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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cultivating Sustainability Workshop

Today I went to the Cultivating Sustainability Workshop. It was so good to meet like minded people and bounce ideas about making changes in our lives and most importantly in our work places.

I gained new knowledge on how to Action Changes. One of my lightbulb moments was learning what a person values and link the action to the value(s).

A personal example:

  • Have Solar Panels Installed. 
  • Expensive short term, inexpensive long term, uses renewable energy, is a drag to get organised but is less wasteful.
  • Links with my values of thrift, environment, love (my daughter and her future), respect (for walking the talk), self pride and courage.
Linking it to values gives me personal encouragement to Take Action.
Hope I made some sense. I'm not good a relaying information I have learnt very well.
AWAKE Presenter with a few Values.
On a side note; I didn't make or eat my sandwiches today as I was in another area of the city for the workshop. I took left overs from home but since everyone was heading to a local cafe for their lunch I headed there too. I really didn't want to miss out on having extra time with active people who care about the environment and sustainability. My lunch cost me $11.50-AUS. The choice was not frugal however it was worth hanging with a bunch of inspiring people. Also after the sustainability motivation I walked the 40 minutes home :-)

Have you been acting Green lately or been to any interesting workshops? 


  1. Our next major project on our straw bale house will be installing either a wind turbine or solar panels. One nowish, the other later.

    I can justify a purchased lunch to facilitate networking with like-minded people. That was money and time well spent.

  2. I would love to go to something like that just for the pure fact that i can be around like minded people. I want to share my new found love of being green with poeple who love it aswell. I try and do good but i could do so much better. I waste so much energy but what i like the most is that i am mindful of it and i learn so much from inspiring blogs like yours. Thanks :)

  3. Hi Daffodil, your home sounds sustainable and interesting. I like the networking excuse.

    Hi Nixnax,
    Being mindful is a major step. many people don't care at all as it's just not on their radar. Unfortunately as the developing world develops they too will want to use and waste the energy and mother earth is already finding it hard to cope so what will happen then? Scary future.

  4. I'd love to do to attend something like this. I try to do as much as I can for the environment, although I could do a lot more.


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