Simple Is Nice and Quite Often Less Than $10


Happy Monday morning to you!  I'm back with my Ten on the 10th friends to share some ideas for life that are under $10. 

Today I want to start by sharing a story with you. A few weeks ago, my son and I went to Office Depot for several different office/school supply type items we needed at the time. 


We found most everything on the list very easily but then we were stumped. You see, we needed tablets. We searched the school supply section. We searched the paper stacks. We searched the office area. All to no avail! 

Finally, I went to the front and asked the gal at the counter where tablets were. She asked, "What kind?"

In my simple mind, I really wondered how foolish she was and what did she mean what kind?

Just a tablet! And in my mind I pictured a Big Chief or a yellow tablet or something definitely of the paper bound together at the top variety.  Then she mentioned something about brands and I realized she was talking about a computer tablet. Nope! That's not what I needed...just some paper please.

Am I really getting that old? There's nothing better than good old pen and paper most of the time. Do you agree? I use my phone for many things but I still love a good list on paper. Today I bought a package of 8 tablets for about $6. That's pure joy y'all!!

Eight brand new, clean slate, waiting for a list or something creative to be written, tablets. Woo hoo!

Next on my simple but under $10 list are these Nestle Toll House cookies that I'm taking to our new neighbors. The nicest people have moved in next to us and I want them to feel welcomed just as my a sweet neighbor welcomed us last year. I want them to know that we want to be friends with them. We believe that neighbors are important.


Acts of kindness are often under $10. The problem I run into, and maybe you do too, is having the best intentions and not following through. Today I'm on it!!

One last simple thing under $10, and this was inspired by several other bloggers who have made these before me.  I made a book page wreath! Last Friday I sat peacefully for a couple of hours cutting leaves from an old book. I used an old wreath form and my handy glue gun to put it all together. This wreath is at home now on my kitchen shelves and I love it! The price - $0.


I hope you will pop over to visit the other Ten on the 10th bloggers who are sharing fabulous ideas for under $10. :)

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37 comments

  1. Ahhh a paper girl after my own heart, pads of paper, good ole tablets me so happy as does a wonderful chocolate chip cookie to two to three, lol. LOVE the wreath so much, It will make you smile every time you walk by it I'll bet!

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  2. Stacey, what a cute wreath and I could use a chocolate chip cookie with my coffee. I agree about a new “tablet”, I love the endless possibilities! Happy Monday~

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  3. There is nothing like a new pad of paper!!! Silly but true! The wreath is adorable...and it looks like it doesn't take too long to complete! great ideas!

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  4. I'm with you! Nothing like a paper tablet for list or ideas! Love the book leaf wreath...maybe this is the year I make one, lol.

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  5. I love your tablet story. Too funny. Your wreath is adorable and the cookies look delicious. Thanks for organizing us again for Ten on the Tenth. Have a great day.

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  6. Well your list of under $10 has taken the cake today. The cookies look scrumptious and when we follow through it is such a good feeling. I too love technology, but nothing beats a piece of paper for making lists and planning. The wreath is so cute!!!

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  7. Great ideas, all. I love it when my sister & I go to my sister's in Cincinnati....she always baked Tollhouse cc cookies for us!

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  8. Your new neighbors will enjoy being treated to those cookies. Cute with the tablet. I too like making lists on paper.

    Super wreath. Doesn't get better than free.

    Enjoy your day

    Cindy

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  9. Your wreath is adorable Stacey! Haha about the tablet, our vocabulary has definitely changed!
    Jenna

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  10. Stacey, I can relate to the love of fresh paper just waiting to be filled with lists and words. Always something I've loved. The wreath is such a great idea. Did you post a DIY for it? And cookies (any food) is such a nice way to say, "I'm thinking of you." Is that why we bring food for every occasion, the good and the bad?

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  11. Your wreath is lovely and you have a very lucky new neighbor!

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  12. Oh I am with you. I am a pen and paper gal too. I have calendars too, real ones, not on the computer that I look at every day to make sure I know what is already scheduled. I think old school is so much better at least for me. Love your pretty paper leaf wreath too. I need to make one of those.

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  13. I am with you on the writing tablets. I still love to write things down on paper too. I love that for less than $10 you are showing a great big act of kindness with taking cookies over to welcome your neighbor. I am a big fan of doing things to show kindness and doing it without having to spend a lot of money. It is amazing how many things you can do for very little money or no money at all to show kindness. Loved your post today Stacey. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Week.
    Kris

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  14. That wreath is a must do Stacey. Putting it on my fall list for sure! I too would have thought that the tablets you were talking about were electronic. Oh how times have changed.

