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Whether or not it is the part of wisdom to keep accounts is an ever open question; especially is it so with housekeepers and mothers of families. The simplest system that they could adoptwould still be a coniplicated one because of the number of separate accounts, and yet every woman who has kept accounts has decided, after years of experiment, that it is wise. A very good plan to followis to have several cheap notebooks, small enough to carry in the purso. The only reason one should have several is that they can be purchased more economically than a single book. Enter into one of these notebooks, which is always carried, every item and expense for the day. This book can do service as a memoranda book. Every day if possible, and certainly once a week, check off these accounts into a ledger. The left hand page of the ledger should represent the income page, the right hand the page of tures. Most romcii hare but one source of income, and for such the income page will bo a very easy matter to handle, and part of it can serve as expenditure page. The expenditure page should be divided for the everal heads: House, furniture, dress, children's dress, school expenses, books, amusements, church and charities, or in divisions or set of divisions that meet the requirements of the family accounts. These divisions or rulings would best be made with red ink. It is unnecessary to say that the expenditures of each day in the little notebook must be under date of that day, and it 13 very wise to settle accounts on one day of the week. This saves much confusión. Friday or Saturday is usually the best day. Xbgrejsa certain satisfaction in being able to account for very penny expended in thggedays when moüey seems to disappear rad léaënóiEIflg Í2_ow íLUjylLesecond_advantago, 'and by manv peoplêconsi3èiil3tte' "priruary "advánitage, is that keëping ycounts is very apt to stop üïmecessary leaks. 5ZÏ: ICSEsi Kierjre many früsbands wLcT would be mnen more agreeable in nioney matters if they could see exactly how the money was spent. To most men the disappearance of iñóome is a source of mystery, if not of annoyance. It is an excellent plan, where possible, to have the husband draw off the accounts from the daybook. Many times he will untangle figures that puzzle his wife, and rery often their combined intelligence will see ways of modifying expenditnres or of expending under wiser assignments. The true secret of managing money is to so divide the income as to keep the best balance in the several departments of expenditure. For instance, decide how much money can be expended for rent, church and charity expenses, dress, etc. , and keep within the limit. Accounts help to keep this limit before the mind and serve as a cnecK ana satisfacción piece


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