Browsing category: Simple Living

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.”

What’s in My Refrigerator?

Continuing on from my “What’s In My Pantry?”, here is a rundown of what is in my refrigerator today. We just purchased a new refrigerator… our previous refrigerator was twelve years old and “died” suddenly after a two-day power outage.

What’s in My Pantry?

Reader question… “I have tried several of your recipes and they were a big hit with my family, so I hope you don’t mind if I ask a question about how you feed your family.”

LESS Stuff Doesn’t Equal Happiness Either

Most of us would agree that a materialistic life is not a fulfilling one. More clothes, bigger houses, the latest electronic gadgets, newer and flashier cars… these things might bring temporary enjoyment, but a life based around acquiring things can feel pretty empty.

What Will Ten Dollars Buy Where You Live?

CNN wanted to know what people could buy with ten dollars in the current economy, so they issued a challenge to their website visitors.

Have Necessities Become Luxuries Because of the Recession?

I recently came across an interesting survey about the recession causing necessities to become luxuries. One thousand and three people were asked to answer the question “Do you think this item is a necessity?” about twelve specific appliances and services.

Achieving a Simpler Life — Step 1: Track Your Spending

One question I get asked very frequently is about the “how” of achieving a simpler life. People often write that they desperately want to change their lives but don’t know how to start…

“Farm-Fresh” Eggs — When Organic Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Yesterday I needed six eggs for a sponge cake, so I opened one of the new boxes of “farm-fresh” organic eggs that my husband had purchased on Friday.

Energy Conservation & Convenience — A Trade-Off?

Our last electric bill was for $270.19. Of that amount, $116.57 was for charges that have been recently added to the monthly bills with no explanation either on the bill or on the company web site…