Living with Intention

I just finished reading a book titled Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce. It’s a collection of case studies of people who’ve drastically simplified their lives. Some still work nine-to-fives but live in smaller homes; others have scaled back their expenses so much that they’re able to focus on volunteer work or pursuing a passion. […]

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Black Friday: Good business sense or capitalism gone wild?

Remember when people used to wake at 5 a.m. and brave the traffic and the crowds the Friday after Thanksgiving in search of good deals? So many people kicked off their holiday shopping season after a day of family, football, turkey, and cranberries that merchants began to call that day “Black Friday” — a nickname […]

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4 Common Factors in Simple Living

In many ways, simple living is about mindset more than anything else. For one person, simple living might mean minimalism in a 300-square-foot studio in Brooklyn, from which she bikes everywhere she needs to go. For another, it might mean a renovated farmhouse in the country, where he grows tomatoes, cans tomato sauce, and raises […]

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Frugal Friday: My Frugal Fails

As many of you know, I’ve been attempting to turn over a new leaf and embrace frugal, simple living this year. It’s not exactly that I was being frivolous before, but that, since my husband and I have really articulated our financial goals (paying off student loans, saving for a house down payment, etc.), we’ve […]

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8 Ideas for Cheap — or Free — Date Nights

Popular culture tells us that nothing says “I love you” like a dozen roses followed by dinner at a fancy French restaurant and a bottle of champagne. But when you’re trying to save money or pay down debt, caviar and cocktails might be the furthest thing from you and your significant other’s minds. When my […]

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Defining “simple living”: In the 21st century, does it exist?

In the complicated, super-speed era of the 21st century, does such a thing as “simple living” still exist? I recently stumbled across a quote from Henry David Thoreau, transcendentalist and spokesman for the simple living, “Walden Pond” lifestyle. Thoreau said, “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. […]

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