Much has changed over the years, but one thing that has been a constant for me since college has been a notepad in my pocket. Even today, when getting information into my signature tool gets easier and easier, there are times when the quickest and easiest thing is to pull out the memo pad and a pen.

I think we all need a memo pad. After all, we need something to house our credit cards, driver’s license, and insurance cards anyway. Why not have one tool which holds those items plus a small memo pad? Because of that little memo pad, I don’t carry a wallet in my back pocket, and don’t find myself sitting on one day after day.

I am not alone in being a fan of the memo pad. I have posted before on this subject, referencing a blog post I had found on “The Pocket Notebook of 20 Famous Men.” In this post, I pointed readers to another article on “The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook.”

So where can I get one?

After years of daily use, my memo pad has been showing its share of wear, and the time has come to buy a new one. I had no idea

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how hard it would be to find a replacement. The office supply stores didn’t have them.


One recommendation is a site with a rather logical name: You will find a wide variety of styles. If you are looking for a place that will include a company logo on a large number of the items, this site looks like the place.

And the one I use…

I found exactly what I was looking for. The one I  found holds my credit cards and diver’s license, a few business cards, insurance cards, and that all-important memo pad. It’s the same size I talked about it my original post. The price was even lower…$9. The place was Things Remembered.

From the price and the signage in the store, I thought I was getting an item that was being discontinued. While I have not seen them in stores, it does seem you can still order them…just not for the $9 I got mine.

Small things can be big things

The memo pad may seem a small thing. However, if you are serious about not letting things fall through the cracks, serious about having total control, and serious about having

peace of mind in a complex world, that little memo pad can be a big thing. Whatever comes your way, jot it there and you earn the right to forget about it. Pretty good value for $9.

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My current memo pad. Purchased from “Things Remembered.”