ESSENTIAL Monthly Planner!

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If you’re like me, you like to stay on top of the monthly bills. Making sure that they’re paid on time is very important. I’ve come up with a great way to remind myself when all the bills are available to pay online and keeping track of when I actually pay them. If you’re the bill payer in your household, listen up! You need this!

I spent about $10 on these monthly planners and they’re a life saver. I started out with the small green one. It was really easy to just carry around in my purse for quick reference and then I’d keep the bigger one at home, but I ended up just sticking with the bigger planner. A lot more room to keep things looking pretty and organized and it still fits in my purse.

As you can see the smaller one looks a mess! So if you’re going to purchase a planner, just go for the bigger ones. Totally worth it!

I had to blur some information out of the pictures due to private information, but you get the idea. I use 5 different highlighters to determine what is what.

Blue – Bills that are due or available to pay online, estimated monthly income, and estimated monthly expenses.

Green – Bills that I have paid and paycheck amounts on Fridays.

Yellow – Information that I need to remember.

Pink – For special occasions or fun events coming up.

Orange – My days off and important information that pertains to my husband.

First, you need to determine if you’re going to have your bills mailed to your house or if you’re going to print them out at home. I get my bills mailed to my house (I know, tree killer!) but I pay almost all of my bills online. I record what days the bill is available to pay online in my planner and highlight them in blue. That doesn’t always mean that I’ll pay it on that day but at least I know where to go and what to look for when I’m ready to sit down and get to business.

After I have paid a certain bill I’ll write it in the appropriate space and highlight it in green. I don’t have a fixed weekly income since I work part time and don’t get paid for holidays, so I like to keep track of my paycheck amounts on Fridays which I also highlight in green.

If something happened or I got information that I needed to remember I record it in the planner and highlight in yellow. The information that I’m talking about is usually if I got an oil change I like to remember the day and the amount of miles until I need to change it again. If I received something in the mail that I need to return in a certain number of days. If I subscribed to something and I need to cancel my subscription before a certain date before I’m charged again, like Netflix and my Amazon Prime Account (You’re great Amazon, but I’m not interested. Sorry). Or to help me remember a doctor’s appointment.

Pink is my favorite highlighter color in my planner because it means it’s either someone’s birthday or a special occasion.

And I use orange to mark the days that I have off, called out of work, or holidays. I work part time but I get every other Friday off so it’s very easy for me to just look in my planner and plan around my days off.

Also, if you notice on the right side of the planner I have a list of the bills that I pay monthly. When I find out the exact amount of the bill, I write it on the side and highlight it in blue. It makes my financial spreadsheet very easy to put together, and I’ll show you how to do it soon too!

This planner has really saved me from forgetting to pay a bill, missing a doctors appointment, and also has saved me from forgetting a loved one’s birthday. I would definitely recommend that everyone have something like this. A lot of people have similar reminders on their phones and laptops but I really like having an actual planner to jot stuff down in.

Hope you enjoy this project! Stay tuned for the next project!

IF YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS HELPFUL, GO CHECK OUT MY UPDATED MONTHLY PLANNER POST!

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16 thoughts on “ESSENTIAL Monthly Planner!

  1. I lived by my daily planner in college, but have gotten away from it now in my career. This post reminds me as to how beneficial they can be to having all your information in front of you at once. I agree—the bigger planner is worth it!

    • I’m glad you like it! If you purchase a planner anytime soon, I believe they have July 2012-August 2013 planners which are really great for mid-year organization – haha. Good luck!

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  4. I just came across this blog and love it, I use google calendar for my monthly planner. It can be synced with my iPhone or iPad so I have it everywhere I go and takes up no additional space. You update one and it syncs to all. My husband can access it when he wants to check on appointments and keep informed.

  5. Found your site by accident, but it is just exactly what I need. My finances are a mess and I need a way to keep track of what I HAVE to pay so I know how little I’ll have for the “Oh, I really like..want..need..have to have..can’t resist” buying which has taken over my income. I am going to implement your ideas right NOW. Thanks so much for your help. (by the way I am a young 66 yrs old and live alone and am just now trying to get my finances in order. It’s never too old to learn new tricks)

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