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  • Great New Features, Plus an Interview - Small Notebook
    on the interview I am so happy to learn more about you and how the blog started Teresa s last blog post A new blog to follow Denise says September 11 2008 at 1 08 pm Rachel that interview was so cool I really enjoyed the links that you provided on sustainable living bookmarked those to read at a later time Thanks for what you do here on your site smallnotebook says September 11 2008 at 1 26 pm Y all are welcome Thanks for reading Dana says September 11 2008 at 1 30 pm Great Interview how exciting for you No matter how big you get don t forget us little guys hehe Dana s last blog post One Car Family move to portugal says September 11 2008 at 2 21 pm Hey Rachel I m so pleased for you you deserve it Laura Heather says September 11 2008 at 3 02 pm I agree with everyone else Wonderful interview I m going to chase up those sustainable living links too Heather s last blog post Mayonnaise Nancy says September 11 2008 at 6 48 pm Very nice interview and what great coverage Nancy s last blog post A Birthday Shout Out Kelli says September 11 2008 at 9 48 pm Wow how fun for you Nice interview Kelli s last blog post in order to restore hope Jessica says September 12 2008 at 3 06 pm Congrats Rachel Great interview I especially love this quote I am so inspired by the ideas that I find through reading blogs Sometimes it can be overwhelming because there all these great ideas and I can t possibly do them all I need to be able to choose a few things to focus on and then step back from this constant stream

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  • What Did Your Parents Teach You About Money? - Small Notebook
    my own this was of course to insure that I wouldn t stay there for forever and also taught me to budget my money for living expenses wow a real world experience how practical I am so thankful today that my parents took the time to teach me such things I appreciate the lessons now more than ever What I thought wasn t fair back then really helped me now I wonder about my friends who got things handed to them on a platter Were their parents in debt Are they now in debt trying to achieve the same lifestyle they did as a kid Great post today Jessica says September 10 2008 at 9 40 am My mom has always been pretty bad with money Some people follow in their parents foot steps I ran in the opposite direction ha Unfortunately this has ingrained me with the fear that there will never be enough money I just try to budget and be good and do the best with what we have I m just never sure if I ll get out from under that feeling of being poor But it saves me money so maybe it s not a bad thing Jessica s last blog post Library Card smallnotebook says September 10 2008 at 10 42 am Jessica I think wanting to do things differently is a pretty powerful motivator Thanks for sharing Lora says September 10 2008 at 11 27 am I am so thankful for the good principles that my parents taught me Sometimes I haven t always taken heed to them but I ve learned my lessons P S Now that you ve mentioned Braum s burgers I m craving one We don t have Braum s where we live now but we re moving back home soon and I m looking forward to having a Braum s again Lora s last blog post Back to School Sandy says September 10 2008 at 12 30 pm My parents incurred a lot of credit card debt when we were growing up We always had what we needed though and were not extravagant people but the small things just added up over the years My parents never drove new cars Also savings and investments were not focused on or really even mentioned We were given allowances to pay for our own gas in high school and any extra things we wanted My brothers and I both had jobs during high school and my mom made sure we knew how to have a checking account and balance a checkbook I m so thankful she taught us that What s really great is in the last five years my family has had complete financial makeovers My parents my two brothers and their wives and my husband and I started following Dave Ramsey s financial advice and have litterally changed our financial situations My husband and I will be completely debt free in 4 more months my parents will be as well not too long after us and both my brothers are paying down mortgages and school loans as quickly as they can We have all learned the importance of saving and planning for things we want It s such a blessing to all have gone through this together LivSimpl com says September 10 2008 at 12 35 pm They taught me the importance of avoiding debt for anything but a modest home an education and a modest car They were great examples of living within their means and let me tell you not having any debt is a wonderful feeling especially in these uncertain economic times LivSimpl com s last blog post Write in my journal money funk says September 10 2008 at 12 47 pm I was not taught frugality in the least We were always in bad financial situations We lived in poverty My parents still owe a gizillion dollars to creditors So I am learning my lesson the hard way But I believe it only makes me stronger And my family stronger too As for my kids I have set up a two seperate accounts a checking and savings 80 of their allowance goes into the checking 10 into their savings and another 10 is put into a jar to be used for charity during the holidays It s my start to them hoping they will learn about money As for the frugality the one I can think of off hand that my kids noticed making a grocery list saves a lot of money money funk s last blog post Cut your Grocery Bill in Half Steph Problem Solvin Mom says September 10 2008 at 12 55 pm My parents had a few discussions with me but mostly taught by example I think frugal was somehow in my genes however because my brother is not particularly good with money and struggles to save and we were raised by the same wonderful couple I want to deliberately teach my daughter about money about saving and making wise choices being frugal etc I plan to start with her allowance with her splitting it between saving spending and donating Great topic Steph Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Wordless Wednesday Famous Poser LS says September 10 2008 at 2 33 pm Like Nancy the experience of the Depression had a pretty significant impact on how my folks grew up they were a bit too young to feel things really directly but because their parents were so very affected they in turn were raised quite frugally Unfortunately that also meant I spent a lot of time watching my parents my mother in particular go without in an almost martyrish way I think the key is to model being financially responsible whilst maintaining some spaces for little splurges or the ability to save up the little splurges for one big one and making sure that the things you do to be financially responsible aren t just chores or treated with

