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  • 2nd Week of No Spend Month - Small Notebook
    know poor And then I became one myself I mean not sleep in a phone booth poor but with the crisis an already low salary and being forced to move to a more expensive apartment there are months on which I m working on a tiny budget like this purchasing kilos of pasta and tuna fish as a backup in case the money for fresh food runs out It s not fun it s a tight situation and it has a way of taking over the rest of your life even after the money problems have been resolved In the end I think having money issues made me like the consumer society more not less People treat spending money on yourself like it s a crime in the middle lower class but knowing how little is really necessary I no longer think my friends are entitled to criticism of somebody else s big cars and houses and then spend a night out of town just to go to a concert They re both luxuries to somebody and not having any luxuries definitely isn t the ideal situation jacky says July 20 2011 at 7 21 pm We have been trying to raise a lot of our own food as my part of helping because I am a stay at home mom I home school our children We try to raise our own beef We had our beautiful cow lose her twin calves and also had a 112 vet bill I feel we just keep going backwards with feed bills etc It is also sad for our girls One good thing is that the girls are getting a great work ethic They take turns getting up early for chores Our sweetcorn all went down in a bad storm I feel sick bentlyr says July 16 2008 at 8 49 am Great work You have inspired my gf and I to start this next month Amy says July 16 2008 at 8 50 am That sounds like a great system I prefer cash because it hurts a lot more to hand it over when I am holding it in my hot little hand versus striping the card It helps definitely keep me on track for the grocery store too Am loving reading about your month FitMom says July 16 2008 at 10 56 am This sounds awesome But I don t know how you do it I can barely get two meals for 50 Gas costs 4 50 a gallon in So Cal This is not meant to sound negative I m just dumbfounded smallnotebook says July 18 2008 at 10 38 am Thanks for the thought provoking comment Zapatos What my husband and I found is that by voluntarily deciding to go with less for a period of time we became more sensitive to those who don t get the choice and we realized just how significant a couple of dollars can be I agree that it s good to be

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  • Summer Fun with Little Ones - Small Notebook
    When repeating bonkey monkey for 20 minutes straight while running on the couch and laughing hysterically isn t enough Online resources for activities and crafts Alpha Mom Make and Takes PreSchool Mama 6 Comments July 14 2008 in Family Life About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous 2nd Week of No Spend Month Next Healthy Foods on the Cheap Comments PreSchool Mama says July 14 2008 at 10 49 am Hi Thanks for the mention i am off to check the other two Blessed says July 14 2008 at 1 12 pm have a picnic get an old white sheet and some paint and make a special family table cloth for that matter good old fashioned finger painting is always a riot and I m pretty sure you can find recipes for making finger paint yourself Twister books and board games OK just a few ideas my little one is only 10 months old but I was the big sister and I remember doing fun things around the house Dana says July 15 2008 at 7 13 am I love that photo of Lane with the shopping cart too sweet smallnotebook says July 16 2008 at 2 13 am Thanks Dana Blessed those sound like fun ideas Using a sheet is making me think of making tents and forts and secret hideaways You must have been a great sister Amy says July 16 2008 at 8 48 am My kids are entertained pretty easily too Any type of water play seems to keep them amused I am using that Busy Book for Preschoolers and they have lots of great ideas in it with stuff you already have around the house One idea was to give

