Your FREE Personal Organizer for July

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“It pays to plan ahead, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”

The Budget Diet girl (a.k.a. your free personal organizer) is here again with a checklist to help you plan ahead for July, so you can save time and money!

Check Your Calendar
Check your calendar and start planning ahead for any big events this month like birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.

If you don’t have a greeting card organizer, this might be a great month to start one – it’s like have a greeting card store in your desk drawer! You could even get your children to make some cards to have on hand, now that sounds like a fun rainy day activity!

College Students
If you have a college student, NOW is the time to start searching for bargains, clipping coupons, scouring garage sales and checking out Craigs List! Wamt to save money at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target? Buy gift cards to all your favorite merchants at a discount at CardCash.com. Right now, Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards are 6% off!

Fourth of July
If you don’t have any plans, gather a few neighbors together for a pot luck picnic – it’s budget entertaining at it’s best! Looking for more ways to save money, check out 3 Great Ways to Save Money on Your July 4th Party.

Summer Vacation
Vacation or Staycation? Either way, you might need some tips to save money and have fun! If you’re planning to get out of town, check out 6 tips to plan a road trip on a budget and save money. If this is a staycation summer, I’ve got plenty of ideas for free summer fun, and if you just want to escape, remember deal first and destination second! The best way to save money on a vacation is to get excited about a great deal instead of a destination. Be open minded and check out this week’s Top 10 Budget Travel Deals.

Back to School
If you just can’t wait to start back-to-school shopping…The Budget Diet girl has a few money saving suggestions! (More to come next month!)

  1. Don’t buy any new clothes until you’ve cleaned out the closet…make 3 piles: save, sell, donate.
  2. Summer means free time, so take this opportunity to check out your local Goodwill, Thrift Store or Consignment Shop.
  3. Have you ever thought of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or Ross for backpacks? Last year my daughter found a name brand backpack for $14…originally $69!

 
Shopping Calendar
July is a great time to buy…

  • Broadway Tickets
  • Butter – remember, it freezes well!
  • Furniture
  • Paint
  • Suits
  • Fruits – blueberries, raspberries, plums, peaches, watermelon
  • Veggies – cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, corn, green beans and zucchini

 
Thanks to my friends at FreeShipping.org for keeping us up-to-date on the best buys each month!

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In full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links to help support The Budget Diet girl! My advice will always be unbiased and free, but free won’t pay the bills! Thanks!

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