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Resources found in 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero

Week 1: Get Started and Plan Your Meals

Day 1: Get Started
Day 2: Organize Your Pantry
Day 3: Plan Your Meals
Day 4: Organize a Meal Swap
Day 5: Eat “Out” at Home
Day 6: Get into Freezer Cooking
Day 7: Week 1 Reflection

Week 2: Clean and Organize

Day 8: Get Ready to Clean
Day 9: Clean Your Living Spaces
Day 10: Clean Your Kids’ Rooms
Day 11: Organize Your Home Office
Day 12: Organize Your Bedroom Closet
Day 13: Organize Your Bathroom
Day 14: Week 2 Reflection

Week 3: Flex Your Creativity

Day 15: Refashion Your Clothes
Day 16: Get Fearlessly Crafty
Day 17: Get a Free Education
Day 18: Find New Uses for Old Things
Day 19: Prepare to Pamper Yourself
Day 20: Have a Spa Day at Home
Day 21: Week 3 Reflection

Week 4: Earn Money and Get Freebies

Day 22: Sell Your Stuff
Day 23: Get Free Money
Day 24: Get Free Stuff
Day 25: Try Bartering
Day 26: Enjoy a Free Date Night
Day 27: Have Free Fun with Your Family
Day 28: Week 4 Reflection

The Final Stretch: Create Lasting Change

Day 29: Reassess Your Budget
Day 30: Plan for the Future
Day 31: What (Not) to Do Now

 


 

Week 1: Get Started and Plan Your Meals

 

Day 2: Organize Your Pantry

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life series

Day 3: 30 Easy Pantry Staple Recipes

Freezer Breakfast Cupcakes
Homemade Yogurt
Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Breakfast Casserole
Taco Soup
Beef Stew
Corn and Black Bean Chili (vegetarian)
Ham and Bean Soup
Bloomin’ Olive Bread
Easy Asian Chop Salad
Pizza Muffins (vegetarian)
Caramel and Cream Cheese Apple Dip
No-Fuss Mashed Potatoes
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Grilled Steak Tacos
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
Freezer Beef Burritos
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Honey Sesame Chicken
Spaghetti and Meatball Pie
Grandma’s Sloppy Joe (optional vegetarian)
Easy American Goulash
Taco Casserole (optional vegetarian)
Taco Bites (optional vegetarian)
Easy Pesto Chicken
One Bowl Brownies
White Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
Five-Minute Ice Cream Cake
Maggie and Annie’s Everything Cookies
Chocolate Insanity Cookies (gluten free)

Day 4: Organize a Meal Swap

5 Steps to a Successful Meal Swap (from Real Simple)
Organizing Your Freezer Meal Swap (from Frugal Living)
How to Set Up a Meal Swap (from Bargain Babe)
Kitchen Sisters Club (from Beauty and Bedlam)
How to Start a Freezer Meal Exchange Club (from Remodelaholic)
Freezer Meal Exchange Groups (from Freezer Dinner)
Start a Freezer Meal Exchange Group (from Meal Planning Magic)
How to Organize a Freezer Meal Swap (from Dollar Store Mom)
Start a Meal Exchange Group to Save Money (from Lifehacker)
Freezer Meal Swap Sample Guidelines (from Freezer Meal Swap)

Day 5: Eat “Out” at Home

Copy Kat Recipes

21 Restaurant Copycat Recipes

Homemade Olive Garden Bread Sticks (from Full Bellies, Happy Kids)
Chili’s Southwest Eggrolls (from Copy Kat Recipes)
TGIFriday’s Baked Potato Skins (from Copy Kat Recipes)
P.F.Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (from Living Well Spending Less)
Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter (from Fly Through Our Window)
Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread (from Food.com)
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (from ABCNews)
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken (from Fabulously Creative)
Panera Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (from Food Network)
PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef (from Food.com)
Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak (from Food.com)
Bennigan’s Meatloaf (from Cajun Cooking Recipes)
Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo (from Budget Savvy Diva)
Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice (from Skinnytaste)
Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole (from Restaurant Recipes Network)
Applebee’s Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce (from Just Get Off Your Butt and BAKE)
Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake (from Moms Who Think)
Starbucks Frappuccinos (from Savory Sweet Life)
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls (from Beauty and Bedlam)
IHOP Cinnastack Pancakes (from Not So Homemade)
Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (from Living Well Spending Less)

