A Simple Choice: A Practical Guide for Saving Your Time, Money and Sanity

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The number one complain of people today is the lack of meaning in their hectic lives. In her second book, A Simple Choice: a practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity, author Deborah Taylor-Hough addresses societal emptiness and the personal search for contentment. With an aim toward returning to emotional replenishment using clear, concise and uplifting examples, A Simple Choice not only examines the futility of keeping up with the Jones' but depicts the simply joy and fulfillment of keeping up with...
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Overview

The number one complain of people today is the lack of meaning in their hectic lives. In her second book, A Simple Choice: a practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity, author Deborah Taylor-Hough addresses societal emptiness and the personal search for contentment. With an aim toward returning to emotional replenishment using clear, concise and uplifting examples, A Simple Choice not only examines the futility of keeping up with the Jones' but depicts the simply joy and fulfillment of keeping up with ourselves. Through practical help in the areas of home-keeping, family unity, saving money, spending plans, cooking and more, Deborah Taylor-Hough guides us down a simple life path. In an era of self-reflection, A Simple Choice holds the mirror of life's simple joys that are available to everyone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891400490
  • Publisher: Champion Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of Frozen Assets: how to cook for a day and eat for a month and A Simple Choice. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Getting started
Chapter One/ Personal thoughts on Simplicity
Chapter Two/ Defining simplicity
Chapter Three/ Are you spiritually overextended?
Chapter Four/ Are you financially overextended?
Chapter Five/ What's your mission?
-Season of Life
-An official statement of purpose
-Writing your family mission statement
Part Two: The path to financial health
Chapter Six/ Solving payment problems
-Ten simple steps to conquer debt
-Letter to creditors
Chapter Seven/ Spending plans
-General budget guidelines
-Money is a tool
Chapter Eight/ Contentment
Chapter Nine/ One income living in a two income world
-The secret
-What it takes
Part Three: The simplified kitchen
Chapter Ten/ An introduction to Frozen Assets
-Small freezer syndrome
-Top ten questions
-Cooking with a friend
-Freezer meal potluck
-Lunches
-Recipes
Chapter Eleven/ Saving on meal expenses
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
-Making the most of leftovers
Chapter Twelve/ Grocery savings
-Super coupon shopping
Chapter Thirteen/ Homemade alternatives
-Mix-n-match skillet meal
-International sausage skillet
-Instant coffee recipes
-Cream soup substitute
-Dry Onion Soup Mix
-Frozen pop recipes
-Ice Cream sandwiches
-Swedish oven pancakes
-Buttermilk pancakes
-French toast casserole
-Bean soup mix
Part Four: Simplified housekeeping
Chapter Fourteen/ Simplified housekeeping
-Ten minute tidy
-"Times up" upkeep
-Pink bunnies
-Toys
-The kitchen
-Quick housekeeping tips
-Bedroom and closet tips
-Garage tips
-Kitchen tips
-Laundry tips
Chapter Fifteen/ Pilers and filers
-The piles of my life
-Identifying the piles
-Containing the piles
Chapter Sixteen/ Kids and cleanup
-Job descriptions
-Chore charts
-Check mark system
Chapter Seventeen/ Garage sales
-Number of days
-Classified ads
-Stuff
-Arrangement of sale
-Clothing
-Soft background music
-Odds-and-ends tips
Chapter Eighteen/ Homemade alternatives
-Fabric softener
-Glass cleaner
-Drain cleaner
-Laundry liquid recipe
-Automatic dishwasher soap
-Windshield washer solution
-Spa milk bath
-Facial mask
-Fizzing bath bombs
Part Five: Simple family fun
Chapter Nineteen/ Simplify the holidays
Chapter Twenty/ Family fun and games
-Keep a straight face
-Spot the thimble
-Musical spoons
-Pig Pile chairs
-Noah's Ark
-Strike-a-Pose
-Mannerisms
-International Shopper
-Build a story
-Add a drawing
-Dozens of family fun ideas
Chapter Twenty-one/ Nature connections
-Observations
-Backyard Bird survey
-Nature notebooks
Chapter Twenty-two/ Homemade alternatives
-Homemade paper
-Craft dough
-Bubbles
-Crazy crayons
-Soap crayons
-Homemade stickers
-Sidewalk chalk
Appendix A/ Recommended resources
Appendix B/ Why simplicity?
Bibliography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Great book! Highly recommended to every busy person!

    I just read A Simple Choice. Wish I had the book when my daughter was young (she's 19), but I will still be able to use many of the tips. I have to tell you, my husband is a 'piler' and I am a 'filer'. We are so different that we actually designed and built a home to accomodate his 'piling' vs my 'filing' and it has saved our relationship. I laughed SO HARD at the 'Mt Fold-Me'...that ws so perfect!! My husband used to do 7 loads of laundry when he had no clothes left and all the clean clothes would be in a pile in the laundry room..the ultimate Mt Fold Me. Now we have a laundry 'closet' and he does a load and actually puts it away ... no place to pile it! The cooking ideas are great ... I've already doubled up and frozen the last two meals I cooked. Now I need to buy the author's Frozen Assets cookbook and get into some serious freezing and grocery savings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    What A Helpful Book!

    This a a great book with ideas and time savings for me. The title so describes the book, good choice! I love it!

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