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  • Healthy Foods on the Cheap - Small Notebook
    it s the law you must have milk We go through about 1 2 gallons a week I used to drink skim but everyone complained so we now have 1 smallnotebook says July 12 2008 at 2 01 am Glad to help Kelly Rachel your comment made me laugh It s a different story when I m shopping with my husband He s a sucker for 5 fish sticks just because they re gluten free Teag I ve heard there are really good deals at Aldi I wish we had one so I could check it out Hey mormonsoprano I do have a breadmaker that I like to use but bread s up there on the list I love frozen fruit too and use it everyday in smoothies Dana I do like milk I guess I was thinking of it more as a drink instead of a food Don t faint but it s always whole milk here at my house Amy says July 14 2008 at 8 08 am These are all great ideas for savings We do shop at Aldi for a lot of our foods and then supplement at another more upscale market for the things that I can t find there This list of food is a lot of what we buy I would say that one thing that I would not buy is canned vegetables You actually get a lot more for your money and more vitamins nutrients by buying the frozen veggies I grew up on canned but now I try and avoid them as much as possible The frozen just tastes so much better now These are some really great ideas smallnotebook says July 14 2008 at 9 51 am good point Amy I prefer frozen vegetables too I keep a stock of both frozen and canned since my freezer gets pretty full Nancy says July 14 2008 at 11 41 am Cheese would definitely be on our list of basics I purchase blocks or bricks as I can slice them or shred them depending upon what use I need them for You get more for you money v buying pre shredded Missy It s Almost Naptime says July 16 2008 at 7 16 pm Great list Sadly I have to say skip the tuna especially the chunk lite kind ie the good stuff Tuna is so laden with PCBs that little ones and pregnant women shouldn t go near it Believe me this breaks my heart I love tuna salad Another alternative is canned chicken which costs about the same and chicken is a safe meat Laurie says July 27 2010 at 1 47 pm I have been buying wild caught tuna other wild caught fish works very well too and broiling it with our meat for dinner then making tuna salad from it the next day I don t know if it has less contaminants but I know it isn t farm raised and it isn t cooked to death to

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  • 1st Week of No Spend Month - Small Notebook
    2008 at 8 09 am i found myself itching to buy a lot this past week but i only caved twice and once was for an item that s been on the buy it someday when it s not so expensive list i wanted a basket to put my knitting in but the size i wanted was always like 50 which is more than i wanted to spend over the weekend i found one being sold by a wonderful amish man for half that to me that s a purchase worth making it had been on my list for over six months and it was half the cost of what i would have paid in a regular store otherwise doing well hope to keep it up Elizabeth says July 9 2008 at 8 12 am Hehe I have the same free iced coffee coupon that I m saving for a week moment of desperation Dana says July 9 2008 at 10 52 am I am simply amazed 1 4 tank of gas wow I have an interesting gas story I blogged about today http letterstoelijah blogspot com 2008 07 monster truck html So far my low spend and no fast food month is going great My oldest son works at McDonald s I didn t even think about getting anything from there after dropping him off at work this weak Yeah I am showing my grocery spending on my blog it s like confession time for me So what s on the menu for the rest of the week bentlyr says July 9 2008 at 12 38 pm I m going to have to pitch this kind of idea to my gf and see if we can save up a little extra Awesome work so far btw smallnotebook says July 9 2008 at 1 47 pm Robyn you waited and watched for the right time to buy something you really wanted Sounds like a great purchase to me Nice link Dana I like the picture too Alana I know what you mean Moving is so hard on the budget It feels like money just flies out of your hand with all the different costs involved Congrats on finding your house scribblerist says July 9 2008 at 4 08 pm 13 For a whole week Brilliant Well done Hats off Denise says July 9 2008 at 4 21 pm I ve spent more than you but only on the necessities gas and groceries We are driving only to work and close to home AND I think I kicked my starbucks addiction once and for all Over 10 days without Did I mention I live in Seattle where they are everywhere smallnotebook says July 9 2008 at 11 37 pm Great job Denise for letting go of Starbucks I know that s a big deal Womens Health and Beauty says July 10 2008 at 9 13 am 13 for whole week Not for a family of 4 2 screaming kids pestering for