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  • 7 Shopping Tips to Save Money AND Time - Small Notebook
    of khaki flat front pants for him on sale and 2 dress slacks for me buy one get one free 3 pair of pants for 70 We were thrilled and I crossed them off my list Sometimes it may take me months or even a year to find the right item but I d rather know that I ll make good use of a purchase rather than buying on impulse and having it hang in the closet Nancy s last blog post Menu Plan Monday 31 smallnotebook says September 8 2008 at 2 28 pm Dana I usually take Doug with me because he loooves shopping Probably more than I do We always have a specific item in mind though before we go Nancy I think that s a really helpful idea I m more selective about clothes too so that helps me know what I need hopeathome says September 8 2008 at 3 51 pm Love the shopping with a coffee idea And 2 is so true since simplifying our wardrobe I m choosing quality clothing items over masses of cheaper things and I think it will pay off over time hopeathome s last blog post Shopping tool Denise says September 8 2008 at 3 52 pm Right along with what has all ready been said I even had my children write down a list of what they needed vs wanted before we went back to school shopping We knew that they need more shirts vs pants or vice versa It really helped and kept me from buying too many things when they were not needed Monica says September 8 2008 at 6 08 pm I am definitely an advocate for finding out the return policy beforehand I have learned that if you aren t 99 sure of a purchase you should wait I ve had a clerk tell me yes you can return it only to find out she was mistaken In my case management apologized but didn t make ammends Deb says September 8 2008 at 7 48 pm I did all that tonight and STILL spent 300 Oy Andrea says September 9 2008 at 12 09 am When it comes to groceries I do no comparison shopping Saving TIME is key I am not a big fan of shopping so I do most of my non grocery or basic household items shopping online Way easier I love reading reviews of everything first and with the help of my friend google I m pretty good at finding where to buy things cheapest and getting free shipping codes With two little kids it is just not that much fun going to stores We d rather spend our days doing other things Plus if it is clothes I d much rather try them on at my own home without screaming kids in a dressing room and then just mail them back at my convenience if they don t fit Andrea s last blog post 4 Weeks And Counting But

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  • Inspired Reading from August - Small Notebook
    the year in which you ate them perhaps keeping separate jars per month or per location where you ate the nut You know For posterity Heidi at Mt Hope Chronicles shares the most amazing Girl Camp Four days for young girls to live in a beautiful white tent in the garden and spend time making art I like the simplicity of making this paper bird mobile from vintage magazine pages available at Royal Buffet s Etsy shop Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries look delicious from Karina s Kitchen found thanks to Aprovechar It s not easy to take photos of food that look this good Completely unrelated to anything this photo is one of the reasons I truly truly love the internet And this one too Most of all I want to say thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts and experiences Especially those who are first time commenters I read and appreciate every comment and I learn so much from your ideas Thank you all 7 Comments August 31 2008 in This That Links About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Avoiding the Laundry Pileup Next Tossing Your To do List Comments Denise says August 31 2008 at 9 48 pm oh no another Sunday wrap up My husband is going to be so mad at me for spending so much time reading away on the internet today It okay these are all great links smallnotebook says August 31 2008 at 10 00 pm Thanks Denise but go spend time with your husband These will still be here later Jennifer says August 31 2008 at 10 32 pm I just really enjoy reading your blog with such great tips ideas and links It always

