2 solutions for carrying loyalty cards

Nowadays every store you go has a customer loyalty card. They are free. They offer discounts. It is hard not to sign up.

But soon your key ring looks like this, or worse.

Image of keys with loyalty cards

It is a lot to carry around with your keys.

So here are two solutions:

Solution 1:

Use a separate binder ring for your loyalty cards. You can buy a package of 8 at Target (in-store) for a little over $2, or you can buy a package of 5 from my Amazon store for a little under $3.

Package of Binder Clips

The benefits of using the binder ring instead of your key ring:

1. You can use your key ring for its true purpose – keys!

2. It is much easier to add and remove loyalty cards from a binder ring than a key ring.

Open Binder Ring with Loyalty Cards

I used the larger ring in the Target package so I have plenty of room to add more cards.

Loyalty cards on binder ring

Solution 2:

Use a mobile app. I recently downloaded Key Ring and started adding my loyalty cards. It also lets you enter gift cards and join more loyalty programs. For certain retailers, you can view the weekly circulars and special offers. The app walks you through how to add cards, and how to use your app in place of your loyalty cards in stores (I haven’t tried this part yet.)

 

Download Key Ring from iTunes (affiliate link):

How do you carry your loyalty cards?

 

 


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Unexpected finds make perfect gifts

Yes, it is spring. But we received some unexpected snow today.

March2013Snow

So I thought it was a perfect backdrop for posting a topic on finding gifts when you least expect to.

Image of holiday presents

We typically associate gift shopping with the holidays, but we engage in it year-around for birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and so on.

But do you plan ahead for it in any way? Here is how I make gift shopping simpler, less stressful, and more rewarding.

I created a private wish list on Amazon for gifts. Whenever I am browsing magazines or shopping online and I see something I think someone may like or that would be a good gift, I add it to my private “gifts” wish list.

My general advice is that whenever you are shopping, look at the items for not only yourself, but also for others. Don’t wait until it is a week before someone’s birthday, or a few days before the holidays.

When someone’s birthday is coming up, or there is a special occasion or a holiday, or I have a “just because” moment, I scan my gifts wish list for any items I have for that individual. I can quickly make the purchase, and I’m done.

One of the best parts is that because I located this item while doing some “general window shopping” instead of doing “targeted window shopping” (where I am looking for a specific item, or an item for a specific person), the gift usually turns out to be quite special, unique, or incredibly loved by the recipient. There is less pressure to find something by doing it this way, and when it is time to get someone a gift, I don’t have to grab the first thing I see.

We have heard the saying that things happen when you least expect them to. Well, finding the perfect gift for someone can happen when you weren’t necessarily looking. You know it is perfect because as soon as you see it, you say “Oh! [Insert Name] would love this!” or “That looks like something [Insert Name] would like.”

If you are out shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, either buy the item and store it away or take a picture of it to remind yourself later to add it to your “gifts” wish list.

If you buy it months, or even a year, ahead of time, make sure to store it some place where you’ll remember where you put it. Create a place in your home where you store all gifts that are yet to be given. It can be as simple as a large cardboard box or an area in a closet.

Have you ever found a perfect gift when you weren’t looking?

 


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Tidy Kitchen Tools

I love to cook and I have collected a lot of kitchen tools over the years. While I use all these various tools cooking or baking, my kitchen tool drawer wasn’t making it easy to find what I needed when I needed it.

It was time to organize!

All the items were taken out and sorted. The hand mixer was moved to another cabinet. And I purchased five very inexpensive plastic drawer organizers from Rubbermaid.

View the products (affiliate links) by using the links below. Make sure you measure your kitchen drawer before purchasing so you will know what you can fit.

15 x 6 x 2 tray – I bought 2 of these.

15 x 3 x 2 tray  – I bought 3 of these.

Before 

Image of a kitchen drawer before

After

Image of a kitchen drawer organized

It is so much easier to find items now!

How do you organize all your kitchen tools (spoons, spatulas, pizza cutters, whisks, etc.)?

 


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Storing Gift Cards

We are often given gift cards to restaurants and stores as holiday, birthday and thank-you gifts. While they are wonderful to have, they needed to be organized in some way.

I searched online to find a credit card organizer to store the gift cards in. I knew exactly what I wanted because I had seem them in stores years ago, but I didn’t know exactly what they were called.

Eventually, I found one and I bought two. A red one for restaurant gift cards and a blue one for retail store gift cards.

I am sure there are plenty of others available, but this is the one I choose and I love it! And, honestly, now that I have the gift cards all organized, we are using them more!

View this product (affiliate link).

Image of a card case

Image of card case open

How do you organize your gift cards?

 


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Repurposing containers for storage and organizing

My husband, Paul, and I started working on a 1000-piece puzzle a couple of weeks ago. I separated the different pieces by color or shade, as much as possible, so we had several piles laid out on the dining room table. Paul started finding the corner pieces and creating the bottom layer of the puzzle.

He will sometimes work on the puzzle on the weekends while I am making dinner. But, it takes time, and meanwhile our dining room table is covered in puzzle pieces.

Until today.

We recently purchased new flatware. The flatware set came with a wooden drawer tray which meant we no longer needed the plastic white one we had been using. But I didn’t pitch the white tray or put it with items to go to Goodwill. Instead, I decided to give it a new purpose – puzzle piece storage.

The puzzle pieces are still sorted into their original piles, but now they are not taking over the dining room table.

Take a look!

Image of a flatware tray holding puzzle pieces.

This is an example of how you can repurpose containers around the house to organize and store various items.

Other ideas:

  • A cereal box with one side cut off can be used as a paper tray. Think inbox and outbox. 
  • An egg carton can be used to hold push pins, paper clips, rubberbands, hair ties, cufflinks, earrings, craft supplies, and other small items.
  • A napkin holder can hold papers or folders. At home, you could use it for a Bills to Pay container. In the office, you could use it for brochures, surveys, and pamphlets.
  • A wooden box, which came with a flower I received, to hold bottle cleaning brushes in the kitchen.

Kitchen Brushes

  • Glass cups to hold pens, pencils and makeup brushes.
  • A waterproof match holder for camping to hold daily pills.

Image of a match holder for camping, but with pills inside.

When tackling some kind of organizing project at home or at the office, try to avoid shopping for containers right away. It is best to take a look at what you have to organize first (and how much of each item). And, you can save some money by possibly using containers you already own!

What creative storage solutions have you come up with?

 


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