Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer ~ Store receipts in this DIY receipt organizer making it easy to track spending and locate needed receipts each month.
Are you looking for a system to easily and conveniently store and organize your shopping receipts? It is amazing how many receipts we can collect in one month! The problem becomes which ones do you keep and which ones do you discard? How long should you keep them and how can you store them in a way that is quick and convenient?
Have you been caught off guard like me where you open a container of yogurt to find that it has some mould beginning to show on it and have to return it to the store? It makes the return process smoother at the grocery store to have the actual receipt showing proof of purchase and the date it was purchased. But I have wasted a fair bit of time looking for the receipt because I wasn’t sure if I still had it and if I did where it ended up.
I also like to hang onto my receipts for both big and small purchases so I can track my spending every month. It is amazing how all of the little purchases can quickly add up! I came up with a hand DIY two month receipt organizer that makes saving, storing and organizing receipts a very easy task to do every day and for the month.
I am going to show you how you can easily make your own handy DIY two month receipt organizer and I am going to share with you how you can conveniently make it work. The main materials you will need are two of the same cylinder shaped tins with lids, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge! The Mod Podge acted as an adhesive and a sealant in this project and was so easy to use!
For this blog post I have teamed up with eleven other Canadian bloggers to create a DIY project using Mod Podge. It is a lot of fun to see what they created using Mod Podge. The links to their great ideas are at the end of the post.
We are also having fun with a monthly DIY challenge on Instagram sharing projects for each material challenge. You are invited to join us. Do you have a project where you used Mod Podge? If you do, we would love to see it added to the hashtags #12MonthsofDIY and #MayModPodge. At the end of the month we will vote on our favourite one and share it on each of our Instagram accounts. All you have to do is follow each of the hosts. To make it easy for you, here is the link to my Instagram feed.
Here is how to make you own….
Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer
- 2 of the same cylinder shaped food tins with lids (i.e. ILLY coffee tins or cookie tins)
- masking tape
- paper towel or newspaper
- white spray primer
- black matte or chalk spray paint
- 1 or 2 sheets of 12” x 12” scrapbook paper
- scissors or paper trimmer
- Mod Podge by Plaid
- medium and/or small foam brush
- label maker (with 0.94”/24mm white tape and 0.47”/12mm white tape)
Thoroughly wipe and clean both tins and lids. Secure masking tape around the top rim of both tins on the inside. Fill each tin with paper towel or newspaper. This step prevents getting the spray primer and paint inside the tin can making it look messy.
Apply two lights coats of spray primer to the lids and around the top half of both tins. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
Apply two coats of black matte or chalk spray paint to the lids and around the top half of both tins. Allow each coat to thoroughly dry. I used chalk paint because I had some leftover from Milk Cartons Turned Into Chalkboard Paint Herb Pots.
Measure the needed width of scrapbook paper to go around the outside of the tin. Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut the paper.
TIP: If you are working with the same size of cookie tins that I worked with you will find the scrapbook paper does not quite fit all the way around. But this problem is solved in Step 6.
Apply Mod Podge to the backside of the scrapbook paper with the medium-size foam brush. Immediately apply the coated paper around the first tin. Use your fingers to gently smooth out any wrinkles or bubble. Follow the same procedure for the second tin. Allow to thoroughly dry. I found it only took about an hour.
Make the following labels with the narrower white tape: LAST MONTH, THIS MONTH. Apply each label to the painted side of each lid. This is also a good time to remove the masking tape and the paper towel.
TIP: You can also make your own labels if you do not have a label maker or write directly onto the chalk painted lids with chalk or a white gel pen.
Make two labels with the wider white tape saying RECEIPTS. Apply these vertically down the side of each tin. The wider tape nicely covers the gap where the scrapbook paper did not go all of the way around as I explained in Step 4.
TIP: The post Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas details the type of labeler I use that can produce different label widths. This is such a handy feature!
Apply two coats of mod podge to the outside of both tins and lids using the foam brush. Allow each coat to thoroughly dry. This took about an hour.
TIP: I used the smaller foam brush to easily get around the top of the tins and the narrower sides on the lids.
Apply two light coats of a matte finishing spray two both tins and lids. Allow each coat to thoroughly dry. This only takes about six minutes.
Your Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer is ready to use! They are very easy and inexpensive to make and you end up with tasty coffee or cookies to enjoy in the process. Here is how to use your…
Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer
Place them in an easy to access location. I placed mine on the kitchen desk beside the Inexpensive DIY Mobile Device Charging Station.
This is the central command station in the house where we check the phone messages, charge the devices, organize incoming mail and keep the planners that I use and describe in How To Organize Your Day Planner and How To Organize Your Personal Calendar For The Year.
When shopping and making purchases I first place the receipts in my wallet so I know where they are in one location. When the cashier asks would you like your receipt in your wallet or the bag I always answer in my wallet. I should add that I intentionally bought a wallet that had a place to easily store receipts.
When I return home I pull out the receipts and transfer them into the receipt collector labeled ‘THIS MONTH’.
At the end of the month I simply switch lids. The lid labeled ‘LAST MONTH’ gets placed on the tin storing the receipts collected the previous month.
I then go through the tin storing the receipts from two months ago. I discard the receipts for smaller purchases that are no longer needed. I pull out the larger purchase receipts that need to be kept and file them away.
I place the lid labeled ‘THIS MONTH’ on the empty tin. It is ready to store the new receipts that will be collected throughout the upcoming month.
At the end of the next month I will repeat the system by going through the receipts from two months ago only keeping the necessary ones and filing them elsewhere. I then switch the lids and start adding the new receipts for the present month.
Disclosure: I was compensated by PLAID for this post. However, the opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products and companies that I use and love myself.
Final Comments: It is a very easy and very quick system to organize all of the receipts. I know where to look to find a specific one in case I need to return something and I can track my spending each month. In a future blog I will share how to organize the receipts and corresponding warranties for bigger purchases! Stay tuned!
Your Turn: How do you store and organize your receipts? How long do you keep your receipts? Are you a fan of Mod Podge? How have you used it? For more inspiration check out the following DIY Mod Podge project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
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Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer from Time with Thea (That is me!)