write down the meals I would also write down all the ingredients for each recipe on a separate sheet and use it later as your grocery list. That way you won’t forget anything. You can download a printable copy of the shopping list here ->grocery shopping list

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Step 4: Keep favorite recipes

There are some recipes you might make more often than others. For these recipes I have a separate binder that I keep in my kitchen cabinets. I will post some of my favorite recipes in a separate post in the future. You can find the recipe printable file here -> recipes

 

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Step 5: Cook ahead if you have the time

If you have extra time during the week or on the weekend, you can cook some of your meals ahead or prepare all the ingredients so when it’s time to cook you are not busy washing, cutting and mixing everything.


Another idea might be to keep a log of frequent products that you buy and prices throughout the year or just the regular price and sale price. That way you can see if the “sale price” is a good deal or not and if there have been better sales before. I have seen items that had a great big sale sign and when you looked closer it was only 2 cents off the regular price. That was for a $2 item. Many people would just see the big sign and grab two or more items because they are on sale.

On your recipe sheet you could write down the estimate price of the ingredient and calculate the estimate cost per serving. I know it seems like a lot of work but just focus on main ingredients.

Let me know if you have any other ideas

 

Simple Washi Planner Layouts – Erin Condren Planner

Simple Washi Planner Layouts – Erin Condren Planner

I have been using my Erin Condren planner for over 2 months now. I usually prepare my new layout on the weekend before the new weeks starts and fill out the fields as the week progresses.



Over the last 10 weeks I have accumulated over 125 rolls of washi tape. yikes! However, I did not purchase any additional planner stickers other than the ones that came with my planner. I am quite happy with just using washi tape for the layouts.

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This blog post will show some my weekly layouts. They usually look very similar but will have different colors and designs.

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I am thinking about trying to make my own stickers soon. It shouldn’t be to hard and I will make a post with instructions as well. The stickers will be great for kids sports schedules, bills to keep track off, pay days and TV shows for example. Something that is reoccurring. All I need to get is sticker paper and a color printer ( currently only have a black laser printer).

Sometimes there is a lot of white space left over when there is not much going on for day. I usually try to fill it with washi tape when the week is done.

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Using washi tape instead of store bought stickers is in my opinion a lot easier on the wallet. I was able to get most of the washi that I bought with a 40% off coupon. They come in tubes with 9+ rolls.

I like the tubes that already come with color combinations that match. It makes it easier to put together a great layout. As you can see there are various sizes of washi tape included.

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I have done a few layouts with only one kind of washi tape. There was this blue tape that I really really liked (below) but nothing else went well with it. I think it still looks great. Too many colors are sometimes too distracting.

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And another one that I had to do already for Thanksgiving. A few weeks ahead but so much fun to put together. Can’t wait to do a Christmas theme in December.

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You can see that I cut the tape in to flags or weekend banners. Sometimes it is a bit time consuming but worth it.

Click here for my Erin Condren Planner review and Instructions on how to create one of these layouts

 

Thank you for reading

 

Plan with me – EC neutral horizontal- Simple Washi Layout

Plan with me – EC neutral horizontal- Simple Washi Layout

I have had my Erin Condren Planner for a few weeks now and did my first weekly layout last week. It is a simple washi tape layout. I think it turned out well and I was able to track everything important that I wanted to keep track off. This spread only used Washi tape and some of the Erin Condren stickers that came with the planner. I am pretty happy with the layout and the white space.



There are many awesome “Plan with Me”s on YouTube and they just look amazing with all the different sticker kits, but I think it is not my style. I am probably gonna try it out anyways some time but there is something about covering up the planner pages with too many stickers. I enjoy using my different color pens and filling the white space the way I want to. Sometimes stickers don’t have enough space to write on, or the next week is already pre-planned but something else comes up. Do you remove sticker or cover them up with a new sticker?

This is my second week planning in my Erin Condren Planner. I have decided to take pictures for every step so you can follow along if you like the layout. There’s going to be a lot of pictures.

