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, August 29, 2011

Bouncing Myself Up.

I Hit 70 followers last week!!! Who would have ever thought people would read my ramblings. Thank you so much for following and also thank you to those of you who don't have blogger accounts and yet read me too. You all keep me encouraged to keep saving my pennies for the good stuff in life.

I also want to say a big Hello and Happy You Are Still Here to my readers from the Irene hit areas. I think we will also be in for big ones this year (cyclones) and can fully empathise when the wind strikes your town.

Now back to ME, the red faced shamed me, the big spender me, the money grows on trees me. Last week was a very bad week for the pennies. I bought pastry, snacks and takeaway nearly every workday from the supermarket and restaurants downstairs from my job. Not only am I overweight and not in my prime of health but really that $10 a day in junk and take out is a HUGE waste of money. Why have I been doing it??? I'll tell you..... It's been bit of gluttony, a feeling of overwhelm at work, dissatisfied here and there, over committed, busy with family, aching back dragging me down and maybe a bit depressed too. But waking up to my negativity is the 1st step to getting off the spend and eat ride I've been on and a new week is here to start afresh and be motivated.

Today being Monday was a fresh start and I got myself together. I wrote a list of manageable things to do. I organised a plan. I decluttered a little at home. I looked at my growing savings (feels good) and I made myself the best lunch at work for only $4.

When I take photos in the lunchroom - I'm sure people think I'm totally wackorama.

My Wackorama Super Healthy and Delicious Lunch.
I'm already feeling better and more in control already. Weight has lifted from my shoulders and I'm going to fill my next few days with healthy food, some exercise, feel good library books and ticks on my To Do list.

Do you feel you loose control sometimes too? Do you anything in particular to get your motivation back?


  1. I wrote a post called 'positive mental attitude' the other day detailing my failings on the exercise front, thats where i feel i loose control. I ate some processed food early today and now i feel completely yuk ! i only have myself to blame. we have to be strong !!

  2. All the time! Sometimes I throw my hands up and declare it all too hard and I deserve to buy take away because....well just because! If I have rubbish it will be a run of it and that could mean we have three "easy" meals (bbq chook & oven fries etc) all bought because I cant be bothered.

    What usually motivates me to get back on track is money and guilt. Guilt about wasting money and guilt that the kids arent eating nutriously balanced meals. Then I am usually good to go again!

  3. I do worse when I'm tired and like a fool I'm going back to a healthy eating regime next week when I return to school.

    But it has to be done for health reasons.

    Good luck with your healthy eating!

    Sft x

  4. Mmm, your wackorama lunch looks amazing!! I am learning to make healthy and frugal foods. Currently I am a big fan of lentil salads! You've inspired me to try some avacado though! :)


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