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  • Small Notebook is on Twitter! - Small Notebook
    You can look at anyone s tweets who has public account Jessica Quirky Bookworm says October 29 2012 at 3 38 pm Fun I m a joiner And then an occasional back pedaler later once I realize I ve joined too many things Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post 31 Days of Awesome Kids Books Summer Reading is Killing Me Ryann says December 7 2012 at 11 53 pm Me too Rita thissortaoldlife says October 29 2012 at 3 39 pm I am so with you on this one I resisted Twitter for a long time I joined a while back but I have a ridiculously small number of followers I suspect because I haven t truly embraced Twitter I ve only got so much time and attention I can focus on social media and I was comfortable with FB More and more though I m thinking of shifting my focus to Twitter Facebook s new rules aren t helping me connect with our readers Wishing you luck and please share anything you learn that s especially helpful for such Twitterphobes as me Rita thissortaoldlife s last post 15 Minute Friday A tidier bookcase Abbigail says October 29 2012 at 3 52 pm I m slowly falling in love with Twitter The more you use it the more you do I like that it is fast paced and a little more private than Facebook Enjoy your new foray into social media Robin from Frugal Family Times says October 29 2012 at 4 37 pm I ll follow you Rachel But I just barely know what that means I joined twitter a few months ago and have yet to embrace it I think I m missing something I m more of a Facebook and Pinterest kind of gal Robin from Frugal Family Times s last post How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Peacock Costume Se7en says October 29 2012 at 5 17 pm Oh Welcome to Twitter I may have been blogging a while but it took years for me to join twitter and then honestly only to get a Pinterest account I was pretty dormant on it and couldn t see the value but decided to make a twitter effort this year and I am loving it It was getting over the first step and joining in that got to me And for the longest time all I mentioned was the weather Good morning the weather over here is but after my slow and clumsy start I have made some of my best friends on twitter will never look back So welcome and I hope you enjoy the wonderful world of twitter Se7en s last post Saturday Spot Cape Town by Night Thanks to City SightSeeing Cape Town Kristin says October 30 2012 at 12 45 pm Welcome to the Twitterverse Congrats And I am definitely a joiner though I have learned how to say no to leadership positions that I don t need want or have time for I

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  • A New Design - Small Notebook
    one Maryanne says September 29 2012 at 11 28 am I love it Very simple which I feel totally is in step with your philosophy Great work Alli says September 29 2012 at 11 59 am I think your new site looks great It s got a wonderful fresh feeling to it Love that your content takes centre stage because your content is fantastic Over all it seems to reflect your passion for living simply beautifully Great job Thea says September 29 2012 at 12 10 pm The new design looks very nice Clean and fresh One thing you might want to consider is changing or cropping the peony picture to exclude the euro symbol on the price tag It may give the impression that you are based somewhere in Europe Maybe that only strikes me Anyway nice makeover Rachel says September 29 2012 at 12 22 pm I was living in Italy when I took that picture It will change to reflect the image of the latest post every time I publish a new one Brooke says September 29 2012 at 2 07 pm The euro symbol on the peonies made my afternoon actually I lived in Europe for almost 2 years and still miss it When I saw your photo my eyes misted automatically and at first I couldn t figure out why Then I looked closer and noticed the euro symbol and I realized that shot reminds me of the farmer s markets in Germany Carla says September 29 2012 at 12 10 pm The revamp looks great Keep up the good work I love your site Rachel says September 29 2012 at 12 33 pm Thanks for all the feedback I m interested in what you have to say Suze G says September 29 2012 at 2 06 pm My sweet departed Dad got into computers in the late sixties and I started working on them when we still used paper cards that got key punched I reflect often now on his generation that gathered round to listen to the radio saw the invention of TV and wonder about the babes being born now what their futures will see long after I m gone My husband and I made a decision to embrace changes disconcerting though they may sometimes be selective but informed about our participation keep our minds engaged in the present and our hearts involved in the spiritual to aspire for serenity in uncertainty All that to say Rachel the higher value for me is your responsiveness to your audience whatever the results turn out Love the new design Diane An Extraordinary Day says September 29 2012 at 2 20 pm Your new design is fresh feminine and clean I like it However as most blogs are generally large box to the left and the small columns to the right this will take a little getting used to But I am seeing some things I haven t seen and that is a very good

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  • Enough is as Good as a Feast - Small Notebook
    monitor Slackerjo says August 6 2012 at 10 13 am I think it is perfectly acceptable to rub a little whiskey on YOUR gums if your baby is teething Slackerjo s last post The Scrubbies Project Turns 1 Hope Williams says August 6 2012 at 11 32 am I wish this had a like button or a love button That is so true Steph says August 6 2012 at 7 02 am Wow the stuff of families article is kind of crazy And my daughter saw Mary Poppins for the first time a little while ago when we were all sick She loved it Steph s last post Rotating Toys Benefits and Tips Heather Hendrick says August 6 2012 at 7 44 am Mary Poppins I want to be her Such interesting links I love the fruit art Thanks for sending friends my way Rachel Heather Wendy says August 6 2012 at 8 00 am As both a Disney fan and someone in the process of simplifying turns out it s possible to be both one of my other favorite reminders of the beauty of a simple life comes from Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book DDon t spend your time lookin around For something you want that can t be found When you find out you can live without it And go along not thinkin about it I ll tell you something true The bare necessities of life will come to you I love reading Small Notebook but this is my first comment Thanks so much for your thoughtful and helpful posts Jessica Quirky Bookworm says August 6 2012 at 9 04 am Mary Poppins is the best I may or may not know all the words to all the songs Also whenever people have that what superpower would you like best flying invisibility conversation I always say that I want Mary Poppins s powers She can fly via umbrella she can pack limitless amounts of things into one bag and she can clean by snapping her fingers My kind of super powers P S That stuff article is crazy I especially was interested by the timestamp of where people were in the house Just shows that most American houses are TOO BIG Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post Quirky Bookworm Reader Survey Rita thissortaoldlife com says August 6 2012 at 9 32 am Just want to say how much I agree with you about American houses newer ones at least Visited my Grandma last week who still lives in the house that seemed so big to me growing up Really there are only 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom but it s always felt spacious to me I m so glad ours isn t any bigger than it is Just more to clean you know Rita thissortaoldlife com s last post Happy Anniversary Looking back at our first year in our new home GreekWife says August 6 2012 at 9 21 am I ve seen this guys videos in

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  • 10 Must-Know Tips for Your Air Conditioner - Small Notebook
