This is the same planner I have been tweaking and using for years…
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I am forever a lover of pen and paper planners. I use the calendar in my phone occasionally, but for my day to day routines, to do checklists, grocery lists, and scheduling, I love a paper planner. For the last several years, I have put together a mismatched planner with downloadable pages from a variety of sites, in order to compile the planner that I wanted. As I started this blog, I had a thought that I could share my planner with you all! It has taken me a lot of hours, but I love the way it turned out. I cannot wait to start using it in a few weeks!
I put together three different cover pages for you to choose from. The most colorful option has space for you to attach a family photo if you would like. In my planner, I have the 2019 Goals page and Words that Fuel Me page behind my cover, before the calendars. Then, there are 12 monthly calendars, with coordinating page backgrounds and colors. 2020 Save the Date calendars come next, followed by the weekly calendars.
I prefer a Monday start to my weekly pages, but I know some prefer a Sunday, so I created pages for either option. At the bottom of the weekly pages is a section for your dinner planning. I run these pages through my printer again, to allow me to print a simple word document with lines for my grocery shopping lists on the opposite side. This allows me to make my shopping lists and menu plan while taking into account our weekly schedule. It is all in one place. I did not include a template for the shopping lists. You can easily create one catered to your needs/store names with a word processing program.
My meal inspiration page follows my weekly pages. I tend to plan my meals around the protein that has the best deals at the stores for the week. But, we do live on a cattle farm, so you know beef is used regularly in our meal rotations. Sometimes when I sit down to plan our dinners for the week, I just cannot come up with a plan. This page is where I list recipes that I know my family enjoys. They are divided by protein type. Because the list is in my planner, I can turn to it easily to help me complete my weekly dinner menu.
Birthday and Christmas Gift List pages follow my Meal Inspiration page. Then I add my Spring Break, Summer Break, and Christmas Break Bucket Lists. When I think of an activity or place we would like to visit, I jot it down. When breaks from school roll around, I am not left without a plan, battling the screens of all the electronics in the house. Your kids would probably love to help you fill these pages up.
Last, I have pages for Long Term To Do Lists, Notes, and finally, Donation Lists. We itemize our taxes, so it benefits us to list out items that we donate to non-profits. I use itsdeductible.com to help find the values of items that we have donated throughout the year. I had a horrible habit of writing down the lists of donations on random pages of random spiral notebooks. At tax time, I had to find those notebooks, or look for where I put the loose papers I had written on. Now, they are right in the back of my planner. In January, I will just tear out the donation pages.
After I printed all my pages, I went to the local FedEx office store to have it bound. They include a clear plastic cover on the front and a sturdy black back with their spiral binding. It cost me $5.73 to have my pages bound. I am not sure how much I spent in ink and paper because those are staples in our home. This is definitely an economical way to obtain a planner.
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