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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, December 13, 2011

Craft - All Good and Frugal

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all well and not as hot as I am. It's sweltering here in the tropics. A little hard to cope with as it's draining.

For dinner tonight we had left over roast chicken cooked in a pot with carrot and broccoli. It turned into a lovely soup which I poured into bowls half full of rice. Healthy, cheap and yummy. And helping my family to shake these coughs.

Once I had Dolly in bed at 7pm I sat down in front of a the TV screen and crafted for 3 hours while watching the Closer.

YoYo Necklace - ready to swing around a pretty neck.

Shiny Bead to Hide the Snap Lock Button

And the 2nd present for Dolly's special person is completed. It cost me roughly $1 in materials from old clothes purchased in op shops, ribbon, 1 new snap lock button and new thread. Buttons were from freecycled buttons. It did however take me about 4 hours to complete as I kept making mistakes and having to unpick to resew. I guess I was blinded and distracted by TV.

Did you have a fab frugal day too?
Do you craft to save your pennies?


  1. I have done babysitting in the past but in the run up to Christmas it would be a great way to make some money! I work most evenings though.

    I didn't do anything particularly frugal today as I was at work, but I am hoping to get a toy dog made tonight for The Boyfriend's niece! :D

  2. Lovely idea its like you are going out as well to the cinema and getting paid

  3. Great little gift and great gig.

    Today, I am finishing dehydrating yellow peppers and have washed the trays so I can start dehydrating bananas.

    I worked for a friend for $10/hr helping her care for her two grandchildren, but I worked sometimes 60 hours each week. It was either torture or pure joy. Days that were 12 hours are not my thing at my age.I loved the money. It started as a thought and evolved over time to a job that had way too many hours each week. I had to put my foot down and pull back. Otherwise, I would be dead. And, those kids were NOT sleeping.

  4. Hi Cathy - It really does feel like entertainment. Access to pay TV. Nice home to enjoy. And bonus of a few dollars.

    Hi Practical Parsimony, I worked as a Nanny for 5yrs with awake children. I loved it - but that was 15yrs ago. I don't have the energy to play tag and swing upside down on the monkey bars anymore. My daughter has missed out of the crazy energy mum and my age (or fat) has caught up with me.

  5. Bryallen - don't forget to show us all your creations.


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