    last house had a very hard to find and expensive filter but it only needed to be changed twice a year according to both the ac and filter manufacturers and we never had a problem with that Our new house we recently learned the hard way requires a monthly change It had been five months and caused a part of our ac to go out because the system was working so hard But the filters are available at local stores and are much cheaper so it s not a big deal now that we know I would definitely check with your manual and or service person since it varies more than I ever knew was possible Theda says July 19 2012 at 4 05 pm Thanks for the post We re experiencing A C issues right now Changing the filter regularly is so important Theda Bri says July 19 2012 at 4 47 pm I don t necessarily agree about not getting the cheap filters Our A C tech and my uncle who works with a c and heating recommend the cheap filters over the pleated filters They advised me that this is true b c the pleated filters can actually cause your unit to have to work harder to pull air through them Especially with older units it s important to make sure air flow is as easy as possible for your unit And I don t know why I never think of cleaning my outside unit more often My uncle said that is the first thing he does when working on a unit b c it is the easiest problem to fix and usually helps quite a bit Also covering your unit can help some both with security and keeping the air around the unit and thus the unit itself cooler Rachel says July 19 2012 at 5 55 pm Pleated filters can slightly slow down airflow it s called filter drag or resistance but most systems are designed for an average pleated filter and it s generally preferable to the amount of particles that the fiberglass filters let through Courtney says July 22 2012 at 6 17 pm Our A C tech told us the same thing that the cheaper filters are actually better We ve been using the cheap ones ever since with no problems Ginger says July 23 2012 at 11 10 am Our A C tech recommends the pleated version and because you change them every 3 months vs every month for the cheaper filters you save money I definitely notice that my house gets dustier when we use the cheaper filters Jessica says July 19 2012 at 4 49 pm We live close to Kansas City MO and our temps have been over 105 degrees for the past two days Margo Thrift at Home says July 19 2012 at 5 18 pm A delightfully cool breeze is blowing in my open window just now We had a storm that cooled things off We

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  • Good Reads for the Weekend - Small Notebook
    and on the beach Yesterday we tried out some recipies with dandelions and a south african dish and today we have celebrated my birthday Jennie says May 27 2012 at 12 32 pm Happy Birthday Lane I know how much I loved her post last year maybe it should be a birthday tradition Jennie s last post Big Plans for the Blog Anne Modern Mrs Darcy says May 27 2012 at 1 36 pm Rachel thanks so much for including me And a question are you still gluten free I am and I ve been a little leery of venturing into our new local Chuy s for fear of being glutened This picture makes me optimistic Anne Modern Mrs Darcy s last post Weekend Reading Rachel says May 27 2012 at 1 49 pm You re welcome and I also liked your writing about not using sarcasm I don t know if Chuy s is safe enough for our daughter who has Celiac and is extremely sensitive but the blue corn tortillas are made without flour so my gluten intolerant husband can have them Anne Modern Mrs Darcy says May 27 2012 at 2 58 pm Thanks about the writing I ve read that Chuy s CAN do gluten free dining even for celiac diners if you come at a slow time I didn t know that tip about the blue corn tortillas though Thanks for sharing because I love tex mex and have heard raves about our new Chuy s Suze says May 27 2012 at 2 59 pm Cook out last night with my sister and her husband who s recovering from recent surgery to remove prostrate cancer A stop by the DFW national cemetery to remember my brother he served in the one where the US veterans that returned alive were ignored or spit on Time spent with my sweet husband being grateful for every little moment we have to do anything we want and for every one who s ever participated in our opportunity to do that And a movie later A lovely weekend Jessica Quirky Bookworm says May 27 2012 at 5 32 pm We used to have a Chuy s 3 miles down the road I always got the sliders Sadly it got shut down by INS We ve had a busy busy week but fun busy Graduation parties baby showers pool parties bbqs etc Happy birthday Lane and happy blogiversary to you Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post Around the World in 15 Mysteries Belinda says May 27 2012 at 6 48 pm Rachel Thanks for the brilliant interview idea I ll definately do this for my daughters scrap book I got a surprise to see our girls have the same school bag Its funny to see something familar on your blog we live so far away in New Zealand Morgan says May 27 2012 at 7 43 pm Ah Chuy s Making me drool all the way from Taiwan I grew up

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  • Living as a One-Car Family in the Suburbs - Small Notebook
    job site in another city and a medical emergency came up for me here We are also on call to leave at a moments notice for work so usually have bags packed in the car Even so sometimes I am called to bring a weeks worth of clothes meds because my husband is being sent to another location We even tried renting a car once or twice a week as needed but its hard to know before hand that a medical emergency will be happening at 2 am with no way to get a car We also tried to rely on my mother in laws car sometimes the emergencies were because of her or her sister My mother in law was 15 minutes away but would take an hour and 15 minutes to leave the house to pick me up to go to her sisters house another 30 minutes away and then to the hospital Far too much work worry and STRESS for me In the end we now have an SUV and a sports car We also had a pickup for hauling but gave it away to a relative who needed it for his farm We have a U Haul rental place 5 minutes away to rent trucks and pickups which works very well for us We are blessed we don t owe payments for our vehicles and so money does not play into our decisions I so envy those that can manage with one car but for us the frustration was not worth it Maybe we will try again when we reach retirement age Kathy says May 24 2012 at 12 51 pm Forgot to mention that I am the one who keeps the cars clean and presentable I am the one who gasses the cars up 95 of the time and it falls to me to take the cars to the dealers to be serviced and maintained since my husbands 80 hour work weeks keep him pretty busy So one car would be a lot less trouble not just less insurance and upkeep Abigail aka Mamatouille says May 24 2012 at 12 32 pm We re in Seattle with one car and love it Our house gets a walkability score of 77 and I think compared to the rest of the country that s pretty good Jessica says May 24 2012 at 12 39 pm I see the appeal and it s got to be great if you can make it work but my husband s job isn t accessible by public transportation so I would be tied to the neighborhood until he got home every day We do have one family car that we love and that is more luxurious while my husband s commuter car is more rustic I ll admit though that if finances allowed it one of the first things I would do is upgrade that car MK Jorgenson says May 24 2012 at 12 54 pm I dread the day we have to get a second car Right now my husband is pursuing his PhD we live basically in a suburb but there s a busline right into the university for him We live within walking distance of a grocery store mall Target and a great park but our church is far from us We drive to visit family 4 hours away when we can And some days well I d rather hop in the car and drive to a different grocery store Or the library So I greatly appreciate having a car though I know we could make it without if need be But one day we hope to have a farm and then We ll at least have to have one good car and one emergency farm vehicle But for now I couldn t imagine life with more than one Tina O says May 24 2012 at 1 04 pm We ve been a 1 car household for about 4 years I am a SAHM and my husband works full time and we also have 3 young kids with loads of activities Luckily we live in a town with a great bicycle route so it takes him less time on his bike than with the car to get to work So he takes his bike in the summer and carpools in the wintertime On occasions he takes the car to work but it really hasn t been a problem We don t miss our second car at all Lia says May 24 2012 at 1 10 pm We have two cars because everything I bring our preschool aged daughter to is far away unfortunatly But we do drive cars that over ten years old and we only pay cash for our cars we don t believe in car payments and intend to be this way forever no matter how financially wealthy we get Personally I think that people who buy brand new cars are brain washed and not thinking straight I mean why pay 2 to 5k more to just have that brand new car smell Even a car a year or two older will save you thousands Julianna says May 24 2012 at 1 20 pm We ve been driving one vehicle for almost a year now and even with older kids and lots of scheduling I ve found it to be a blessing We re more intentional about the activities we choose We re also spending more time together and I m not as apt to run errands when I don t really need to Funny how we save money when I stick closer to home I have noticed the need to be more intentional