A calendar can really help you stay on top of all those things you have to do in your life. Calendars can even help you manage your money.
But have you ever shopped for a calendar? They can get pretty expensive. You really shouldn’t make the investment when there are ways to get free or cheap calendars if you just know how.
How to Get Free or Cheap Calendars
Ask for a calendar as a gift. Loved ones are always looking for gift ideas, so why not ask for a calendar? They’ll enjoy giving you a gift that you’ll use all year long, and you’ll enjoy not paying for it!
Stop by your favorite local business that gives out free calendars. A lot of businesses give away free calendars during the holidays. I’ve gotten some nice wildlife calendars from my local bank and a cool wall calendar from a Chinese restaurant.
Use your computer or phone. You already have the technology, so why not use it! Take advantage of the calendar function on your cell phone or computer to keep track of your to-do lists. Many phones allow you to sync your calendars and share them with other people, making family management simple. You could also use a free service like Cozi to handle your calendars and to-do lists.
Print your own calendar. I’m old-fashioned when it comes to calendars: I prefer paper over electronic. One way to save on calendars is to simply use your computer to print your own calendar. You can make your own printable calendar using Google Calendar. Or you can use Snapfish’s free printable calendars to add a little style. A quick internet search for free printable calendars will come up with lots of options for you to choose from.
Make a perpetual calendar. If you just want to know the date and don’t need a calendar for writing appointments and notes, then create your own perpetual calendar. You can design it to match your decor. You’ll have the expense and time into making the calendar just once for a calendar you can use for years.
Get a dry erase calendar. Like the perpetual calendar, you can use a dry erase calendar over and over again. The perk to a dry erase calendar is that it has room to write notes and appointments.
Shop at Dollar Stores or Target’s Dollar Spot. Places like Dollar Tree (which ships free to your store) or Target’s Dollar Spot often have calendars for sale in December and early January that you can buy for just a buck or two. You can sometimes find pocket calendar planners, too.
Use your rewards. If you belong to loyalty programs (like My Coke Rewards, Kellogg’s Family Rewards or Pampers Gifts to Grow), you can often get custom photo calendars for free with the points you’ve earned. All you have to pay is shipping. Or you can earn free gift cards using Swagbucks to pay for your new calendar.
Earn cash back. If you just have to have a fun, decorative calendar, then don’t pay full price! Watch for sales at your favorite online retailer, and then use Ebates to earn cash back on your purchase.
Buy your calendar in January (or later!). Patience can really pay off when it comes to buying calendars. Most retailers start heavily discounting calendars in mid-January. (If you’re really want one cheap, wait until July!). The selection may not be as good, but waiting just a couple of weeks after the new year begins can save you 50% or more on calendars.
Just remember: A calendar can be decorative, but more importantly, it is a tool to help you manage your time wisely. A free or cheap calendar will help you do the job just as well as a $20 calendar will.
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