I have finally received all items that I have anxiously been awaiting, and I cannot wait to show you how I have everything set up! Let's start from the beginning in case you only skimmed Part 1.
Here's my lovely malden...her former owner named her Miss Tiffany. I think it suits her. ;)
So when you open up this adorable darling, you will find a built-in card holder. It's like this was destined to be a wallet! I use the zip pocket for any spare change that I happen to have on me (which is rare). I purchased this dashboard with Dave Ramsey quote from TweetiePie Collage. It provides me a reminder to keep track of my money and budget it right! Best part of the placement: it's right next to my credit/debit cards, so it's a great reminder to plan ahead!!
Flip this adorable little dashboard over and you have a Filofax credit card holder, which contains the cards I need to access quickest and most frequently: Sam's card, Starbuck's card, and my license.
I used the horizontal annual calendar from Filofax to track pay days. This way, I can see a general pattern of when I get paid. This is particularly helpful in a household where there are 2 incomes, which are coming in on different dates each month.
Expenses: I utilize the Filofax expense tracker to keep track of my expenses, bills paid, etc. When I am at the grocery store, post office, etc., I go ahead and write in the total while waiting on my payment to be processed. That way, I can't forget and miss a large amount being spent. This simplifies my life greatly when I am balancing the checkbook because I don't have to dig through my online account and try to find expenses. Oh - and my cute bookmark helps hold my spot!
Bills Due: I utilize a Filofax item for this, as well. It is the month on 2 pages with side tabs. This enables me to quickly flip to a particular month to write down a bill due date OR to mark a bill as paid. I highlight the days of the month that are pay days. All bills due are written down. A check is placed next to the item when it is paid off for the month.
Notes: The final section of my wallet/budget notebook is the notes section. I use this for various things: to make notes from a good budget book I read, write down a Dave Ramsey quote or piece of advice, reminders, errands to run, grocery lists, sales, BOGO deals, etc. Essentially it is a hodge-podge of things that I write down because my everyday planner is a *little* too heavy to carry around when running 19 errands while carrying a 3 year old. How adorable is this paper?! Check out Linky's shop on etsy! I love her stuff! You can find absolutely anything fun for your filofax here!
So now that you have met Miss Tiffany, my budget/wallet Filofax, I hope that you have been inspired! Please note that "building" this dream wallet was a process, not an overnight event. Since it's about sticking to my budget, I couldn't very well just buy everything all at once and blow my budget (could I?)! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed Budget Heaven!