January Money Diet Day #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

Pamper yourself during the January Money Diet

It’s only the second day of our money diet, and I’m already overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and goodness. I got goose bumps reading your comments as you embraced Challenge #1 yesterday. Giving 31 gifts is a big commitment, and I’m humbled and inspired by the stories and ideas you’re sharing. I hope you’ll continue posting about your experiences in both giving and receiving throughout the month.

We’ve committed to hanging on to our cash this month, but that doesn’t mean we need to live meagerly. In fact, I strongly believe that managing our money wisely is going to lead us to all sorts of abundance, blessings and adventures in 2016.

Find Your Hidden Treasures

On this first weekend of the January Money Diet, I encourage you to “shop” at home and spoil yourself with the things you have on hand. Now is the perfect time to go through the closets and drawers looking for those unused things we all tend to hold on to for Someday.

You might begin your home scavenger hunt with the bathroom cabinets; are there shampoo samples, fancy soaps, loofahs and pedicure kits hiding on the shelves? Gather them up and pamper yourself. You deserve it!

What about those specialty kitchen appliances and gadgets gathering dust? Let’s use our fondue pots and pasta machines and waffle irons this month, shall we?

Take inventory of your pantry and freezer, too; do you have any fancy, gourmet items or forgotten goodies lurking back in the shelves? Plan to enjoy those treats, clear some shelf space and save money on food this month.

What about unused craft and scrapbooking supplies? Home improvement materials? Fabric and notions? Yarn and knitting needles? Office supplies? Blank journals? January is a splendid month to take on a project using things you already have.

Take a look around the closets and drawers of your home, and you might find a treasure trove of good stuff just waiting to be used up and enjoyed.

After you’ve gone on a scavenger hunt around your home, will you post a few highlights in the comments section at the bottom of this page? You know we’re all just dying to hear what you unearth.

You’ll hear from me again on Monday, when we tackle meal planning to save money and time this month.

Until then, treat yourself to a long soak and use the scented bath salts. Get out the shaving brush and enjoy a nice shave. Burn the scented candles. Wear your silk pajamas. Play your music and dance!

Stay strong, steer clear of the mall, and enjoy this beautiful weekend.


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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 #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

  • Amy

    I too lit some candles! What am I saving them for? Also made a yummy soup with all the strange leftovers in our freezer

  • I found all the candles I put away last year. We just put them up around the house for Epiphany, the season of light. Also, we did an inventory of our freezer and found all sorts of yummy food (ribs, anyone?)

  • Brie

    I bought a bar of Rose soap when I traveled to Ireland four years ago. I don’t know what I’ve been saving it for, but I will use it this month and finally enjoy it!

  • Stephanie

    Oh how fun this was for my 5yr old daughter and I. We had a pamper me day, I never realized all the gifts people have given me over the years or things I have bought to pamper myself but meter used. So she and I had a spa day on Sunday and did pedis, manis, I curled her hair and pinned it up, she tried to do mine. Then we washed our faces and purchase on face masks… once that was do e of course we had to do each others make up. I think I will remember that day for a long time to come. My husband thought we were nuts and my daughter wants to do it again this weekend.
    I love memories and using items up that need to be used.Thank you!!!

  • Carol S.

    I found an two gift cards totaling $20.00! And I re-discovered some unfinished embroidery projects! Can’t wait to finish them to give them as presents!

  • Catherine Godfrey

    Found a foot spa kit my sister gave me last year.
    It was fabulous don’t know why that was hidden.

  • Sara

    Where is day nr. 3, Im awaiting it eagerly?

  • I’ve found a pack of different teas that I’m going to enjoy one a day until they’re gone. I also had a lot of frozen bananas in the freezer so made banana cake for my family to enjoy.

  • Lynn Louise

    I received new fleece pajamas for Christmas so instead of waiting to use them, I snuggled right into them last night. Also opened up the new perfume I recieved as a Christmas gift and used it when we went to our friends surprise 60th birthday party yesterday. Sent my daughter home with some small soaps and shampoos that she could use and “donated” some rags to my husbands mechanical shop. Used up the “almost empty” bottle of shampoo as well as the “one more use” body spray from Bath and Body. A little more open space now in the bathroom cabinet.

