Our Frugal Lifestyle

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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Preparing for Bali and France

I am spending the weekend cleaning, de-cluttering, listing on Ebay and sorting in preparation for our 6 week holiday. It's been a slow process as I procrastinate and get side tracked by all the stuff, books and photos I find. But I even sold some old stamps from my teenage years for $4.99. I was going to toss them out but decided to take a chance and listed them last week. I'm glad I did.

I want our home tidier for our House-sitters/pet-sitters and in case there is a cyclone. Our housesitters were Help Exchangers over a year ago and we have stayed in contact. Frugalistas like us, they have been living in a caravan for free in exchange for the care of horses. So they welcomed the chance to spend 5 weeks in a city flat in exchange for the care of our cat. This is cheaper for us then putting our cat in a cattery and gives us peace of mind and it gives them a "holiday" home.

I am also sending emails to Couchsurfing hosts In Bali as I would like to find a family to stay with. If unsuccessful I would like to find a cheap Lostman for Dolly and I that is not full of party animals. Maybe I will need to purchase a Lonely Planet...

Are you going away anywhere?
How are you making it a frugal trip?


  1. Hello. Thanks for following my blog too. And a massive thanks for for the link to 'Help Exchangers.' They seem just what we have been looking for. We want to go away next summer but as we have little money, we can't afford holidays usually. To spend some time helping out on an organic farm, seems ideal. Hope you have a great ten weeks away, look forward to reading about your adventures.

    Love Lobma x

  2. Hi Lobma,
    You can also look into WWOOFing (willing workers on organic farms) and Couchsurfing also has some interesting farms or projects.


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