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, September 6, 2011

Long Lost Finds.

Once Dolly is in bed and asleep The Rambling Expat and I have been cleaning and sorting every night for 40 minutes. It's making a huge difference in my life. I feel much happier and motivated as the messy clutter slowly finds a place and the dust is swept away. I am also finding long lost documents and feeling much more in control. I also feel that the housework is now becoming more evenly distributed between our gendered divide.

We started this when our Parisian visitors were going to have a sleep over at our place. Once they left for France we pushed ourselves to continue with the nightly routine and it's paying off and saves some more of our hard earned cash. For example I found a pair of sneakers I had forgotten I own. So I don't have to do the big sell on Ebay to pay for them.

Long Lost Sneakers.

Six years ago I had a pair of sneakers for a job serving ice-creams at a market. I wore them only 8 hours a week for roughly 5 months while serving customers. As I didn't wear them much, there was barely any wear or tear. They got caught up in some muddy water when our home was flooded 2 years ago and placed in a  box with other grubby shoes to be forgotten about. With this cleaning and sorting action I stumbled upon them and washed them in the washing machine to see how they would turn out. They look fabulous and now I no longer have to fork out money for new sneakers to go on walks with my neighbour Mr T.

Have you ever found any long lost treasures?

Did you click on the Book link above and read the blurb on Found? - It looks really interesting, unfortunately it's not in my public library so I will hold off buying it until it comes my way in an op shop.


  1. I once found $20 in the pocket of my winter coat, when I pulled it out the next winter. It made me do a little dance of happiness.

  2. I found a wok the other day. I do have a lot on my mind at times but I was astonished and delighted to find a wok in a rarely used cupboard... I should add that we have only been living here for three months so I obviously moved the wok with me but I have no recollection of it! Regardless it is a pleasant surprise to find one suddenly has a wok!

  3. Hi Ms Dig,
    Money is always a great find!!! When I was 18 I hid $100 before heading out. I never remembered where I hid it and never found it again. Those were my party days.

    Hello Jessiebean,
    I love my wok - I would be lost without it if it was lost. What a great find. Yo can now cook up a storm.

  4. when i was decluttering i found a brnad new pair of my husbands reebok trainers, still in the box. the receipt said 2006 ! i told my colleague at work and she said that weekend , she had found somthing in its original bag with the receipt saying 1996 ! i think we all buy to much and hog to much !


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