Day 6: Get into Freezer Cooking

7 Easy Tips for Freezer Cooking Like a Pro

37 Freezer Meal Ideas

Part 1: The Original

Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken
Oh-So-Easy London Broil
Quick and Easy Taco Soup
Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Part 2: Summer Favorites

Coconut Lime Chicken
Easy Slow-Cooked Ribs
Easy Honey Dijon Chicken
Easy Freezer Pulled Pork
Hawaiian Chicken


Part 3: Easy Comfort Foods

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Easy Tomato Parmesan Chicken
Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin


Part 4: Easy Winter Classics

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
Easy Freezer Ham and Bean Soup
Simple Cranberry Chicken
Balsamic Roast Beef
Sweet and Spicy Chinese Chicken

Part 5: Flavorful Favorites

Freezer-to-Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Crockpot Beef Burritos
Kale and White Bean Soup with Sausage
Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops
Honey Sesame Chicken

Part 6: Global Flavors

Easy Thai Chicken
Easy Pesto Chicken
Grilled Steak Tacos
Easy Greek Chicken
Easy Freezer Bacon and Blue Cheese Burgers

Part 7: Fresh Flavors

Simple Summer Chicken Sandwich
Spice Rubbed Steak Salad
Easy Chicken Satay
White Bean Chili
Easy Crockpot Lettuce Wraps

Week 2: Clean and Organize

Day 8: Get Ready to Clean

Why I Make the Bed: 10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean
Speed Cleaning
10 Green and Thrifty Cleaning Products
Martha Stewart Online
Real Simple
Better Homes and Garden

Day 10: Clean Your Kids’ Rooms

Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away
Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away One Year Later

Day 12: Organize Your Bedroom Closet

Speed Cleaning Checklist
Get tips and ideas for forming new habits here
The 40 Hanger Closet

10 Free Ways to Organize Your Closet

Crown Molding Shoe Rack (from Picklee)
DIY Scarf Holder (fromSnapguide)
Towel Wrack Scarf Solution (from Apartment Therapy)
Painted Crate Shoe Holder (from Thea’s Mania)
Wooden Hanger Belt Rack (from Martha Stewart)
Shoebox Drawer Dividers (from Yahoo)
Cardboard Drawer Dividers (from A Real Housewife of NYC)
Cluster Organization (from HGTV)
Paper-Lined Storage Bins (from Organizing Made Fun)
Hanging Flip Flop Holders (from EPBOT)

Week 3: Flex Your Creativity

Day 15: Refashion Your Clothes

Button-down Shirt into Dress
Turn a Shirt into a Tote

15 Awesome Refashioning Ideas

Turn Regular Jeans into Skinny Jeans (from Devon Alana Design)
Turn Polyester Granny Pants into Chic High Waist Pants (from Cotton and Curls)
Turn an Old Jumper into a Chic Belted Dress (from It’s Always Autumn)
Turn a Shirt into a Ribbon-Tied Maternity Top (from DIY Maternity)
Turn Regular Pants into Chanel-Inspired Button Pants (from Freckles in April)
Turn Two T-Shirts into an Anthropologie-Inspired Top (from Life Is Beautiful)
Turn an Old Sweater into Cute Boot Socks (from Infarrantly Creative)
Turn an Old Sweater into a Cute Cardigan (from Instructables)
Turn Men’s Slacks into a Pencil Skirt (from It’s Always Autumn)
Turn a Men’s Shirt into a Lace-Front Blouse (from It’s Always Autumn)
Turn an Old Necktie into a Statement Necklace (from Green Eggs ‘n Hamm/Wanderland Vintage)
Turn an Old Purse into Anthropologie-Inspired Bracelets (from At Second Street)
Turn Flip Flops and a Towel into Spa Slippers (from Crafty Nest)
Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Girls Ruffle Skirt (from Sew Much Ado)
Turn Regular Jeans into Maternity Jeans (from Crafty Cousins)

20 Things you Can Make for Free

Ornament Wreath (from Eddie Ross Design)
Fabric-Covered Candle (from Living Well Spending Less)
Scrapbook Paper Tile Coasters (from The Love Nerds)
DIY Vintage Colored Glass (from Craftberry Bush)
Toilet Paper Roll Dahlia Art (from The Mayberry Home Journal)
I Heart [MyState] Nail and String Art (from Our Mini Family)
Butterfly from Plastic Bottle (from Wonderful DIY)
Sewn Thank-You Cards (from Oh Hello Friend)
Children’s Artwork Frames Gallery Wall (from Living Well Spending Less)
Book Page Wreath (from Creations by Kara)
Fabric-Covered Flower Pots (from Christine Chitnis)
Popcorn Kernel Wreath (from Cherished Bliss)
Towel Dish Mat (from Life in Grace)
Star-Shaped Crayons (from Living Well Spending Less)
Soup Can Vases (from Under the Sycamore)
Upcycled Ruffle Pillow (from Oh So Crafty)
Sharpie Mugs (from Living Well Spending Less)
Fall Book Page Garland (from Oh So Crafty)
Paint Chip Garland (from Cherished Bliss)
Simple Fabric Table Runner (from Living Well Spending Less)

