A Green, Clean and Cheap Way to Enjoy Spot-Free Dishes

If you have an automatic dishwasher, chances are you have a little dispenser that you’re supposed to fill with “rinse aid” to help the dishes come out sparkling and spot-free. …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

8 Thoughts About Simplicity and Money

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand. Instead of a million, count half a dozen, and keep …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Bill Keithler, winner of the book “Buyology.” I used Random.org to choose one winner from the commenters, and he was lucky #12. Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Book Giveaway – Buyology

This month I’m giving away a brand-new copy of a terrific book, Buy-ology, written by Martin Lindstrom. This 242-page paperback book provides a fascinating and enlightening look at the seen …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Homemade Convenience Foods: Make Your Own Frozen Pancakes

I have to admit, we’ve microwaved our share of store-bought frozen pancakes in this household. These days I’m trying to prepare more wholesome food using organic ingredients, though, so I …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

How Broke Have You Been?

“There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails. ” — Spencer Tracy Like many people, my …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The $5 Bill Savings Plan

Save five dollar bills

  Dear friends, Last month I tried a new tip that I had read on several blogs, of removing and saving $5 bills whenever one lands in my wallet. What …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

15 Amazing Benefits of Small Steps, Consistency and Perseverance

A beautiful garden takes consistent efforts and perserverance

“What amazes me is that most days feel useless. I don’t seem to accomplish anything – just a few pages, most of which don’t seem very good. Yet, when I put all those wasted days together, I somehow end up with a book of which I’m very proud.” ~ Louis Sachar, author of more than 20 books

Why I Began Thinking About The Value of Small Steps

I recently decided to open a separate investment account to begin saving for our next car. I don’t plan to buy an automobile for many years, but I like the idea of having the money set aside so it’s there when the time comes.

For now I’ve been putting aside $25 a month, and I was a little discouraged when I reviewed the account statement recently and saw that the balance had reached just $175.00. “What’s the use?” that negative little voice in my head said. “At the rate you’re going, it’ll never amount to anything.”

“Not so fast, Kemosabe,” the positive little voice in my head said. “Stick with your plan.” Thank goodness the wise voice is the one I try to listen to. After all, I’ve lived and breathed the benefits of incremental acts and persistence, from writing books to saving money to paying off debt. You probably have, too.

After I told the negative voice to beat it, I made a list of some of the amazing things that can be accomplished with small steps, consistency and perseverance:

1. Learn a new skill. Got 15 minutes a day? You could learn how to speak a foreign language, play an instrument or

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Guest Post – Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance

Today’s guest posting is by Barbara Friedberg of Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance. I love Barbara’s blog, which is full of ideas to make your personal and financial wealth grow. She takes complex topics and breaks them down so they’re more understandable; she also writes in a very down-to-earth way and shares her personal experiences, which makes for interesting reading. (For starters, check out Barbara’s ‘My Story‘ page, where she shares how her father overcame a childhood of poverty. I’ll give you a hint – it involves sandwiches and pianos.)

We’re both members of Yakezie, one of the world’s largest networks of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers. This month, select Yakezie participants were paired up to exchange guest posts on each other’s sites, and the topic is, “What is your biggest financial pet peeve?” I know you’ll enjoy her take on this compelling topic:

Financial Advisors Who Get Paid To Sell Products Bother Me

Choose your investment advisor carefullyHow it all Started

When I first began investing while in my 20’s, I went to a stock broker who sold me funds set up by my broker’s investment company (proprietary funds) with really high fees.

I didn’t know any better!!

I didn’t think about how he was paid, and since I didn’t see his fee up front, I thought this was a good situation.  “Wow, I’m getting this help with my investments from a professional FOR FREE!”

I didn’t realize this guy was a SALESMAN!!! The more he sold me, the richer he got!

What is the Background of These Financial Professionals?

The Investment Answer gave the best explanation I’ve read for the variety

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.