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  • Savings Tip for Online Shopping - Small Notebook
    03 am Whenever I am shopping online I always google store name coupon first to see how I can save money Retail me not is a great resource Sometimes blog posts with discounts come up When I was purchasing a diaper bag I google diaper bag coupons and found a 20 off coupon for a bag I really liked KatieG s last blog post MixMyGranola Giveaway Reminder Kate says March 13 2009 at 11 12 am Thanks for the tip I often sign up for email updates for stores that I regularly buy from Every few weeks I will get a coupon in my inbox Kate s last blog post Hand Printing Karoline says March 13 2009 at 11 18 am EBATES COM is awesome They list almost every store imaginable then you click on the store link through ebates com and ebates will refund a percentage anywhere from 2 to 10 of what you purchase and will mail a check to you I ve already been refunded around 60 from ebates You also get a 10 gift card for joining and get 5 every time you refer a friend who joins So I use ebates com to get to my shopping website then I use retailmenot com to find coupon codes and http www freeshipping org for free shipping codes My final tip is http www restaurant com for discounted restaurant certificates Then google restaurant com discount code to find a current code to get up to 80 off So you can get a 25 gift card for 2 I think the current code is MENU We use that website all the time If you re gonna shop shop smart SoBella Creations says March 13 2009 at 12 36 pm If you are signed up with Upromise they will let you know if a retailer has specials also SoBella Creations s last blog post Giveaway Sassy Pink Boutique missy its almost naptime says March 13 2009 at 1 10 pm What awesome tips I am bookmarking this page for the next time I shop missy its almost naptime s last blog post Y all might should take note SavvyChristine says March 13 2009 at 1 59 pm SoBella I also use Upromise They give you money back to pay off your college loans or to save up for someone s college fund like your child s or niece s or nephew s or whomever s and I think I read that you don t have to put the money toward college you can get it back in a check The best is when I do a search for a store s promo code AND click on the link through Upromise it saves me some money and gives me money back at the same time Tsh says March 13 2009 at 2 46 pm Yep this is the only site I use as well I m a sucker for a clean interface Tsh s last blog post 7 Organizing Myths

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  • Some New Things - Small Notebook
    an all cash system The unexpected always happens Good job on the redesign Brianna Heart h Management s last blog post Menu Plan Monday Robin in NC says March 9 2009 at 10 13 am Love your new look Congrats Taylor at Household Management 101 says March 9 2009 at 10 24 am I love the new look Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Mar 6 Subscribe To My Site For Free Through Email Of With Feedburner SoBella Creations says March 9 2009 at 10 28 am Love the new look Your blog is always so refreshing SoBella Creations s last blog post Autumn Leah Designs Denise says March 9 2009 at 10 42 am Rachel LOVE the new look So clean simple and refreshing Congrats Erin says March 9 2009 at 11 12 am It looks beautiful I also love the daily tip section Fantastic Erin s last blog post Country Girl A follow up Jen Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says March 9 2009 at 11 38 am Love it It s definitely spring cleaning many blogs are getting fresh new looks and I am just getting started Can t quite decide what to do yet Too many choices Jen Balancing Beauty and Bedlam s last blog post Savery soups with delicous dumplings Sharon says March 9 2009 at 11 39 am It looks beautiful really peaceful and very classy Nice work I m giving away 10 weeks of coupon inserts at http tinyurl com bmo2nx if anyone is interested Kelli says March 9 2009 at 11 44 am Love it So fresh and springy Kelli s last blog post C S Lewis jill says March 9 2009 at 11 47 am LOVE it Rachel I KNEW you were up to something melissa the inspired room says March 9 2009 at 11 54 am I love a spring blog makeover It looks GREAT melissa the inspired room s last blog post 3 Tips for Finding Your Decorating Style Andrea says March 9 2009 at 12 33 pm Wonderful Small Notebook is growing up Andrea s last blog post Kids with no toys Katie at makingthishome com says March 9 2009 at 12 33 pm Super I m already poking around all the upgrades Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post Small Space Storage Inspiration from the Homeland Christina Taylor says March 9 2009 at 12 58 pm This looks great I like the bottom cattergories Many times I skim through quickly and hope to come back to make notes This makes it easy to find the post I needed great job marissa says March 9 2009 at 1 03 pm Very Pretty corinne says March 9 2009 at 1 26 pm I love the changes it looks great Corinne Denise says March 9 2009 at 4 14 pm nicely done Beth Smart Family Tips says March 9 2009 at 5 07 pm Wow The site looks great I found you only a short while