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  • the Haircut - Small Notebook
    at 12 46 pm thanks y all I was scared too Casey Kirstin says July 7 2008 at 5 35 pm She is so lovely sarah says July 7 2008 at 8 13 pm My dad used to cut my hair in a Dutchboy cut Do you know what that is Short bangs straight across and straight down the sides no layering or anything close to styling He approached hair cutting the way he looked at tree trimming the more off the better I think my little grand daughter is the cutest ever Amy says July 8 2008 at 6 58 am Darling just darling I took haircut photos this weekend and I am posting them tomorrow We decided to try haircuts outside so I didn t have hair all over my floor Dana says July 8 2008 at 7 15 am Those photos are precious I been cutting my husband s hair for years now Annual savings 180 I now also do my 3 year old sons but killing him by the way he screams Jessica says July 8 2008 at 9 43 am Great photos Rachel says July 8 2008 at 7 14 pm I just did cut my 15 month old daughter s hair for the first time ever It actually made me wonder if I should have taken her to a salon Sara at On Simplicity says July 12 2008 at 12 05 pm Gorgeous pictures I mean wow I m trying to learn to cut my husband s hair I think once my hands stop shaking it ll go a lot faster christie says July 12 2008 at 1 18 pm light bulb My daughter needs a haircut but I ve been putting off the appointment becuase it about 25 for a 6yr old I

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  • How to Pick a Watermelon - Small Notebook
    Previous the Haircut Next Drive Less Spend Less Comments Amber says July 4 2008 at 4 13 pm Ack I ALWAYS pick icky watermelons lol they almost always are pink inside This is a great tip thank you goes to check the watermelon she JUST bought from the store and hopes it has jagged stripes and a little yellow bottom hehe smallnotebook says July 6 2008 at 3 38 pm Me too Amber I didn t pick this watermelon out my sister in law Dawn did it for me Sharon J says July 9 2008 at 3 07 am Very useful Thank you dropofkim says July 11 2008 at 12 14 pm I ve got a couple of more hints for you I hate paying for fruit only to get home and discover it is not all it should be so I ve picked up some hints from my brother who was a produce manager for years The watermelon should feel heavier than it looks You are right on about the stripes It doesn t hurt to thump them either You know a good thump when you hear one Like cantaloupe I love it It should yield slightly very slightly on the ends and give off the sweet cantaloupe smell Yes I am that lady at the store smelling the melons One more tip I hate to say it but avoid Wal mart for produce unless you want to wait a couple of days for that mouth watering nectarine or whatever to ripen If I buy fruit I want to eat it right then smallnotebook says July 11 2008 at 10 31 pm I really need that tip for cantaloupe Kim Thanks for sharing I avoid Wal mart when it comes to produce too Megan says August 30 2009 at

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  • Drive Less, Spend Less - Small Notebook
    it since I don t drive much and am close to most everything like you are May change vehicles w hubby this fall when I driving all over school preschool and shopping all in one day will drain the gas tank fast We re hoping to walk to the park today because we ve been driving all over with Grampa visiting Maybe we can have a close outing today while the guys work on the swing set Dana says July 3 2008 at 8 19 am I always go the speed limit now or even less I live 3 miles from anything so walking isn t going to happen One thing I do differently is only go out once a day I plan my drive Last night I returned books to the library returned a rented movie and stopped to buy a highlighter I find making a to do list each morning saves tons on gas Happy 4th Dana Jessica Depew says July 3 2008 at 9 40 am Similar comment as Dana s These days I think more about where I need to go and try to consolidate everything into one trip making a list and then numbering it for what I m going to do first second etc If I just have one or two things and they aren t that critical I ll just move those things to another day rather than waste gas Denise says July 3 2008 at 4 35 pm I figured out how many miles I get per gallon not as much as I hoped then started thinking about how much it is going to cost me to drive to the location I want to go to I figured out it is costing me almost 10 day just to drive to work YIKES When I put a dollar amount to my driving it sure makes me reconsider the necessity of having to go somewhere Nancy says July 3 2008 at 4 37 pm I m definitely going to be following your challenge this month We have 2 vehicles a Chevy Trailblazer crappy gas mileage and a Mazda Protege good gas mileage I drive 15 mi to work one way so I drive the Mazda Fortunately Hubby has a work vehicle so we try to be very selective about where when we drive the trailblazer To reduce the cost of our gas usage for his running around we just purchased a 1979 Yamaha motorcycle at a really good price He can go miles and miles on just a few of gas Now if we need just a couple of items from the grocery store he straps on the backpack and away he goes I used to think nothing of driving to town for groceries the same town where I work on Saturday Now I try to do all of my errands before or after work and stay home on the weekends smallnotebook says July 4 2008 at 2 15 am You all are really

