Avoiding Debt Purse

The past 2 weeks I've been "brainstorming," or surfing the net, to spark an idea for a fun printable about debt and money saving for February's Visiting Teaching Message. My wise Hubby says if I want something I need to "save my money." Probably because he knows how I used to be with $$. LOL  I love that statement, it's simple and yet powerful at the same time, because it helps me to reevaluate my purchase. If I'm not willing to "save my money" for it, I probably didn't want it anyways and shouldn't get it.


So along those lines, I found this darling "Avoid Debt Purse" gift idea with coins on a fun Visiting Teaching blog called See Me VT. Maybe you've heard of it and have already made one. I just found it last night and had to share in detail what a fun idea this was. I made one of them myself just today and it's even easier than I thought it would be. I of course can not take the credit for designing this template, but Kristin did so, round of applause to her. Her site SeeMeVT AKA VisitingTeachingBlog.blogspot.com I'm so glad she loves Visiting Teaching so much that she too, has started a blog to post her fun ideas and printables which she makes for the sisters she Visit Teaches. Thanks for such a great idea Kristin, I sure hope it's okay that I posted your idea on here, I know the sisters here, needed this exact idea. Now, I have a fun purse to "save my money" in. :)

She used the following quote on the inside flap of the purse along with the 5 points for the chocolate coin covers.
“First, pay your tithing. …
“Second, spend less than you earn. …
“Third, learn to save. …
“Fourth, honor your financial obligations. …
“Fifth, teach your children to follow your example.”
“To pay our debts now and to avoid future debt require us to exercise faith in the Savior—not just to do better but to be better. It takes great faith to utter those simple words, ‘We can’t afford it.’ It takes faith to trust that life will be better as we sacrifice our wants in order to meet our own and others’ needs.”
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Illustrated Instructions: by me cause I just took pics of when I made it.

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BTW: I used ribbon instead of the strap on the template Kristin provided, because I need to get rid of some ribbon in my stash. I just stapled it on! I also used a button on the front flap, but I am sure you can use whatever you have on hand which will make it cute. i.e. stickers, brads, etc.

Detailed Instructions and more importantly, the free template, can be found on Kristin's cute "See Me VT" Visiting Teaching Blog here. (the link to the template is just below the 3rd picture in the first sentence on her site.)

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February Visiting Teaching Kits! by HandpickedDaisy.

Jennifer must be seriously out of breathe trying to keep up with the huge demand she's gotten with her addorable Visiting Teaching kits. Honestly, I don't know how she can come up with such cute ideas and then duplicate them so many times. She makes each one of them by hand hre in the USA! She's awesome! Anyways, she's currently out-of-stock with the Valentine's themed ones, but I had to show you just how cute these were so that you can see for yourself and so you could visit her site and bookmark it so you can be the first to get March's kit, because you know it's gonna be a great one.

February Home Teaching Kits by Pioneer Party

They not only think up ideas to help us Visiting Teachers with Visiting Teaching but they also help us by making Home teaching Gifts. Truly, a one stop shop! It goes with this month's message of course and have a tag with the quote, "Is your Testimony solid as a ROCK?" so cute! Get your Hubby a Home Teaching kit so he will be ready to go when his families call him back to confirm the date. BTW their shipping is only $1.75, what a steal!


  1. Hi Linda. I'm Kristin from SeeMeVT. Just thought I'd let you know that Malinda was one of my readers who commented about the chocolate coins at Target. I'm actually the one who wrote the post. :) Take care. Your purses turned out adorable!

  2. Kristin, I AM SOOOOOOO SORRY! No really I do apologize for calling you Malinda. :-[ I loved your purse idea and so I thank you again for sharing it with others so we can use it to be better Visiting Teachers and help us get the message across. :) You have a real talent there! Let me know if I can do anything to make it up to you for calling you Malinda. Thanks for being so kind! ♥ Love you! Linda

  3. Oh and BTW I obviously changed it on the site already. :)

  4. What a cute idea! I used your idea of the ribbon strap and they loved it, thought I was so creative...lol

  5. very nice tutorial. thanks. i will definitely give this a try