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  • Getting More from Your Address Book - Small Notebook
    that will be around for a while When I got married I went out and bought our first Address Book as a married couple I searched a LONG time for the perfect one Then I took the time to write all the addresses perfectly in pencil I was so proud of my beautiful address book with perfectly written addresses Can you imagine the thoughts that went through my head when i saw that my husband scribbled an address of a random friend from childhood who we will never need an address to in PEN I still have that page just to remind me how silly I can be and to remind me that it s okay for my husband to write in our address book too Rachel says March 5 2009 at 10 20 am I m using the Address Book program from Apple that came with my MacBook Before that for years I used a simple spreadsheet with a row for each person and columns for what I wanted to keep track of Nicole when you keep track of passwords just write down a clue to trigger your memory not the actual password in case someone finds it jill says March 5 2009 at 10 38 am i m torn between keeping all this info in a book or on the computer each has its own benefits and drawbacks i love the idea of writing down the open hours for places you need to go I can t tell you HOW many times I ve had to look up our library s hours online Juliet says March 5 2009 at 11 14 am Angie I think its ok to tell him he can t write in the book It s your special book and if you like it just so then so be it He can give you a post it when he wants something added Call it division of labor You are the address book czar Juliet s last blog post Fruit of the poison tree Nancy says March 5 2009 at 11 21 am I prefer a paper book We have a few friends that move frequently due to their jobs so their informatio is in pencil to afford easy changes updates I ve also included gift information for those I buy for regularly sizes favorite colors etc Nancy s last blog post Love Hate Katherine Relishing Life says March 5 2009 at 11 45 am I have mine both ways I prefer having a paper book but it is nice being able to access my addresses from any computer I store them in my Yahoo contacts For those of you who have all of your information digitally please remember to back up this information either on a cd or in a printed form as my FIL s wife transferred all of her addresses and other information onto her computer and then her computer died and she was unable to restore her files AND had thrown away

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  • Breaking the Frugal Rules - Small Notebook
    Lessons from a 5 year old Katie at makingthishome com says March 3 2009 at 9 24 am Well put I believe that it s important to spend wisely It s also important to have a good life If you put money and frugality as the top priority you miss out on a lot of the happy things that could have been there like spending time with people over coffee Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post A Simpler Life Series 3 Just 20 Minutes in the Closet Kelli says March 3 2009 at 9 31 am I think so much of this has to do with personality And a comment space is not enough room to explain what I mean but let s just say that I could not as a sanguine live within a tight box where coffees or other small treats were not allowed You have to live within your means and in moderation but within that Sip and give yourself grace and room to move Kelli s last blog post Ten Reasons I Do Workout Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet says March 3 2009 at 9 38 am Quality often trumps price at our house We have been burnt too many times choosing a product because of price only to have to replace it later We just plan our larger purchases and sometimes we have to wait a little longer to save the money Our grocery budget is probably a little larger than some people because I would rather spend the extra money on what I consider better food As far as your 40 coffee budget the key is that you budget for it It is when people mindlessly spend money on lattes that gets them into trouble Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet s last blog post Seven frugal reasons why I m ready for Spring kitchendoor says March 3 2009 at 9 42 am I love this What s the point of being careful with your money if you re depriving yourself of stuff that actually brings you pleasure I ve been holding out on getting a pedicure it s winter it s silly it s twenty five bucks I don t need to spend but you know what It ll make me crazy happy and I m going to do it this weekend Thanks Rachel melissa the inspired room says March 3 2009 at 10 16 am I totally agree with you on the coffee expendentures My husband and I realized