Saving Dimes for my Emergency Fund

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Did you know that if you fill a 2-liter soda bottle with dimes you’ll have between $550.00 and $700.00? How cool is that? The amount inside depends on how snuggly the dimes are in the bottle.

How many of you have started an emergency fund? Saving $1,000.00 sometimes feels like an impossible feat. I suspect though, putting all your dimes that you come across inside a 2-liter bottle won’t even feel like you are missing any money. It seems like a really easy way to once and for all get that emergency fund started!

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The most time consuming part of getting my bottle ready was getting it dry. After I washed it out, I let it drain all night long and it was still wet! Finally my husband came to the rescue and used a funnel and my hair dryer (on cool setting) and it was dry in a matter of minutes. Below is the printable that I used on my bottle (you can print it here). I suggest printing it at 75% – that way it fits nicely on the front of the bottle.

Saving Dimes for our Emergency Fund Printable

 

The next question is how long will it take to fill the bottle? I’ll let you guys know when it’s full.

Freezer Cooking Printable FREEBIE

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Freezer Cooking Printable 

Have you considered doing freezer cooking? What is that you ask? It’s a way to stock your freezer with prepared meals so that you can quickly get dinner ready at night. If you put aside one afternoon a month, you’ll be amazed at how much time you will save during the evening when dinner time rolls around. I find that we spend way less on take out food when my freezer is full of ready made meals. My husband and I are trying to be way more diligent in stocking our freezer. The key is organization! Here’s a FREEBIE that will help you get organized so your freezer cooking is a success. You can print it here.

Checkout my Freezer Cooking Tips board on Pinterest for great recipes and tips to get you started on freezer cooking.

Follow Julia at Couponing to be Debt Free’s board Freezer Cooking Tips on Pinterest.
 

Cleaning Checklist Printables – 18 Awesome FREEBIES!

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18 of the Best FREE Cleaning Checklist Printables #free #cleaning #list #printable www.couponingtobedebtfree.com

 

Cleaning checklist printables are amazing and I was super excited to find 18 of them that are really good and FREE! I have to follow some kind of schedule to keep my house clean or I totally forget about some areas and then utter chaos ensues. Does that ever happen to you? Well, not any more! Here’s a list of the 18 best free cleaning checklist printables that I found that you can use too. I love that they are all FREE – you know that’s my magic word. 😉

While you’re checking out all these awesome printables, you can also print one I created to spring clean your home. Head over here to print it.

18 FREE Cleaning Checklist Printables:

Free Fillable Cleaning Checklist from Pinch a Little, Save a lot

My Quirky Weekly Cleaning Chart: Free Printable from First Home Love Life

Deep Cleaning Checklist from Cornerstone Confessions

Weekly Cleaning Routine Printable from Clean Mama

Daily Cleaning Checklist from Mom it Forward

Creating a Cleaning Binder by Clean & Scentsible

Free 2015 Cleaning Calendar by Clean Mama

Home Management Binder – Housekeeping Section by New Bee Homeschooler

Ultimate Happy Home Cleaning Checklist Printable from Happy Money Saver

House Cleaning Schedule from Decorating Files

31 Day Housecleaning Routine Printable from Money Saving Mom

Clean House Worksheet from Fab n’ Free

4 Deep Cleaning Schedules by Clean Mama

A Clean Home Everyday Printable from Simply Kierste

Basic Cleaning Schedule from Making Home Base

Printable Cleaning Schedule from A Time to Freeze

Cleaning Calendar from Bakerette

All Inclusive Cleaning Checklist from Freebie Finding Mom

Which one of these checklists is your favorite? Do you know of any other great FREE cleaning checklist printables? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!

 

 

Ultimate Coupon Binder 2

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After I posted my coupon binder printable for you guys, I had several people contact me to ask if I had a less feminine version. So, you asked for it and I created it for you! This one is totally FREE too – except the cost of your ink and paper :). I printed mine in color but you could also print in black and white.

I’ve also included links to items that I purchased on Amazon to put my binder together. I would also suggest you look at Walmart and office supply stores to see if you can find them cheaper. If you already have a binder and you simply want to upgrade it and make it look fresher, then all you need to do is print the files below. I placed all printed pages in clear sheet protectors so they would last and not rip out of my binder. You may not need all the categories I have included. For example, you don’t need the pet category if you don’t have a pet. 😉

Materials to put binder together:

  • 3 inch binder (I bought mine at Costco – but office supply stores often have great sales on them)
  • Clear sheet protectors – I used 31 (I put all printed papers in these protectors so they wouldn’t tear out easily)
  • Insertable Plastic dividers – I used 23 (I highly recommend plastic dividers as the paper ones tear up pretty quickly)
  • Plastic tabbed dividers with slash pocket – I used 6 (I love using these to keep the weekly flyers for each store)
  • 9 pocket pages used to hold coupons – I used 4 of these in each section except for the drug stores (total of 104)
  • 3 pocket pages used to hold drug store coupons and reward money – I used 6 of these (2 in each drug store section)

