Yeah, Everybody’s got to do it! About 8-9 years ago, I was doing exactly that, paying the bills, when my Girl Friend casually told me about her “system”. She kept her Checkbook in the same box that the envelopes come in, and put all the Deposit Slips, ATM Slips, and Sales Receipts where the ATM Card was used, behind the envelopes
Maybe a lot of people do this, but I had never heard of it and really liked the idea of keeping the whole procedure, and records thereof, in one place.
Of course, over time, three things eventually occured: #1) The box filled up with receipts, #2) The cardboard envelope box began to wear out, and #3) I ran out of envelopes!! I purchased some more envelopes and, wouldn’t you know, the new and improved envelope box was more like a dispenser and couldn’t be used in this fashion… What to do…?
If you haven’t guessed already by the repeated use of the “key word”, I built a box!! Bet you couldn’t see that coming, right?
Nothing fancy here!! I had a scrap piece of Oak that was the approximate height, and used some leftover Lexan for the bottom. Since the appropriate size was already established, the challenge for me was to make a box that the cardboard box would slip right into… Much is said about “Thinking Outside the Box”, but there is a lot that could be said about thinking “Inside the Box” as well!! For those of you who have done this before, you know what I mean, but I found it very instructional and kind of “Backwards” thinking to make a box that another would fit inside of…
I used the cardboard one to mark the cut depths for the box joints, and added the thickness of the wood to both sides to get my side lengths… It was actually an interesting little project, working inside-out like that!! :)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.