Goodbye, 2009 – The January Money Diet Starts Tomorrow


For many of us, the recession of 2009 brought both challenges and blessings. As a steady stream of notices from banks and credit card companies arrived announcing ever higher rates and fees, my motivation increased to do all I can to be debt-free. I feel more determined than ever to continue exploring and learning how to make the most of our resources, both at home and in our community. I also hope to share the abundance and give back as much as possible.

At the same time, I’ll admit that I have a weakness for trips to Paris, good food and wine, great coffee in the morning, semisweet chocolate, cashmere sweaters and a host of other luxuries that sometimes seem at odds with frugal living.  For me, one of the most fun challenges of urban homesteading is discovering ways to be financially prudent and live well — without feeling deprived.

I’m glad so many of you are joining the January Money Diet beginning tomorrow, as we take a month off from nonessential spending.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month to share your experiences and comments, and let us know how it’s going. On January 31, I’ll choose one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that person will win a deluxe Urban Homesteading gift basket, chock-full of  home and garden goodies, plus a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s All-Purpose Cleaner and a personally inscribed copy of my book, “Family Home of the New West.”

Meanwhile, enjoy this final day of 2009. I look forward to embarking on this experiment with all of you in the new year.

P.S. Tomorrow’s posting is about how to enjoy some luxuries during the month — without spending a dime!

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.

2 comments to Goodbye, 2009 – The January Money Diet Starts Tomorrow

  • Eliot

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  • Debt-free….that’s the dream! We’ve been trying to get to that place for 15 years. But this is going to be our year. I don’t think we can knock it ALL out this year, but I’m sure going to knock out those credit card balances. No excuses! Happy New Year!

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