Cash envelopes were a big part of kicking our former debt to the curb and learning to live below our means. There is something very tangible about holding cash and spending cash that evokes a more reasonable response and helps getting spending under control.
I love cash envelopes but had gotten away from using them in the past year after my old set bit the dust but have decided to get "back in the envelope" so to speak and thought it would be a great time to add a little bit of creativity to the process. Since if I were totally honest I would have to say that even if I am a very practical gal I really value "pretty" and think it can be very compatible with a thrifty lifestyle.
This is totally a project that anyone can do and you don't even have to make a trip to the craft store to pull this off!
Start with an envelope the right size to hold cash and hopefully fit into your wallet, you can even use a recycled one since you are just going to use it for a template.
Then on each envelope I added a sticker listing which category each envelope represented. The image came from Karen at the Graphic's Fairy and I did a bit of Photoshop magic on this to make the little ribbon area for writing. I then printed them out on sticker paper and cut them out and placed them on each envelope. Of course this was total overkill, you can just write or stamp on each envelope and it would be just fine.
I sure hope you enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to leave me a comment about your response to this project and please join me on my Facebook page for even more ~Pretty Thrifty~ ideas in the coming days.