Oct 8, 201208:29 AMThrifty Mom
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Filling your calendar with memories
If you’re crafty and thrifty, you should be on Pinterest. That’s all there is to it.
In my time on Pinterest, I’ve come across so many cool ideas. Over the weeks, I’ll be sure to share the best with you.
One of my most recent projects is a calendar that allows you to record something that happened that day each year. You reuse the calendar year after year, and look back on the past years to read what you’ve done on that day. I thought it was an especially neat idea since my husband and I have been slacking on the Lil’ Stinker’s baby book.
Here’s the original Pinterest post.
And here are the materials I used:
- A cool little bin that I found in the dollar section at Target. Last I looked, they still have some.
- A pack of 40 sheets of cardstock from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Check online as they usually have some kind of coupon each week.
- Two sheets of coordinating sparkly 11x11 cardstock. These were only 39 cents a sheet.
I also bought a set of stamps that included the months and numbers to date each card. This is optional — you always could write the date yourself.
To make the calendar, cut each sheet of the 8-1/2x11 cardstock into eight pieces. Then cut the square cardstock into 12 pieces that are slightly taller than your other pieces; these are the month dividers. Randomly sort the smaller pieces into your months, separated by a sparkly piece. Place in the bin.
To save myself time, I’m dating each card as I go rather than doing them all at once. As each day passes, write something memorable that you did that day on the card. Next year, you can look back and see what you did!
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor or Styler Kit
(Sale) Price: $9.99
Use $4 off one Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, including Styler from Oct. 7 RP
Pay $5.99 OOP, receive $5 ExtraBucks*
Final price: $0.99 (90 percent savings!)
Schick Hydro Silk razor
Schick Hydro Silk refill, four-count
Use $6 off one Hydro Silk refill from Facebook
AND use FREE Schick Hydro Silk razor when you buy one refill (up to $12.99) from Pillsbury.com**
Pay $13.19 OOP, receive $8 EB
Final price: $5.19 (84 percent savings!)
NOTE: In my opinion, the store should accept both of these coupons since one is for the refill and one is for the razor. My CVS did accept both, but I can see other stores possibly causing an issue. It’s worth a try, though.
M&Ms, Twix, Milky Way, Three Musketeers or Snickers, 9.75-11.5 oz.
(Sale) Price: 3/$7
Buy six for $14
Use two $1.50 off three bags of M&Ms, Twix, Milky Way, Three Musketeers or Snickers fun size candies from Oct. 7 RP
Pay $11 OOP, receive $3 EB
Final price: $8 or $1.33 each (43 percent savings!)
Nestle Coffee-Mate Creamer
(Sale) Price: $1.67
Use $0.75 off one Coffee-Mate coupon found here
Final price: $0.67 (60 percent savings!)
Fleischmann’s yeast strip
(Sale) Price: $1.29
Use $1 off one Fleischmann’s yeast from Sept. 30 RP
Final price: $0.29 (76 percent savings!)
Weight Watchers Smart Ones meals
(Sale) Price: $2
Buy 10 for $20
Use $4 off 10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones products found here**
Pay $16 OOP, receive $7 coupon to use on your next order
Final price: $9 or $0.90 each (55 percent savings!)
Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread Cookies mix
(Sale) Price: $1.79
Use $0.50 off one pouch Betty Crocker cookie mix from Coupons.com
AND use $0.50 off one pouch Betty Crocker cookie mix from SavingStar.com
Pay $0.79 OOP, receive $0.50 in your SavingStar account
Final price: $0.29 (84 percent savings!)
Here’s a tip I’ve discovered, find a cheap subscription to All You magazine [http://www.allyou.com/]; it often has coupons that you can’t find anywhere else. If you have a subscription, check the October issue for a Purex coupon to use on this next deal.
Purex Liquid or Ultrapacks laundry detergent
(Sale) Price: $2.50
Buy two for $5 and receive $1 off instantly
Use $1 off one Purex Liquid or Ultrapack from October 2012 All You
Final price: $3 or $1.50 each (40 percent savings!)
*ExtraBucks print on your receipt to be used on your next trip
**Requires signing up for a free account
OOP — Out of Pocket
EB — ExtraBucks (from CVS)
BOGO — Buy One, Get One
SS — SmartSource (insert found in your local Sunday paper)
RP — Red Plum (insert found in your local Sunday paper)
P&G — Proctor & Gamble (insert found once a month in your local Sunday paper)