a long time ago that date nights were too expensive for us on a regular basis A movie Dinner Both Yikes But a latte and sometimes a scone if we are making it a special date costs a whole lot less than some of the alternatives And we get out of the house sit in a place full of ambience and talk I use coffee in place of SHOPPING I buy my coffee savor it and window shop Way less than buying something while I am shopping but I still leave feeling I had a moment melissa the inspired room s last blog post 20 Little Things To Look Forward to in Spring Juliet says March 3 2009 at 10 20 am For me frugality has more to do with priorities values and limits than the price of something I don t economize on food it s always local and organic and always purchased at my local independant store The repercussions of shopping any other way far outweigh the small difference in price I am blessed to have the option to do so I only have certain amount of dollars each month and I choose to spend them on good food and durable stuff made by people who are treated well Examples fair trade chocolate is 3 more per pound than the local and scrumdiddlyicious btw brand but it s worth it to me to know that slaves didn t pick the beans I ll buy 2 kid shirts from Hannah Andersson on sale rather than 5 from Kohls because I know the cotton is organic and the shirt was made by a person who works in good conditions for decent and it will wear like iron Aside from directly voting for representatives and initiatives where we spend our is the most powerful way we vote on what kind of world we want to live in As long as we are responsible and know when to say well I m out of time to stop buying stuff until I have more we are being frugal Sorry for the sermon but it s town voting day here and I m all aflutter about Democracy Sharon I am inspired by this post too and may do a bit of writing myself Mary your are 100 on the money with your comment Juliet s last blog post Ordinary Hero Denise says March 3 2009 at 10 23 am I cannot seem to function without coffee After seeing your post I made a second pot for myself Have a great day Natalie OneFrugalWife says March 3 2009 at 11 04 am Thanks for posting this I totally agree with you and I also buy the good TP and spend a bit more for quality food Corene says March 3 2009 at 11 07 am Thanks for this post Some frugal blogs frustrate me because they think buying real maple syrup is ridiculous etc I spend more on quality food In the maple syrup example we re not feeding our kids high fructose corn syrup plus pancakes are overall a frugal meal I buy ghiradelli choc chips fair trade chocolate and coffee and 100 shoes well made shoes There are hidden costs in cheap products the labor the chemicals how it affects your health When I wear cheap shoes my sciatica bothers me Physical therapy is 300 hour acupuncture 150 for 2 sessions I think I ll buy good shoes instead And I joke with my husband that I d rather splurge on a date or night away than pay for a marriage counselor Erin says March 3 2009 at 11 20 am I love this post And couldn t agree more that the latte factor has become an icon for poor spending I love to get coffee out a few times a week and it is a happy part of my day that I don t think I should have to give up I also spend fairly freely on good quality food and make nice bedding somewhat of a financial priorety Interestingly I have given up ALL non essential spending for lent and am learning a lot about my spending habits now that they are under temporary arrest Debbie J says March 3 2009 at 11 22 am This goes along with an article in one of the Tightwad Gazette s that said I don t care if you are saving up to buy a fleet of snowmobiles just save The whole point in being frugal is so we can enjoy the things we love You can be more frugal on those things that aren t important to you Everybody s idea of what is important is different so each to his own btw my mother grew up in the days of outhouses and the sears roebuck catalog so she always buys premium toilet paper Its all in your perspective LOL Debbie J s last blog post A Small Start to Freezer Cooking Liz Jenkins says March 3 2009 at 11 42 am I am totally with you on the food being frugal isn t about being the cheapest out there I d rather eat smaller amounts of something that is absolutely delicious than lots of something that s just ok I also don t want my daughter eating things that have very little connection with real food I love the comment about being intentional that is really the key If you choose wisely and give thought to your decisions you won t be as likely to regret them Cheap things are often just that cheap so then you have to ditch them and get new ones The items I ve spent good money on usually last and last When I started my company I waited for my first big client and then bought myself a bright yellow KitchenAid stand mixer with that first big check One of the best things I ever purchased This thing gets more use in our