Day 17: Get a Free Education

50 Free Online Lessons

Hobbies, Crafts, and Games
Learn how to sew an easy pillow case dress — make this cute dress in just a few hours using only a yard of fabric. You can even donate your dresses to little girls in need. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to knit — watch these easy videos to master the technique. (from Knitting Help)
Learn how to crochet — links, videos, and info on basic stitches and easy patterns. (from Crochet.About)
Learn how to take better pictures with your iPhone — easy tips that everyone should know! (from Ashley Ann Photography)
Learn how to take better portraits — 10 amazing tips. (fromDigital Photography School)
Learn some photography basics to improve your photographs — 5 tips for taking better pictures with any camera. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to make homemade pickles — step-by-step tutorial. Who knew it was so easy? (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to make a ruffle cake. Watch this super-cool cake decorating video, then get the Martha Stewart recipe for Swiss Merengue Frosting to make it perfect!
Learn how to play Bridge — 20 easy steps.(fromWikiHow)
Learn how to play Canasta—I grew up playing this fun game with my family. Watch out, it’s addicting! (from How Stuff Works)
Learn how to play chess — a combination of videos and written instructions. (from eHow)
Learn how to tie-dye with natural ingredients—use stuff you already have on hand! (Plus, get more natural dye ingredients and instructions from Money Crashers.)
Learn how to make a freezer paper stencil—this tutorial uses glitter, but you can also just use regular paint. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to decorate with book pages—The Nester shares 20 ideas for things you can make out of old books—cool!
Learn how to draw—cool video tutorials for how to draw all sorts of things! (from Drawing Now)

Self-Improvement

Learn how to give a compliment—if sometimes you just don’t know the right thing to say. (from Life Optimizer)
Learn how to remember names—10 simple tricks. (from Forbes)
Learn how to say you’re sorry—everyone could use a few tips on how to apologize. (from PsychCentral)
Learn how to be a better listener. (from Dumb Little Man)
Learn how to make a great first impression—because you never get a second chance. (from Positivity Blog)
Learn basic etiquette for all situations—8 basic tips everyone should know! (from Laurie Johnson)

Technology and Computers

Learn how to edit photographs online—a simple tutorial for getting started with the awesomeness that is PicMonkey. (from Blissful and Domestic)
Learn how to start a blog—This basic tutorial tell you everything you need to know about starting a blog for profit.
Learn how to type faster—the one-minute typing test is a little addicting. (from 10 Fast Fingers)
Learn how to search online more effectively. (from Alexandra Samuel)
Learn how to use Pinterest to organize for the holidays (or any other event). (from Creative Organizing Blog)

Home Improvement

Learn how to unclog a drain—10 easy things to try. (from Wise Bread)
Learn how to build a simple hanging bookshelf—you could easily make this shelf out of scrap wood in the garage! (from Poppies at Play)
Learn how to start a simple vegetable garden—or start planning one for next season! (from Garden Guides)
Learn how to prune a tree—check out this simple video and never again wonder if you’re doing it right! (from Land Designs Unlimited)
Learn how to paint a room—this step-by-step tutorial is great. (from Expert Real Estate Tips)
Learn how to paint a piece of furniture—I met Angela at a conference a few years ago and was so inspired to see all of the cool stuff she was making from thrift store finds. I’ve yet to try it, but she makes it look super easy. (from Button Bird Designs)
Learn how to sew on a button—something everyone should know! (from Simple Sewing Projects)
Learn to clean almost anything—Heather Solos has a wealth of knowledge on all things domestic!

Traditional Education

Take a free online course from the University of Washington—choose from several different literature, history, and life skills courses.
Learn how to be a better writer—start reading Jeff Goins’ blog regularly and you’ll practically get better through osmosis. Bonus: sign up for his e-newsletter and get access to his eBook too!
Learn basic grammar skills—Copyblogger shares 15 common grammar errors that make you look silly.

