I am a “buy what you can afford” person when it comes to gifts for people – children and adults

A simply lived life doesn’t have to ban electronics in my opinion. The fact that we’re all communicating on line gives testament to the fact that we are all computer literate, why not have and encourage the same for our children? A 10 year old computer will still work, but it will be slower and less efficient, but if that is what you can afford, sobeit. But if you can afford a newer model and keep it for 10 years that would be my choice. Thus my feelings about cell phones for teens – I bought the latest model for my daughter and it served her well for a few years because I recognize that teens would rather text than talk – it is the nature of the beast that is a teenager in this day and age. I don’t see it detracting from conversation or creativity for a teen. You generally have to prod them all with a million questions to get them to “talk” to you, with or without a cell phone.

Now if you can’t afford a cell phone, or have to make payments on it (like ATT just announced they were going to give the option of doing), that is an entirely different conversation. Definitely live within your means.

A good, no, GREAT bibliography and sources list

There is no way you can personally know, little on write about everything.
Example the sustainable living mentioned below. Read up on it (via the library for free) and include the books in your bibliography that explained it best for you.
Sources: book, after book will tell you to cloth diaper your kids, but very few tell you where to get cloth diapers or even how to make them.
I spend hours doing research for my six soon to be eight different blogs (just as soon as my word is up and running on the office computer—dang thse o’s). I reference websites, cite books and sources as well as tell were to get certain items. It helps everyone.
Write what you know and know what you write. You, from what I’ve previously seen, are very knowledgeable, expand on that.
Guard yourself, give safety warnings. If you talk about tree felling, then include safety measures and recommend that sometimes it’s far wiser to hire a professional. We currently have two very tall pines that need to come down that we will be hiring done because life happens and we do not want to lose part of the house or the power lines.
Pictures! A photo is worth 1,000 words. People are tuned in to utube and are very visual these days. A cookbook will say cut shortening in with two forks, or a pastry blender. To old cooking pros that is not a problem, but to a novice they might not have a clue. So a photo showing how to use 2 forks for that step is valuable. They might not have a clue what a pastry blender is, so show one being used. It’s a simple thing to most of us here, but to others it’s like the “separate two eggs” comedy skits.
What would I read up on?
Right now I am in research mode on home organization, including all aspects of my home, farm, business etc. I get very frustrated with sites and books that tell you to rush out and purchase this item or that. I’m trying to declutter this place, not add more clutter. I want to use items I already have on hand, but I want it attractive and EASY to use.
Example: scrapbooking paper. Almost every site suggests buying a paper rack of one sort or another some say vertical, some say horizontal, almost all say buy! I don’t want to buy. I want to use what I have.

I found one utube video that showed using priority mail boxes to make vertical ones. Folks, when you have a scrapbooking habit of any volume you are talking a LOT of priority mail boxes. While I will give the wman credit she does stress using used ones, no one I know gets that much priority mail, so people are going to go pick up “just a few” for free from the post office. But they aren’t free, they cost the PO and the PO in case you haven’t heard is in financial trouble.
So I’ve been measuring and using all sorts of normal every day, have to recycle or burn anyway boxes, like cereal boxes and such. It’s taking awhile and I had to work out a pattern on my own for covering them to be attractive and acid free. A good article with photos would have been very helpful.

So organizational ideas that are built from what I have on hand that are functional and attractive.

I’ve actually been mulling this question/topic a tad more

After I posted my first topic, I realized there are many different facets of “live simply”. Ours is one, but it’s definitely not the only one. I strongly concur that a lot of kids are programmed into perfect little consumer machines, and then spend the rest of their lives living out that programming. And I definitely concur that folks don’t need to be involved with, or interested in, homesteading or farming in order to simplify their lives. I think where I was going with that comment last night was more along the lines of acknowledging that any adoption of ideals, will bring with it some trade-offs. For us, we had to work our butts off physically so that we could build (literally) the life we wanted. We didn’t realize that was part of the trade-off, until we were actually IN the lifestyle. For other households we’re familiar with, who aren’t farming but who have adopted a “simpler” lifestyle, their lives actually got more complicated. They have to work at it to figure out alternatives to the smoothly-packaged, aggressively-marketed choices and options all around them. For instance, what to tell their kids when all their kids’ friends not only have iPhones but FB accounts, and entire conversations occur on FB and/or via iPhone that they can’t share in? How does a kid without an iPhone and/or FB account, participate in that social life? In that quest for “simple”, that’s a complicated issue ExtLoans Co. – long term installment loans online. So, Are there ways to live beyond the merry-go-round of consumerism gone berzerk? Yes, I firmly believe so. But is it “simple”?? No, I think it gets harder every day. For me, living simply means having the closest connection possible between me and the products I need to live. And that has created an entire web of “gotta-do’s”. For others, whose idea of “simple” maybe means less electronic garbage in the house, or less TV, or less junk food, that’s awesome. But the choices and options they’ll have to make to acquire that “simpler life”????? Definitely more complicated than merely drinking the Koolaide and going along with the crowds. I think perhaps that’s why so few people buck the trend. It’s “simpler” to just go along with it all.

No one needs a smartphone

But, Bill G. is NOT a proponent of a simple lifestyle. He is a proponent of living within your means. His personal means are valued around 55 million. He does not live a simple lifestyle.
His message is take care of what you have. Once you’ve gone through the baby steps, do what you want with your money.
There are quite a few people on this board that make a lot of money and are able to give their children “things”.
I love the simple lifestyle, but my DH doesn’t. I could live a lavish lifestyle too, but I’m just as happy living simply.
There is nothing inherently wrong with buying kids stuff. Teaching your kids good money skills is. That’s why we are all on this board.