Sunday, September 6, 2009

tip of the week (9/6/2009

September 6 – September 12, 2009 this week’s "tip of the week" was sent from Kathi, from Chicago, IL

Kathi writes: “I frequently run errands on my lunch hour or stop for takeout on my way home from the office, but would get frustrated when I'd discover that the coupons and receipts I needed were left at home or crumpled up somewhere in my wallet or purse.

To solve this problem I purchased a small photo album from the dollar store. Mine has 20 pages, which is 40 sleeves. I made labels on the computer for the stores I frequently shop at and stuck them on some of the pages, plus I left some pages unlabeled.

I grouped them together logically, such as restaurants, crafts, auto, household and errands (photo pickup, video, dry cleaners, store receipts for items to be returned, etc.).

Now, as soon as I clip something out, I file it in the album. When I drop off photos or dry cleaning, the receipt immediately goes into its designated pocket. No more frantic searches through my wallet at pickup time.

For some of my favorite stores, I make a list on a piece of paper of the items that are on sale in the flyer and file it in one pocket, with the coupons in the opposite pocket. I also keep a list on one page of the clothing sizes of family members.

This album is compact (4 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches) and doesn't take up much room in my handbag. It goes everywhere I go, so I am always prepared, even for a spontaneous dinner treat.

And best yet, when the pages get worn or ripped (as they eventually do from constant use), I can easily replace it with another album from the dollar store. A very effective, low cost, low tech solution to a vexing problem!”

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