about cultivating friendships This usually means inviting them over for tea rather than meeting up at the coffee shop It s been an adjustment but a good one Jennie says May 24 2012 at 1 21 pm This makes me feel a lot better We live right downtown but even if we did move farther away I d like to think we could make do with just one car Thanks for letting me know it can be done Jennie s last post Make Time for Quiet Moments Tracy says May 24 2012 at 1 22 pm We did it for years even after we split up my daughter and I would be in the car for about an hour every morning getting the ex to the train my son to school my daughter to daycare and then I d go to work When we split he used the car on those days when he had the kids It takes organization and planning but as long as there is some public transportation available it can happen Eszter says May 24 2012 at 1 22 pm In Europe it is pretty easy to have one car or even no cars at all Here in Texas not so I distinctly remember the time when I lived on campus at TCU without a car and people looked at me suspiciously walking to the grocery store The campus officers routinely gave me lifts to a nearby bar Just recently I ve heard a shocking statistic that 2 3 of the working force actually walks to his her job the announcer made it sound this unacceptable and called up on us as a nation to get it together I wonder if it is our unshaken belief that we deserve to prosper have a car big home lots of things that ultimately made walking uncool Ashlee says May 24 2012 at 1 39 pm We are a one car family My hubby totaled his car 18 months ago We buy all our cars with cash and we got 6k for his car and it wasn t enough to get a car in the same side category so we decided to do without for now It hasn t been too bad and we are actually moving to a city next month so we would have gone down to 1 then so we are excited we are already there Ashlee s last post Third Birthday Gifts aviva shaw says May 24 2012 at 1 42 pm We had a short stint at one car when I had my first child it was mostly by accident instead of choice We had one parking spot at our condo and didn t have enough money to buy a second I found work within walking distance and we saved a ton We now have two cars but have a plan that when our second and last child enters Kindergaten school within walking distance we ll get rid of the second car I work from home currently The only problem I foresee is the few weeks out of the year that my husband travels for work I guess I ll investigate zip car or rentals Does anyone have good experience with either Jenny says May 24 2012 at 7 28 pm I use HourCar which is a non profit version on Zip Car and love it You ll want to check into how close your are to the nearest hub where they keep the cars I m two blocks from the nearest one and within walking biking distance of another 5 The nice thing about HourCar is your can make a reservation 24 7 and go get your car I will occasionally do a big grocery run at 6 on a Sat morning which wouldn t be possible with a rental car since city locations wouldn t be open that early I also rent cars occasionally too If I only need a car for a few hours I use HourCar If I need it for the day maybe HourCar maybe rental car car sharing services generally include insurance maintenance and gas in your hourly daily rate If I rent by the hour miles are 25 per or if I rent for the day 100 are included If I go visit my parents in another state then I rent a car or take Greyhound Debbie M says May 25 2012 at 1 50 pm I was carless pre Zipcar but I can tell you that car rental places cater to two kinds of people the kind who have cars but they are being repaired and the kind who have cars but they are in another location travelers My experience was that the former were MUCH easier to deal with I lived near an airport so it was actually convenient to go there but they could never really get it that I was not from another city and I did not have a flight number etc The other kind will sometimes even pick you up to get to the rental place and drop you off when you re done though only when they are open I just picked one near a bus stop Car rentals are generally cheaper per day for the whole weekend or the whole week than one day at a time But if you can stock up on supplies etc so that you don t need to make many or any trips renting a car might be overkill I rented one when I wanted to visit family 200 miles away I ve also used a taxi for short trips with big items but it sure is expensive I ve also borrowed cars mostly from people flying out of town in return for dropping them off at and picking them up from the airport And I ve gone to the grocery store the laundromat and parties on the bus but had to ask for rides home from the parties lasted longer than buses were scheduled to run Janna says May 24 2012 at 1 48 pm We only have one car and it gets driven on average twice a week We NEVER take public transportation The key for us is biking Everyone in the family has a bike and we have a bike trailer for our children with a waterproof cover for longer rides My husband bikes to work daily and I bike to the grocery store bank pool library etc with the kids We save money get exercise and have a great time I even bike to Zumba three nights a week which is a 20 minute bike ride hour long workout class and 20 minute bike ride home excellent workout We really only use the car for trips out of town visit family or taking the kids to a train park about 45 minutes away camping trips skiing etc or for the few trips that we just don t have the time to bike I think that you could easily use a bike or walk as your second form of transportation if you lived in a small town or a large bike friendly city like Portland where we live This could be a lot harder in the suburbs That s actually one of the reasons we prefer living in the city We both hate being in the car Stacy says May 25 2012 at 5 05 pm I was scanning the comments for bike We have four children live in a town of 40K it s like a suburban town haven t put gas in our van only car since March and ride bicycles everywhere Nearest grocery is 2 5miles School is 2miles up hill We have saved a bundle love the time together the exercise the slow pace the sense of getting in touch with our community prioritizing and simplifying our time Love reading about other families doing the same Erin says May 24 2012 at 2 02 pm We are a one car family as well My husband left his day job back in January to expand our home business and join me working and raising our children at home So far the difficulties have been very few and far between We own our car fully so there is no car payment a blessing I don t see any need in the near future for another vehicle Kelly says May 24 2012 at 2 25 pm We ve been living car free for five years now We live in Chicago and have one child who is three and a half Living without a car has been really great I d say it s been about 95 fantastic and 5 difficult We bike every where and now have a fleet of bikes at our disposal but the total cost of those still equals less than what we would have spent on a car car repairs including broken windows from thieves and gas We can get groceries easily with our cargo bikes I can even shuttle the kids I watch around in the Madsen cargo bike it seats four in the bucket and you can add a front riding seat if you need a fifth seat or one for a small child No regrets We ll soon be moving to a small city in Oregon and I look forward to seeing how it will compare to here I think it will be much improved even if we end up riding longer distances We are healthier and happier and our pockets are more lined without a car and we don t plan on going back Our city even has the option of two different car sharing companies but we haven t used those There is also an extensive if a tad unreliable transit system that we only occasionally use particularly for visiting friends out in the suburbs Stacey says May 24 2012 at 2 26 pm We are a 1 car family after years of having 2 I have 3 kiddos 15 14 8 who are all very active and into everything it seems The 15 year old works part time and plays soccer My 14 year old is playing softball currently and my little guy plays soccer and baseball All 3 go to public school My Husband is currently working 4 tens 7 5 30 I find I have to be very deliberate in my trips as we live 10 miles from our small touristy town I at times have to pick and choose where I can be and do ask for help occasionally honestly it happened when we had 2 cars too For instance if I can t make it to a softball game I ask another family that lives close and has a player on the team if they can help me out In return I often help them I m not certain if this would work if we lived in a larger area especially with older kids My Husband thinks we actually have more quality time now and loves not having to worry about parking Parking here