Real Money, Just Laying Around

Real Simple had a great easy way to find money on their Savings web page … change your change into cash. Now, as a general rule, we find that men have more coins hanging around their house than women because…

Track Every Dime, Effortlessly

I’ve finally found a way to track my spending. Almost every dime for free at mint.com. You might wonder why this matters and I can’t believe I’m about to admit this (Katie will read it and say, “Oh my god, what the frak is wrong with you?? Why would you have wasted your time on earth doing this??”) I used to collect all of my receipts (seriously, gum purchases) and at year end tally them up per category to know how I spent my money and see where I needed to cut back. It was SUCH a pain in the arse. Then my now-husband told me that if I got an Amex Gold card, they’d do a year-end summary for me. Really!? Boom. I started putting everything on my Amex and dropped my year-end misery ritual.

Pay bills on time, everytime.

It’s so easy, even Katie can do it!Today’s tip on how to pay bills on time, everytime is actually from Katie, our resident Organic Freedom. Kate’s trick, automate every bill that you possibly can predict the monthly payment due. For Classics, and quite a few Smart Structures, today’s tip seems like a head scratcher. Why go to all of that trouble when you could just figure out when your bills are due and then set up a time to pay them ahead of when they’re due each month. Duh?!

Coupons … Groupons, anyone?

I have to come clean to one of my best friends, an Organic Structure. She sent me an invite to the Groupon site eons ago and I ignored it. I thought it was some nutty coupon cutting thing. And yes, as a Classic, I should be obsessed with coupons but I was raised by a Smart Structure who wouldn’t personally cut coupons even if it were the apocalypse. Anyway, sorry, KatieEbner, this is a SUPER cool site!

Penny Pinchers

Real Simple’s ways to saveYes, some personality types are naturally gifted at penny pinching, and they LOVE it too. So Real Simple’s suggestions will be spot on for the Classics and Funs, while it will be some work for the other types, but these days, it might be work youre willing and able to do.

Doodads, Thingamajigs & Whatnots

My husband (a Classic) is obsessed with bringing home random items: conference badges, hotel notepads, plastic hotel keys, (yes an entire drawer full), seating cards, ticket stubs, free tote bags. He sticks them wherever he can, lamp shades, photo frames, bookshelves, you name it.

China (no, not China, China)

Real Simple’s websiteI have a penchant for collecting china. It’s a classic, Classic trait but oddly, out of all the types, we have the most trouble figuring out how to display our beautiful collections. We are also the personality most likely to collect useless china figurines (Hummels, anyone?) Real Simple has some great ideas for how to display your collections in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Misty Water Colored Memories

Darcy Miller’s brilliance on display… of the way we were … Man, is that one of my favorite Barbara Streisand songs and movies. I’ve never understood why she couldn’t find a way to stay with Robert Redford. It’s not a big surprise that I wouldn’t “get it” since I’m a traditional Classic Freedom and she was likely my opposite, an Organic Freedom on a mission.

Natural Souvenirs

The types who most often pick up random souvenirs are Classic Freedoms, Fun Freedoms and Organics. But, everyone has collected bits and baubles from different trips and outings over the years. The problem for Classics and Funs arises when they don’t have a spot for them and then they instinctively squirrel them away in odd spots. My husband used an old desk organizer to house his restaurant matchbook collection and then stuffed it under his desk. For Organics, it’s when they don’t remember where they got that random rock that they’ve been using as a paper weight for 15 years. 

Bibliophiles

Most Classics like me don’t have a ton of books. Smart Structures are the type that most often collect (and read) a lot of books and are described as bibliophiles. As the daughter of a Smart Structure, I grew up surrounded by books, so no home seems complete to me without a lot of them around. But, books can frequently look messy and unkempt and I long for them to look like this catalog cover. Today, a couple of ways to make your bookshelves gleam no matter what your type.