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  15. Oh Stacey, I am a paper girl, too!! I love lists and writing tools and the way the pen feels as it glides across the paper. I often treat myself to pads of paper and journals and I buy them for my girls, too. They're always under $10 and make everyone smile...love it!

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  16. Fun story about the tablet. We called them legal pads. What a cute wreath!

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  17. Great little projects. We all need a paper tablet. Your wreath is adorable Chocolate chip cookies are always welcome. i am sure your new neighbors will appreciate them. Happy Monday.

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  18. Your wreath is so pretty! I was just thinking about making some book page leaves...

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  19. Simple is sometimes the best, i make lists and find them in pockets and purses when i change from season to season,lol!! Love choc.chip cookies and your wreath is a beauty.

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  20. These are all wonderful ideas, and I am an insane tablet person.
    I buy my wide ruled (spiral at the top) tablets with hard backs at Target.
    I collect them:)
    I can not look at the cookies. Trying to do low carb...

    L-

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  21. Hi Stacey, oh I love making lists and doing blog work with pen and paper. I love your wreath you made. What a great idea. I enjoyed this post.
    Enjoy your week.
    Julie

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  22. YES to paper and pen for a good list! I do use my phone's calendar, but everything else I do on paper. The cookies and wreath look fabulous!

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  23. I love this series. Your book page wreath is so darling. I am a big list maker. I also like to leave those lists at home and don't realize it until I am walking into the store. Have a great week, Stacey!

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  24. That wreath is awesome - I'd love to see it made with old sheet music!

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  25. I love your wreath and pinning it to my I Love Wreaths board! Good for you following through on a wonderful way to greet someone new!

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  26. I enjoy these posts y'all share...such sweet ideas! Love the wreath, especially for back to school!

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  27. Stacey,
    I agree. Nothing better than a tablet and pen. I use a spiral-bound tablet most often and keep at least one in use all the time. I fill it with notes about phone calls to companies regarding our discussions... like airline flight #s, times, prices, dates. Or discussions/bids for yard work. I don't know how to function without a tablet/notebook. And those chocolate chip cookies look delicious. What a good neighbor to welcome new people around you.

    Judith

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  28. I love my paper, too, Stacey! I still make lists in tablets. Taking homemade cookies to new neighbors is a thoughtful and welcoming gift. Your paper leaf wreath looks so pretty for Fall!

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  29. Stacey, Paper tablets and notebooks are my favorite! I have a drawer at home with nothing but notebooks and paper tablets in it. Noting like having them laying around the house in those needed spots like the kitchen for grocery lists, or beside the bed for todo list and it's a must to keep one for my hubby to do list. HA! Love the idea of the cookies for neighbors something I need to do more of. And, the wreath is adorable!!!!!! Nancy

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  30. Love all of your Tenths but the wreath is my favorite. It looks fabulous! And a tablet is great -- and so is a letter or card! Perfection.

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  31. I am an avid list maker, note taker, and writer, so I always have a stack of tablets around. Your story made me smile. If you mention the word “tablet” in an old folks home, they will think that you are talking about pills.

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  32. Reading this just made me happy! Yes, there is nothing like a clean slate (or a fresh tablet in this case). The simple things in life can bring you the most joy and that's such an important reminder. (and good inspiration for a future post...THANKS) Bringing cookies to a new neighbor is so sweet and southern. I guarantee that will make a lasting memory for them. I remember a neighbor of ours doing that when we moved to our house in high school. Your paper wreath is darling!!!! Happy Wednesday!!! XOXO

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  33. I love real paper and real lists, just like you, Stacey! I also prefer reading a real newspaper and magazine versus reading them online. I've been meaning to make one of these wreaths ever since I saw Karianne's a few years ago. Simple and just plain cute!

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  34. I'm a paper list maker too. :) I just bought chocolate chunks and pecans today to make some Toll House cookies too. Great minds!

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  35. Oh, how I love paper pads, notebooks, etc. I always look for the ones with pretty covers:) I use my computer A LOT but will never give up my paper & pen! I make lists and notes all the time. Those cookies look just like the ones I make. I make them often for friends who are sick, had surgery, or just need a pick-me-up! Nothing like good old homemade chocolate chip cookies!!!! My two favorite neighbors have moved in recent years and my heart is broken over the loss of both of them. The new neighbors that have moved in are nice but just nothing in common. My little neighborhood has changed so much...I miss the way it was. But life goes on and there will always be change! Love your wreath...such a neat idea:)

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  36. Thanks. Your great words have reminded me of many different ways to understand and create the world.

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