Planner Squad Swap: Sign Up for March 2017

March is right around the corner which means its time for the latest Planner Squad Swap sign up! Please pay attention to everything in this post as the swap rules have changed! Also, mark these dates in your planners! We’re super strict on our rules, so you don’t want to miss any of this super important info.

Sign up for the March 2017 Planner Squad Swap. For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

Important! Swap Changes!

We’ve made a major change to the monthly swap rules. From now on, we are charging a small fee to participate. 

Why? Because running this swap takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating at times. Especially when members refuse to read the provided information and follow simple rules.

That being said, I have finally reached my breaking point and have to start benefiting from this financially to make it worth the time spent away from my family and other work projects. I am also hoping this will keep some of the flaky swappers away so we will have an even more successful swap.

Please note – this fee does not guarantee you will receive a swap package in return. While we certainly hope that this will deter the flakes, we have absolutely no way to guarantee it. This is still very much a buyer-beware kind of situation.

Sign ups are non-refundable

The fees are in place to help cover the time it takes me to run the swap. If you back out, I will have to spend even more time matching your partner up with someone new. For that reason, all of the swap sign up fees are final and non-refundable under any circumstances. 

We do understand that sometimes life happens and problems arise. When this happens we will try to work with you if you have to send your package late, within reason. Communication is key – so please get in touch with your partner asap, and keep the communication strong!

Only members of our facebook group are eligible to sign-up

Anyone can participate in our swaps, as long as you are a Squadette, aka a member of our facebook group, and have not been banned due to breaking rules in the past. Want to be a Squadette too? Come join us in our awesome facebook group!

[Yes – we will check if you are a member or not. You will not receive your partner’s info until you are confirmed as a member of the group. So make sure you join now if you haven’t already!]

There is a spending limit for this swap

You are required to spend a minimum of $15 BEFORE shipping. This total used to include shipping, but honestly, you can’t buy too much these days for less than that, and we want these swaps to be quality. That’s why we’ve made this change. If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t sign up for this swap.

If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t be signing up for this swap.

Shipping tips

The best way I’ve found to ship a good amount of oddly shaped products while keeping the cost low is by sending USPS priority in a flat rate box or envelope. This can range from anywhere between $6-$18 in shipping costs depending on how big your package is. This option also includes tracking.

If you want to keep within a specific budget, I recommend picking your flat rate packaging first, then only buy items that you know will fit inside. You can get the priority packaging for free at any post office.

International swappers can keep their costs low by keeping their packages as lightweight as possible, and evenly spread. For example, if you send a package that is just stickers, inserts, dashboard, covers, etc and theses items are approximately the same size and thickness, you can generally send them in a documents envelope.

When packages become uneven and heavier than 1 ounce, they begin to get pricey. For more tips on how to keep international shipping costs low, visit your local post office and ask a worker for their for advice.

Consequences

Once you are signed up and have received your partner info email, you are required to send your swap. If your partner does not receive their tracking number by the end of the day on the 15th of the month, you will be placed on a warning list. This means if you’re ever late again, you will not be eligible to swap in the future.

International swappers are exempt from this rule only because it is extremely expensive in most cases to add the tracking number. That being said, international swappers will be at a higher risk because we will have no way to hold swappers accountable.

If your swap partner does not receive a package from you by the end of the day on the last day of the month, then you will be banned from future swaps, and the Planner Squad Facebook group indefinitely.

You will also be added to a public list alerting others that you did not follow through with your swap as promised. This list will be public so that others will know not to swap with you in the future.

There will be zero tolerance for rule breaking and flaky swapping.

Important Dates

February 28, 2017: This is the signup deadline for the March 2017 swap.

March 2, 2017: An email with your swap partner’s information will be sent to your provided email no later than this date. I will begin sending partner emails immediately and frequently. This will ensure you have plenty of time to shop for your partner and get to the post office. That being said, the quicker you sign up, the sooner you can receive your partner’s information.

If by March 3 you still have yet to receive your partner email, please check your spam folder or type our email address into your email’s search bar. If you are still unable to locate it, please contact me as soon as possible.