kitchen It s one of the ways my daughter and I bond over making brownies banana bread and noodles It cost a lot but it was so worth it I could have bought a cheaper brand and one that was white and it would have been a whole lot less But every time I look at my mixer and use it I am happy Excellent post and I m with you on the coffee we order Peet s on line and they deliver so we never run out That would be a real tragedy Jill Whitney says March 3 2009 at 11 51 am Frugality is an individual journey for each person or family although I think in general frugal people try to conserve resources reuse as much as possible and are constantly questioning needs vs wants When I read today s post I had to stop and think for a minute about what I do and don t consider worth the money No for me it s not coffee or top of the line toilet paper although I ve learned my lesson with on sale one ply yikes For me it s running shoes and owning a newer car which I m sure is totally lame to someone else But as usual Rachel I m impressed with your thought process I love that Debbie J has mentioned the Tightwad Gazette because it s my favorite go to book on frugality even though it s kind of outdated now The complete set of books is a compilation of thousands of ideas that won t suit everyone s needs but some of it might Juliet says March 3 2009 at 11 53 am The Latte Factor is kind of a sham Overall people get in the hole on LARGE depreciating purchases like cars HDTV s etc and because of high housing and health care expenses most foreclosures are due to medical bills even today not on coffee or clothing or pedicures Certainly there are exceptions but that proves the rule yes A good video on this subject from Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School http www youtube com watch v akVL7QY0S8A Juliet s last blog post Rachel says March 3 2009 at 12 39 pm These comments are so thought provoking I like how Jill expanded on it by mentioning frugal people try to conserve resources reuse as much as possible and are constantly questioning needs vs wants I think that s why quality is so important for certain things so you don t have to constantly replace them Juliet that s an interesting program I ve also watched her on a PBS program about credit cards a few years ago I know small things add up but so often people focus on the small savings while not thinking about the big costs Megan SortaCrunchy says March 3 2009 at 12 48 pm And to add to your last comment here Rachel that s exactly the conclusion I have arrived at for buying clothes for the girls AJ 1 5 is moving into 24 month 2T clothes When I dug through our clothes bin from when Dacey 4 was in that size I was shocked at how poorly the cheap y stuff from the Marts had held up in storage The clothes I paid more for or that were purchased for her buy her doting grandmothers look nearly new Last weekend we went out to buy new clothes for Dacey and I was having sort of a mental moral dilemma about buying brand new clothes for her from our favorite children s clothing store BUT having seen how wonderful it is to not have to buy a THING for AJ for spring summer I know believe investing in a good clothes wardrobe for Dacey will pay off immensely as AJ gets older Plus I never pay retail for anything if I can at all help it Everything we got last weekend was on sale We are ALL ABOUT reusing things around here LS says March 3 2009 at 12 56 pm I think the whole distinction between frugal and cheap is a bit inaccurate and as you ultimately conclude and as many posters have commented what you re getting at is that it is important to be smart with your money and to put your money where it matters to you instead of spending without forethought Of course part of the forethought has to take into account those large purchases that inevitably will have to happen and to make sure you ve budgeted for both Taylor I upgraded the quality of paper towels we used when I started needing to get them wet all the time to wipe off my son s face post meal but then it occurred to me I had all these teeny baby washcloths we weren t using much anymore Repurposed those for post meal clean up invested in additional dish towels especially the small dish washcloth ones I don t ever actually use for washing dishes and we ve never gone back They re softer more absorbent more flexible cheaper in the long run and good for the environment Lily says March 3 2009 at 1 25 pm My not so cheap staples food Not all good food is expensive but some things are worth spending a bit more good wool sweaters I can t wear acrylic electric appliances must be durable organic shampoos the normal ones give me dermatitis pure mineral foundation it s the real thing for my face Juliet says March 3 2009 at 1 53 pm Liz I was this close to telling a Kitchenaid Mixer story Too funny Juliet s last blog post se7en says March 3 2009 at 4 38 pm I am so on the same page sometimes quality is more important than quantity My mum loves a