Simplify, Streamline, and Still Succeed: Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career in Grow-Mode

Back-to-school time and the holidays are coming and the cost of everything is on the rise. If you’re like most moms, you’re probably wondering where all the extra money to cover escalating costs is going to come from. But never fear. Don’t let the economic turndown hurt your plans for professional development. Make adjustments now, hang on to the money you’ve got and avoid overspending in the months ahead.

1. Park your car as much as possible
Car-shmar. At least that’s what author Chris Balish has to say in his book How to Live Well Without Owning a Car, Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life (Ten Speed Press 2007). You might think at first that this sounds crazy. But go to Balish’s website and watch his interview on CNN and you’ll see that it might actually make good sense to reduce our mental, physical and emotional dependency on cars, so we can enjoy life more. Okay…maybe don’t ditch your car completely but park it more and see what happens. That’s a money-saving experiment right now.

(to be continued…)

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3 Responses to “Simplify, Streamline, and Still Succeed: Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career in Grow-Mode”


  1. 1 Meryl K. Evans June 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I’d love to walk more. Alas, we don’t have very many places within walking distance. I don’t just stop at the store to pick up one or two things — if I did, I’d walk. I’ll have to settle with my noon walk-the-dog walks.

  2. 2 KatiN. June 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Who better to kick off the comedy of our economic predicament than the great Garrison Keillor? Read and enjoy his recent article: Eulogy for the Winnebago. Keillor’s Midwestern humor always gets me to smile, no matter how little chicken salad I have:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/green/chi-oped0618keillorjun18,0,6818423.column


  1. 1 Downshift Now & Keep Your Writing Career in Grow-mode (Part Two) « Writer Mama Riffs on Raising A Writing Career Alongside Your Kids Trackback on June 26, 2008 at 8:25 am
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