Most of my life is organized chaos. I rarely lose things, but an outsider would probably wonder how I make it out the door with two shoes that match. About 6 months ago I left the "exciting" world of commercial real estate for the literally exciting world of private jewelry sales. In order to do this our family had to make some lifestyle changes. I started doing something I've never done before...
CLIPPING AND SAVING COUPONS! Yes, this is Marlene blogging today, not Rachel.
I happened to have a conversation with a friend (I'm sure it wasn't about clipping coupons or how to save money with a family of four-he's a 27 year old single male) and he told me something life changing. His mother invented the Card Cubby. It is this great little wallet/organizer with alphabetized dividers for keeping coupons, gift cards, store credits, whatever! It organizes all of the things that will cause you to lose money if you lose them!
How many times have you had a store credit that expired because you either couldn't find the reciept or put it in a drawer and forgot about it? Now that I have my Card Cubby, that doesn't happen. Anytime I get a coupon in the mail, a gift card, or a receipt with a store credit, it all gets filed in my CC. The best thing is that when it's time to present my coupon to the clerk and the Munchkins are running in circles around me, all I have to do is reach for my CC, look under T for Target, and VOILA! No digging around my handbag in frustration and then saying, "Oh, just &^%$#*@ forget it, I can't find it". Cha-ching!
The most thoughtful gift I think I have ever received involved the Card Cubby. I talked about the Card Cubby until I was blue in the face after my conversation with 27 Year Old Male. When I left my old company, my co-workers filled my CC as a going away present. They gave me a gift card or memento for every letter of the alphabet. A gift card for cupcakes under "C", a certificate for a pedicure under "P", a picture of Nancye and Kate filed under "N" and "K" respectively. You get the idea.
This really has been a life saver. Now I use gift cards and credits down to the last penny. Have a great weekend!