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Dear Readers,

First of all, we would like to thank you for reading our blog and our feed and email readers for subscribing. We have come a long ways since we started this blog in February, and look forward to bringing you more ideas to help you live frugally, while living healthily and happily too.

A New Name and a New Home

If you have visited our site lately, you may have noticed a re-design and name change. Our Fourpence Worth is now called “Pecuniarities,” a name we had been thinking of changing to for a while. (If you are a blogger and have linked to us from your site (thank you!), we would appreciate it if you would update our name and link when you have a moment.)

Last week, we received a notice from our old hosting company that our blog had been blocked due to server overload (probably thanks to MSN Smart Spending’s blog’s link to our 101 Ways to Save Money in Your Everyday Life, for which we are grateful.) We have now moved and settled nicely into a new server at Media Temple (mt), and hopefully you will see the improved performance as we have.

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October 2008 Posting Status

We know our posting these last few weeks have been very infrequent. We own a small costuming business and have been swamped with orders for Halloween events. The move to our new server has seen many issues, mostly because I am an amateur web designer and make a lot of mistakes and have to find all the answers to my problems by searching and scouring the internet, so what time I have had to work on the blog has mostly been troubleshooting and setting up.

Upcoming Contest

We are planning a contest in the near future with a free 26-week (1/2 year) subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Be sure to check back or subscribe to our feed to receive updates on this upcoming and future contests!

Thank you again for reading our blog and please feel free to contact us at any time with topic requests, suggestions and feedback.

Penelope Pince and Madoline Hatter

Blog Action Day: Poverty. Awareness is the First Step: The Next Time You …

Apologies for our tardiness in posting for Blog Action Day which was Oct. 15, 2008. On Oct. 14th, our site was blocked due to server overload and we had to move to a new hosting company. I emailed Leo Babauta at Blog Action Day to ask if I could still participate a few days late and he graciously permitted me to do so, saying “poverty will still be around.”

To be completely honest, poverty is something that I have thus far not thought long and hard about. I always knew growing up and still do know I am very fortunate to have food, a home and all the “necessities” of modern life. I always knew there were people around the world who were not so lucky as I. But I have been so preoccupied with seeing to my own situation and future that, with the exception of paying a 10% tithe of our gross income to a church for 2 years several years ago, I haven’t really been very proactive in contributing to a solution.

Thus, my blog action day project will be about the first step in affecting change, which is fostering and spreading awareness. In order to solve a problem, one first has to be aware that there is a problem. It’s true that only knowing and thinking about something won’t make a difference, but one cannot take any sort of action without having first thought about the matter at hand.

So, we know we are lucky. (If you have access to a computer and internet connection to read this, you are part of the “we.”) But to what extent are we lucky? There are countless things that we take for granted everyday and consider necessities but would be luxuries for millions of people around the world:

  • 3 square meals a day
  • A hot shower every day
  • A bed complete with mattress, blankets and pillow
  • A clean change of clothes every day and a another set to sleep in
  • A flushing toilet
  • Heating and air conditioning

The list goes on and on. So,

The next time you …

  • have a drink (of anything – water, soda, juice, etc.) remember that there are over 1 billion people in this world who do not have fresh drinking water.
  • eat a meal, remember that over 900 million people worldwide are hungry.
  • are hungry from skipping one meal, imagine what it would feel like to go without food for an entire day, then a week and more.
  • go to bed, remember that there are over 100 million homeless people worldwide who have no beds to sleep in.
  • are ill or injured, imagine what it would be like to not be able to go to a doctor or buy medication.
  • have a toothache, imagine what it would be like to not be able to go to a dentist.
  • turn on a light or turn up the heater, remember that 2 billion people worldwide live without electricity.
  • go to the bathroom, remember that 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have toilets and proper sanitation.
  • complain about your job, remember that there are 9.5 million unemployed persons in the United States alone.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I hope this is enough to get us all thinking. Again, I know just thinking about these alone won’t change anything, but it’s certainly a start.

Here are a couple of good websites for more information.

World Poverty Resources

It Saves to Be Nice Part 2: How to Be a Nice Customer

As mentioned previously in Part 1 of this series, It’s Business But It’s Also Personal, no matter how professional a business tries to be, we sometimes can’t help but be affected by the people we deal with because we are human. When a customer is nice to us, we are nice in return. In many ways, this goes back to the customer as monetary savings (stay tuned for Part 3 in which we give examples from our personal experiences).

So how to be a nice customer? It’s really very easy. It’s not much different from being a “nice person” and we all know how to do that already, don’t we?

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