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Earth Month & Microsoft OneNote

In honor of earth month, I thought I would share what I have done to save on paper, ink & time.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I used to pay a bill or make a purchase online I would always print out my receipt or confirmation of payment and I would staple it to my bill and then file it by month.  When I come back to that month the next year, I would just shred all my papers for the month and start over.  What a waste of paper and money.  I hardly ever looked at it again until that next year.

About 6 months ago, I started using Microsoft OneNote for this.  I have had this program for a while and used it a lot prior to using Evernote, which I wrote about before. I still love Evernote and use it practically everyday, but for some reason I just don’t feel comfortable having personal information on there (account #’s, payment info, etc.).  OneNote helps me with this.  Though it does have the option like Evernote to save online and share with other devices (some) I just use it on my personal computer.

When I go to make a payment and receive my confirmation, instead of printing to my printer, I print to OneNote.  It opens up the program and there is my receipt.  It’s just like if I would have printed it, but instead is in OneNote on my computer.  If I ever do need a hard copy I can just go to OneNote and print it.

With OneNote, you also have the option to make different notebooks.  I made one for bills and then I have different sections set up for the different bills I pay.  Mortgage, Phone, Water, Electric, etc.

Here’s what it looks like.

I used the OneNote Guide to show the sample, but you can see my notebook on the side named “Bills” and then the different sections underneath.  At the bottom on the left hand side you will also see the “Unfiled Notes”  where anything that you print goes to and then you can move them to the notebook/section of your choice.

I have an older version of OneNote that was packaged with Microsoft Office but there are more recent versions available.

Do you use Microsoft OneNote?  If you do I would love to know how and when you use it.


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