YIKES - how do you take control of all of the receipts that end up in your purse, wallet, pockets, etc. It's simple to keep your receipts organized if you just do a little planning in advance. Your Tiny Task for today is to find a tray, box, or some type of container that you can literally DUMP your handbag into at the end of each day - if you don't carry a handbag, it's a place to empty your pockets.
Why dump you ask? Because we collect things in our handbags that don't actually belong there. Yet once they make it in, it could take weeks or even months to get them out. By dumping your handbag each night you're forced to "re-load" each morning.
What does all of this have to do with receipts? I use the dump tray all year round, but during the holiday season, I leave an envelope in the tray, along with a pen and some sticky notes. Each night I dump my bag, sort the recipts by store and put them into the envelope. I use the sticky notes to indicate the stores, and occassionally to tag a receipt that is unclear.
This is a simple task, an EASY task, But it will go a long way toward keeping your handbag and your holiday receipts manageable. There's a little added bonus here too ladies, if you're like me, and you love buying handbags, but you get in a rut carrying that same black bag all winter, this simple little task will make it easy to use a different bag each day.
Budgeting Tip - If you're trying to stay on a budget this year, buy yourself a Visa Type Gift Card for the amount of your budget. Only use it for Christmas Expenses. You'll be able to check you spending online, and stay within your budget.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'd love to hear how you're managing your holiday receipts and maybe your handbag too!