January Money Diet Winners Announced

Snow day in Colorado

Snow day!

Dear friends,

We’re in the midst of a beautiful snowstorm here in Colorado, and my son is happy because schools are closed today. I spent a most enjoyable day yesterday re-reading all of the wonderful comments you left on each post throughout the January Money Diet last month.

This year’s community of dieters was truly our best ever! So many of you participated wholeheartedly, and generously wrote about your honest struggles and challenges. You encouraged others and shared your own ideas and money-saving strategies. Your participation made this endeavor better and richer for everyone. Thank you.

I wasn’t expecting the difficulty of choosing the winners of this year’s prizes, but so many of you completed the challenges and stayed true to the money diet throughout January that we had lots of qualifying candidates. I eventually narrowed the field to a small group of nine people who were especially involved this year, and from those nine I did a random drawing for the prizes. You will receive an e-mail from me today with details.

The winners are:

Lynn Louise – $25 cash, $25 Amazon gift card, cookbooks and household samples

Virginia – A Simple Act of Gratitude by John Kralik

KimberlyHow to Get Rich Without Winning the Lottery by Barbara Friedberg

Libby 101 Things To Do With Beans by Eliza Cross

KathyThe Quinoa Quookbook by Eliza Cross

BIG, big thanks and hugs to each one of you who participated in the 2016 January Money Diet. You are now entitled to display one of these badges showing that you completed the challenge:

2016 January Money Diet Graduate     January-Money-Diet-2016-Graduate-sm

(Right-click the badge and choose “save image.”)

Throughout January, I prayed for each person participating in this challenge. Many of you entrusted us with your personal stories of struggles and difficulties. I think most of us can relate to having financial worries or having to dig out from unwanted bills, and it was good to put our heads together and strategize.

I was also deeply touched by your response to Challenge #1 to give 31 gifts, and amazed at all of the many acts of kindness you performed and things you gave away.

My hope and prayer for each one of us in the months and years ahead is that we can do EXTRAORDINARY things with money. May we take the necessary steps to simplify and live within our means, so that we never have to be slaves to debt or experience financial fear.

Thank you for sharing this journey, and I look forward to having many more conversations with you in the days ahead.


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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 Winners Announced

  • Kim

    Once again I really enjoyed the challenges. I also have learned many new tips to help me along into the future of simple living. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the time and effort you put into the Money Diet, it is greatly appreciated. Hope to be back next year!

  • deb

    Congratulations to all the winners! I really enjoyed all the posts and comments for this series..I looked forward to reading everyday! Thank you!

  • Kimberly

    Yeah I won!!! How do I get my book? How to Get Rich without Winning the Lottery?

    Thank you – I loved the challenge. We went the entire month of January without buying ANY groceries. 🙂


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