is insane during the summer Ad K says May 24 2012 at 2 32 pm After many years of being a multi car family we are now a one car couple empty nesters I didn t think we would ever go to one car but it works for us Our little burb doesn t have public transportation but that hasn t been an issue for us We are fairly close to shopping church and services so with a little planning we have been able to make it work for us for over 2 years without any problems Amy says May 24 2012 at 2 45 pm My husband and I share one car and have done so for the past 10 years In reading the comments it sounds like a lot of communities don t have the same structure that we are blessed to have We have a grocery store target library restaurants etc all within 10 minutes walking We can also easily bike downtown in 15 minutes We chose our house based on this ideal location We wanted to be able to do those things without constantly driving everywhere and relying on a car You have to make some sacrifices along the way but if it s important to you you can make it happen Plus we save money and get extra exercise along the way Debra Kasel says May 24 2012 at 2 58 pm We don t have a car what makes this feasible is that we live in a city with a really great transit system I love not having to deal with the hassle and expense of gas insurance parking maintenance However if we were to move into a city with poor no transit or to the country we d be getting one immediately In isolated remote rural settings I would see it as a necessity for each person to have a vehicle I can imagine feeling utterly trapped to be at home with no way to have a job or deal with daily tasks or be ever able to have a visit to the doctor or go to a library until DH got home And in that hypothetical situation remote rural areas don t often have evening and weekend hours to do all those things My long winded point I would never begrudge others 2 cars if the situation warranted it I m glad to be in a situation where I have freedom of movement without it Brittany says May 24 2012 at 3 00 pm My husband and I will celebrate our third year of being a one car family in June We love having only one car There are so many benefits too many to name Very very VERY rarely do we have a TRUE conflict where we both need the car and logistically it doesn t work to be fair we purposefully lived and paid to live just one block from my husband s law school and on three bus routes When he interned he either was able to take the bus 10 minutes downtown or we got so very lucky that two other offices were literally on the way to my work so I d just drop him off and pick him up When he was offered a post graduate internship with a judge in town we ended deciding to not move so we could continue the easy one car short bus ride lifestyle We hope after his internship we re able to avoid a second car by living downtown When we ve had issues it s always been user error I remember that first year my husband called me once after work Where are you I need the car and I m already late I m at the grocery store you said you were going to play basketball so I thought I d go to the grocery store by my office but 20 minutes from our house to avoid the worst of rush hour He didn t tell me that he needed the car usually his basketball games are walkable And I didn t tell him I was going to grocery shop after work Whoops Three years in we don t have that kind of miscommunication anymore thank goodness And the amount of money we ve not had to put toward a second car has helped us keep our student debt minimal and travel more We wouldn t be going to Europe after he takes the bar if we d had a second car the last three years Even if we do have to get a second car after next summer I ll be so thankful we were able to swing it at all and for several years Brittany says May 24 2012 at 3 02 pm clerkship when you work for a judge after graduation it s called a clerkship Getting my jargon confused Jessica Quirky Bookworm says May 24 2012 at 3 01 pm I don t think there s any way we could only have one My husband is gone for 9 hours a day M F which would leave E and I totally stuck at home that whole time There s a gas station 3 4 of a mile from us but otherwise we re surrounded by desert The closest grocery store is 6 miles away The library is more than 5 miles away Anything else is even farther We talked about trying to have only 1 car for a bit before buying our current one but I figured I could handle maybe 2 weeks of being stuck at home all day before going insane so we didn t bother Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post Reading in Bed Melanie TrailmixyTidbits says May 24 2012 at 3 06 pm We d love to do this for the budget and for the environment I do not see how to make it work though Everyone I know who has one car has a single income earner out of the home We both work out of the home and have kids who go to a sitter because they are too young for school My husband works 15 minutes south of home The sitter lives 20 minutes west I work an hour north east of the sitter Hmmm Maybe someday it ll all come together Laura says May 24 2012 at 3 12 pm My husband and I have been married for 8 years and have been a one car household for the last 6 We ve had many changes in our lives since we began sharing a car School job changes moving from an apartment to a house having a child but we have always made it work He currently rides his bike the 2 miles to work and back and if it s raining my daughter and I will go pick him up If I know that I am planning on hanging around the house for the day sometimes he drives but likes the exercise of biking I hope to continue on for a long time with only one car saves money for sure We are more intentional about where we go and how often Tonya says May 24 2012 at 3 33 pm My husband and I sold our second car when we moved from the suburbs in Michigan to Chicago We kept one car for about three years We then decided to sell our only car and have had zero cars for two years now and its been amazing We joined zipcar and it has been amazing and saves us TONS of money We are currently childless and have agreed to only buy one car when we decide to have a baby Jolene Homespun Heritage says May 24 2012 at 3 33 pm With our family the size it is 4 going on 7 with the possibility of more I definitely do not see us downsizing to just one vehicle Plus we re in a very very rural area We are more than willing to give up certain things in life to enjoy the blessing of many children Alice MusicAl Mama says May 24 2012 at 3 47 pm With our family of 5 we really want to stretch the possibility of living with one car for as long as possible When my husband moved over to Brisbane Australia while we were still in Perth 18 months ago we purposely decided that we wanted to live close to public transport so that my husband could easily get to work We also wanted to be within walking distance of school It s also great that we can easily walk to get groceries and to the doctor if we need to As our kids grow older I can see that we ll need to get a bigger car but we also want to encourage our kids to make use of public transport Alice MusicAl Mama s last post Quiet time WorkingMom says May 24 2012 at 4 09 pm When I was younger single and living in Boston not having a car was no problem Moving to the suburbs however required one thanks to the crappy public transit choices and their schedules We do try to plan trips and travels to minimize gas auto use but Hubby s second shift job three kids and New England winters means multiple cars With the Oldest just getting his license and holding down two jobs plus school we re up to three And despite living in a central location it is amazing how many people are unwilling to share carpool duties or even to reciprocate when you always seem to be carting their kid somewhere Don t understand that one WorkingMom s last post Leave A Message At The Tone Jenlarson says May 24 2012 at 4 10 pm We live in a suburb of Minneapolis and have gone back and forth between one and two cars over the years when my husband then boyfriend and I were in highschool in different towns we each had a car When we moved in together we car pooled about 95 of the time so only needed one car Having kids a couple years later made us want to shorten our commute time and I switched to part time so we got a second car When the first car died a couple years later we decided to try one again my husband started taking the bus the closest bus stop was about 8 miles away and we made it a couple more years until our oldest started school There s a possibility of a new bus transit station within a mile of our house if that opens up we ll probably switch back to one car again Christina says May 24 2012 at 4 37 pm I wish we could do this but it would be almost impossible My office and my husband s office are each 30 minutes from our house in opposite directions