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  • Tossing Your To-do List - Small Notebook
    Does anyone else really care if my dishes are done Laundry sorted Toilets cleaned No Just ask my girls They ll be the first to tell me that their friends don t care if they come over and the house is a mess They say Mom it s not about the house And they re right What happens to us between childhood teenage years and adulthood Guess we loose sight of some of the simpler things don t we Here s to a list free weekend Enjoy G G says August 29 2008 at 10 59 am That s exactly how I felt with my hobbies since my son was born as much as I really enjoyed scrapbooking needlework photography etc I just could not climb out of the reality that was my life a stay at home mom raising a small child For a long while I just sucked it up became the mama martyr believing I could never have fun again until my child was in school time was back in my control BUT that s just not true Yes the housework will always be there yes the grocery shopping will still need to be done yes there will be days or even weeks when my greatly laid out plans go awry But I discovered that when I actually SCHEDULED my fun time in I actually started enjoying my hobbies again It certainly isn t to the level that it once was it s taking me much longer to accomplish my projects but at least I m back in the game rather than just sitting on the sidelines waiting for time to pass feeling more behind in the meantime So for me scheduling craft nights with friends once or twice a month is a MUST now rather than a dream or a used to My husband plays hockey one night a week sometimes I can use that precious alone time to work on a small project as well I don t feel guilty like I should be catching up on housework or something best of all it helps to feed my soul allows me to feel like I m moving forward Thanks for the great post WhenIGrowUpCoach says August 29 2008 at 11 41 am I am a perpetual Lister and my To Do list is so overwhelming I feel guilty when I take an hour to watch TV or read a book What worked great for me is taking everything that has been on my To Do list for a month ie scan all notebooks onto the computer and throw them away put items up for auction on eBay clean out the hall closet and put them in a Brilliant Ideas journal Then they re off of my list not cluttering my mind and they re there when I feel an itching for a project which ironically enough hasn t happened yet And since the notebook is called Brilliant Ideas it doesn t make me feel bad

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  • Before Your Computer Goes on the Fritz... - Small Notebook
    120GB but haven t updated that since May 2007 I organize my files by the year on my desktop Open up 2008 and you ll see each month and whatever photos I take during that month I upload it to the corresponding monthly file It s a breeze to organize Since my computer has passed the 5 year old mark it s doubly important for me to stay on top of the back ups While I haven t had issues or scares yet they re just probably around the corner Monica says August 28 2008 at 8 46 am This is a very relevant and important topic My husband s computer crashed yesterday He backed up his computer last weekend so all was not lost Losing your computer is very inconvenient to say the least but losing all your information is devastating I know my husband would recommend backing up your hard drive on a regular basis smallnotebook says August 28 2008 at 9 19 am Avlor I m glad you were ready with the backups Good recommendation for syncback that s a free backup program for Windows if anyone needs one I remember you were the first person to tell me about the online backup services you use for your photos Theresa that does sound easy I m sorry for your friend though That would motivate me too Thanks Tim and good insights I think the only things on my computer that are really important to me are photos I don t do scrapbooking and I have very few prints If I lost them my life wouldn t be over but I d miss them Your comment reminds me that it d be a good idea to practice recovering files from backups It s nice to hear from another IT guy Lance It sounds like you do have a pretty thorough backup routine in place already Good and simple organizing plan Leah We have one older computer and I thought it was going to quit any day but it just keeps going Oh no Monica I m glad he had such a recent backup That s great Denise says August 28 2008 at 9 42 am good timing on this one Thankfully I have a work laptop too because just this morning our home laptop must be ill It won t do anything for me darn computers I wish we didn t rely on them so much Michael Hawkins says August 28 2008 at 3 10 pm What would I lose glances to the external drive on his left My bookmarks saved games a large patch for one game which I ll now put on the external thanks for the reminder Some less than important files Theft would be a bigger issue a thieve would take it all Andrea says August 28 2008 at 4 34 pm We do have an external hard drive for back up but in case of a fire Just the pictures that we have

