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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Credit!

Remember the free books I gathered and talked about a few days ago here, (nine of them were in Italian) well when I went in to the second hand book shop in the CBD, I saw the Borneo book I wanted for $25. So I pulled out my bag and asked if I could gain store credit for my books. I was feeling shy and nervous as I have never done this before. I was encouraged with a smiling yes and I crossed my fingers I would get enough credit for the book I want.

Well, let me tell you.....

It was totally worth it! I was given $60 store credit!!!!!! I'm so thrilled as I now have $60 to spend at my leisure on books that I want. I left the Borneo book behind because the manager told me it was now a popular destination so I know that book will be on the shelves again and we are not going for another year.

Each great experience like this encourages me to step forward away from my comfort zone and ask, because an ask is rarely declined. And in this occurrence it surpassed my expectations. Another win on my eco frugal life.

Have you ever gained store credit for your books, clothes or anything else?

(By the way, I did go and pick up The Rambling Expat in the darkness of the night. I am happy that I pushed myself, it's nice for The Rambling Expat to have family greeting him instead of waiting in a long queue for a taxi and wasting money. For those who pop over to his blog from time to time he has a fishing lure GIVEAWAY if you enjoy fishing.)


  1. I take books to as bookstore, get credit. Then, I pay some down and get gift certicates. If I want to give a $10 gift certificate, I have to have $5 in credit and pay $5 in cash. It works for local gifts. One year, I got books for my grandson that were on his reading list. My daughter paid $40 at Barnes and Nobles for three paperback hs books. I paid something like $15 and got them with no cash.

  2. This sounds wonderful, but how does it work exactly. Not sure we have the same system in the UK.

    Congrats on the pick up by the way, yes it is worth making a little extra effort to save money.

    Sft x

  3. I got a discount on accommodation last week, just by asking. They didn't have the cheaper room available, so I asked for the next one up for the same price - they offered it for $10 off (only $10 more than the cheaper room would have been). I was happy with that. I wouldn't have received the discount if I didn't ask.

    I'm learning lots of frugal lessons from you!

  4. if you dont mind me asking, which bookstore was that at? he have heaps and heaps of books here that we no longer need or would just like an update. many many many cooking books.
    I would love to find somewhere in darwin that orgainses clothes swaps with anything left over going to charity. I have a heap of stuff here to move on and considered happy yess markets but due to prior commitments the next one i would likely make it it is april! husband wont be keen on a giant pile of clothes and shoes in our bedroom for months!


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