Home Scavenger Hunt
January Money Diet

Go On a Home Scavenger Hunt

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Dear friends,

It’s only the second day of our money diet, and I’m already overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and generosity. I got goose bumps reading your comments as you embraced yesterday’s Challenge #1 to give away 31 things.

Colette gave away eggs from her chickens and several other treasures to friends and family. Kara went through her stash of teas (I need to do that, too) and gave away extras to her lucky neighbors.

Crystal is gathering donations for her local ministry mission, Shelley gave away a child’s rocking chair, and Michelle has started a donation bag. Sara plans to reach out to loved ones who might be feeling isolated during this pandemic.

Tawnee shared a photo of her newly decluttered and tidy office, while Kate posted a photo of her newly organized drawer.

I’m excited and inspired by the stories you’re sharing, and hope you’ll continue posting your photos and experiences throughout the month.

We’ve committed to hanging on to our cash this month, but that doesn’t mean we need to live meagerly. In fact, I strongly believe that managing our money wisely is going to lead us to all sorts of abundance, blessings and adventures in 2021.

Find Your Hidden Treasures

On this second day of the January Money Diet, I encourage you to shop at home and spoil yourself with the things you have on hand. Now is the perfect time to go through the closets and drawers looking for those unused things we all tend to hold on to for Someday.

We might begin our home scavenger hunts with the bathroom cabinets; are there shampoo samples, fancy soaps, loofahs, and pedicure kits hiding on the shelves? Let’s actually use those nice things and pamper ourselves. Hey, we deserve it!

(And while we’re at it, why don’t we go ahead and take our vitamins every day this month? And floss?)

Treasures in the Kitchen

What about those specialty kitchen appliances and gadgets gathering dust? Let’s use our fondue pots and pasta machines and waffle irons this month, shall we?

Take inventory of your pantry and freezer, too; do you have any fancy, gourmet items or forgotten goodies lurking back in the shelves? Plan to enjoy those treats, clear some shelf space and save money on food this month.

Treasures for Projects

What about unused craft and scrapbooking supplies? Home improvement materials? Fabric and notions? Yarn and knitting needles? Office supplies? Blank journals? January is a splendid month to take on a project using things we already have.

Take a look around the closets and drawers of your home, and you might find a treasure trove of good stuff just waiting to be used up and enjoyed.

After you’ve gone on a scavenger hunt around your home, feel free to post some of your treasures or highlights on our Facebook Group. You can also use the hashtag #JanuaryMoneyDiet on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. You know we’re all just dying to hear what you unearth.

You’ll hear from me again Monday, when we tackle a challenge to save money and time this month.

Until then, treat yourself to a long soak and use the scented bath salts. Try out the shaving brush you got for Christmas and enjoy a nice shave. Light the scented candles. Wear your silk pajamas. Play your music and dance!

Best always,

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P.S. Huge thanks to the 2021 January Money Diet’s generous sponsor YourMoneyFurther.com and the Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union campaign. To find a credit union near you to stash your JMD cash, use this handy Credit Union Finder.

P.P.S. If you use Pinterest to save ideas, here’s a pin for this article: 

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Eliza Cross is the author of 15 books, including recent titles like Bacon Beans and Beer and Small Bites. She blogs at ElizaCross.com and is the founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society. Her articles have appeared in publications like Sunset, Parents and Writers' Digest. Eliza lives near Denver with her family.

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