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  • July is No Spend Month - What's it About? - Small Notebook
    wow 250 and you live in the city we live in the same metroplex I believe and don t think I could do that but what fun peace in trying we try to live simply anyway but eating out is our standard treat smallnotebook says July 2 2008 at 3 30 pm Hi Christie that s right I live in Dallas I love to go out to eat too If money were nothing I would always get take out and never cook dinner again Maybe I would get tired of it no I really don t think so Thanks for commenting Move To Portugal says July 3 2008 at 12 19 pm Rachel me too on the never cook dinner again Baby Blog Addict says July 4 2008 at 9 43 pm I think we need to jump on this bandwagon next month We ve joked around about Spending Freezes for a few days meaning we try not to spend anything except on the regular monthly bills but we are rarely successful for long If I don t go to the grocery we don t have food and we end up eating out not a good thing for the spending freeze I just got back from Target where I spent 203 I don t know how that happens Casey says July 6 2008 at 8 00 pm I absolutely LOVE this idea I really need to try this out smallnotebook says July 7 2008 at 12 50 am Jump on in whenever you re ready Let me know and I ll cheer you on twofish4 says July 9 2008 at 10 22 am How is July going for you We both started the same day We discovered some really cool resources like freecycle com Arlene Pellicane says July 11 2008 at 11 58 am Just found your awesome blog You ve done such a great job with it uncluttered just as you are advocating we live our lives A few years ago right on my husband s birthday we realized we owed a lot in taxes and it was time to tighten the money belt We didn t go out for months had creative free dates and didn t frequent stores Looking back it was a great way to learn we could do with less You are going to have a great month Jessica Practical Nourishment says July 17 2008 at 6 31 pm Just wanted to say I m enjoying your blog It sounds like we have a lot in common gardeners worm farmers Nourishing Traditions fans and more I m sure I m looking forward to learning more from you Tanya says July 20 2008 at 9 33 pm I just found your blog and I may try this next month Unfortunately my son has outgrown all his clothes and school starts August 11th I ll have to do back to school shopping this month Fortunately there will be a tax free weekend in metro Atlanta on July 24 through July 28 totaltransformation says August 7 2008 at 6 19 am Excellent idea I will try to do the same but minus gas prices since I commute four hours a day there is no way I could keep my gas budget under 250 orionbelted says August 24 2008 at 11 17 am How did you start with the figure of 250 Is it a percentage of your monthly income Did you figure beforehand what you spend frivolously and just use that figure smallnotebook says August 25 2008 at 9 20 pm To come up with our budget of 250 we started with our usual monthly food budget We thought if we made the food budget cover everything then we would only buy what was necessary At the time we typically spent about 300 a month for groceries We had some food in the pantry already so we discounted it to 200 This was our budget the first year that we did a No Spend Month This year since gas is more expensive we added 50 more to make it 250 Not a scientific method at all but it worked well for us Dawn says September 30 2008 at 1 29 pm Well I m a little late in finding this post so I guess I missed the chance to play along in July BUT I ve actually been thinking about doing this very thing So I m going to make October my no spend month WISH ME LUCK T in TN says October 2 2008 at 8 08 am I checked it out and I m officially on board October is my No Spend Month and I m encouraging others I think it s a GREAT idea I ve got 50 00 for the month for myself household of one I m expecting to get creative with a box of muffin mix in the middle of the month Double L says October 2 2008 at 4 37 pm i ve started my no spend month yesterday 150 for one single girl and her three rescue animals thank you so much for the inspiration way to bring a reality check to my spending please check out my blog http junoandpinkcarnations blogspot com for updates thanks L from TN says October 10 2008 at 1 35 pm I began my no spend month october 1 and was really excited about the possibilites this presented but now I m really struggling or at least i think i am It is just me and my 9 yr old daughter and I began with 300 00 a month just because gas is so high After grocery s and gas and lunch money for her for 2 days I m down to 55 and it is only Oct 10 Gas has taken a big chunk of my money and not to mention groceries however i shouldn t need to buy anything grocery wise unless its bread and i even used coupons haha I really

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