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Archive for January, 2009

Yesterday, I explained my previous, not-working-for-me-anymore coupon photo album.

Click here to view Part 1.

My new coupon organizer is a binder with sheet protectors.  I divided them into compartments with my sewing machine.

Here are the first steps to making my improved version.

Materials:

  • Binder
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Printer Paper (different colors if available)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Craft Knife

coupon-binder-04Step 1 – Fold a sheet protector into fourths.  This creases the sheet protector and provides sewing lines.

coupon-binder-05Step 2 – Using a craft knife (I recommend putting a cutting mat underneath), locate the horizontal creases on your sheet protector (my sheet protector is turned landscape/sideways in the picture above).  Cut a line underneath the horizontal crease, but do not cut on the vertical crease.  You should then have two horizontal slits under the horizontal crease on either side of the vertical crease.

coupon-binder-11Step 3 – Check that your hand can pass through all layers of the sheet protector.  This is very important.  Notice that the slit does not go all the way across the sheet protector.  There is a slit on either side of the vertical crease.

Check back tomorrow for the final steps on how to build your homemade coupon organizer!

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Last week, I shopped from home and created a personalized coupon organizer with sheet protectors and my sewing machine.  Over the next few days, I’ll show you step-by-step how I made it.  Check back each day!

First, let’s start with my previous coupon organizer.

coupon-binder-03As you can see, my previous coupon organizer was a small photo album that I purchased from the Dollar Store.

coupon-binder-02In order to keep it organized, I had to label each section for different kinds of coupons.  The problem was that I would have multiple coupon brands in the same pocket, due to space restrictions.  In the picture above, you can see flour, yeast, sugar, evaporated milk, and other coupons all in the same pockets.  It made it very difficult to know which coupons I had.

coupon-binder-01Another problem was putting the coupons into the photo album.  As soon as you finished putting a coupon into a pocket and reached for another, the album would close and you’d lose your place.  Often, I’d just toss my newest coupons somewhere inbetween two pages until I got around to putting them in their specific spots.

As you can see, I knew that I needed a better system.  Check back tomorrow for how I began making my new and improved coupon organization system!

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How to Make a Journal Jar

I recently found instructions on The Idea Door regarding making journal jars.  This way, my journal entries will be a lot more varied and they’ll include more about my history.  I like the idea of writing in my journal each day, but I often wonder if I have anything to say besides, “I did laundry and made chicken noodle soup today.”

The Idea Door has four pages of journal prompts that you cut out, fold up, and put in a jar.  You can decorate your jar with a ribbon or a label.  The website also has journal prompts for kids, which I might use for my students.  We’re doing a lot of writing, and I was surprised how my journal entries flowed with a prompt regarding my history.

Cut out each journal prompt.

Cut out each journal prompt.

Here are some examples.

Here are some examples.

Fold each slip of paper.

Fold each slip of paper.

Add a bow if you like.

Add a bow if you like.

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Groceries – January 12

groceries-jan-10 Last week, I had to make several small trips to the store for cottage cheese, Mac & Cheese, lettuce, etc.  I’m hoping that I’ll only need small trips for lettuce and bananas this week.

Click here to see how I’ll be using these groceries for this week’s meals.

This week, I only purchased foods for our meals.  I did not do any food storage buying.  I did not buy any treats or sushi.

  • 3 Totinos’s Pizzas
  • Milk
  • 3 Yogurt Cups
  • 1 Pint Egg Product
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 Pound Deli Turkey
  • 6 Slices Deli Cheese
  • 1 Beef Roast
  • Thick-Cut Pork Chops
  • Cooking Spray
  • 5 Pounds Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • 2 Containers Strawberries (on sale)

Total = $56

For more grocery lists, see The Grocery Cart Challenge.

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Menu Plan Monday

Last week, I cooked at home during the week.  On the weekend, we did eat out a bit.  During the week, lunches consisted of leftovers, so we had great lunches!

Menu for the Week of January 12 –

  • Beef Rump Roast
  • Potatoes & Carrots
  • Salad
  • Lemon Shrimp
  • Lemon Rice
  • Steamed Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Peas
  • Salad
  • Bread/Rolls
  • Italian Chicken (put chicken in casserole dish, pour in bottle of Italian salad dressing, bake)
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Rolls
  • Potatoes
  • Breaded Pork Chops
  • Raw Carrots
  • Sauteed Onions & Mushrooms
  • Baked Potatoes

Come back tomorrow to see my post about this week’s groceries!!!

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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ice-creamSo I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.  Psalms 63:4

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Veggies Out – Bulbs In

The only things remaining in my veggie garden are lettuce, spinach, and green onions.

Lettuce and spinach

Lettuce and Spinach

Green Onions

Green Onions

On a happy note, my Easter Lillies and the bulbs I planted in the fall appear to be coming up nicely.

Easter Lillies

Easter Lillies

bulbs-jan-b

Various Flower Bulbs

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