bargain and will gift me with 10 pairs of trousers she bought in a factory shop for our toddler one dollars each only to discover they all have holes and runs and are pretty unwearable not to mention why would anyone need 10 pairs of trousers Why didn t she spend 10 dollars on a pair of trousers the kidlet can actually wear I have the same problem with birthdays she buys heaps of really cheap and nasty toys and if she took the money she could buy one really valuable memorable item Blimey I sound so ungrateful I am not I just would like my children to have something to remember her by As for food shopping I would rather pay more and buy everyone one yummy organic piece of fruit say peaches that I know will get eaten than a tray of well can t even use for jam peaches from the fruit and vegi factory type shop we have here se7en s last blog post Sunday Snippet Helping Your Kids to Read Worthy Books nicola says March 3 2009 at 5 07 pm as usual you hit a hot topic for me we are very frugal always have been but with the arrival of children our thrifting styles have changed away from just wanting what is cheap to wanting less of everything but for that less to be of the highest quality we can afford and then we make it last nicola which name nicola s last blog post blogging friends jill says March 3 2009 at 5 13 pm I have myself ALMOST convinced that it s worth it to turn the satellite tv and DVR set up back on ALMOST If BKG give it the thumbs up then it s a go Will it be worth it I don t know I just don t know liz says March 3 2009 at 5 28 pm I think all of the comments above really said it I will add this Our landlord put in the cheapest toilet in our bathroom because it is a rental We used to buy the softest band TP that I always bought After calling out a plumber twice to snake the darned thing we took the plumber s advice to use a single ply paper I now use the Basic orange label by Charmin I works good for our situation and is also better than the other scratchy one ply papers I don t see us changing that one any time soon I also love coffee I limit myself to the occasional treat because of our budget but it is a nice reward when I do allow it If Hubs was a coffee drinker we would definitely substitute coffee for dates liz s last blog post Group Think Carla says March 3 2009 at 7 13 pm We go out for coffee about once or twice a week Our favorite is the farmers market where they serve Blue Bottle Coffee http www bluebottlecoffee net and Cafe Cole http www colecoffee com I love espresso but I m not going to put down 1000 for a decent espresso machine We plan for it and don t do it more than a couple times a week Its something we really enjoy and don t mind spending a little money occasionally Jules Lovely Las Vegas says March 3 2009 at 9 27 pm Great post Being a conscious consumer and spending one s money on quality things durable and timeless in the case of goods like kitchenware furniture 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  • Good Reads: the Almost Spring Edition - Small Notebook
    will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Breaking the Frugal Rules Next Lost and Found Comments Bonnie says February 28 2009 at 2 16 am That is so pretty It s summer here in Australia so I m actually looking forward to the cooler weather Winters are beautiful here too Bonnie s last blog post Sharing My Favorite Bits YSM Chapter Three Megan SortaCrunchy says February 28 2009 at 7 37 am Fantastic links as always friend Oh I cannot wait for spring to REALLY arrive Mostly I look forward to thawing out putting the coats back into storage and replacing the clogs with flip flops as daily out of the house footwear Better start rounding up the polish for my toenails huh Mrs E says February 28 2009 at 8 05 am Snow on the ground here this morning so when I think of spring open windows buds on trees tulips pedicures bike rides and the sound of kids at the ball fields The Nester says March 1 2009 at 7 34 am me my sister and my closest bloggie friend inspired room all listed together on your delightful blog Thanks Rachel Cara says March 1 2009 at 9 06 am Thanks for the wonderful link love I m glad you enjoyed my post and hope your readers do too Cara s last blog post Fave 5 links emily ChattingAtTheSky says March 1 2009 at 9 37 pm I did a happy dance in my kitchen when I saw this post this morning Not very grown up of me but so what Thank you for your kind words And the linkage Of course emily ChattingAtTheSky s last blog post from beer to eternity Tsoniki Crazy Bull says March 6 2009 at 8

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  • Lost and Found - Small Notebook
