Day 6 of the January Money Diet – Get Your First Tax Deduction of 2013

Welcome to Day 6 of the January Money Diet, a 31-day break from nonessential spending. If you’ve just joined us, you can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo by Rusty Clark

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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.

A Green, Clean and Cheap Way to Enjoy Spot-Free Dishes

Photo by Steve A. Johnson

If you have an automatic dishwasher, chances are you have a little dispenser that you’re supposed to fill with “rinse aid” to help the dishes come out sparkling and spot-free. Rinse aid isn’t cheap, though; at our local grocery store, an 8.45 ounce bottle retails for $5.15, or . . . → Read More: A Green, Clean and Cheap Way to Enjoy Spot-Free Dishes

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.

A Quick, Painless Way to Save Money and Energy When Baking

Retro range from Elmira Stove Works

I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but I read a great energy-saving idea in the book Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rogers. . . . → Read More: A Quick, Painless Way to Save Money and Energy When Baking

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.

How to Banish Green Gloom and Guilt

Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Nobody talks about this much, but it seems to me that trying to live a sustainable life can sometimes be a Big Biohazardous Bummer.

Earlier this week, I headed to the compost bin with a pan of water. The water had been soaking in a cooking pot, and . . . → Read More: How to Banish Green Gloom and Guilt

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.

A Letter to the Meat Industry

Photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

Yesterday I read an article on the PR news site Bulldog Reporter about the meat industry’s “image crisis.” From the public outcry against “pink slime,” to a recent incident of mad cow disease in a dairy cow, to the Harvard study released this spring that suggests . . . → Read More: A Letter to the Meat Industry

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.

Save the Bees and Two Simple, Free Things You Can Do

Photo by Karen Roe

American honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate, and some think the EPA knows why. A growing body of evidence shows that widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And – Halleluia! . . . → Read More: Save the Bees and Two Simple, Free Things You Can Do

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.

Small Batch Homemade Greek Yoghurt With Fruit

I just love Greek yogurt with fruit, like this FAGE nonfat Greek yogurt with Strawberry “Goji,” whatever that is. BUT, this tiny cup retails for $1.69 at our supermarket. According to the ingredients list, twenty percent of the product is the strawberry topping–which means that the cup contains only about 4 ounces of . . . → Read More: Small Batch Homemade Greek Yoghurt With Fruit

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.

Mid-Summer Garden Update

For gardeners everywhere, the summer of 2011 has been an interesting one. It seems that record-setting weather is the norm rather than the exception for most of the United States, and many other parts of the world as well. Here in Colorado, June was hot and dry followed by one of the wettest Julys on . . . → Read More: Mid-Summer Garden Update

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.

Free Book Giveaway – The City Homesteader

This month I’m giving away a brand-new copy of a terrific book, The City Homesteader. Written by Scott Meyer, this 272-page book has tons of great ideas for people who live in urban areas yet long to be more self sufficient and live more sustainably.

Meyer was formerly on staff at Organic Gardening, . . . → Read More: Free Book Giveaway – The City Homesteader

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.