Instead of buying a 2009 Calendar to hang in my kitchen, I used what I had to create one. Ok, I did buy a 2009 Chick-fil-A calendar, but this was a coupon purchase because for $6 I got over $30 in coupons and I’ll be using every single one. I then transformed that Chick-fil-A calendar into something I would enjoy looking at in my kitchen.

I didn’t really want to be looking at the Chick-fil-A cows in my kitchen (as cute as they may be). So I took my 2008 Sunflower Calendar and cut out the photos to paste onto my 2009 Chick-fil-A Calendar. I used scissors, double-stick tape, and a hole punch to create it. Yes, it took some time to do this and I did have a problem with the calendar being extra thick now and the inner-most page detached and I had to glue it. But I was proud of myself for eliminating the need to purchase any calendars for 2009. And I am happy with the results.

Remember my 2009 Printable Weekly Planner that I created with MomAdvice’s help? Here it is, ready to help me stay organized in the new year. I love that I can see 2 weeks at one time.

You may not want to take the time or have the materials to create your own calendars like I did, but here are my tips for buying calendars for really cheap:

How to Find Cheap Calendars:

* Target Dollar Spot @ 50% and 75% off – My Target has their Dollar Spot on sale for 50% off everything, and I saw a few calendars. I’ve seen the Dollar Spot at 75% off before so I know it may happen. Of course selection is limited, but you never know what you’ll find if you dig a little!

* Dollar Store – The Dollar Store usually has a great selection of calendars for $1

* Christmas Clearance – Sometimes you even find calendars in the Christmas Clearance. Many stores are going 75% off this week, some will even go 90% off starting next week!

When you are taking down your 2008 calendars, why not find a way to utilize the photographs or illustrations they contain? I had a few extra pages from my 2008 Sunflower calendar that I used to create a decorative cover for this notebook.

I know there are some wonderful digital calendars out there to help everyone out, and most are completely free! I need paper calendars because my computer is off for most of the day and I need to look at my calendar all the time.

How are you saving money on creating your 2009 Calendars? What are you doing with your 2008 Calendars?

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