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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Hello frugality lovers. I have a special treat for you today that I am very very excited about!!! Text Publishing have sponsored 2 copies of The Housewife Superstar: The Very Best Of Marjorie Bligh to GIVEAWAY to my 2 winning blog readers. 
All you need to do is write one of your "eccentric frugal tricks/tips" in the comments below to be in the running. The competition is open to everyone and I will use Random Generator to pick the 2 winners.
Comp starts now and ends on the 15 December 2011 11:59pm Darwin Time.
Don't forget to click on the link above to read a bit about Housewife Superstar and Marjorie. What a woman. I'm sure we could all learn a thing or two from her, she reduces, reuses and recycles by upcycling! A real Frugalista this book is full of frugal ticks some bordering on eccentricity - LOVE IT>

 Housewife Superstar 
The Very Best of Marjorie Bligh
Danielle Wood

My Terms and Conditions:
  • If you are not one of my lovely followers you must leave your email address in case you're the winner. But best to follow me and have your email activated to save yourself the hassle ;-)
  • One entry only per person.
  • Competition ends on the 15 December 2011, 11:59pm Darwin Time.
Disclaimer: I have been offered 2 copies of Housewife Superstar to giveaway and did not receive any form of payment or gifts myself.

(KATE you haven't made contact regarding your $50 Coles Myer win and your email is not active on your blogger account - can you please activate it.)


  1. Even in the US. World wide comp - so get commenting everyone :-)

  2. A lemon in the fridge to take away fridgey smells

  3. I would love to be a "housewife superstar" ok maybe not a superstar.
    also thankyou for the offer of the seeds yes I would love some snake beans and Rosella seeds.

  4. Peel a banana (and nom the fruit), then scrape the white stuff off the inside of the peel. You can then use the peel to polish your shoes!

  5. USA checking in! My eccentric frugal trick/tip is to enter every contest/giveaway you can find! Those prizes can go into your "gifting box/closet" . When you need a gift, check your gifting box first!

  6. My best tip?? If you regularly shop on Wednesdays for groceries then postpone it one day until Thursday. Find something to eat for that extra day from the pantry. Next week do it again, shopping this time on Saturday. You do not have to do this every week, but you will be amazed at how much effort and money you save yourself by delaying that shopping excursion just one day.

  7. You come up with the coolest giveaways :) Gosh this sounds like an interesting lady - I love the tip about putting shower caps on the wheels of the stroller so you don't mark the floor! My eccentric/frugal tip is to send e-cards instead of mailing cards. At Christmas time we make up a newsletter with photos and news of all the family.

  8. A great book! I used all that seeds catalog that came every year although I don't request them anymore by making small seed packets.

  9. Hi, I will definately be throwing my hat in the ring! Marjorie Bligh is fantastic I have been reading her contributions in Grassroots mag for years. She is a bit of a GrassRoots legend. Anyhoo, for my tip is keep your flour and sugar paper bags and reuse them for greasing cake tins etc. Worms will also eat them and in a pinch they are a lunch bag. You can do this with any non waxy paper bag.

  10. My frugal tips,
    always use coupons, never pay full price.
    buy the big dilutable service cleaners and dilute them into a spray bottle.
    save all remnents of candles and melt down and make new ones.
    And lastly enter competitions to win all the nice things your are too tight sorry too frugal to buy

  11. Okay, this one might seem a little weird ... I don't throw away holey underwear ... a least not the whole thing ;). I save the elastic. Then, each year when I make my family members their annual pair of pajama pants, I reuse the elastic from the underwear for their pants. I rarely have to buy elastic.

    The book sounds really intriguing. I love frugal living ;).

  12. I found your blog via Wendy at Surviving the Suburbs. This is great! :)

    My tip is that if you use/purchase butter from the store, save the wrappers in the fridge for a quick and easy way to grease any pans for baking later on!

    mary :)

    brockandmary2004 at yahoo dot com

  13. Instead of buying household spray cleaner make your own with half and half vinegar and water. Cheap. Effective. Kills lots of germs, but not lavatory ones of course. The vinegar quickly gets rid of odours.

  14. My tip: Use microfibre cloths and washers for all cleaning and washing up. Except for washing up liquid and toilet cleaner I don't really spend any dollars on cleaning chemicals. Love it as it's good for the wallet, for the environment and for my family's health :)

    Merry Christmas all, Nadia

  15. Oh and the other WONDERFUL new thing I discovered is Freecycle! So many opportunities to be part of the recycling cycle :) You can help bring new life to things that an op-shop would not take on! And it's FREE :) Nadia

  16. Menu Plan our meals for the fortnight based on what you have in the fridge and freezer. Then when shopping look out for mark down meat purchase what appeals then place in the freeezer ready for the following fortnight. I NEVER pay for full price meat. Shopping fortnightly also saves heaps of mone!

  17. who wouldn't want a book with a cover like that, she looks awesome.

    We keep a Thermos by our kettle to save on power - means we boil the kettle only a couple of times a day. Kettles use heaps of power. I also find its better for making a quicker cup of tea when caring for a toddler - I actually get to drink it.

  18. Save and reuse the plastic bags that breakfast cereal comes in. They are strong and a good size - perfect for crushing biscuits for baking, coating veges in oil to roast and crumbimg meats.
    I do enjoy your blog and wish you good health!

  19. I have lots of frugal tips, but one really, eccentric frugal tip. I have several pairs of shoes, all the same size and style but in different colors--black and white. One day, I lost the left shoe of one color. I rummage around for the other shoes. I found a white pair but only the right shoe was wearable since the sole was almost off the left shoe. So, for a winter I wore a right white shoe and a left black shoe. I never dared to go even in the front yard with this mismatched pair of shoes on. They worked fine for backyard, chicken pen, filling the garbage can shoes.

  20. Wow, that looks like a fantastic book!

    My frugal tip is to save up all the crusts and any stale bits of bread by adding them to a plastic bag in the freezer. Once I have enough in there, I whizz them through the food processor to make breadcrumbs. Why pay good money for a box of breadcrumbs at the supermarket?!


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