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Jan 03 2012
5 years ago
3:18 PM MDT

How Are You Getting Organized in 2012?

Jan 03, 2012 @ 3:18 PM MDT
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Before I dive into this post with different organizational tips and sites, I want to share with you the email that I just received from reader, Suzan.

There is a website called where you can write yourself a letter and send it into the future. I have sent myself a letter the last two years and find it is a great way to set goals, etc., and see if I have met them. All you need to do is have an email address to send the letter to and the letter is delivered there. You choose what day/year you want the letter sent to you. It’s absolutely free. Also, it’s a neat thing for children to do as they can set goals and see how many they’ve accomplished the following year when they get their letter.

So, what are you waiting for? Go write yourself a letter… I’m going to work on mine tonight.

Now on to the post…

How many of you have made a resolution to more effectively organize your finances and/or life in general this year? I am guessing that quite a few of you are looking to improve your organizational methods, as I have received many emails in the last few days regarding this topic. As a result, I decided to put together a post with some organization tools to help you get started. Please feel free to mention other organizational tools that you are fond of in the comment section below.

* FREE Coupon Savings Tracker Spreadhsheet
Head over here to download this spreadsheet for free (available for Microsoft Excel 2003-2007, 2010 or Open Office). Just go in and enter the information from your receipts and you can keep track of how much you are saving and how much you are spending.

* FREE Management of Daily Deals
Head over to Couptivate where you can organize the deals you buy directly from deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and many more. Check out this post for more information.

* FREE Downloadable Organize Your Life & Goals Workbook ($19 value!)
Head over to the Facebook page of Michele Connolly, the Get Organized Wizard, “like” her, click on the “Free Workbook” tab, and then follow the directions.

* FREE Downloadable Savings Tracker
Head over to The Coupon Project where you can download the 2012 Savings Tracker which will enable you to see exactly how much you are saving each month and year-to-date; you’ll even be able to set a grocery budget for each month and track your spending against your budget! Choose from an Excel or Google version.

* FREE Online Money Management Tool
Head over to to create a budget, categorize your purchases and more – for FREE! Check out this post for more information.

*FREE Downloadable Calendars, Meal Planners, To Do Lists, and More
Head over to where you can download lots of free (and super cute!) schedules, checklists and more to keep you organized in style!

* Consider joining FlyLady for FREE
Join FlyLady and you’ll receive daily FLYmail with lessons that will guide you through babysteps to help you set up routines, get rid of your clutter, and put your home and life in order.

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What is the HIP List?

Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply add the post to your HIP List and access it at your convenience.

How Does the HIP List Work?

It's easy! To use this feature, you first must head on over here and register and log into your account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back later to, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account.


When logged into your account, you will then see your HIP List on every page.


If you're wanting to print a certain deal, article, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. That will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include in your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you!


If there are deals that you are not interested in keeping on your list, just click on the minus button to remove it.


Now, just print your customized HIP list whenever you're ready to go shopping and snag some "Hip" deals!