Files to print:

  • Coupon binder printables part 1, part 2 and part 3 (includes Binder Cover, Table of contents, Blank shopping list, Printable shopping list, Sunday coupon insert schedule, Coupon Lingo, Stock up price list (mine), Stock up price list (yours), Price book worksheets, and Section Dividers)
  • Printed tabs for dividers part 1 and part 2 (here are links to word versions of these files: part 1 and part 2)

Instructions on how to put binder together:

  • Place the title page underneath the plastic sleeve on the front of the binder.
  • Then put the following in a sheet protector: table of contents, coupon divider sections, Sunday coupon insert schedule, coupon lingo, stock up price list, and price book worksheets.
  • Place the printed tabs in the inserts of the dividers (I followed the order in which they printed). I put the store tabs in the plastic tabbed dividers with slash pockets.
  • Now assemble your binder:
    • table of contents
    • dividers (follow the order list in the table of contents)
    • In the information section put the shopping list, Sunday coupon insert schedule, coupon lingo, stock up price list, and price book worksheets.
    • Behind each divider place category sheets that you already placed in sheet protectors.
    • Place four 9 pocket sheets in each category (except the drug stores – if you purchased the 3 pocket sheets).
    • Place two 3 pocket sheets in each drug store category.
  • I also keep a copy of store coupon policies in each store section.
  • At the very front of the binder you could put a zipper pencil pouch. Inside it, keep scissors and a pen.
  • Now it’s time to fill your binder with coupons!

I truly hope you enjoy this binder and it makes your life with coupons a little more organized.

 

Ultimate Recipe Binder

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Recipe Binder - so cute and totally free to print! #recipe #binder #printable www.couponingtobedebtfree.com

I was so tired of my recipes being shoved on a shelf in my kitchen cabinets. Every time I looked for a recipe, I had to pull everything out, sort through bits of paper, recipe cards, notebooks and ripped out pages from magazines. It was driving me crazy!!! So, I decided to get organized and put a recipe binder together. Below you can print everything I designed so you can have a cute binder too. I printed in color but you could print in black and white (it just won’t be as pretty).

I’ve also included links to items that I purchased on Amazon to put my binder together. I would also suggest you look at Walmart and office supply stores to see if you can find them cheaper. If you already have a binder and you simply want to upgrade it and make it look prettier, then all you need to do is print the files below.

Materials to put binder together:

  • 3 inch binder (I bought mine at Costco – but office supply stores often have great sales on them)
  • Clear sheet protectors – I put recipes that I find in magazines or ones printed from the internet inside these protectors
  • Clear Pocket Dividers (I used four packages) – These are a new find for me (I wish I had them when I put my coupon binder together)
  • Plastic Recipe Card Protectors (I used one package) – I was able to put my printed recipe cards inside these protectors along with other recipe cards I had lying around (from magazines etc…)

Files to print:

Instructions on how to put binder together:

  • Place the title page underneath the plastic sleeve on the front of the binder.
  • Then put the section inserts inside the clear pocket dividers.
  • Place the printed tabs on the  dividers tabs (I followed the order in which they printed).
  • Place the plastic recipe card protectors and clear sheet protectors in each section.
  • Write your recipes on the recipe cards and then place them inside the recipe card protectors in the appropriate sections.
  • Put any loose recipes in the sheet protectors in the appropriate sections.

I hope you like this new printable. You can see and print all our other FREE printables here including our extremely popular coupon binder.

Weekly Menu Planner Printable

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I’ve created another printable for you guys. This one is a weekly menu planner that you can use to plan your meals each week. Click here to print it (horizontal version). I keep mine in a home management binder (I’ll be sharing more of my printables from my binder in the next few weeks). I hope you find it to be a valuable resource.

Weekly Menu Planner Vertical #menu #planner #printable www.couponingtobedebtfree.com

If you would prefer a vertical version of this menu planner, you can print it here.

Here’s a link to all my my printables including my most popular one, my ultimate coupon binder.

Printable Shopping List

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Printable Shopping List

A shopping list can help you stay on budget at the grocery store and also ensure you never run out of an item. Since I created a coupon binder for you guys (you can print it here), I thought I would also create a printable shopping list. The blank lines are so you can write down items that you need to purchase that are not on my form. Head over here to print it. I suggest that you print several copies and keep them in your binder.

As I create my shopping list for the week, I check off the box for the items that I need on this list. Then, as I go around the grocery store, I put a line through the item as I put it in the shopping cart.