Plan with me – What you need

This layout uses only a few small stickers, different colors of Washi tape and Injoy Gel pens.

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This is what the blank pages in the planner look like. It is the new 2017 Erin Condren Planner in neutral style with a horizontal layout. 20160630_215200

This is the Washi tape that I will be using. It was bought at Michael’s and came together in a tube with other tape as well. The colors and patterns usually go pretty good together.

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These pens are the Inkjoy Gel Pens 0.7mm. They are great for writing on the planner pages as they do not bleed through. There will be some light shadowing on the other side of the page though. I like the way they write and the colors look nice. Since I won’t be using a lot of stickers, writing in different colors will help distinguish between different tasks or appointments.

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The other pens that I will be using are the Sharpie Ultra-Fine-Point Permanent Markers. These pens WILL bleed through the pages and are not recommended for writing directly on the planner pages. However, they are great for writing on stickers and Washi tape and come in many great colors!

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When I ordered my Planner, I also ordered these little stickers. They are great for categorizing different kinds of appointments or tasks.

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I found these tiny stickers at the dollar store. The sheets included many different designs such as flowers, hearts, stars, circles etc… Great for making the pages a little prettier 🙂

Plan with me – Step by step

Ok, now let’s get to the planning!

 

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First off, I put Washi tape along the top of the page above the days.

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Next I put the “Love” Washi tape between the last vertical fields and the lines at the bottom of the pages. This acts like a divider. Same goes for the small Washi pieces on the sidebar and for the weekend. I like to keep the weekend separate from the regular workweek because the differ from our regular schedules and routines.

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The next couple of pictures show some different design ideas you can add to your layout.

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I put some strips of Washi tape in some of the fields ….and cut Washi tape into flags. I also cut some little triangles to place into corners.

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Now here is were I am using the tiny little stickers I mentioned earlier. I used the circles and triangles because the colors went well with the other colors I used for my layout. The sections with the stickers will be used for lists or to-do’s. 20160630_224239



I added a banner for the weekend. The “flags” were also cut from Washi tape. I usually put the outer flags first, then the one in the middle and the other two in between. This will help placing them evenly. Originally I had cut out two more flags but there was not enough room.

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This is the final picture of my layout. It is hard to see but I also placed pink Washi tape on the two Washi pieces on the sidebar and above the weekend banner. The Washi is just pink and I will be writing “Weekend”, “To-Do” and “Meals” on them with the Sharpie makers.

I hope you like this weeks layout. The layout is pretty simple but offers a lot of functionality. It leaves room for anything you would like to keep track of without pre-determining what the fields are being used for.

Show me your designs – Tag me on IG @organizedandhappier

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Happy Planning

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep track of your Bills

Keeping track of all your Bills can be overwhelming. Use this free printable Bill Tracker and know when bills are due.



Nowadays, a lot of companies are switching to electronic invoices instead of mailing them out. This system has a lot of benefits but could make it harder for you to keep track of upcoming bills and payment dates as you don’t receive a physical copy of the invoice. Most of the time you will receive an email notifying you when a bill is ready. You log into your online account, view the bill and maybe print it for your records.

Bill TrackerI have a lot of my monthly bills set up for auto-withdrawal. It is great because I don’t have to worry about missing a payment, but it also makes me not pay attention to due dates and amounts.

To have a better overview of all your bills, I have a created this chart which will help me see all my bills, amounts and due dates. The bill tracker is categorized in yearly, quarterly and monthly bills. Most of the bills would be due monthly. I have a few bills that are due yearly such as renewal stickers for the license plate. Here is how to fill out the chart:

  1. Enter all your bills in the right expense category (yearly, quarterly, monthly). You can just write down what kind of bill it is (e.g. phone bill, hydro bill) or go by company name.
  2. Enter each bill amount. If bill amounts vary, I would use an average amount.
  3. For the due date, enter the day the payment is due or will be withdrawn from your account. Write down  20 for the 20th of the month.
  4. Monthy bills are obviously due every month, but to know when a quarterly or yearly bill is due you can circle or highlight the specific field.
  5. When the bill is paid put an X in the field.

