Saving Money on Calendars, Part II

Ever thought of saving money on calendars? Here’s how to do it.

Saving money on calendars isn’t all that hard, if you’re willing to make a bit of effort and you’re not worried about pretty pictures or pesky little things like the calendar being brand new. In Part I of this article, I outlined one way to save money — using calendars from previous years — and why that works.

In this stirring conclusion, I’ll reveal a few more money saving options you can take advantage of.

Make Your Own

The simplest way to avoid paying much for calendars is to make your own. All you need to do is find a calendar website (and there are dozens) that allows you to set up your calendar on individual monthly pages, and then print said pages. You can then staple them together and thumbtack them to the wall.

This is an elegant solution if all you’re worried about is maintaining your schedule by the day of the week, and aren’t especially interested in art. Similarly, you can get a calendar whiteboard that you can erase at the end of every month, renumbering the days and adding any necessary notes.

If you really must have art, then hang your hand-crafted calendar below a nice photo that you can stand to look at for the next month or year, and there you go.

The Freebie Option

The truly savvy consumer gets everything they can for free if they can’t get it cheap, and why should calendars be any different? While they’re unlikely to be the deluxe kind with fancy photos, like the ones you can find in the mall, some businesses give calendars away for free to drum up business.

If you look around a bit, you may find free wall calendars at hardware stores, grocery stores, feed stores, and the like. Many businesses of all kinds also provide free magnetic calendars that you can stick to your refrigerator, as a sort of business card. These have the dual use of holding up your kids’ artwork, too.

One More Option…

If it’s past the beginning of the year and you need a new calendar, check out the discount bins at your local bookstores; often, they mark down calendars to as little as a couple of bucks once January 1 passes. Some retailers do this even with 18 month calendars, which can still provide more than a full year’s use.

Time Really Is Money…

…so put a little ingenuity to work in combining the two. One of these days, someone will invent an electronic calendar that resets automatically at the end of the year, but it hasn’t happened yet. Until then, you can take advantage of these fun, easy ways of saving money on paper calendars.