21 Great Websites for the Final Weekend of the January Money Diet

A Suburban Farmer.com is one of my favorite blogs

During these final days of the January Money Diet you might enjoy reading some inspiring articles and postings to fuel your resolve to continue spending less and saving more. These blogs and sites are a few of my favorites, and I know you’ll enjoy what they have to say:

Financial Sites

Squirrelers – Along with great ideas for growing your net worth, this site encourages giving, too. I like that.

PT Money’s tagline is: Make Money. Save Money. Spend Money Wisely. If you’re looking for ways to bring in some extra income, this site has some very original ideas.

My Personal Finance Journey is written by Jacob, a 24-year-old with a fresh, young perspective on making good financial decisions.

Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance has excellent articles about personal finance strategies and investing principles.

Frugal Living Sites

Prairie Eco Thrifter – Ideas for saving money, reducing waste and living a green life.

The Dave Ramsey Road – Written by Anna, a married mom of three children, this blog is all about her family’s real-life path toward debt-free living.

Real Life Living – Written by Annie Jones, this site is all about frugal, simple, debt-free living.

The Saved Quarter is full of tips and ideas about frugal living on a low income.

Lifestyle Blogs

A Suburban Farmer – Garden writer and author Chris McLaughlin’s blog about micro-farming in the ‘burbs.

The Black Sheep Cottage – A homespun blog about the adventures of Penny, a small-town fiber artist, chicken raiser and urban farmer.

Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood – Stephanie is a married farmer with four kids, and she posts about farm life, homesteading and homeschooling.

Live Simple – This site has postings broken down by topic, from Simple Money and Simple Food to Simple Marriage — and even Simple Chicken –  a section on raising chickens!

Suburb Homestead – Lots of old-fashioned recipes and gardening advice on this simple but informative site.

Food Blogs

Smitten Kitchen – Fearless cooking in a tiny New York kitchen, with amazing recipes, witty text and great photos by wife-and-husband team Deb and Alex.

Becks & Posh – Written by English ex-pat Sam Breach, this blog is full of fantastic photos and recipes for foods prepared from mostly local, seasonal produce.

Culinate is a collective body of recipes, articles, tips, interviews, podcasts and news from a community of people who care deeply about eating real food.

Civil Eats is a hub of information about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Click on the “In the Kitchen” section for blog postings covering a wide range of food-related topics, from recipes and cookbook reviews to making sustainable food choices and starting a business.


The Untrained Housewife is a community of homemakers and mothers sharing housekeeping tips and tricks.

Flightless Boyds – Written by Juddie from Melbourne, Australia, this wide-ranging blog never fails to inspire and delight me. Along with her whimsical design finds, it’s always fun to read about Juddie’s summer gardening adventures when it’s freezing and snowing here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Everyday Tips and Thoughts is a blog written by Kris, a mom with teens at home, about healthy living, saving money and common-sense wisdom.

Modern Mind, Vintage Heart – Mallory Murray has a soft spot for all things old-fashioned, and she regularly posts about cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting and other heartfelt topics.

You’ll also find an impressive list of bloggers who regularly cover money-saving ideas on the main January Money Diet page. I invite you to share your favorite blogs and sites in the comments below as well.

Enjoy the weekend, and keep on saving!

P.S. In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!


Win a Deluxe Happy Simple Living Gift Basket

In honor of the January Money Diet, I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies plus several books at the end of the month. On January 31, 2011, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win a variety of goodies, including:

That person will win a gift basket filled with goodies, including:

Good luck, and we’d love to hear your own ideas, thoughts and experiences about taking a 31-day break from nonessential spending.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

21 Great Websites for the Final Weekend of the January Money Diet

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