I have not created an extra column for it but it be good to indicate how each bill is paid. W for withdrawal, C for cheque, CC for credit card, O for online payment etc…



It’s not too hard to fill out and it gives you a nice overview of all your bills. Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions.

Download the free printable Bill Tracker here.

Erin Condren 2017 Planner Review

Erin Condren 2017 Planner Review

Update: Planner arrived – See full review below!!!ErinCondrenPlannerReview

Update: Planner has been ordered Estimated shipping date: End of June. Let’s hope I get it sooner 🙂

I ordered: 18-month, vertical, neutral color theme…



In a couple of days, I will be ordering the new Erin Condren LifePlanner for 2016 – 2017. I will post a review here with lots of pictures as soon as it arrives as well as another review a few weeks later once I got a few pages done.

Just a few days ago, I didn’t even know about this planner. I was researching planners on Pinterest, as I am trying to get back to a paper planner instead of using my phone. I came across many awesome Erin Condren Planner ideas and pretty much knew that I needed to have this one.

As it turns out the brand new 2016-2017 planner will be available in only 2 days. If you are interest in purchasing this planner you can get $10 off your order if you use this link here.

(This is a referral link – you will receive $10 off your order and I will receive a $10 credit to my account).

Before the planner

I don’t have any pictures of the planner yet that I can post but have pinned some great layouts and decorating ideas on my Pinterest Board.

Washi TapeI went to my local Michaels store today to look for some decorating items and pens for the planner and noticed that they had everything I was looking for right in the front of the entrance. This must be a popular thing right now. Some other planners that are very similar to the Erin Condren Planner were available as well but I had already made up my mind about which planner I wanted.

They had many kinds of Washi tape available and I was trying to decide which color theme I would go with. I bought the one shown in the picture above. It was hard to decide but I think I will go with different themes for different pages. The tape was a little more expensive than I thought, but then I remembered that Michaels often has a coupon for 50% off any regular priced item. With the discount the price was pretty good but I already know I’ll be spending a lot more money in the next few weeks.

So check back here soon, as I will post a full review of the planner once it arrives. In the meantime have a look at the awesome planner pages on Pinterest or if you already know you want this planner, get $10 off using my referral link.


Erin Condren 2017 Planner Review – First time user

I was just going to start this sentence with “My Erin Condren Planner finally arrived today” but instead I am going write: My Erin Condren Planner already arrived today!

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I ordered the planner on launch day which was June 1st and

was given an expected shipping date of June 22nd and I was ok with that since it was a personalized order and many people ordered right on launch day. To my surprise I received an email 2 days later saying my order was ready to ship. I received the planner today exactly one week later and that is with a weekend in between and international shipping. Very impressed!

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How to get your kids to do chores!

Getting your kids to do chores can be a chore itself. Constant reminders won’t work and at the end you do it yourself. Yes, I am speaking from experience!

As mentioned in previous posts, I want to get my life a little more organized and have more time to spend on fun things with the family without worrying too much about what still needs to be done at home.




Our son is 9 years old now and he never had to do any chores. He has been asking about getting his own bank account and allowance, which is great because it will safe us a lot of money!

Without having his own money, he does not have a sense of how much money something actually costs. A lot of times he is like: “Can I have this toy? It’s ONLY $50! You don’t have to spend your money you can just use the card”. Yeah, right!

So actually, giving him his allowance will save us a lot of money. I think $5 a week is a fair amount which will add up to $20 or $25 a month depending on how many weeks the month has.

Chore Chart

He can choose whatever he wants to do with that money, but has to know once it’s gone, it’s gone and he needs to save up for bigger items.

