January Money Diet Day 31 – Continue the Momentum

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“Thanks for a great month! Instead of wanting to go buy new items, now I want to reuse and make what I need with the materials that I have on hand! I’m feeling very creative. I’m looking forward to continuing this challenge throughout the year.” – Mariah, 2013 January Money Diet participant

Congratulations to all of you who have reduced or eliminated nonessential spending during the month of January. Many of you generously shared your comments about the different ways you participated in the challenge, and I hope it’s been a positive and worthwhile experience for you.

This is my fifth January Money Diet, and I am so grateful to each and every one of you for undertaking this journey and inspiring both me and our merry band of dieters to stay on course.

Each January, I rediscover this wonderful truth:  when we control our money rather than letting our financial situation control and restrict us, we can be much more deliberate and thoughtful about how we spend, contribute and invest. Once we stop frittering our money away on little stuff, we have money for the bigger things that really matter!

As our challenge draws to an end, I’d love to hear about your experiences, savings results, and plans for the future. May your participation in this 31-day challenge mark the beginning of your most abundant year ever – both financially and personally.


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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.

January Money Diet Day 31 – Continue the Momentum

  • Lyn

    Eliza – Once again, thank you for sponsoring the January Money Diet. My work last year provided the physical and emotional space to launch my various web projects, including a page sharing our family’s story – people kept asking about our garden and our energy choices, so it made sense to have a place to share with them. That site has evolved and now also contains a summary of my January Money Diet experience! Here’s the link:

    I hope you don’t mind that I included a link back to your site at the bottom of the page 🙂 Cheers, Lyn

  • Sara

    Hej Eliza!Thank you for running this inspirational january series!

    Although I was extra frugal this month, I also had some extra costs to tend to, so I did not save more than I normally do. This challenge made me more aware of my student loan and that I can actually increase the speed in paying it off.

    My financial goals for 2014 is to learn more about investments, and try my hands on buying stocks in small quantities, I also want to learn more about the pension system, and about buying sustainable clothes.

    Have a great 2014!

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