#006: Pros and cons of the DIY lifestyle – Interview with author and frugal living expert Cristin Frank [Podcast]

Have you ever wondered if the thrifty, DIY lifestyle is worth all the time and effort? In today’s podcast episode, I explore that question and more in an interview with Cristin Frank, frugal living expert and author of the book “Living Simple, Free and Happy.”

Click below to listen to the full, 27-minute episode.

Download Episode #006: Pros & cons of the DIY lifestyle


One-hour DIY curtains

As a bonus with today’s episode, Cristin is giving away a signed copy of her book to one of you lucky listeners! There are three ways to enter:

  1. Rate the Living Rich on Less podcast in iTunes.
  2. Like Eve of Reduction on Facebook.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you have chosen the thrifty, DIY lifestyle.

Remember that, in order to get credit for each entry, you’ll need to leave a separate comment for each action you take. I’ll keep the giveaway open for two weeks, then announce a winner on Friday, Nov. 22.

Episode 6 resources

“Living Simple, Free and Happy” is available for purchase through Amazon or at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Find out how to become a Reduction Rebel at Cristin’s blog, EveofReduction.com.


Launching the Living Rich on Less podcast has been a real growth experience for me. I am working hard to get better with each episode. I welcome your feedback about how I can improve. And I’m always looking for fresh topics for future episodes.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog post.

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8 Responses

  1. teresa says:

    I’ve always loved the DYI lifestyle as it enables me to express my creativity and taste while saving money. Actually, it’s not even saving money as I would never be able to afford the look I want otherwise. It also gives a great sense of accomplishment to do it oneself, and a sense of empowerment to know difficult projects can be finished or at least attempted.

  2. Sharon says:

    GREAT podcast! I’m so impressed with the interview and very proud of you and Cristin.

  3. Liz says:

    Thanks for asking this question! For me, I love being able to create something from almost nothing. I appreciate feeling some degree of self-sufficiency and feeling less bound to consumerism. And by using my hands and brains, I feel a greater connection with my amazing grandmothers who literally homesteaded. As with many things, time and energy are my most limiting factors.

  4. Liliana Wells says:

    I like to save money by reusing and recycling because it affords me the opportunity to be creative. Also, I take pride in maximizing my resources. When I save, I can use that money toward something that I have to pay, such as health or foods items that I cannot prepare from scratch. That is why I am always looking at free websites where the posters share their successes.
    By examining what I do and making it better for me and my husband, I was able to retire early. Now I do what I like to do when I like to do it. It is a never ending journay; but, oh, so satisfying.

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