Browsing category: Simple Living

4 Money-Saving Tips for Buying Produce

Don’t buy produce that has been marked down because it is past its sell-by date. Produce that has been bruised or has been sitting around is much more prone to bacteria contamination. The few cents you save are not worth the risk.

About This Blog (And About Me) FAQ

I sometimes think that Choosing Voluntary Simplicity started itself… beginning with the drastic lifestyle change my husband and I made nearly twenty years ago.

Homemade Laundry Detergent — Yes Or No?

Reader question… “I was wondering if you make your own laundry detergent.”

Saving Money On Yeast

Because I make bread every day, I have found I can save a lot of money by buying yeast in the one-pound packages.

Downshifting To A Simpler Life

Downshifting means working towards simple living by making conscious choices to leave materialism behind and move on to a more sustainable lifestyle. It does not mean simply cutting back and trying to live the same life only with less money.

There Is No One Way To Do Simple Living Right

I think the most wonderful thing about voluntary simplicity is that it means different things to different people. There is no one way to do simple living right.

A Simple Country Life

Frugality comes naturally to native New Englanders, I think, and most of us already have a strong streak of individuality and an inclination to do things just a little bit differently than the rest of the world.

What Voluntary Simplicity Is NOT

We had been living a simple life for many years before I discovered there was a name… voluntary simplicity… for the way we have chosen to live. Obviously, our version of voluntary simplicity…

Energy Efficient Countertop Ovens

We recently purchased a countertop oven. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made. A countertop oven is NOT a toaster oven. They might look somewhat similar, but a countertop oven is more powerful and has a much larger cooking capacity.

What is the Difference Between Simple Living & Voluntary Simplicity?

Reader question… “Can you tell me the difference between ‘simple living’ and ‘voluntary simplicity’? I see these terms used all the time and I can’t seem to find a definitive answer about what each one means.”