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.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Promoting Ms Dig

Just a quick Post to Promote our friend Ms Dig, because she's nice, goes to interesting places in my part of Australia and writes about her interesting finds. She's an archeologist.

A last week I talked about Arnhemland, this link has a few of her photos. My partner the fishing freak The Rambling Expat sometimes takes unicycling lessons from her. In exchange he teaches a little French. But I think there's more biking then French talking going on.


  1. Bodycorp: where I talked about the bill to on my other post is the amount of money each unit has to pay for the maintenance of the building our flats are in and the fees associated with being managed.

    We are looking at the walls being rendered as they are damaged over the years and we need to protect them from further erosion. This will cost $50,000 plus - so this will need to come out of the bodycorp savings plus a loan.

  2. is that for all the people in all the flats? thats £25K - which is about right for a block of many many flats to be rendered but whatever you have seems to cost a great deal, your standards of living seem higher but cost me. I always compare the cost of a bottle of wine - here - Australian wine (which you must be able to buy cheap?) is £4 a bottle, for very good wine, what would you pay?

  3. I don't really drink much anymore and haven't bought wine in 5 yrs. But back then $7 could get you an inexpensive but ok red wine.

    We live in a block of 6 units. Cost of living seems higher in Australian then the UK. And even more expensive in the Northern Territory. There is a shortage of tradies so trades are very costly.

    Wage wise for your calculations a classroom teacher earns Gross $65,000 to $80,500 per year.

    I earn $58,000 as a administrator level 4 with 3 years at that level (public servant). I entered as an Business Apprentice 5 yrs ago at $20,000 the year and worked my way up.

  4. Gosh, wow, thank you for the post!

    Je comprends un peu le Francais, aujourd-hui. In fact, I think I can speak French about as well as the Rambling Expat can ride a unicycle (which is not to say that either of us do it well!). More practice required...


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