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, January 24, 2012

Spent A Little Credit

Remember when I took FREE books to the 2nd hand bookshop for shop credit? Well I went in and spent $20 of my credit. That leaves me a huge $40 still available to spend.

I'm building up my bookshelf with resources for simple living, frugal living and eco living. In the process, I'm removing books that I know I wont read again or are too frivolous to have access to space. In their place I am placing cooking, gardening, crafting, DIY, self sufficiency and other must have books that will cover my new obsession and lifestyle choice.

So what did I buy? Two new books on food preparation. The 1st is an easy to read book on preserving foods "A Year In a Bottle". The other is "Slow Cooker" both by Sally Wise. Both excellent resources to make use of my garden produce and teach me new skills in using my slow cooker to it's full potential.

A Year in a Bottle - Sally Wise

Slow Cooker - Sally Wise

Those living in Darwin and wanting to know where the bookshop is located; the book shop is in the Darwin City Mall (next to the Red Cross Op Shop). There is another 2nd hand bookshop in Nightcliff Shopping Centre called Gordon's Book Exchange - I've heard he also gives good book credit.

All these small steps to improve my life and make in more wholesome is making me very happy. I've also been decluttering and taking 1 bag to the op shop most days. Now if only I could stick to one kind of sleep pattern and be less chaotic...

What about you, any eco-frugal wins lately? Sleep pattern all over the place? Chaotic?


  1. Those books look great!!!! I will check them out. It sounds like you are on a great journey. I am also on a getting organized journey.

  2. Those books look great.

    Clever use of your credit.

    Sft x

  3. I'm on a big declutter overhaul at the moment. I have so much stuff accumulated from my entire life until this point! I'm slowly getting down to the bare essentials so it'll be easy to move later in the year. Our house is so full of Stuff though!

    My Nana does a lot of volunteering for the British Heart Foundation, so I give any resellable things to her to use.

  4. hi, just found your blog, i love your party prep and frugal - beautiful tips :)

  5. My cereal and milk post has the details of frugal, but maybe not eco. Three boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk for a little over $8. Melatonin is the only thing that keeps me sleeping well and regularly. Right now, my life is chaotic!

  6. Hi Catsngrams, It's a fun and messy journey. Getting organised is hard.

    SFT, I'm trying very hard to not be silly with money anymore. Each cent spent should be a wide on... But I'm not 100% there yet. I do squeeze in silly spendings :-)

    Bryallen, Can't you have a little garage sale? Even if you only make 20 pounds that's better then nothing.. And you might meet interesting people.

    Hi Astra, Welcome. It's a new venture for me tapping into my creative side and nourishing it with good library books.

    Practical, I look forward to being more simplified and less chaotic. Good score on your milk and cereal.

  7. I went on a decluttering frenzy not too long ago. I went a little too crazy and threw out a lot of necessary thing and then had to re-purchase them again.

  8. Oh I love Sally Wise! You are so lucky finding 2 of her books second hand. She has an awesome website too.


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