and as a prep sports writer for a daily newspaper he keeps odd hours and has to have access to his car often to drive between games practices the office etc He d need to drive me to work in the morning an hour of extra road time and then I d need to get a ride home and if I needed a car at night I often wouldn t have one Once we have a child that will complicate matters tremendously as it is Christina says May 24 2012 at 4 39 pm Oh yeah and we live in Florida Sooooo public transportation not so much Heather B says May 24 2012 at 4 41 pm We ve been a single car family since 2007 It is very occasionally a nuisance but really only when we are trying to coordinate with other people When I was pregnant with baby 1 we bought a house that allowed my husband to walk to work It s not the best neighborhood but we haven t had any issues We ve made our home an oasis and we love it We saved SO MUCH money when the gas prices shot up in 07 or 08 We run all our errands together instead of me going one way and hubs another It has really increased our family time and my husband s stress level by not commuting Louise Allana says May 24 2012 at 5 00 pm We are a one car family in the suburbs with four kids where we both work outside the home none of the kids schools or after school activities are in the same suburb all our friends live in the city and not all of them own their own cars Surprisingly it s still only inconvenient about 10 of the time It helps that we both work part time Today my husband is going to drop two kids at school the eldest kid has taken public transport left already drop me at my first client go back to school with the toddler for an open day pick me up from client 1 drop me at client 2 take the toddler for vaccinations pick up the two kids be at home for when the eldest gets home on PT pick her up from the station of its raining and then pick me up from client 2 This is as crazy as it gets what inconvenient looks like If he s had enough by the end of the day I will get a taxi home Most of the time we manage well We do have a supermarket in walking distance Louise Allana s last post Roo at the park 17 months Jen Family Sponge says May 24 2012 at 5 11 pm We are also a one car family Sold our second car last summer when we moved from LA to Florida and it has been awesome I agree about the maintance much easier and cheaper to handle one car We also use our bikes much more we have a 2 and 4 year old that ride in a bike trailer for grocery trips I was scared to initially take the plunge to a one car family but now I can t imagine going back If anyone is interested in riding their bikes more as a family I suggest checking out this article http familysponge com play family adventures life in the bike lane Jennifer says May 24 2012 at 5 24 pm I m probably in the opposite camp of most here my live in boyfriend and I each have a car and we live a ridiculously short walk from a metro stop and tons of buses outside DC Now that my boyfriend works from our home his car mostly sits in the garage We use it when we go on longer drives i e out to the mountains for hiking day trips etc I m a consultant and I couldn t do my job without a car most clients are accessible by public transportation but I ve had clients that are almost 2 hours away But we really do not need two vehicles When we met he was driving a lot for his previous job Both cars are paid off in full I never had a car payment he did and neither requires much maintenance beyond oil changes yet We just don t know where we are going next and would hate to get rid of a car and need one in a year or two should we move back near our families Abbington says May 24 2012 at 5 32 pm We have only ever had one car despite having 4 kids and living in a country town with little public transport However we can walk to school and the shops My husband can ride or catch a bus they are few and far between so he has to be organised to work We also have fabulous friends who live across the road who will lend us their spare car at a pinch if we are desperate helps them to justify keeping 2 and it encourages us to make lots of friends with families at school ballet soccer so that we can car pool for out of school activities It is certainly keeping me fitter teaches my kids that you don t need to hop in the car to travel 6 blocks and makes me appreciate my friends and neighbours My older sister has never owned a car and says that with what she saves in costs she can easily afford to catch a taxi a couple of times a week if she needs to She doesn t have kids however teacherof5 says May 24 2012 at 6 02 pm I grew up in the suburbs and we could have always been a one car family but for the fact the one car was on the road for weeks at a time When I married we lived in St Louis until 15 years ago and we were a 1 car family most of those years It worked well for us We saved a lot of money Taxes inspections insurance as well as routine maintenance I kept the car on the days that I needed to go some where the bus stop was a 5 minute walk from the front door I could walk to the store library and post office so I never felt stranded There were side walks every where so I could push the stroller and the children learned to walk long distances from a young age It did take planning We are now in a mid size to small city moved here with one car and it was hard I loved those years But we have since moved and are now in a very mixed city farm land community that rambles everywhere and is set up all piecemeal There was no public transportation when we get here and where we live there will not be There are very few sidewalks and no matter where I could buy a house it would not have the library post office and grocery walking distance We had a second car for a few years and we needed it there were to many times that I had to get someone some where children means a lot of things pulling you out We have been on one car now again for 3 years with one car but I have three people that need rides to work and home The days I need the car are now 3 to 4 and to keep the car I drive 2 hours to dro my husband at work and get him home 30 monutes one way When I used it 1 or 2 time a week max 6 times in a month it worked well but the wear and tear on the one car makes us think that the time has come to own 2 cars again Carrie says May 24 2012 at 6 19 pm My husband and I shared just one car for six years together it served us well We finally got a second car when we moved way out in the country with

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  • Clutter Prevention Tactics - Small Notebook
    make things I see on the web While I am very crafty I am coming to embrace the fact that I am not a person who really enjoys upcycling as much as I think I do Brie says May 22 2012 at 12 12 pm Oh goodness this is me too I am also crafty but I get into a liking the idea more than the actual doing of the project mindset I tend to jump into more projects than I can finish too This is why I like this blog she s more practical than crafty cute decor spending money stuff that I normally get influenced by Rachel says May 22 2012 at 7 32 am I ve learned not browsing saves me money and prevents clutter When I go shopping at local stores I stick to a list instead of looking for bargains it s not really a deal if I didn t even need the item The same goes online I just don t look unless I need something Anne Modern Mrs Darcy says May 22 2012 at 8 11 am Rachel it s so great that you ve pinpointed your vulnerable moments so you can plan accordingly I m planning on hitting up craigslist this week for the first time in ages to look for a few specific things so this advice is so timely Anne Modern Mrs Darcy s last post Deep Thoughts About Money and Happiness Or Let s Talk About Legos Jennie says May 22 2012 at 8 19 am One of the biggest ways I avoid buying clutter is by making lists Before I even decide to go to a store I will think about what I want to buy and mentally go through the store to figure out exactly where I m going Very rarely will I meander through aisles since that tends to lead to impulse buys If I do see something that I m tempted to buy I ll usually put it back on the shelf and sleep on it If I can t stop thinking about it and I m willing to go back to the store the next day then I know it s something I really want I think avoiding late night shopping is sound advice especially since buying things is just a click away these days Any sort of decision about money when you re tired usually turns out to be a mistake Jennie s last post My Faith Jane says May 22 2012 at 8 29 am I keep a folder on my computer called stuff I want I put the picture of the itemin this folder caption the photo with the cost who sells the item This folder is quite full by the way Very very full of pictures So once the pictures are in this folder it s here where I go to look at admire the items all