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This year, I am determined to make Dave Ramsey proud by getting back to a cash envelope system of spending, particularly in four categories: food, entertainment, clothing & personal.
The problem is, I like cute, and there’s nothing cute about tattered paper envelopes shoved in a pocket of my wallet. If you use them, don’t worry. I won’t judge. I’ll just be impressed that you’re using envelopes at all.
I knew I didn’t want to carry both a regular wallet and a separate cash pouch. After a good deal of searching online, I finally found a tutorial for an oilcloth cash envelope system wallet that fit my criteria of both functional and cute. (Note: The gal who wrote the tutorial is now selling it on Etsy for a nominal fee–$1.61–because it was taking up so much bandwidth. Still a great deal!)
I did make a few changes:
- I eliminated the category windows and the driver’s license pocket window, simply because I didn’t have any clear vinyl on hand and was itching to get it done. :) I always pull out my license anyway, and I decided to label my cash envelopes in another way.
- I did zippered pockets on either end and opted for magnetic closures on the four middle pockets. I thought this would help with bulk. It also helped with my sanity, since this project was my first attempt at zippers!
- I stitched right up the middle of one of the zippered pouches to make two compartments–one for coins and the other for little things like paper clips and stamps.
- I did not use oilcloth, but rather some laminated cotton I found at Hancock’s. I bought 1/2 yard and had leftovers.
I love it. It’s sturdy, easy to clean, and has all of the features I need.
And it’s cute. :)