OK, this is an incredibly basic question, but I have looked far and wide and cannot find a simple answer anywhere. I want to record some PERMANENT notes to myself on my IPhone, such as my office hours (which I can never remember), and my family's health insurance ID's. How can I do this? I want the least fancy way possible. My wife is pretty tech-savvy, and the best thing she could think of was to take a photo of a piece of paper with my office hours and save it. There has to be a better way.
There are probably hundreds of note taking, clipping saving, or even drawing apps that could handle the simple task of taking and saving a note "permanently". (Not sure what you mean by that — of course if the device has to be reset, it's not permanent. But you should be backing up your device anyway, and the files will be saved, so this clarification seems strange.)
For potentially sensitive information like health insurance IDs and credit cards etc, I would recommend 1Password. It has the added bonus, of course, of keeping your passwords and serial numbers easily at hand and synced across devices.