Happy Simple Money: An Interview with Steve and Jan Berger

I’ve known Steve and Jan Berger for 11 years. I first met Steve, a writer, when I joined the Colorado Author’s League and he was the organization’s president. Over the years we’ve gotten to be friends, and last fall when we were at a gift show selling books together we started talking about . . . → Read More: Happy Simple Money: An Interview with Steve and Jan Berger

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.

Day 26 of the January Money Diet – Give Your Finances a Tune-Up

This final week of the January Money Diet is the perfect time to review some important details related to our finances. These are some suggestions:

Lock Everything Down

Literally and figuratively, do all you can to protect yourself from theft and fraud. Do you have super-duper tough, unique passwords for each and every one . . . → Read More: Day 26 of the January Money Diet – Give Your Finances a Tune-Up

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 #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

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 . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

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 Mini Money Diet to Begin the Second Half of 2015

Today begins the seventh month of 2015, a fact that amazes me. For those of you who participated in the January Money Diet, it’s been 181 days since we first decided to begin the new year with 31 days of no spending.

I caught up with a few . . . → Read More: A Mini Money Diet to Begin the Second Half of 2015

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.

Let’s Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 1

My friends, I’ve decided to give our toilet paper choice a comprehensive review. Because toilet paper is an ongoing expense and a resource we use continually, I want to be sure we’re making an informed decision. Naturally, you’re invited to come along for the journey.

Last year, I finally got fed up with . . . → Read More: Let’s Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 1

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.

Could You Pay Off Debt in 10 Months?

All morning I’ve been thinking about debt, and how it drags us down.

Debt is a drag on our financial health — not only the interest we pay for things we bought in the past, but the outpouring of money it takes each month to make more than the minimum payment and eliminate . . . → Read More: Could You Pay Off Debt in 10 Months?

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.

Announcing the 2015 January Money Dieter of the Year

Jennifer – the January Money Diet Queen

Figuring out who should win the 2105 January Money Diet Gift Box was a huge challenge, because so many of you participated our our month-long spending break with enthusiasm and generosity.

In fact, I never could have chosen one winner based on my feelings because I . . . → Read More: Announcing the 2015 January Money Dieter of the Year

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 Challenge – Bring In Some Cash

Happy Monday! We’re almost at the halfway point of the January Money Diet, and I have been absolutely amazed by your wonderful comments, stories and ideas. It’s great to be dieting in the company of such creative and committed people. Shall we get started?

Show Me the Money

This week’s challenge is to . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Challenge – Bring In Some Cash

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 3 – Time To Calculate Your Net Worth

My friends, I used to lie to myself.

I didn’t intentionally try to deceive myself, of course, but I didn’t really have a true picture of my financial decisions. I could feel virtuous putting $100 in savings, while meanwhile I had charged $125 on my Visa and my car’s value had dropped $200 . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 3 – Time To Calculate Your Net Worth

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.