Friday, January 6, 2012

My Latest Purchases

My daughter just had to go to the bookstore yesterday. She had been waiting forever for the book she wanted, and didn't get it for Christmas. She did have her own money to spend, so off we went to the bookstore. The Coles bookstore in Argyle Mall to be precise. They are closing that location as of January 31st, 2012, so they have some deals on books.  GOD HELP ME.

Books are a weakness for me. Being in a bookstore can be hell for my finances. But I went anyway. I didn't emerge unscathed, but I didn't buy any more reading material for myself. I bought said book for the DD2, a large calendar for DD1, and for myself, I bought a 3 pack of Moleskine notebooks (for keeping track of finances) and a portable money organizer.

This little organizer has six accordion pockets on the left side, with tabs for personalisation, a pen, and on the right, a notepad for writing down what I've spent, with columns of Date, What and Amount. I can tally up totals, and there is space for notes. The only thing I don't like about it is that at the bottom of each page is printed: "When all else fails, charge it."  This is going to be fabulous for me because I can keep receipts separate for business and personal and I can keep coupons in it also.

*** Edit: You can find this little gem in Coles stores or you can order it online. Here's the link:  ****

I pledge to myself that this will be the year of complete change. I will keep track of my spending (and as much of Hubby's as I can as well). I will save more and spend less. I know I cannot pay off all of our debt in this calendar year, but it is a work in progress. We can pay off the credit card debt though. And that will make me happy.

I have hope for this year.


  1. Ooohhhh... I saw this online & was SOO tempted to order it but I resisted... Did you get it on sale too?

  2. This is a great way to organize your cash spending! LOVE it!

    Can you order it online??

  3. That's a great little planner (too bad about that little 'charging' it part, lol).

    Amy and I are the same way in bookstores, we rarely come out unscathed. We have $15 in coupons for Chapters that have to be used by Sunday, for children's books, so we'll be in the bookstore ourselves, but will be sticking with the kids books and trying not to go over the $15

  4. Bookstores are a crusher for me - I have to avoid going in. Very cute notebook!

  5. @ Michelle: Do an online search. I'm sure you can find what you're looking for.

    @ Carla: It wasn't on sale, but I think it was worth the $15.99 pricetag.

    @ Sharon: You can buy it online. I will be editing the post with the page link for it. :)

    @ tales: You can stay under your amount!

    @ Hawaii: Thank you.

  6. I am with you on this! Can't do it all, but I can make progress.

  7. Wow - that is a really nifty item! That is really tempting sure beats my present system of storing receipts all over my desk!!