Archive for December 2011

Can You Spend Nothing At Christmas and Be Perfectly Happy?

Can You Spend Nothing At Christmas and Be Perfectly Happy?
It is the day after – the wrapping paper has been recycled and the last of the Christmas cookies have been gobbled down. It is just an ordinary Winter day. Everyone has been asking me about the ZERO DOLLAR Experiment and how it went for my family assuming that it has been difficult. Lots of... Read more »

How To Get Your Family Christmas Gifts And Spend NO MONEY! The ZERO DOLLAR Experiment

How To Get Your Family Christmas Gifts And Spend NO MONEY! The ZERO DOLLAR Experiment
If you have been following along, you know that the ZERO DOLLAR Experiment has been coming along fairly well. In fact, it has been amazing. This is the post where I reveal the gifts I was able to get for my immediate family for the holidays and I spent no money to do so. There... Read more »

Holiday Partying? Recycle Those Wine and Spirit Bottles; A Think About This Tip

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The good news: In 2008 over 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled. Tons and tons of glass is also recycled. However, there are still tons of plastic and glass bottles not making it to the recycling bin. During the holidays, we consumers throw out millions of tons of glass and plastic bottles created from all... Read more »
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How To Get Your Mom A Christmas Gift When You Have No Money; The ZERO DOLLAR Experiment

How To Get Your Mom A Christmas Gift When You Have No Money; The ZERO DOLLAR Experiment
Buying for the Mom’s in your life can become difficult. Mom’s have everything they need and do not want you to spend a lot of money on them. They want you to show up and spend time with them and perhaps repair the roof while you are there. Spending less money and having a Christmas... Read more »

ZERO DOLLAR Experiment Continues: Save Money On Christmas Wrapping Paper

ZERO DOLLAR Experiment Continues: Save Money On Christmas Wrapping Paper
As you know, the ZERO DOLLAR Experiment is all about having a Christmas holiday season that does not put your family into extreme debt. It is also about being green and recycling or reusing what you can to keep it out of the landfill. Why are we spending ourselves into deep debt at a time... Read more »

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Holiday Ornaments

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Holiday Ornaments
Holiday tree decorating is often about buying more and more new ornaments. Every season I walk the aisles during the holidays and have been utterly amazed by the limitless quantity of decorations available – a billion dollar industry. All these decorations use natural resources. When a consumer is tired of a particular ornament or decoration, they toss it out in the trash.... Read more »
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Yes, Virginia, It Is Possible To Spend No Money For Christmas; How I Am Saving Money On Holiday Gift Giving

Yes, Virginia, It Is Possible To Spend No Money For Christmas; How I Am Saving Money On Holiday Gift Giving
On with the continued results of the ZERO DOLLAR Experiment  - an experiment in holiday and Christmas spending whereby I spend absolutely NO MONEY for Christmas this year yet I still provide my family, friends, and helpers in my life with a lovely holiday of gift giving. Guess what? It is working! Just look at the... Read more »

Spend No Money For Christmas With The ZERO DOLLAR Experiment – The Shocking Response From the Peanut Gallery and First Results

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Living the ZERO DOLLAR Experiment by spending NO MONEY for the Christmas holidays has been interesting. I have been overwhelmed that so many people have written me privately and said they tried to get their families to participate in the experiment. Some have enthusiastically voted to participate, while others have not. I understand, of course, that... Read more »

Wordless Wednesday - Illinois Prairie in December

Wordless Wednesday - Illinois Prairie in December
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Five Ways to Use Less Gas While Driving and Save Money

Five Ways to Use Less Gas While Driving and Save Money
Today’s guest post is by Amy Lizee. Most of us are aware of the electric and hybrid options that are now available on the market as substitutes for gas-powered cars, but not all of us are in the position to trade-up or purchase a more eco-friendly option. Luckily though, there are ways to make your... Read more »