I am a forgetful person, but for those who know me, a lot of the time I probably seem like I have it all together. The reason is because I set myself up for things so that when I do forget (because I know I will) I have a backup plan. If I need to run an errand or call someone on my way home from work, I put a reminder in my phone for the time I know I'll be leaving. I write myself notes and lists and leave them in conspicuous areas so as not to forget important things. If I have to bring something with me when I'm leaving the house, I'll put it right next to my purse so I won't forget it when I walk out the door. I find when I don't have things prepped, I waste time and money, and I don't like that.
One thing I've started doing recently is having birthday, wedding, and baby cards at the ready.
I hate being in a time crunch and having to run to the store to get a card for a friend or family member's birthday (that's tomorrow!), paying $4+ for a piece of paper, and then rushing to get in the mail on time. So, to remedy this, I've created a system for my forgetful self that is fool proof, that saves me both time and money.
1. I keep a stash of various holiday cards at home and at my desk at work. When I am at either place and suddenly remember I need a card for a birthday or a baby shower, I have one right there that I can write and send out.
2. I keep stamps in my wallet so that they are with me at all times.
3. When I find a cute card for a good price, I like to buy a bunch of them at a time. My go-to places are the Dollar Store (not kidding!) and Vistaprint. The Dollar Store sells their cards 2-for-$1, and while they're not all amazing, you can usually find a few that are actually pretty cute. On Vistaprint, I check out their holiday folded card section and order a 10-pack of the ones I like, usually for birthdays. Here are some of the ones I just ordered recently:
Do you have a backup system so you don't forget birthdays?