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For $2.38, I figured it was worth a shot.

The other night when Mr. FG and I were out on a date, we stopped in at Target (because we do very exciting things on our date nights. Don’t be jealous, k?), and I found this little planner on the clearance rack.

clearance calendar at Target

I’m prone to making to-do lists on scrap paper, which seems to be ever-present at our house (and which I use to write notes to Mr. FG!), but for $2.38, I figured I could give the whole official-planner thing a try.

Of course, two months of the year were nearly gone when I bought it, but again with the $2.38 thing…what did I have to lose?

So far, I like it, but I’ve only been using it for a week or two, which means it might be too early to tell.

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Tuesday 18th of March 2014

Hi, I totally understand about keeping lists on paper, but now with your smart phone I would love to introduce you to a free app called Cozi. I used to use Notes on my iphone, but Cozi lets me organize better. You can keep your family schedule/calendar in there when you're on the road (I keep a paper one still displayed at home too, but this helps me when I'm not at home & someone wants to know if we are free to do something.) Cozi also lets you make grocery lists & separate to do lists. You can even put your recipes on Cozi and it will help you make out your grocery list for the ingredients you need to buy when you menu plan. If you are a family that mixes computers like we do (one MAC & one windows), this app works with both which has been a lifesaver for us. My husband can see when I add something else to our calendar & he can also add something to my shopping list too. I love the color coded (a different color per family member) calendar that is helpful when you have multiple children in different activities. (Helpful with teen home schoolers & knowing who is driving them to different activities as well.) There is a paid version of this app, but I've not found the need to purchase the paid version yet. I do still have paper lists that I use more at home, but I find myself using this more & more on the go. I think that is really the difference. (We now use our electronic calendar to fill in the paper one at home because the electronic one is the one that is most up to date.) I am on the go more with my older home school kids now & this is a real help without keeping lots of papers or a little notebook on me at all times. (I always have my phone with me. (Must have camera with me!) This has just been a real blessing to my family, so I thought I'd share.

God Bless! Elizabeth


Thursday 13th of March 2014

I use an electronic calendar. But I do carry around a paper calendar because I do not have a smartphone. I got my paper week at a glance calendar free from a local garden center. Some businesses have nice pocket sized calendars for free...just look for them.


Saturday 8th of March 2014

I am also a pen and paper kinda girl. Partly because I enjoy the tactile feel of pen and paper and partly because I find it easier than electronic calendars. At work I am required to keep project deadlines and days off, etc. on an Outlook calendar I share with coworkers, and I can see the advantage of that, but I also use a paper calendar. It usually takes a few clicks to open the Outlook calendar, which is not a lot, but all I have to do to check the paper calendar is turn my head and glance at it.


Friday 7th of March 2014

Love planners.......


Thursday 6th of March 2014

I love writing down all my do-to-list and the family's activities on a paper and I write mine on a notebook pad I bought at Goodwill for .99 cents this year. Having planner is pretty nice because it looks so organized, anyways, both works for me!

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