Life Skills

Learn how to shop with coupons—my “Beginner’s Guide to Coupons” breaks it down to easy baby steps. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to better manage your time—10 tips for getting more out of each day. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to speed clean your house—keep things neat and tidy in just minutes each day. (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to perform CPR—Watch the video … it may help you save a life someday. (from CPRCertified)
Learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver … um, ditto. (from Howcast)
Learn how to get started with investing—3 great tips from Debt Free Adventure for how to start investing with $1000 or less.
Learn how to drive a stick shift—this video makes me think I might actually want to try! (from Jo Friedrich)
Learn how to jump-start a car. (from Eric The Car Guy)
Learn how to make scrambled eggs—something everyone should know! (from Living Well Spending Less)
Learn how to be informed about what’s going on in the world—great tips if you ever felt overwhelmed by current events. (from Wiki How)
Get prepared for the next election—a nonpartisan website to help you make an informed decision.
Learn how to negotiate—simple tips for negotiating on almost anything. (from I Will Teach You to Be Rich)
Learn how to make pretty iced sugar cookies—impress your friends and have the perfect go-to gift, party favor, or treat for any occasion. (from Living Well Spending Less)

Day 18: Find New Uses for Old Things

21 Clever Upcycling Ideas

Upcycled Crib into Magazine Rack (from Tip Junkie)
Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art (from How-To Gal)
Rake Wine Glass Rack (from Tattered Style)
Tin Can Lanterns (from Grow Creative)
Cookie Sheet Serving Tray (from Living Well Spending Less)
Cereal Box 3D Cardboard Star (from Grey Luster Girl)
Upcycled Sweater Pillow (from Infarrantly Creative)
Broke Crayon Monogram Art (from Upcycle Us)
Tuna Can Tealight Holders (from Practically Functional)
Upcycled Nightstand into Kid’s Island Play Kitchen (from Paint on the Ceiling)
Paint Stirrer Garden Markers (from Living Well Spending Less)
Upcycled Books into Shelves (from Real Simple)
Pallet Plate Rack (from Apartment Therapy)
Upcycled Headboard into Chalkboard Welcome Sign (from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)
Shutter Magazine Rack (from My Repurposed Life)
Woven Leather Belt Chair (from Saved by Love Creations)
Rain Gutter Kids Bookshelves (from Sunshine on the Inside)
Plastic Spoon Chrysanthemum Mirror (from Addicted 2 Decorating)
Mason Jar Herb Garden (from Camille’s Style)
Wine Cork Bathmat (from The Crafty Nest)
Upcycled Spoon Ring (from Through the Front Door)

Day 19: Prepare to Pamper Yourself

Young Living

Week 4: Earn Money and Get Freebies

Day 22: Sell Your Stuff

8 Ways to Take Better Pictures (from Living Well Spending Less)
eBay’s Selling Manager
Craigslist
Facebook

Day 23 Get Free Money

Coinstar
Swagbucks
Restaurant.com
Groupon
Living Social
Jingit
Recyclebank
Inbox Dollars
eBates

Day 24: Get Free Stuff

100 Free Kindle Books
Artists on the Rise FREE MP3 Music Deals
Amazon App Store
Freebies 4 Mom
Beginner’s Guide to Couponing (from Living Well Spending Less)
Freecycle
Craigslist
Zinio

Day 25: Try Bartering

One Hundred Dollars a Month
Coupon Connections
U-Exchange
Timebanks

Day 27: Have Free Fun with Your Family

Homemade Play-Doh
DIY Family Handprint Tree
Fingerprint Heart 
Home Depot
Lowe’s
Dock Dogs

The Final Stretch: Create Lasting Change

Day 29: Reassess Your Budget
LWSL Cash Flow Budget Worksheet
Beginner’s Guide to Saving – mortgage, rent, or insurance rates.
Beginner’s Guide to Saving – paying for gas and transportation.

Day 30: Plan for the Future

8 Financial Planning Resources

5 Habits of Successful Debt Slayers (from Living Well Spending Less)
How to Not Give Upon Your War on Debt (from Living Well Spending Less)
10 Smart Ways to Build an Emergency Fund (from Living Well Spending Less)
Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement (from Dol.gov)
How to Save for Retirement on a Low Income (from USNews & World Report)
How Much Should I Save for Retirement? (fromChristianPF)
How 401k Plans Work (from How Stuff Works)
Guide to College Savings Plans (from CNN Money)