  • Colette

    My chickens’ water was frozen inside their backyard coop this morning, with 2 heat lamps running. I watched a YouTube video and found that I have all of the bits and pieces needed to make a heated tin to place the water bucket on 🙂

  • Libby

    I found a ham bone lurking in the deep part of the chest freezer. It’s in a soup pot right now with split peas 🙂

    Found a box of random note cards – odds and ends – some of them go back to high school! some are missing envelopes, but I’m going to use these for writing my thank you notes.

    Also found a tin box of four small L’Occitane hand lotion samples. Have put it on my night stand to use every evening.

  • Marlyn

    I have a container full of unfinished projects to knit or sew up. I made a vow in December not to purchase anything more until these projects are completed and the box empty.

  • Jo

    We decided to try our pasta maker that has never been used in the 6 years that we had it. It was azazing. I think I am turning into my mother because she always put things away to use someday but never did. This was a reality check. Thank you so much for opening our eyes.

  • Lynette

    I have some special blend teas I recently received in a swap, will enjoy these as a special cup for afternoon tea each day, will make special biscuits too as a treat from ingredients on hand.

  • Wanzer

    I finished knitting a scarf; re-purposed an old metal window grate; found three blank journals on my bookshelf; added motivational quotes from a 2015 calendar to this year’s wall calendar. Recycle/re-purpose/complete! No $ spent! Those little treasures! Fun!

  • Kim

    I gathered a basket full of bath soaps, bottles of soft soap etc..to go along with what I received this year for Christmas. I will keep them in sight in the bathroom to make sure I use them up, so I probably will not have to buy any for the next year. What a great savings! Also added some to the give away box.

  • Victoria

    LOL I just found almost a whole case of wet cat food in the bottom of the pantry. Kitties get ready to be spoiled. I also found 3 unopened packages of wax melts. This is a real treat, they are all holiday food flavors. 🙂

  • Victoria

    I subscribed to Birchbox for 2 years and got samples every month that I never used, so this month will be a discovery of all the cool things I never really looked at once I opened the box! I am excited to actually use some of them.

  • Mimi

    Great tip! I did end up having to go to the grocery today, but after going through freezer and cabinets it was easier to focus on the staples.

  • Well… I found the granddaddy of all treats lurking in my footstool storage thingy – an unopened 2 pound bag of schmancy organic catnip! Smoky & Jasper won’t know what hit them! 🙂

  • Lyn

    When I cleaned out beneath my bathroom sink, I found all kinds of wonderful soaps – – Today was the perfect day to refresh some of the dried out soaps by various sinks in our house. I can’t wait to take a shower tomorrow!

  • Catharine

    Found some bootiful soft wool, perfect for my friend’s birthday present ( scarf ).
    Emptying the freezer this week for main meals. Went to the library and found a healthy cookbook to start my get fitter challenge. Gave away some stored books. Wow, been a busy Bee x

  • Susie

    We have some special candles that will be lit, along with some special cream for a facial and some for a foot spa!

    Looks like some pampering coming up!

  • Jessica

    I’m using several canvases and oil paints to create new art for my home.

  • Sara

    Wine left-over from New Years Eve, bread baking supplies, prom dresses-that I will try to sell, birthday cards, gourmet coffee and tea.

  • Dreabelle

    had a look through my store cupboards found some lovely after dinner mints we enjoyed some after our meal tonight.
    donated two of my books to my box of give aways enjoying these challenges

  • Kris Morwood

    I started with the basement. Took out all my Halloween costumes. Donating the bulk to a HS theatre company. Also going to be wearing one tonight when I go to a concert featuring the String Cheese Incident (yes this is an actual AWESOME band!) Great fun to unearth these treasures and not just in October. Kris

  • julee

    Going through my cabinets of clutter I came across some long forgotten gifts that I never used. I boxed them up and gave to the Salvation army. I also have found a how to knit kit that I got year ago. I am going to try it and use that as a gift for a friend. I have a rotissierie and want to make a chicken for dinner too. Such fun and its only the second day!

  • Lisa

    For Christmas, I received a really pretty jar mix of brownies. Instead of leaving it sit for a special occasion, I’m making them today. Also, this past week I found a craft kit I bought years ago to make a fabric rug. I am going to get that out and learn how to make it just for the fun of it. Maybe it won’t turn out, but I want to enjoy creating it.

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