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Use a Perpetual Calendar to Remember Birthdays

Planner and penEllie Miller
Traditional calendars are less than ideal for keeping track of birthdays, as they require you to pencil in all your important dates each year.

A perpetual calendar solves that problem by charting the months without naming the day of the week for each date. Find 5-by-14-inch calendars for $10 at You can also download a printable perpetual birthday-reminder calendar (for free) at, or use the Birthday Reminder Worksheet.

Similar to a perpetual calendar but used exclusively for birthdays, a birthday book allows you to jot down birthdays without having to rewrite each date yearly. Keep it somewhere visible, though, such as on top of a coffee table or on your desk, as opposed to placing it on a bookshelf, where it may get lost amid your Steinbecks and Angelous.  
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