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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frugal But Not Eco, Luxury Lunch at Work

This week I spent $18.05 on 5 workday lunches.

I even purchased "luxury" items for my lunch such as the biscuits, orange juice, spiced cucumbers and savoury broad bean snacks as I have been feeling in need of a perk. In the aim preventing myself from craving and buying takeaway and junk food at hiked up prices.

I purchased a French Stick, Pears, Tomatoes, Carrots, Meat Spread, Broad Beans Snack, Biscuits, Spiced Cucumbers and a container of Juice. I had 2 left over kiwi fruits from the previous week, so they were also included.

My lunches this week cost $3.61 each. Much more frugal then takeaway even with all my additional goodies. However this is definitely not a eco lunch as everything here is imported to my region and has travelled many kilometres to get here. Plus there is nothing eco about manufactured meats, biscuits in plastic wrap and processed juice. It's hard to create a guilt free meal when trying to be kind to my environment and juggle the demands of full time work, a child and the many activities I am part of.

I may run out of bread and need to purchase a lone roll on Friday. One bread roll costs 60 cents so will still stay within my aim of lunch for under $20.

I forgot my re-useable bags at my desk once again!!! I had to accept a plastic bag as I had too much to carry and my handbag wasn't large enough to hold many groceries. I hold my head in shame. I will try harder next time to be the organised person I wish to be.

Being organised and prepared allows my brain to be more reflective, wise and eco. Are you eco and wise?

Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.


  1. Your lunches look so tasty and healthy. Do you have a fridge at your office, I do but it is shared between about 100 people and things tend to go walkies. I take my own lunch in each day and keep it in a small cooler bag by my desk. I really dislike buying things from the shop for lunch, about 10 days ago I had to buy a sandwich. It cost £2.79. My husband declared thats cheap ( he works in London where it is so expensive) but for £2.79 I could have bought sandwiches for 3 of us.

  2. We try to be eco but we do have times like this also. Your lunches look great might have to join you. From Nix Nax

  3. We always make & take our own lunches, saves heaps & is usually yummy'er

  4. We have 4 common fridges on our floor at work for about 60 people. However our small team of 8 have our own small bar fridge which is stuffed full most days and empties out by Friday.

    Nothing goes walkies in a our small team and we tend to share a lot. To not get confused with some of the food items we sometimes initial our food products.

  5. I like to have an intimate meal with my love one and enjoy the moment.

  6. Hi Tote Bags - that sounds nice. But not possible for me in my lunch break as we work in 2 different areas of town.


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