Friday, March 23, 2012

Personal size PlanAhead for less than $12! Cleverly designed.

I bought this PlanAhead ring binder from CVS the other day for less than $12!  It's vinyl, of course.  It's not horrible, either, it actually feels pretty good in the hand.  It has some padding and heft.  It's on the left, below.  My personal Amazona is next to it for scale, not for intimidation.

I bought it for three things.  The calculator is one of them (visible through the semi-opaque page lifter, which I will definitely cannibalize, too).

Note the full length pocket  - such a great feature.  So convenient for stashing receipts, grocery lists, checkbooks, etc. 

And I also bought it for the vertical WO2P, below.  My MO2P is getting mighty crowded, so I wanted to experiment before spending time printing out homemade ones with pretty colors and nice paper.  BTW, the paper is definitely mediocre, but not horrible.  Not rough.  Note pages are undated.  Nice empty box at the bottom of each column - put to use to suit your own purposes.  

So nice that they include a page for the month's highlights.  I use that a lot in my current planner, even adding in additional pages. 

Here's the month overview.  Yes, MO2P AND WO2P!

To Do List.  Nothing special.  Nothing bad.

A bunch of reference stuff.

This is the third reason for my purchase, the Budget Organizer.  There are ten pages of this.  I may not use these exact pages, but I'm definitely finding them inspirational.  I'm starting to get into the nitty-gritty of managing my money, which requires awareness at the micro-level.   Wish me fortitude!!

More money stuff.


Mas medical.


More auto.  I'm not ready to be THIS organized.  I rely on the reminder that pops up on my dashboard.  Someday.

A couple of clever things shown in the photo, below.  Well, first, of course, there's a slot for a note pad, always nice.  Secondly, the notepad is pre-punched - love that.  The two things that I found extra-clever are (1) the location of the zipper!  Close to the spine.  Very clever.  Doesn't get in the way of the pen or create a bump under the paper.  However, the pocket is still fairly useless because it's not gussetted, so it's nigh-impossible to access; (2) the pen loop is LARGE so the pen is loose in the loop but WHO CARES! It stays secure due to the clip AND it's easy to get in and out - brilliant.  AND note the location...  it's attached about 2/5ths of the way down the side instead of midway - this prevents the pen from sticking out past the bottom of the planner.  So well thought out.

Kudos, PlanAhead!  Very well-designed.  Great entry item for those afraid to commit to the purchase price of a Filofax.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

How I carry credit cards, photos, and insurance cards in my mini Filofax

I bought a 'wallet window'' (the plastic thingy that you stick in your wallet to hold photos and credit cards) from RiteAid.  I looked all over town for that sucker!  CVS, Target, Walgreen's, Claire's... finally found it at RiteAid - the last one on the shelf!  Two per package.  Now that I know what they are called, I can look online next time.  Anyway, I cut off most of the part that is used to secure the window wallet in your wallet and then punched holes with a single-hole punch.  If I do it again I would leave a little more plastic, I just eyeballed and had at it.  Typical.  A ruler could have been a good idea.  

This photo, below, shows just how little I had leftover.  Notice how close the holes are to the edge.  Might tear at some point.  Will then use my backup.

This is an open view, below, of the little staple-bound Leuchtterm address book that is visible in the wallet window in the first photo (black cover).  It's so small it fits in one of the windows.  Cool, huh?  It only has my most critical phone numbers in it, family, AAA, etc.  Just in case I lock my phone and keys in the car and have to borrow the phone inside my favorite Filofax store to call the tow truck.  Not that that has ever happened. 

Not recently.  

Define recent.