All emails will be sent from plannersquad@gmail.com, so add us to your contacts and/or create a filter so our emails will always go to your inbox!

March 15, 2017: This is the shipping deadline which means all swap packages MUST be shipped (with a tracking number sent to your partner) by the end of the day on March 15th.

Sending a tracking number is mandatory, not optional, so make sure you don’t forget this! Failure to send a tracking number on time may result in being banned from future participation.

Please note: order numbers are NOT the same as tracking numbers! Your package needs to be shipped by the shipping date. If you send your partner an order number that shows an order was placed on the shipping deadline date, you will be considered late and could possibly be banned from future swaps.

March 31, 2017: All participants must have received a package by the end of this date. Anywho who has not received a package by this date should report it to me immediately.

This is crucial to keeping the swap a success and keeping flaky people from signing up and leaving someone else in the dust. Please do not protect flaky swappers!

Need more Clarification?

Click here to watch a video of me explaining the swap process and its changes entirely (complete with Q&A session!).

Once you have read this post in its entirety and understand everything, you’re ready to get started!

Sorry this swap is closed!

Click here to find our most recent swap sign-ups!


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Washi Tape Addicts Rejoice – Pre-Order Kits are BACK!

Are you a lover of all things washi tape? Do you like to collect rare and unique rolls of washi that you can’t find in your everyday craft stores? Then the Planner Squad Shoppe has just what you need!

Trying to figure out how to create Silhouette cut files for all those great free planner printables floating around? This post may help. Find more planner tutorials at www.plannersquad.com

I’m happy to announce that we have officially brought back our washi tape kit pre-orders! That’s right, once again you can pre-order a themed set of five washi tape kits for an extremely low price!

Washi Kit Pre-Order Details

How do our washi kit pre-orders work you ask? Every two weeks or so, we choose 5 rolls of washi that you can buy in a kit, centered around a fun theme. Squadettes (that’s you!) will be able to pre-order these kits and pay a low price of only $7.50 (plus shipping)! This averages to about $1.50 per roll of washi that you can’t find just anywhere, saving you about $1.00 per roll compared to our normal prices!

Only want a couple of the rolls? That’s okay! You can also order pre-order the rolls individually for about $2.00 each. While this isn’t the best deal, it is still a little bit cheaper than or normal prices.

Unique washi like these at this low of a price? What a steal! 

While sometimes we have extra rolls of washi to list for sale when we receive these kits, it’s not always a guarantee. The only way to guarantee you will receive this washi at the discounted price is to pre-order your kit today!

Current Washi Pre-order Theme: Vintage

This week we’re taking you back in time to give you blast from the past. That’s right, this week’s washi kit pre-order is a vintage theme! In this kit you will receive one roll each of the following styles:

  • Vintage Butterflies
  • Vintage Eiffel Tower
  • Vintage Technology
  • Vintage Landmarks
  • Vintage Advertisements

Vintage Washi Tape

Tune in for the Squadette Show on Friday at 9 pm EST in our Facebook group and I will show you these beauties “in person” 🙂 Trust me when I say that pictures never do our washi tape justice!

How to Order

To order your washi pre-order kit, click on the link at the bottom of the post to take you to the listing in the Planner Squad Shoppe. This listing with the discounted washi price will only be available for 2 weeks, ending February 28, 2017, and then will be taken down. Please note, all orders are final and non-refundable.

Sometimes our distributor runs out of supplies before we get a chance to order these kits ourselves. This is rare of course, but if for some reason this does happen, we will order a similar style washi tape to put in its place.

We ask you to please allow 4-6 weeks shipping and handling time once the preorder ends. This is only because our awesome supplier is located on the other side of the world, so sometimes it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for us to receive it ourselves.

As soon as we receive the order, we will package it up all nice and pretty, and send it on its way to you!

Now, what are you waiting for?! Go get this kit right now while you still can! While you’re at it, make sure you check out all of the other goodies we have in the Planner Squad Shoppe.

Click here to pre-order your vintage washi kit today!

For order updates, make sure you are a member of our Facebook group. We often post washi pre-order updates there!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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