January Money Diet Day 28 – Make Something with Your Own Hands

One of the (many) reasons I love my sister Catherine is because she is an intrepid DIYer. She will fearlessly experiment with creative endeavors that would intimidate many. She has hand-sewn her own Battenberg lace, for example. She makes those mind-bogglingly complex Ukrainian Pysanky Easter eggs. She . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 28 – Make Something with Your Own Hands

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.

Could Your Wallet Use the January Money Diet?

Could you go 31 days without spending a dime on anything but the barest necessities? Whether you want to pay down debt, increase your savings, or simply take a breather after the holidays, you’re invited to join the January Money Diet and enjoy the benefits of . . . → Read More: Could Your Wallet Use the January Money Diet?

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.

What Big Things Could You and Your Money Do in 2013?

Photo: Hakee

2013 marks my fourth year of participating in the January Money Diet. The first year, I remember feeling like 31 days was a long time to go without shopping. I was in the habit of buying and consuming whatever my heart desired, and if I didn’t have enough in . . . → Read More: What Big Things Could You and Your Money Do in 2013?

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.

How to Make a Pizza from Scratch With this Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

A homemade, half-sausage half-cheese pizza

Pizza from a chain restaurant can seem like an inexpensive dinner choice, but you’ll save big if you learn how to make your own pies. Here in Denver a large, hand-tossed cheese pizza from a popular chain is $12.24 with tax, and that doesn’t include delivery charges or . . . → Read More: How to Make a Pizza from Scratch With this Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

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.

Try Swapping Instead of Shopping

You may have agreed to a voluntary spending moratorium this month, but there are still plenty of creative ways to acquire clothes, books, kids’ items, tools and more. You just have to know where to look.

Craigs List and Freecycle are great sites to browse for freebies; people often give . . . → Read More: Try Swapping Instead of Shopping

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.

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 . . . → Read More: Goodbye, 2009 – The January Money Diet Starts Tomorrow

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.