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  • What do you take if your house is on fire? - Small Notebook
    the apartment for a week The fire didn t reach our apartment but everything in our home was smoke damaged and had to be professionally cleaned On the up side our couch looked really great after it was cleaned Francis says August 26 2008 at 9 27 am Its so funny to see you posting on this subject because I did alot of preparing in July and blogged about it I see some new good ideas that I might add to what I have already We don t live in a natural disaster prone area either but there are always things that you could have never thought of to disrupt your normal lives I thought it was a good idea to have food water and other emergency supplies for 5 days or so in the house along with a big backpack Go Bag with bare necessities for all five of our family members With three small children we would have to carry their stuff too so it can t be a ton of stuff or very heavy I also packed a smaller bag for my husband s commute vehicle in case he was stranded overnight A bivy sack first aid kit bottle of water energy bars flashlight photos of the rest of the family in case he needed to report us as missing extra batteries etc were some of the things I put in that bag The meeting places is an important thing as well as having cash ready We rely so much on our modern conveniences to survive now we have to think of what we would do if they were not available Happy Preparing Andrea says August 26 2008 at 9 31 am No go bag for me Just the kids and I m out We keep DVD copies of all our photos and our important paperwork etc in a fire proof safe We ll get it all once the dust settles scott says August 26 2008 at 10 07 am ah yes the fire proof safe That appeals to me I would like and am now considering a serious safe that is well seriously safe These things seem easy to put off but very very important if ever needed I would like to thank those people sharing stories about when they did need this kind of preparedness tough times I admire your toughness and strength thanks Jackie says August 26 2008 at 11 34 am I lived through a house fire in 1994 which demolished our home It was 3am and the house was already in flames when I evacuated with my 3 year old daughter I did not have time to get my purse let alone a fire safe box which turned out to burn anyway Get a small steel safe it s worth the money You cannot imagine how difficult it is to start over again getting birth certificates bank information a driver s license when you have absolutely nothing to start with Thankfully my Mom knew someone who worked in the public records office to expedite the process or it would have been heaven knows when that we d been able to get access to our own money in the bank There are 2 things that I sincerely wish I had One is the afghan my grandmother crocheted for me and I wouldn t have grabbed it anyway in my list of Top 3 things Oddly enough the other is one or two of my yearbooks from high school I saved all my first love letters inside them as well as missing all the printed content and personal notes from classmates inside Ironically I didn t even like high school all that much Sorry for the ramble In short don t stop at a fire safe box if you can at all afford a small safe and what you will miss is highly subjective and for the most part unpredictable until after the fact avlor says August 26 2008 at 1 01 pm Fabulous topic I have a reminder setup in Remember the Milk to take pictures in 1 room each month and add it to a private photo inventory in an online photo gallery As long as you keep the photos private for your security you ll feel good knowing you can access them from anywhere I always keep my purse close with keys cell phone and charger flash drive with important stuff encrypted and child ID kit and make sure it s put back it s spot at night that I can grab on the way out of my bedroom in case of an emergency I started putting my laptop bag there too Dunno if I d grab it though Would have enough to lug with children and purse The go bag is on my to do list now Monica says August 26 2008 at 1 14 pm I have to admit that I haven t really thought through these types of situations I always hope for the best We don t live in an area where we could be faced with a hurricane evacuation anymore but certainly a fire could happen anywhere Do you have an extinguisher better yet if you have one do you know how to use it apieceofwood says August 26 2008 at 2 10 pm We were recently talking about getting a fireproof safe But me and hubby first and the dogs and then anything else I could grab Good topic Lance says August 26 2008 at 3 00 pm First and foremost would be my loved ones my wife and kids Then Car keys wallet laptop cell phone Then Small fireproof safe with important documents We have a plan established to meet at the mailbox If that doesn t work for whatever reason then the plan is the neighbors house across the street This is good stuff to think about You hope it something you never have to do But if you do it s great

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  • Preparing for Emergencies - Small Notebook
    extended perioud of time Stores can often open back up with no power but they can t run credit debit cards One other thing I would add make sure you have at least one old fashioned corded phone in your house Your cordless phones won t work in a power outage and if phone service still works then you will be happy to have a phone that works too Of course if you have digital phone this doesn t really apply since the digital phone won t work without power either karen says August 18 2008 at 3 59 pm While gathering supplies is a must do I found sitting down with my husband and mapping out meet up spot very useful He works from home and I commute If something happened suddenly where would we meet up If something happened at our house on our street or in our neighbourhood It took us 3 minutes to decide on these locations across and down the street by the mail boxes front doors of the nearby school parking lot of the nearby Tim Horton s but if something ever happens I m glad we ve spoken about it jill says August 18 2008 at 6 07 pm Good list Very doable I hadn t thought about prescriptions Now that hubby and I are getting uh hem less young we do have a few Rx s that we take regularly I wonder if our insurance would let us have an extra refill to keep on hand in case of emergency Typically they only dole it out to us one bottle at a time aswewalk says August 18 2008 at 9 57 pm We rarely have natural disasters here so the thought flies out of my mind as soon as the news program is over But that s not very responsible of me I need to get a supply ready and put in the storage room I just might do it soon Alison This Wasn t In The Plan says August 18 2008 at 10 31 pm We have a 72 hour kit yet we live in an are where the chances that we would need to use it are slim I too originally used cost as an excuse but it really wasn t that expensive to put together I now rotate it every six months pull the food out and put in the pantry to eat and replace it with new food which means I m essentially just buying food we ll definitely use in the near future and makes the cost seem like less of an excuse I left it for several years at first and ended up tossing a lot of stuff Many non perishables will last forever but some won t Pooja Sood says August 19 2008 at 2 01 am Natural disasters and calamities still are night mares I remember how much loss I had to bear in 2005 mumbai floods I used to live on ground floor

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