This is not just a day for saying….thanks for putting up with my devil child for 8 hours everyday.
This is a day for saying…thanks for doing the job that none of us want to do, but somebody has gotta do it, so thanks for being the one to do it and being awesome while you do it.
And since that doesn’t sound all cakes & pies on a hallmark card….America turns to Pinterest.
Don’t get me wrong..I LOVVVVVE Pinterest. It’s pretty much muh BFF these days.
BUT…after about the 7th food or drink product with a cleverly coordinated cute saying…the teacher is pretty much over it & rolling her eyes.
Because nothing says I appreciate you teacher…like a bottle of orange pop.
So after searching Pinterest anyways for a bazillion nano seconds…I FINALLY found it!
THE ONE! THE MOSTEST AWESOMEST TEACHER GIFT EVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV.
These free printables from Chicabug are seriously epic.
Cute. Funny. Free.
These are perfect!
PLUS they are what the teacher’s really want & NEED….the goods.
ANY freakin gift card on the planet is better (& more appreciated) than that glittery glob of trash you stayed up all night making and posting show off pics of on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Keek accounts.
GET OVER yourself & show your kid’s teachers how much you truly APPRECIATE THEM…not how how awesome of a Pinterest Project mom you are.
I ordered me some fancy smancy dividers and stuff from Office Depot online and got busy.
I made two sets of dividers… one for our fixed monthly bills and the other for credit accounts. (More on them lata)
In the front pocket I keep post it’s
for reminders & stuff.
I used these dividers to make my sections…
I printed my design on card stock and put it in the clear page protector divider. They came with clear labels for the tabs so I printed the section name on them.
In the first section Bills to Pay I put a pocket divider to hold my bills as they come in until I pay them..
The next section is Calendar and Bill Schedule
First in this section I have two lists that i can check off each month after I pay them. The first list is of my fixed monthly bills and the second page is a list of my credit accounts. I got the PDF for these lists here.
Next I have monthly calendars for the year. I like to see what is do and when..calendar style. It helps me to see it visually. Like say a bill’s due date is on the weekend. I write that bill down on the calendar to be paid on Friday. I also like to highlight a bill after I’ve paid it. I know this can be duplicative of the lists.. But it works for me. I generally find free calendars on a variety of blogs.. But this particular set came from here.
In the next two sections is where I used the dividers. Fixed Monthly Bills and Credit Accounts.
Basically, there is a tab for each bill. Once I pay the bill, I file it behind the tab.
This has corrected a lot of problems for me.. I used to take all the bills after I paid them for the month and file them in a file cabinet. This obviously lasted a hot minute because I’m so lazy busy. So they pretty much ended up thrown in a big plastic tote.. Which made it hard to find anything when I needed to refer back to it.
Now..I they are always filed as I pay them and easily accessible.
The best part..at the end of the year.. I will just stick the whole notebook on the shelf and start over.
No need to file the stuff at the end of the year..and no digging through files or boxes when I need something.
The last section All Other is just for various misc. I also added a pocket divider in this section to hold misc…like carbon copies of checks for little stuff I pay & ect.
In the back of the binder I have this.. To ya know.. Remind me..
So that’s that.
Isn’t it beautiful?
For the PDF Bill Schedule List & the PDF 2013 Calendar…click the link to the blogs that made them.
For the covers to my sections…click the pic below to download and print them.
March 26, 2013
I had to move it to a bigger binder.. But I’m lovin it! This is a 3″ D ring I got off Staples.com