    s last blog post Ski Day Minnesotamom says February 26 2009 at 7 54 am Cell phones and socks are the main victims at our house Occasionally important pieces of paper go wandering off or eaten the weirdo but I guess that s our fault for leaving them within reach Minnesotamom s last blog post Song jodi bpr says February 26 2009 at 7 56 am Walker who s almost 2 5 has gone through various hiding phases in the last year or so he also has a penchant for the trashcan and at times when things never do turn back up I can only assume he slid something by me I especially have to watch his breakfast plate fork can t even begin to tell you how many of those I ve fished out of the trash can and the week after his sister was born back in Jan I can only guess that our Veggie Tales plate escaped my notice as it is no more jodi bpr s last blog post Yummo Then Some KatieG says February 26 2009 at 8 36 am This happens in our house ALL the time I couldn t find my house keys for months we almost changed the locks on the house because I thought maybe I dropped them outside I had to use the spare set Then one day I was wiping something off of the floor and I saw my keys under the dishwasher of all places KatieG s last blog post Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust Stefanie says February 26 2009 at 8 47 am My almost 3 year old LOVES to confiscate my phone and keys So far I have been lucky and she always remembers where she puts them She loves to hide other things as well and have me guess where they are The image of her putting her arms up and shrugging her shoulders going I dont know when I ask where something is is hopefully an image that will remain in my mind forever Stefanie s last blog post Thank You Summer says February 26 2009 at 9 25 am I ve got 2 boys who LOVE to hide things exactly where they don t go Last week I could not figure out how the vacuum got clogged I finally took it apart and found a matchbox car stuffed down the hose and a giggling two year old Kids keep things entertaining steadymom says February 26 2009 at 9 26 am This happens at our place sometimes with books And you re right sometimes it is frustrating when we can t find them but there is always much rejoicing afterward Katie at makingthishome com says February 26 2009 at 10 09 am haha We just finished remodeling our kitchen Tarp went down last night So I m hoping we can have a break from lost stuff now that the tools are no longer out and the kitchen is functional Katie Taylor at

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  • Lessons From a Pro: How to Get a Better Deal on Big Purchases - Small Notebook
    the nicest suite they had at no additional cost Definitely worth asking Nicki at Domestic Cents s last blog post Oatmeal Banana Cookies Rachel says February 23 2009 at 7 27 am We recently went shopping for a new mattress Pretty big expense We told the salesman exactly what we were looking for and once we found what we wanted it was way more than what we saved We told him that we would probably have to come back once we had saved a little more money He offered to knock off a hundred dollars give us free delivery and take our old mattress for free We told him how much we appreciated it but we still didn t have enough money but we agreed to buy one from him once we had enough We kept our promise and even though it was weeks later he still gave us the discounts Rachel s last blog post Weekend Reads renee FIMBY says February 23 2009 at 7 47 am My husband is the opposite of yours He likes to avoid any kind of confrontation which bargaining and haggling can be seen as I d probably do it more but I don t want to step on his toes in the buying process But come to think of it we don t do a lot of in person buying anymore mostly on line so I guess you don t bargain in that arena renee FIMBY s last blog post Woods Restoration Taylor at Household Management 101 says February 23 2009 at 8 15 am Rachel this is a great post I think too many people both woman and men have been taught it is not polite to talk about money and they have extended this manner rule into a rule that they should not bargain I too have felt like this and I have to say I still get uncomfortable with it sometimes But my day job is as an attorney and I deal with insurance adjusters daily and I have to bargain and negotiate otherwise I would be doing a disservice to my clients So I bite the bullet and do it and I have found the more I practice I get the easier it is and also I have gained more confidence in doing it in my everyday life to benefit me and my family Here are some tips I learned 1 Never bargain against yourself Make an offer then wait for a counteroffer before going up in your price There is no reason to go up without the other person coming down 2 Always offer an amount lower than you are willing to actually pay so you have room to negotiate up 3 I have a post it on my desk at work to help me remember when talking to adjusters that says Can you do better than that You can use this line if you have another offer from someone else to see if people will bid against each other and you can also ask them to bid against themselves see rule number 1 some people don t follow this rule to get a better deal P S I wrote a blog post about simple living blogs I love and you