Some random notes I took from the book:
*The two main rules for living on less are to "pay retail as little as possible and plan ahead." Love this, as I'm a big fan of bargain and secondhand shopping. I do think planning ahead results in saving if it's done properly. My clothing inventory has helped me with managing kid clothes, but I still need to work on a system for keeping my pantry stocked.
* I liked these ideas for teaching kids about money:
Set up a savings account for your children.
Discuss the difference between wants and needs.
Have your child learn to pay for extras.
Involve children in real-life budgeting.
Allow some mistakes to teach kids about money.
*My favorite chapter discussed dealing with clutter. Luhr writes, "The simple living lesson on clutter is this: if you don't like to clean, sort and fool with stuff, have less of it." Makes sense to me!
*I also liked this three-pile rule for sorting through your stuff:
2. ambivalence--things you both like and don't like, all at the same time (rarely used but held on to because of guilt or pack-rat rationalizations)
3. discard--things you never use and are willing to part with
(Variations for kids: I love it, I don't know, Out) I definitely identify with the ambivalence pile!