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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

So Much to Chat About!!!

Thanks for all you wonderful comments about the Sustainable Living Festival and the dehydrator. I'm still buzzing from the excitement of it all and my weekend continued to be a hive of activity and will continue to be busy for the rest of this week.

Yesterday Dolly and I had another fun day at the Happy Yess Market. The market is growing into a very friendly atmosphere of hanging and chatting. People spend the day lying around in the grass making new friends. The Happy Yess Moles created a dress up area for young and old alike. Dolly had a fabulous time dressing in a feather boa and thick furry russia type hat in the tropical heat. She also did some hoola hooping with a skilled woman and painting with a environmental activists. My Dolly is a non stop chatterbox and I am so grateful the adults at the market accept her energy, encourage her creativity, play and chat with her.

Profit wise I made $73.50 (after taking out $26 stock, $14 stall and $8 lunch) selling my lovely goodies. Once again nothing to quit my job over but it's just so much fun hunting down gorgeous stuff and having a stall with it. It's like playing shop when your a kid. Anyway... $70 has gone into our Borneo Trip jar (to place into my online high interest account) and $3.50 into my jar for the garden plot. I also sold a 1950's crystal glass necklace for $30 that I purchased in a antique shop 6yrs ago for $30. So I popped that straight into my purse and did not count it in my sales.
Australian notes made of plastic - perfect for the beach.
Dolly made $7.50, selling ice cups, toys and a pair of outgrown shoes. Which I will help her divide into her 3 money jars;
  • Saving long term for her future (home deposit?)
  • Saving medium term for something special (Horse?)
  • Money for spending (books, toys, frills and lollies)
Another four longggggg weeks until the next Happy Yess market. BooHoo. I'm thinking of maybe trying to squeeze another market stall in elsewhere as the weather is perfect and marketeering is so much fun. I'll need to spend another $25 on new stock. What FUN.. I still have plenty of stock left too. I only sold the Mazi skirt so far from last weeks stock.

Did any of you get stuff up on Ebay, Community Notice Boards, Gumtree, Graigslist, LETS, Swap, Barter or even Freecycle this week?


  1. Now that you ask, yes, I listed an OLD Dodge camper shell for a truck we used to own and sold. The buyer did not want the shell and it was sitting in our backyard FOREVER. I finally got tired of it and listed it yesterday morning as "free" to the first taker. I think I got 8 emails within the hour, and it was promptly picked up by the first person who answered the ad. I got rid of what I did not need, and I think the people who got it was going to take it to a metal recycling place for some cash. Yes, we could have done that, but my husband just had hernia surgery and did not need to be lifting something heavy and cumbersome. It was a good deal all around.

  2. Hey Frugal by Choice. You must be feeling very satisfied. I need to list Dolly's old craft table that's been sitting outside since I set up the "new" desk 2 months ago.. I don't know why I can't my act together on that one. Some things are destined to be in my life for way too long, giving me a headache.

  3. What a lovely idea to get Dolly involved in selling, and saving for future needs. I've put up a glomesh bag on eBay this week because I've decided I will never use it. I'm a little sad to see it go though! :)

  4. Glomesh bags are so vintage pretty, but I never end up using bags like that in my hectic life. So I hoard them for a while and then sell them on.

    Can yours be a prop at home instead?


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