A Paper Trail – Being a Mom and All of That Paper!



Okay Moms. Let’s talk. How many of you are overwhelmed with all of the paper in your life. Honestly? It seems like everytime I turn around, there’s more of it. My Emma’s artwork, the bills, coupons, newspapers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. How many of you have a box stashed in the back of your closet that is filled with nothing but papers? My bet? You don’t know what a single one is and if you actually need it.

Trust me. I know the feeling. About 4 months ago I was drowning in paper clutter. Now however, it’s under control. Let me show you how I did it with these  3 programs that I absolutely adore and use everyday to help manage our lives.


About One – This site saved me. Literally. Saved me from mountains of Emma’s artwork and school work that I wanted to keep. It’s an online personal organizer that will store just about any papers that you need to. Online and off of your kitchen table. (Admit it, you know it’s true.) This site helped me remove (and no, I’m not kidding) two 13 gallon trash bags of clutter from my closet. I kept the ones that I absolutely couldn’t part with and the rest are stored on About One.


Manilla – This one is my absolute favorite. Manilla allows me to manage every account that my household has….all at once. I can view balances, pay bills, check transactions and more just from my Manilla account. Manilla helps manage my credit cards, my utilities, my newspaper subscriptions and more…they’ve got over 20 different accounts that you can add! That alone is worth it’s weight in gold! I got rid of so much paper clutter when I started using Manilla.


Mint.com – Mint has been both my financial and my paper lifesaver. I use it to manage not one, but four different bank accounts (my ING Electric Orange Checking, my cousin’s ING Money account (teen checking), my ING Orange Savings and Emma’s ING Kids account). Do you realize just how hectic taking care of four bank accounts can be?? Really? (lol). With Mint, I have access to all four accounts from one Mint account. I can schedule transactions, see past transactions, see balances and more. It’s helped me not only get my budget back on track but to also clear out paper!


Take my advice. Check out these programs. Not only will your home have less paper clutter lying around, but you’ll be able to breathe easier!



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla, however all opinions are 100% mine. I personally use the program and truly love it.

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and personal finance blog, Adventures in Coupons as well as the author of "Six Dollar Family: From Six Dollars to Six Figures". She lives in East Texas with her husband, daughter, 2 cats, and 2 rescued pups that are almost as tall as she is. Stacy loves helping others save and build a better life for themselves as she has done for herself. In her off time, she can frequently be found in front the television making fun of "B" class movies with her hubby, belting out bad karaoke with her daughter, and of course, saving every dime that she possibly can. When asked to describe herself, she will tell you that she is a "perpetual pajama lounger who occasionally writes on a blog." Stacy is very PR friendly and can be contacted by email.
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