the while giving me a little more distance between admiring the item actually buying the item This also cuts down on me accidently hititng the confirm to buy button on the actual product website What happens then is some time goes by either the item loses it s appeal which happens more often than not OR I start to wonder why I was even considering it to begin with OR realizing I really have no space need desire for the item OR that yes yes I really do want that item Funny thing though by now some time has passed either the item is on sale which is great if that item is truly one I decided I want OR it s sold out whew decision made for me OR I m self embarrassed to see what items I was once so strongly considering purchasing I tend to keep the photo s in this folder for a long time to remind me of just how much stuff I almost bought with reckless abandon that alone tends to bring me back to monetary sanity angelvalerie says May 28 2012 at 1 59 am I love this idea I think it will work for me browsing online is what gets me esp if its on sale I m going to try this thanks Pony Rider says May 22 2012 at 8 29 am I think that s my most likely to buy something on line I don t really need moment as well When I m tired but don t want to go to bed just yet a little bit zoned out already that s when my brain just doesn t follow through haha Bookmarking things for later is a good idea so you can revisit when you are more clear headed Jessica says May 22 2012 at 9 18 am I don t do much in the way of decor my big thing online is clothes I m a definitely guilty of buying things just because they re really cheap Hopefully I remind myself that it s not a good deal if I don t wear it I know you ve written about that and sometimes I m being truly silly and the thing I really want is 1 or 2 more I also have a bad habit leftover from living paycheck to paycheck of NOT buying things I should buy I ll find something that s a great deal I really like and that fits a demonstrated need but I ll decide I ve spent too much money that week or whatever This is shooting myself in the foot because another week I ll buy something I like less that costs more This happened to me the other day with light sweaters Every week for the last month or two I run out of clean ones on Tuesday or Wednesday and wish I had more I found some on ebay I could picture what I d wear them with they were inexpensive and were from a seller that I ve liked and that accepts returns I bought four or five and reminded myself that I can always return them if I don t like them in person While I was getting dressed in the morning I thought I m so happy I ordered those Why did it cause me so much angst Jessica Quirky Bookworm says May 22 2012 at 9 31 am How funny we had those exact same branches hanging on our living room wall when I was growing up I find the best way for me to reduce clutter is to shop online and not at Target If I need 1 or 2 things I can order them on Amazon If I run to Target for them I inevitably buy twice as much stuff Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post City of Scoundrels The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago Review Erica let why lead says May 22 2012 at 9 40 am So true I m applying this to online clothing purchases and conversations with my husband about family finances I know my useful inhibitions lower quickly the later it gets Erica let why lead s last post When Mama Bear Is Provoked Alyse says May 22 2012 at 9 54 am This post is all too timely I realized I was doing this same thing So I stopped looking for a little while and wrote down things that I need things that would be nice to have and things I really really really want It is working out much better I definitely agree the late night shopping is so dangerous Michelle says May 22 2012 at 10 46 am I completely agree that sleeping on purchases is a good idea but I also see the value in owning possessions like this it s not fair to dismiss all our decorative belongings as clutter Beautiful decorations add personality and life to your home and that has value I can see the arguments for spending money on travel and experiences but at the end of the day I wouldn t enjoy living in a home that doesn t have beautiful things in it I think you made a great purchase and at 12 it was a steal You should pat yourself on the back Anne says May 22 2012 at 10 49 am I use the wait and see system too And I also ask myself is there something I already have that can accomplish the same result WorkingMom says May 22 2012 at 11 15 am I ve never been a big online shopper anyway but do have a bad habit for saving links of things I find that tweek my interest I ve adapted a less is more streamlined approach to home decor as I m trying for the open beach house look and it saves on things to dust It also helps to be on a rather tight budget WorkingMom s last post End of the Year Marilyn says May 22 2012 at 11 20 am I am not a big looking shopper I am more of a mission shopper I shop when I have a need rather than for recreation However for those times that I am recreation shopping If I see something that is so darlingcutecan tlivewithoutit I ask myself do I need to find a place use space for this if so I don t need it it s clutter it stays where it is Marilyn Rebecca says May 22 2012 at 11 21 am Please post an after photo Audrey says May 22 2012 at 1 04 pm Yes I d love to see an after picture too JessT says May 22 2012 at 8 50 pm Please do Rachel says May 22 2012 at 11 24 am Way back in college my husband s roommates were teased endlessly for a late night purchase They bought a speed reading kit from an infomercial late at night so sure it would change the way they studied They never really used the product when it arrived definitely not enough to justify the cost Heidi Adventures of a Thrifty Mom says May 22 2012 at 11 37 am I avoid garage sales I tend to over shop them because everything is such a great deal squee Oh and infomercials cause I m a sucker for those Heidi Adventures of a Thrifty Mom s last post Weekend Project Redneck Air Conditioner Diane An Extraordinary Day says May 22 2012 at 11 38 am Today I have contentment Contentment is some abstract free flowing form that enlarges and shrinks in a wink None the less after losing our jobs simultaneously and being traditionally unemployed for more than 2 years we had to sell things and of course did not buy anything unless it was absolutely necessary At that time I learned what was necessary and what was not I chose to be content to rejoice in my blessings and to use what was often stored away Am I content everyday No When it comes to my yard and garden there I struggle I live in a new town and miss my old garden Again I must choose contentment It really is a choice Leslie A says May 22 2012 at 11 57 am I just wrote about this choice of contentment and joy in my devotional blog at growing4life net Over the weekend I watched Sarah s Key The movie was so moving and mostly made me realize that no matter what is going on in my life I still have it better than many who lived before me It was very convicting Diane An Extraordinary Day says May 23 2012 at 9 43 am Thanks Leslie I take a lot at your blog I m unfamiliar with Sarah s Key I ll have to check it out angelvalerie says May 28 2012 at 2 05 am Oh Diane I feel for you but also am so impressed with your lesson learned that contentment is what matters most And it is a choice wow angelvalerie s last post inspiration Becky says May 22 2012 at 11 46 am Questions I ask myself Is this something I actually planned to buy or is it something I never knew I needed until I saw it Will something I already own make an acceptable substitute for buying something new If I buy this will I get rid of something else I ve been using to perform a similar function It s not a perfect system but it does help me to be more mindful of the things I buy and it kept me from buying a beautiful inexpensive duvet cover at IKEA yesterday Inexpensive and beautiful yes but after fawning over it for a few minutes I remembered that I already own a beautiful duvet cover so I really don t need another one Leslie A says May 22 2012 at 11 55 am I am sure you already have heard of this but I recently read of a wonderful idea called the 30 day list Put something you want on a list date it and then wait for 30 days If you still want it after those 30 days are over then go ahead and get it Most things do not stay in the forefront of our minds that long While I don t have an official list I do sit and think on things for several weeks If the desire sticks around and it is something I truly will use I will go ahead and buy it Lots of things I just forget about though Leslie A s last post Ordinary is Beautiful Jen says May 22 2012 at 12 08 pm I ask myself one question Do I really want to dust that It makes it very easy to say no to something that initially caught my eye but in