Simplify: 7 Areas to Reduce Spending

Recently I mentioned that I was reading 7 Days of Simplicity by Jen Hatmaker. In this book, the author explores seven different areas of life to simplify. Simplifying in each of these areas can also reduce spending. Here's a closer look at how I can apply this to my own life: 1. Reduce Spending in the Kitchen It's appropriate that the book starts off with kitchen spending. After all, I spend a lot of money on food. If I can reduce spending in my kitchen, then I'll save myself a lot of money. Read more [...]

Should I Go Back to Using a Checkbook?

A book that I'm reading makes a pretty solid argument for a return to the days of using checkbooks. I haven't written checks in well over a decade. Would it make any sense to go back to using a checkbook? The Inspiration for The Idea I've been reading "7 Days of Simplicity: A Season of Living Lightly" by Jen Hatmaker. It's a book about simplifying your life in a variety of ways. In the chapter on simplifying your spending, Hatmaker makes a good point. She notes that back when you had to write Read more [...]