100 Little Steps Add Up to Great Things

It’s officially the final day of the 2015 January Money Diet.

I logged in to my bank’s website yesterday, and was pleased to see over $1000 remaining in my checking account. A month of very limited, essentials-only spending means that all my money doesn’t evaporate by the end of the month — what . . . → Read More: 100 Little Steps Add Up to Great Things

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 – Trim Monthly Expenses

Keeping our monthly overhead as low as possible is an important savings strategy. The expenses we pay month after month, year after year, can really add up. Companies love to commit us to automatic monthly payments, so we need to be vigilant about evaluating our ongoing expenses.

Look at each of your regular . . . → Read More: Day #30 of the January Money Diet – Trim Monthly 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 – Nurture Your Health

All the money in the world won’t buy good health.

For any of us who have ever experienced an injury, pain, or sickness, we know how it feels to wake up unwell and think we’d give anything — anything — for a normal, healthy, pain-free day.

Many of us are juggling a million . . . → Read More: Day #28 of the January Money Diet – Nurture Your Health

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 #27: Reduce Food Waste

 

What if we could easily save hundreds of dollars from our food budgets each year, without making a single sacrifice or doing any additional work?

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #27: 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.

January Money Diet Day #26 – Plan Your Garden

Don’t you love to daydream in January about planting a garden in the spring? Now is the perfect time to begin making plans and sketching out some ideas for your ideal plot. Even if you have a small yard or a balcony for containers, you can grow a surprising amount of food by . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #26 – Plan Your Garden

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.

Thank You for Your Generous Hearts

Dear friends,

So many of you got in the spirit of clearing clutter this week and giving things away as part of Monday’s January Money Diet challenge. I am so proud of everyone’s efforts.

I had promised to give away an inspirational money book . . . → Read More: Thank You for Your Generous Hearts

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 #23 – Take a New Look at Your Library

Nashville Public Library, Grand Reading Room

As you may know, libraries have evolved into places that do so much more than lend books. We live just a few blocks from a wonderful public library, and even though I go there at least two times a week I keep finding new offerings. Your neighborhood . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #23 – Take a New Look at Your Library

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 #21 – Less is the New More

Photo copyright: JENNIFER HOEY INTERIOR DESIGN

Many of you know that I’m a full-time, self employed writer. One of my favorite side jobs is writing articles for home design magazines. Studying the beautiful rooms created by talented designers always inspires me.

Let’s look at the lovely living room vignette above, designed by . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #21 – Less is the New More

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.

Give Stuff Away and Win a Money Book

“The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.” ~ Laurence Leamer

 

We might be taking a little break from spending, but we January Money Dieters can still find creative . . . → Read More: Give Stuff Away and Win a Money Book

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.