Money Saving Tip: Personalized Binders

Emily and Nathan each have a sturdy 3 ring binder with a clear plastic pocket in the front.
Every school year, I search online and print out a neat picture for each child.
Last year, I found a cool tornado picture for Nathan and added his name to it.
This year, he has a volcano picture (I didn’t have a chance to photoshop his name since we started school early, but he hasn’t mentioned it):
Emily had Hello Kitty last year…
and this year, she wanted Tinkerbell.

I love this because it allows for something fun and “new” each year (you can change it more often if you want) yet the only cost is a tiny bit of printer ink!

I also let each child pick one “special” folder (the colorful character ones that sell for $1-2 at Walmart) each year and the remaining folders are the cheap ones I pick up from Staples for 19 cents or so.

About the Author

Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married with four energetic children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for encouraging other moms, photography, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and attempting to keep her home organized.


  1. Great idea!

    I remember one year taking pics from our vacation & putting in my own binder.
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  2. Cute idea! I’m a classroom teacher, and i’m always amazed at how kids can so creatively personalize their binders! This year my son is using duct tape…go figure.
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  3. This is such a great idea!

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  4. andrejka says:

    great idea! :)

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