Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Don't Waste Those Envelopes!

I finally had a stroke of genius, if I do so humbly say so myself. Granted, this may be only genius in my head, but I'm so excited to solve multiple of my first world problems in one shot.

What have I done?

Well, if you have children in school, you know how often you have to send things to and from school. There are the field trip forms with checks, there are the volunteer forms, there are the room parent volunteer forms and checks, there are the hot lunch orders and checks (ok, not for us but for most people), and the list goes on and on. I can't tell you how often I am sending in something to school that really ought to be in an envelope for safety and/or security.

An envelope. I have those somewhere. Somewhere... I think. Ok, so I'm tend to not have them on hand as often as I'd like. And so I send in things paper clipped together or simply folded in the hopes that they make it safely to school - because how often do I even have a spare paper clip?

On the flip side, I get junk mail and bills out the wazoo. I think we all do, even though I've put myself on many of the "do not X" lists. The majority of them come with reply envelopes that I don't use because I pay all my bills online. They simply go into recycling, though I hate all the waste.


Do it with me... one plus one equals TWO!

It finally dawned on me that simply saving those reply envelopes and using them for sending information to and from school. No (ok less) waste, no panicking because I don't have an envelope, no checks or forms lost because they were hanging out loose in the backpack.

I'm proud of my genius moment. What's your best genius moment?

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8 comments:

Megryansmom September 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

Great idea,although I may forget where I put them when I need them LOL

Tara R. September 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM  

Brilliant! I have tons of those envelopes.

Heather E September 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM  

That is a GREAT idea, and I am thinking I can use it for holding coupons and other stuff in my purse! You also just reminded me that I should switch to paperless billing too :)

Michelle September 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

Rita - You bring up a very good point. Ummm remembering then where I put them. Every plan has a fatal flaw, huh?

Tara - Don't we all? I am proud of my credit card who noticedd that I pay online and doesn't send me an envelope anymore.

Heather - Yes yes! Pay online so you never forget or are late. I love that you can schedule it in advance, too :)

Melisa Wells September 25, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

THAT is a great idea!!

Pat September 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Brilliant idea!! My great idea, which I'm sure a lot of other people have figured out, is that a black marker pen is great for covering up scuffed places on your black belt, purse or shoes (when you're in a hurry).

Mrs4444 September 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

I love it! I can even use them for sending notes HOME to parents! :)

tiarastantrums September 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

been doing this for a decade! (my ex-MIL told me too! - only good word of advice from her hee hee)

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