- Tough economic times have caused some to shed belongings and live with less
- Nicole Dunbar of Chicago recommends pre-paid phones and budgeting for utilities
- "Miss Minimalist" Francine Jay says traveling light made her want to simplify her life
- Duane Elgin, author of "Voluntary Simplicity," says downsizing sparks creativity
Maureen Jenkins is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer. A Chicago native, she now lives outside Paris and blogs about her expatriate life at UrbanTravelGirl.com.
(CNN)Chicago life and business coach Nicole A. Dunbar has learned to live with less, and love it.