the long run has the potential to become simply an item that needs to be dusted Works very well for me Elizabeth ReadySetSimplify says May 22 2012 at 12 58 pm I like that Jen I ask myself Do I really have space for that What am I going to get rid of if I bring that into my house Elizabeth ReadySetSimplify s last post Checking In Jessica says May 24 2012 at 9 04 am I like that Kelly says May 22 2012 at 12 33 pm One rule that we have in our house to keep clutter at bay along with unecessary spending is that we only shop with cash It makes it hard to make spontaneous purachses when you only have a set amount of cash in hand It has really changed me from a shopping as a hobby to shopping as a necessity Sometimes I do miss happening upon something really special that I enjoy though Hilary says May 22 2012 at 12 57 pm I live in a small town where shopping options are limited to begin with That helps We have a Walmart that s as big as it gets shopping wise That said when I m in the store I seem to leave with double the stuff double the money at least So I ve found that ordering essentials online from Walmart com helps to cut down on the stuff and the spending If you spend 45 items ship for free to your home Household essentials add up quickly so 45 every few months isn t difficult to do Additionally if I keep myself busy with other tasks around the house I generally don t have time for online shopping Margo Thrift at Home says May 22 2012 at 1 02 pm If I am considering a purchase I always shop around first I compare prices which takes time so I have time to realize if I don t really need the thing in question It took me about 6 months to buy a blender for example from when I first realized my old blender was dying to when I actually bought one I make a list of non food things like this and then I work on it occasionally checking prices gauging my need Margo Thrift at Home s last post Little Soap Bags Audrey says May 22 2012 at 1 10 pm I don t do much shopping now unless I have something specific in mind but in my younger years I used to go to the mall a lot I found that I was buying a lot of stuff and regretting it later So I came up with this system If I liked something I would put off buying it until I had looked at everything else I wanted to see in the mall If I liked the item enough to go back to get it I probably would be happy that I had bought it Anna says May 22 2012 at 3 50 pm I had the same problem Shopaholic I confessed to my Dr this plus other issues And she put me on medication all I can say AMEN Now I don t even feel like buying groceries Or stopping at any yard sales Ashley Our Little Apartment says May 22 2012 at 3 53 pm 1 Remove myself from all email deal site emails aka Groupon and Babysteals 2 Don t go shopping Period Catherine says May 22 2012 at 4 19 pm Years ago shopping was my only form of fun Needless to say I soon had a very stuffed house Four moves later I am MUCH less likely to want stuff My favourite approach to whether I really want to buy something is to imagine it actually in my home and ask myself some questions where would I put it is it worth the space it will take up will I be happy to dust store look after it from here on in This approach has trained me to leave a lot at the store for someone else s

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  • Use Up the Pantry Clutter - Small Notebook
    eating less and less of our old dishes so I need to figure out a way clear these foods out of our pantry Thanks for these tips and reminders Rachel Trish says May 8 2012 at 8 42 am A really good way to clear out unused canned goods is to donate them to your local food kitchen My 82 year old mother works at her church s food kitchen and they always appreciate donations Teri says May 9 2012 at 10 12 pm Yes a great idea My 74 year old father works at his local food pantry also I should have thought of this on my own Elizabeth ReadySetSimplify says May 7 2012 at 8 52 pm I have been working on changing our diet by cutting out most processed prepackaged foods and making more things from scratch So some of my pantry clutter includes boxes of seasoned rice mixtures and similar items I usually try to have at least one day a week where I am trying to use up pantry foods that have been around a while Some of them probably just need to go in the trash too if I would look at the expiration dates Elizabeth ReadySetSimplify s last post Weekly Menu Plan 2 weeks 4 29 5 12 Leslie A says May 7 2012 at 8 53 pm Thanks for the encouragement The pantry has been on my to do list for awhile now and your post may be the push I need to start using some of that food and clean that cabinet up Tammy says May 7 2012 at 9 10 pm I don t have very many canned goods from the store that is I do have home canned tomatoes green beans salsa etc in the basement and I almost always empty my fridge before going shopping When my sweet mother in law visits I think she feels like we have no money for groceries because she always tries to fill my cupboards fridge up But it is that way intentionally In the past I ve seen online challenges to eat from your pantry freezer for a month I could not do it for a week I do try to stock up on dry foods when they go on sale and since I have a chest freezer now I do buy ahead more for the freezer But I don t actually have a true pantry so my one shelf designated for canned goods can get pretty bare sometimes And I m fine with that Anna says May 7 2012 at 9 59 pm Dried seaweed I research what are healthy additions to our regular menu and do my best to incorporate it into our meals Some go better than others Seaweeds is slow one The kids love seaweed snacks but not cooked seaweeds Brie says May 7 2012 at 10 03 pm I m super guilty of this I have a can of coconut milk in my pantry that is who knows how old and a few other odds and ends My pantry becomes a dump zone too for vitamins band aids flashlights etc I got pretty mason jars for flour and stuff that I use and it looks a bit better but I think it s time to clear some stuff out I love how practical your family is and you make me want to simplify more and more Jessica says May 7 2012 at 10 49 pm These comments make me wish for a pantry round robin Canned tomatoes go with everything and I have a whole bunch of exotic spice blends that would make a great stir fry with coconut milk But the quinoa has been in there for a year I really like quinoa but I m a noodle haulic and I apparently have some deep inner need to believe I will someday start liking brown rice I think the worst is the six boxes of food coloring none of which have any red or yellow And I really don t use food coloring D It might be time to pass those along to a coworker who does I refuse to take the unflavored gelatin along on my cross country move There s also a can of corn that I keep hoping will transfigurate into beans Lisa Waszkiewicz says May 7 2012 at 11 24 pm We have been on an eat the pantry mission for the last 3 weeks I ve been to the grocery twice and spent a total of 60 I have 4 tins of canned green beans that I seem to be unable to eat and I m perplexed as to why I bought them in the first place Plus a can of Spam I love your ideas for organizing I ve got a tiny pantry and I m loving the idea of a snack basket to save space Jessica says May 8 2012 at 6 36 am Canned green beans are not bad in a potpie or shepherd s cottage pie Jessica Quirky Bookworm says May 7 2012 at 11 37 pm We seem to magically acquire canned veggies and baby friendly snacks applesauce pouches etc I tend to buy canned veggies because they re so cheap and then never eat them because they don t taste very good The baby friendly stuff I stock up on when they re on sale I do keep some of those in a basket but I like the idea of using large serving bowls too thanks for the tip Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post History by Three Which Era April says May 8 2012 at 12 07 am You are channeling my thoughts For the last couple of weeks I ve been trying to decide what to do with some of the Pantry stuff I have I love making tomato based beef stew so I have way too much tomato sauce and tomato paste in the pantry I have a few other items that my family have bought and didn t eat when visiting and now I m stuck with them Lacey says May 8 2012 at 4 32 am Huh my clutter culprits are healthy things that I try and don t finish the entire packet of due to lack of inspiration for using it up Stuff like that half a packet of quinoa and of navy beans and of barley etc Eventually I get around to using them but only when I do a few weeks of cooking through the pantry like you re suggesting I m also not great at finished off packets of chips or crackers and they go stale hannah says May 8 2012 at 4 43 am I hate having pantry clutter but my husband likes the panty to look full Hmmmmmm I agree stuff that gets used should be in the pantry and you should