are listed if you want to check it out See link in link love below Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Feb 22 Simple Living Blogs I Recommend Nancy says February 23 2009 at 9 06 am I don t like to do it but I do I always feel uncomfortable but I don t show it Early on we learned that if we ask all they can do is say no We ve saved on furniture by asking if they offer a discount for paying cash works every time And for the really big ticket items like vehicles be willing to walk away More times than not they ll work with you They d rather have the sale Nancy s last blog post Menu Plan Monday Rachel says February 23 2009 at 9 55 am Thanks Taylor those are great tips you ve added Steph Problem Solvin Mom says February 23 2009 at 11 05 am For some reason there are some things I don t think twice about negotiating for and others that make me nervous for example I absolutely hate buying a car Thankfully that isn t something we do very often at all and maybe that s why I m not very good at it I ll have to start being more conscious when I m feeling nervous about negotiating and try and figure out why thanks for the great tips Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Medela Swing Pump Bottle Set Giveaway nicola says February 23 2009 at 12 17 pm i have gotten much better at this and am very good at contacting companies and commenting on products either with positive and negative criticism it is often been to my advantage as some companies send a thank you nicola http whichname blogspot com Andrea says February 23 2009 at 1 14 pm My 14 year old son actually learned the skill He called a stereo store inquiring about purchasing a display model in an attempt to save money The salesman told him that they had just received a new shipment and would give him a great price on a new one same model I went to the store later that week durning morning hours and saved him 50 on his purchase by mentioning the phone conversation LS says February 23 2009 at 1 59 pm Great post Rachel and Taylor s additional comments are very helpful I absolutely agree that one of the best things you can do is put your offer out there and just shut up People too often get uncomfortable in a silence and if you can reign in your own lack of comfort you ll likely discover that the other person will

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  • Quick Color Makeover: The Play Space - Small Notebook
    a very special space steadymom says February 20 2009 at 9 54 am Great idea That is a very sweet kitchen to show off much better than the plastic ones at my house steadymom s last blog post steady thought for the day melissa the inspired room says February 20 2009 at 11 03 am Oh my that is completely adorable I added it to my tumblr and on my stumble upon page so more people can see it Cute cute cute melissa the inspired room s last blog post A Kitchen Makeover The Benefits of a Small House SavvyChristine says February 20 2009 at 11 36 am I love that fabric Did you use a cafe curtain rod one of those spring loaded ones that are adjustable I keep a few around the house and I love having them on hand They make an excellent puppet show facade if you pair them with some old curtains and hang them in a doorway Megan SortaCrunchy says February 20 2009 at 12 17 pm Okay that is just darling One thing that I just love about coming here Rachel is that you ve never deterred from your Small Notebook focus Just quick little notes like this that are so beautiful charming and helpful Thanks continuing to help all of us celebrate a simple and joyful life M Clemencia says February 20 2009 at 12 24 pm what a simple adorable idea thanks we can all lift the beauty of toys around the house like this thanks corinne says February 20 2009 at 12 54 pm Oh I love it So so sweet Corinne corinne s last blog post Knitters Coffee Swap 4 Sandra Gonzales says February 20 2009 at 12 55 pm Rachel I agree with Megan SortaCrunchy I love your whole setup and focus I even love your font Thank you for being you jodi bpr says February 20 2009 at 12 57 pm smart cookie love it jodi bpr s last blog post Bless this Nest Jill Whitney says February 20 2009 at 1 34 pm We have this adorable kitchen in one of our girls rooms and I think I might have to borrow this idea it s so much happier and inviting Minnesotamom says February 20 2009 at 2 35 pm That is a great fix Do you mind sharing where you got your play kitchen I am in the market Minnesotamom s last blog post Flashback Friday 02 20 09 Rachel says February 20 2009 at 2 44 pm Minnesatamom It s this one and it s well made so I was happy with the price and quality SavvyChristine the curtain rod isn t springloaded It s adjustable but there is a hole on each end so it can be mounted to a little bracket on the wall Great idea for a puppet show Thanks for your sweet notes everyone Minnesotamom says February 20 2009 at 2 49 pm Thanks My daughter 18 mos loves to

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