Day 31 of the January Money Diet – Just the Beginning

“All large tasks are completed in a series of starts.” ~Neil Fiore

Congratulations to all of you who have reduced or eliminated nonessential spending during the month of January. Many of you generously shared your comments about the different ways you participated in the challenge, and I hope it’s been a positive and . . . → Read More: Day 31 of the January Money Diet – Just the Beginning

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 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

By PotteryBarn.com

Organizing has many benefits. Along with the inner peace that comes from working and living in a calm space, organized living means less time looking for lost items and a visually pleasing, harmonious environment.

Clearing space is a gift we give ourselves.

Homework assignment #30: Today’s challenge is to . . . → Read More: Day 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

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 29 of the January Money Diet – Research Major Expenses

Homework assignment #29: Today’s challenge is to explore alternatives to your major expenses and make sure you’re getting the best deal in those big expenses you pay for over and over, year after year.

In the next week, research your costs or get new competitive quotes on life, homeowner’s, health, disability and auto . . . → Read More: Day 29 of the January Money Diet – Research Major Expenses

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 28 of the January Money Diet – Reduce Food Waste

“The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” ~Calvin Trillin

It just kills me to discard spoiled food that we didn’t eat. One of my goals this year is to make better use of leftovers. The whole . . . → Read More: Day 28 of the January Money Diet – Reduce Food Waste

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 27 of the January Money Diet – Get New Money-Saving Ideas from These Inspiring Bloggers

Photo: Images of Money

In the final days of the January Money Diet perhaps, like me, you’re looking forward and hoping to carry forth some of your frugal ways beyond January. You might enjoy reading these real-life experiences and tips from some of our blogging friends:

The Peaceful Mom did a great series . . . → Read More: Day 27 of the January Money Diet – Get New Money-Saving Ideas from These Inspiring Bloggers

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 – Make Something From Scratch

Handcrafted chocolate truffles – photo by David Leggett

Homework assignment #26: Today’s challenge is to make something from scratch that you might normally buy at the store. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Graham crackers

Dim Sum

Pita bread

Latte

Gingersnaps

Barbeque

Hummus

. . . → Read More: Day 26 of the January Money Diet – Make Something From Scratch

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 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero Waste

Photo: Jamie Hansen

“In a recession, people are inclined to keep things, but I feel the opposite. The less I have, the richer I feel. Stuff weighs you down.” ~Béa Johnson

A couple years ago I read the most inspiring article in Sunset Magazine, about the Johnson family in Mill Valley, California. . . . → Read More: Day 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero Waste

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 24 of the January Money Diet – Cancel Something

Photo: WickerFurniture

The expenses we pay month after month, year after year, can really add up. Evaluate your ongoing monthly expenses and ask yourself whether you’re truly getting your money’s worth from your hard-earned dollars. Could you eliminate something and pocket the savings each month?

By now you probably know many people who . . . → Read More: Day 24 of the January Money Diet – Cancel Something

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 23 of the January Money Diet – Try Alternative Transportation

Welcome to of the January Money Diet, a challenge to take 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!

Bicycles in Paris – Photo by slettvet

Yesterday’s post was about saving money on fuel, and . . . → Read More: Day 23 of the January Money Diet – Try Alternative Transportation

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.