use it Have a little extra just in case but not too much MelanieL says May 8 2012 at 2 15 pm Wow this could be my comment My husband is the same way Juliette says May 8 2012 at 5 42 am Cans of beans and tomato sauce by far For some reason I can never remember how much of these items I have at home if any and always buy more just in case They re easy to use up but I could usually cook chili for 20 at any given time D Juliette s last post Summertime Shoes Jenn says May 8 2012 at 7 10 am We aren t big hoarders of food I used to buy extras of everything so I had canned foods on hand but we never needed them Now I check the very small pantry before I shop to know what I have I tend to buy the same thing if I don t know whether we have it or not So checking before the trip is super important The other thing I do is buy less snacks and use what we have instead of buying new every week Otherwise they go to waste Have a fabulous day Jenn s last post What to do before vacation Heather says May 8 2012 at 7 25 am We used to have a lot more in the pantry that we don t use however over the past year or so I have been trying to only buy things that we will actually use So now it seems that our pantry ends up being emptied by the end of the month before we do our big grocery trip for staples I think that having food on hand in case of emergencies is important and like you most of it is not in the fridge I keep a lot of dry beans popcorn rice quinoa pasta on hand and seem to be able to make a lot of different meals out of those with whatever fresh veggies we have on hand I like to be able to make food based on what is available and cooking with grains seems to work well that way Now if I could just have an over abundance of canned tomatoes Heather s last post living what you love Romney says May 8 2012 at 7 33 am Polenta It turns out we don t really like it cooked I only use it to stop bread sticking to the tin Must make sure when it runs out I don t automatically replace it with more polenta Naomi says May 8 2012 at 7 42 am I actually sorted out my cupboards this weekend i am from the UK so i don t have a pantry i did combine all the snacks into a basket i brought from the pound shop So i felt good when i saw your suggestion and had done it already o Also when your cupboards pantry is organised it is easier to remember what you already have when you do go shopping it is typical of me to come home with a load of one item only to discover i already have about 3 of that same item when i am not organised Alicen says May 8 2012 at 7 57 am I m guilty I have bought cans of things to make a specific recipe only to end up not making the recipe I should go through and clean it down to the things we use regularly I also have a husband who likes the fridge to be full But I find the more full it is the more food I waste because I just can t see it and forget it is there I also have 1 2 jars of food in the fridge that I need to get used up Obviously they weren t my favourite but they re just taking up valuable fridge real estate and I should eat them up or get rid of them Thanks Courtney says May 8 2012 at 9 25 am We live in a very rural area and the nearest grocery store is a 30 minute drive so we keep our pantry and freezers stocked Our family of five could probably live for three months or more off of the food that s in our house Being able to cut down on trips to the grocery store is a huge plus for me especially in the winter when the weather is treacherous Oh and we have a generator to keep our freezers humming along in the event of power failure Joe says May 8 2012 at 10 59 am My neighbors and now we call this living off the hump like a camel We do it with the freezer occasionally too Kate S says May 8 2012 at 11 25 am I was one of those people that expressed concern about your emergency food supply but wanted to say that I never meant you should stock extra gallons of milk and frozen meats for an emergency you can live without those things short term I commented because you said you have no produce left at the end of a week until you go shopping again A little bit of extra produce goes a long way to keeping your digestive system functioning and providing nutrients that are nearly always lost in shelf stable and canned goods And almost all produce is good for a few days at room temperature so long as you keep it out of sunlight so lack of electricity wouldn t mean its demise We use our pantry to store home canned goods and dry goods like pastas rice beans too but we make sure we have extra produce too Of course a lot of this is influenced by our distance from a grocery store when you have a minimum 20 minute country drive to reach any food source other than your own garden you learn to be prepared Beth says May 8 2012 at 11 48 am We don t tend to have a very big stock of items in the pantry We tend to keep a fair amount of pasta and pasta sauce as we eat that a lot so I stock up when it is on sale But it usually rotates pretty fast so no particular item stays in there more than maybe a month When I do have the stray items they are usually cannned goods I bought for a recipe ended up not making it and used the rest of the needed ingredients for something else For example I might have a can or two of beans I bought for chili ended up not making it and used the other ingredients in something else Odette says May 8 2012 at 12 25 pm On May 12 the US postal service will be collecting non perishable food in my area they give it to Feeding America Gather up those things you won t use and donate them to people who are truly hungry But please give only those things that are not out of date Kegger says May 8 2012 at 12 45 pm Every January I go through our pantry and pull out all the half used bags and boxes We put them on a tray on the counter and commit to using them up before the end of the month It leads to some very interesting creations craisin almond mint chip cookies anyone but it s fun and get things out of the way Heather says May 8 2012 at 2 32 pm Wow you not only described my pantry to a tee but my fridge and freezer as well Thanks for the inspiration to do some kitchen decluttering I give myself a guilt trip every time I look into my well stocked cupboards and feel zero interest in cooking eating any of the contents therein Time for me to get real donate or use what I can and get comfortable with having unused space sandi says May 8 2012 at 3 28 pm we have pasta rice granola bars and snacks for the children s lunches the only canned items we buy are an assortment of beans pinto black white etc i use the bottom two rows for homework supplies and art craft projects on the top shelf i have some hidden mommy treats those of the hershey s variety that i don t want the children to notice i keep those in a cute basket so far they have not been curious enough to ask what s up there sandi s last post getting ready for the party charis says May 8 2012 at 4 46 pm yes you know i want to save this next month since we have some bigger expenses coming up at the end of june so i think we will use some of our pantry stuff up like you suggested charis s last post 15 things that i love Andrea says May 8 2012 at 6 33 pm What really helps me keep my pantry in check is the fact that it is the size of a shoebox correction toddler sized shoebox Due to some medical issues I have really gotten away from processed foods and the only canned foods I buy are black beans tomato sauce and diced green chiles That s it It is nice to be able to glance when making my grocery list and see if we need dried beans pastas and baking staples For me I have found that getting away from canned and processed foods my toddler shoebox sized pantry isn t overflowing and I m no longer wasting any food yey It took me years to get to this point though I really love to read everyone s tips and suggestions thank you as always for the continued inspiration angelvalerie says May 8 2012 at 8 16 pm Yes yes yes I love this idea no trip to the shops for me this week I will eat what is in the pantry instead Thanks Rachel Mel TheDizzyMom says May 9 2012 at 3 35 am I was just thinking about this last weekend I have random cans of beans veggies soups and opened boxes of pasta They are things we don t typically eat like butter beans I must have thought it was a good purchase at the time It s definitely time to use up the stuff It would save us some money on our next shopping trip Mel TheDizzyMom s last post Lose the Baby Fat The Journey Begins Deb says May 9 2012 at 9 49 am This weekend is the postal canned food drive so if you have good food that is not expired but you know you won t use this would be a good weekend to donate it I know I find that I have purchased things for specific recipes only to make something easier and have the ingredient stay in the pantry forever All you have to do is

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