So how do you get your kids to do chores? I suggest to combine the allowance with the chores. My mom did that for me and my three siblings.

We had to do mandatory chores that would give us our full allowance at the end of the week and she would have extra chores available that would give us additional money.

Some of us were eager to do all the chores plus the extra chores earning a good amount of money and some of us could care less if they received and allowance or not. Eventually my mom introduced allowance deductions if the mandatory chores were not completed. I am not saying names but some of us owed her money.

It’s all up to you if you want give the options of extra allowances or allowance deductions for not completed chores. I think it also depends on the age of the children and the need for their own money.

I have created this Chore Chart for my son and we will try it out next week. He is excited about it and we will see how it goes.

I might make some modifications to the chart if I think a different layout will work better.

Here’s how the chart works:

  1. Print one chart for each child
  2. Fill in the child’s name and the time period.
  3. On the right side fill in the weekly allowance amount e.g. $5.00
  4. Below fill in how much each extra chore is worth e.g. $0.50
  5. Now fill in the different chores you want your child to do, write the extra chores in a different color or separate them from the regular chores with a line between.
  6. Some chores do not need to be done daily. I have framed each cell for the day the chores need to be done.
  7. For each chore that the child completes tick it off with a check mark or place a fun sticker. I think the chore chart will work better if you let your child do it. They’ll be excited to see the completed chores on the chart.
  8. The “Allowance” column on the right side will let you add up the extra money or deductions.





I think to be successful with getting your kids to do chores, you should keep the age of the child in mind. If you have a young child and you are just starting, give them just a few simple chores. I would give them only one or two chores that need to be done daily and maybe one or two that are done once a week. Keep them short and simple.

I will post an update about our progress in a few weeks. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Free printable chore chart here: Chore Chart

 

How to keep track of your daily expenses

This post is about keeping track of your daily expenses and various incomes. If you want to stick to your budget or just want to know where all the money going, it is important write down EVERYTHING. Money coming in, money going out.




There are many great apps and programs that will help you manage your money. I am using a computer program but as you can see from this post, I am way behind entering all my receipts. I have good intentions but what good is it if the information is not up to date.

All I know is 5 months ago I spend more than a made. Yeah, pretty useless. The information needs to be current so you can cut your spending before you go over budget.

A good idea is to enter all your expenses at the end of each day. That way you don’t fall behind (like me) and your spending amount for each expense category is current.

I have created an income and an expense worksheet for me that I will be starting to fill out each day (I will make them available for download at the end of this post).

I am usually all for technology and pretty good with anything computers and cellphones where most of my information, appointments etc.. are stored, but lately I am finding myself to prefer writing everything down on a piece of paper. I think having a household binder is great because all family members are able to access it and get information. This will be my next project for sure.

Anyways, back to the expense worksheets. Once you have identified your expense categories (groceries, fast food, personal care, gasoline, pets, entertainment, recreation etc…) print one sheet per category. Some categories will have more expenses than others.

You can put smaller categories together on one sheet if you want. As the expenses occur, write down the amount in the right category. If you made a purchase at a store where some items are groceries and some are personal care products for example, split the amount between the categories.

Try to fill out the worksheets each day. That way the receipts don’t pile up and it will be easier to stick to your budget and expenditure tracking.

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At the end of the month, add up all the amounts in each category and transfer the amount over to your Monthly Budget Worksheet which is available to download here.

The income worksheet works similar. Enter your paycheck amount, rental income, pension income, interest/investment income etc.. Again, add up the amounts at the end of the month and fill in your actual amount in the Monthly Budget Worksheet.




For the next month, print the expense worksheets again and start over.

You can download free copies of the worksheets here:

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MonthlyExpensesWorksheet

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you

 

 

How to use a monthly budget worksheet

Free printable monthly budget worksheet

A great way to keep track of your monthly income and expenses are worksheets. The information can easily be written down and everyone can use them.




