Planner Use: How to Use a Monthly Task List

Monthly Task List

Many monthly calendars come with a back page for monthly tasks, including Franklin Covey Daytimer DIY Fish Life Mapping Inserts. This monthly task list is often overlooked or underused but it can be a very valuable tool.  Here are some ideas for how to use the Monthly Task List: Monthly Checks. I have several tasks that I do every month.  These tasks include checking the smoke … [Read more...]

Entertaining: Just Do It!

Entertaining

Do you enjoy having people over but you find that you never get around to inviting anyone?  You have good intentions but there’s always something standing in the way?  The only way to succeed at having people over is to JUST DO IT! The truth is, The schedule will probably never be ideal. The house will rarely look just right.  You know – perfectly clean and perfectly decorated. Your … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

Shopping List

I spend a lot of money at the grocery store.  That’s because: We eat nearly all of our meals at home. My husband always takes his lunch and several snacks to work every day. My husband likes to eat and eat well. I feed other people frequently. My grocery budget includes household items like cleaners, pet food (for one large dog and a cat), diapers for the grandkids, makeup, etc. I … [Read more...]

Plan Ahead with a Budget Allocation Worksheet

Wallet

I’m on a budget.  I don’t have an unlimited amount of money to spend each week so I’ve learned that if I don’t plan ahead, my money gets spent where it shouldn’t and I can’t pay for things I should. In an effort to plan ahead and set aside money for things I need, I came up with this Budget Allocation Worksheet.  I don’t like it because it keeps me from spending mindlessly (which is how I like … [Read more...]

13 Tips for Staying on Budget

Money

My personal budget is set up so I have a certain amount of money set aside for bills and the rest is for what I call “household spending”.  Household spending includes groceries, gasoline, makeup, eating out, entertainment, doctor visits, etc.  I don’t have any trouble sticking to the bills budget but the household budget is another matter entirely.  If you struggle with sticking to your household … [Read more...]