Hi everyone! To get you more acquainted with my new Mead products for Office Depot, I’ve decided to highlight one or two items each week. This week, I want to give you a closer look at the Shop-A-Long Organizer and the Plan, Budget and Save Notepad.
The Shop-A-Long Organizer is one of my personal favorites from the line, because it combines two of the things that normally end up scattered around in my purse: coupons and my shopping lists. This compact, spiral-bound notebook has the space for you to write your lists and pockets for you to store your coupons. Plus, there are number bubbles on each page that allow you to track your spending and stay on-budget. It only costs $6.99, and I have a feeling it will pay for itself pretty quickly. After all, I lost a $5 coupon for the drug store in the depths of my bag the other day… and that’s just what I lost this week!
The Plan, Budget and Save Notepad was designed to help maximize your grocery list — and minimize impulse purchases that add up and cost you decent amounts of money. On the left of the page is space for you to plan your meals for each day of the week: chicken and potatoes on Monday, a ham steak and macaroni and cheese on Tuesday, etc, etc. On the right is space for you to write out your shopping list based on these planned meals. I like to make the process a bit of a game, and see how many things I can buy that might last for two meals. (For instance, I use any leftover ham in omelets the next day.) At the bottom of the page are number bubbles to help you track your spending. The pages are perforated at the top, so once you do your planning, you can tear off the page, stick it in your wallet and go! You can get these for just $8.99 each.
I’ll be highlighting other products in the weeks to come, so stay tuned here!
This morning on Money 911, we heard from a viewer who just received a raise and wanted to know how to maximize these new funds. We told him that, if handled the right way, this money could help him become a millionaire by the time he retires. How is this possible? The answer is in the video clip below.
This morning on Today‘s Money 911, we spoke to a woman whose daughter is working a part-time job, but it’s not enough to cover the cost of college. To see what we told her — as well as how to set a budget, pay off multiple credit cards and improve your credit score — check out the video clip below.
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Last week I went over to AOL to talk about why it’s always good to take a “purchasing pause” for their “You’ve Got” series. To find out what this means, as well as other ways you can have mind over money, check out the video clip below!
Only 18,000 jobs were added to the U.S economy in June. As a result, many people are still in hibernation mode when it comes to spending. This morning on Today, I discussed the areas in which Americans are increasingly cutting back. To see these penny-pinching tricks and more, check out the video clip below.
Do you love the savings produced from coupons but don’t have time to make extreme couponing your full-time job? Check out my latest New York Daily News column, where I provide some time-efficient tips on how to save big bucks at the grocery store.