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12/2/15 9:42 A

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Speaking of Planners


this was in my inbox this morning -- printable Christmas planner -- you have to give your email address in order to access it

http://urbaneve.co.uk/christmas-planner-
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Actually, I may have misspoke. It is a digital download, but I unsure whether you fill it in when its in digital form or whether you have to print it out to use it. I think it is the latter through.

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Oh, and thanks for the flylady link -- I have her printable control journal - I didn't know she had a digital version too, I'll check it out. The one that I used to have had more/different pages than Flylady's - it was a better fit for me at the time -- but really I just need to get back into using *something* to get me back on track with some things.

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12/1/15 5:35 P

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My envelope system is just my budget categories - hubby gets paid twice a month so I just divide all our expenses in half

for example
- say the electric bill is usually $100 - each payday I'd put $50 in an envelope
-our insurance is one big chunk (say $1200), I'd put aside $50 per paycheque ($100 per month) so by the time it's due I have the cash on hand to pay it.
-groceries is $200 per pay - when it's all spent we have to coast til the next paycheque

we try to save 10% and tithe 10% so those amounts go into an envelope

if there happens to be a slightly bigger paycheque one week we decide together what to use the money for (right now it goes on the mortgage - we're trying to pay down our mortgage quickly)

I think it took me about 6 months to get it all running when I first started because I started in the middle of the year and the insurance was due pretty soon so I had to kind of finangle a way into it

But we've been doing it for 10 years and it basically looks after itself.

We started doing this because we realized how much money was just slipping out of our fingers - every time we used an ATM we could onlly take out multiples of $20 - so if we only needed $25 we had to take out $40 and the other $15 just kind of disappeared.

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Jyl Thanks for the detailed answer. Very inspiring. I thought I would let you know that you can download Flylady's digital control journal at shop.flylady.net/p/%28DL-COJ%29 since you said you didn't know where to find it.
One question I have is what type of envelope system for finances do you have? Can you explain it?

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ooooh planners! one of my favourite obsessions!

I use a couple of different ones because I use different formats for different things

I haven't found just one planner that will do everything - I tried stuffing everything into one planner and it was about 4 inches thick and just too bulky to be useful.

For finances I use a notebook because I just write things out each week, I don't use a spreadsheet format - we use the envelope system - so I don't really need an accounting journal format.

I use a weekly format in a compact binder (week on two pages) for things like appointments, library book due dates, anything that is just time-related but doesn't need a lot of notes. It mostly just sits on my desk as a reference.

For health stuff I use a yearly moleskine - a page per day for the whole year - I didn't really want to be carrying that stuff around, it just stays at home. I track weight, water, steps, calories eaten, exercise minutes and what exercise I did, calorie differential, sleep, and other things - I should come up with a template for all that stuff and put it in a binder but for now I just write it out every day, it only takes a few minutes. It's all just listed down the page and then I add notes if there's something like a challenge starting or a weigh-in due.

I use a medium (classic) 5x8 size binder with sections for stuff like:
notes from medical appointments (which doctor said what),
a wish list, gift ideas,
a home maintenance list (ie what size of furnace filter, paint chip colours etc)
and other lists.
I like the size better for writing in - I tried doing all this in a compact size but the pages were too small for me. It's a bit big for carrying around but I put it and my small purse into a totebag and then I only have to handle one thing.

And I have a large binder with monthly and weekly calendars for notes from courses because most handouts and printables are 8.5x11 and I'm too lazy to resize everything.

For chores I don't really have a good system yet -- I have an ongoing notebook (just a cheap spiral notebook) where I write tasks and make notes to myself - I try to start a new page each week so I can find things easily if I need to go back in time for any reason. But it's not a great way to do it. I used to use a modified version of FlyLady's Control Journal, it was a free download, years ago but I got away from using it and I don't know where to find it again.





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11/20/15 10:51 P

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Wait....Cindi, what electronic planner do you use?

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I have tried a few electronic planners on my IPad and IPhone - OmniFocus, ToodleDo, PocketInformat, Skilful. Right now I am using ToodleDo - mostly for all of my work projects. I found I like to have a paper calendar - almost like a journal - for my family and personal items. So when the family starts discussing where we will have Thanksgiving, I can look back in my old paper calendars to see where we held the Thanksgiving feast in the previous years. The electronic versions seem to purge data over time.

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I use a planner on my tablet that is connected to my gmail.
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I currently use a paper planner from Levenger to track my family and personal events, as well as weekly meal planning and sumple to-do's. I have been "pleased" with my little planner, but I have been flirting with the Franklin Planner. I believe both Levenger and Franklin have special pages you can purchase that would help you with the finacial tracking. What are your thoughts around weekly chores?

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If you have Microsoft Office on your computer, I would try downloading an Excel appointment planner (some are available free) which would allow you to add sheets for finances and weight tracking.

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I have been considering investing in a planner to help me organize my life. I've seen the gazillion yt videos comparing planners but nothing seems to completely fit what I am looking for. I am looking for something that I can track my appts, finances, chores, and weight stats in. Does anyone have any suggestions for a planner that will allow me to do that?





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