7 Great Money and Personal Finance Sites

If you’re working toward a better financial future, there are a dizzying number of helpful websites, blogs and online resources with terrific information and encouragement . Here are some of my favorites:

How I Save Money is an excellent resource for nuts-and-bolts, real-life strategies for saving money. For example, two of today’s . . . → Read More: 7 Great Money and Personal Finance Sites

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.

Beyond 30 Days – When Simple Acts Become Good Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

The January Money Diet is nearing its end, and many of you report that taking a spending break has been fulfilling and rewarding. I agree; I don’t miss the extra ‘stuff’, and the break — and . . . → Read More: Beyond 30 Days – When Simple Acts Become Good Habits

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.

Today's Challenge: Unplug Your Life

For the past couple of years, we’ve enjoyed participating in Earth Hour. The idea is that for one hour, everyone on the planet turns out their lights and saves a bazillion megawatts of power. My son always enjoys our dinners by candlelight, and because so many of our neighbors participate we usually . . . → Read More: Today's Challenge: Unplug Your Life

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.

Buying Meat Directly From a Farmer: One Homesteader's Tale

Today, we’re so fortunate to have a guest posting from Shannon at Homestead on Earth. I’m an ardent fan of her blog, where she posts the unvarnished truth about her efforts to live a sustainable life. She and her family live in a rural suburb in Southern Maryland on .72 acres where she grows . . . → Read More: Buying Meat Directly From a Farmer: One Homesteader's Tale

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.

Make Your Own Graham Crackers

Homemade graham crackers

I love to experiment with making prepared food from scratch. Most of the time, homemade food is less expensive, healthier, and better tasting – how can you beat that? Being on the January Money Diet has inspired me to get extra-creative with the food budget this month, and since . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Graham Crackers

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.

Frugal Home Security System

Have you discovered the fine work of Louisa Antonia Maria Capossela, also known as ‘Big Lou’? Louisa lost her husband Carmine a few years ago, and as a single mom to four boys she had to learn some impressive do-it-yourself skills. She tells it like it is in her hilarious videos, and I . . . → Read More: Frugal Home Security System

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.

The Joy of Giving from the Frugal Kitchen

We all have our favorite cookbooks — books we actually cook from, books with stained, dog-eared pages and good recipes that come out the way they’re supposed to and make our families happy. Years ago I bought such a book, “Once a Month Cooking.” The authors’ premise is that by carefully planning, . . . → Read More: The Joy of Giving from the Frugal Kitchen

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.

Garden Dreaming – Part II

Juddie's garden in Melbourne, Australia

Another view from Juddie's garden

Today, we’re very fortunate to have Juddie from Flightless Boyds in Melbourne, Australia guest posting about gardening. Her blog is one of my favorites; whenever I visit, I feel like I’m on a mini-vacation. The fact that we’re in different . . . → Read More: Garden Dreaming – Part II

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.

Garden Dreaming – Part I

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Here in Colorado the days are short and the ground is frozen, but that doesn’t stop us from planning and daydreaming about this summer’s garden. In fact, January is the perfect month to gaze out at . . . → Read More: Garden Dreaming – Part I

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.