The worksheet that is featured in the post is the Monthly Budget Worksheet. It will give you an overview of your monthly income and expenses and how much money you have left at the end of the month.

There are 3 tables that focus on Income, Expense and a Summary. The income and expense tables are divided into budgeted and actual amounts. To better keep track of the actual amounts, a separate worksheet should be used for each category and filled out daily (free printable worksheet for that will be posted soon)

As you can see the expenses are divided into categories. I have listed the most frequent ones and left a few blank spaces to enter your own.

First step at the beginning of the month is to enter your budgeted amounts. These amounts are estimates and do not need to be right to the penny. Rounded amounts in hundreds are good. Start with your estimate income. Let’s say $5,000 month. Obviously you do not want your expenses to be higher than your income. If you want to save $300 every month for example, enter total budgeted expenses at $4,700. Now allocate the $4,700 between your expense categories. You want to start with your fixed expenses such as Mortgage, car payment, insurance, utilities and other bills. The amount that is left is your disposable income and can vary each month.

During the month keep track of expenses for each category. Enter them as purchases are made or keep the receipts in an envelope and enter them when you get a chance.

At the end of the month add up all expenses for each category and enter the amounts in the Monthly Budget Worksheet. By calculating the difference between the budgeted and actual amounts you can see if you over- or under-estimated your spending in the different categories. It might be necessary to adjust your budgeted amounts for the following month if they were way off. Or maybe you were shocked to see how much you are actually spending on fast food this month and try to cut spending next month.




The notes section is for anything you might want to take note of. Write down if you had any extraordinary expenses that month or additional income. Maybe you were very satisfied with your budget and spending that month and would like to do the same in the next month or if you were not happy suggest what can be done better in future months.

You can download this free printable worksheet here

 

This post was happily shared on Share The Wealth Sunday Blog Hop #58

 

How to keep track of your finances



 

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Part of being organized in my opinion is to know what your household income and expenses are. It is important to know where you are standing. What are your assets, how much is your debt? What bills need to be paid?  How much money did I spend this month? There are many ways to keep track of your finances.

I am using an old version of Quicken Home & Business which does everything I need and provides a great overview of our current net worth. You can also compare your spending to the previous month or year. The only downside for me is that it is an older version and not longer supports the download of your bank transactions, which means every transaction has to be entered manually. As you can see I am very far behind entering the receipts, but at least I kept them all. This will be a weekend task for me. Maybe with a nice cup of coffee and a movie playing.

 

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Another great option are spreadsheets. If you know the basics and are able to create simply formulas this can be an inexpensive way to manage your finances. You can create your spreadsheet the way it works best for you.  I will create a separate step-by-step post on how to create spreadsheet to keep tracking of everything.

Some people though find it easier to write everything down manually. This can be done in a simple notebook or with awesome templates that can be found online. I am planning on creating my own household binder that will include important information for our household and my husband is able to look at the information as well.

We decided that I am in charge of our family finances as I work in the accounting field and I believe it is important for my husband to be able to see where the money goes. I am pretty sure most times he does not know how much money is in the account or how much the bills are. I think a lot of times he does not want to be bothered with it but he should know as well.

Keeping track of your finances will help you achieve your savings goals, pay down your debt and show you how much you are spending on things. I was  shocked to see how much we were actually spending on groceries and fast food every month. You would not know otherwise. We get groceries once a week but I found myself stopping at the grocery store after work to pick up some extra things. These extra things added up to an extra $100 each week on top of my grocery bill. Fast food was a big expense as well. $20 here, 30$ there, couple of coffees, maybe some lunch…..crazy!

I suggest the first step is to write down all your income and expenses for one month. Separate the expenses into different categories. This can be just a few categories or as many as you want (e.g Vehicle expense vs. Car insurance, maintenance, gasoline). After the first month, have a look and see where your money goes. For the next month try to adjust your spending. Set limits and try to stay within budget. The extra money that’s saved move it to savings account or emergency fund.

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