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.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Looking at Options

Hi Everyone,

Tonight was another frugal night. I played my Santana CD from the library and read my Money magazine also from the library. I placed sticky tabs on all the articles I want to revisit, copy or action before I return it. Once that was done I looked at last months Real Estate newspaper insert and Employment opportunities.

Quiet Time Readings.

I'm not job hunting right at this moment however it's good to look once in a while to see what is out there and what skills, experience and qualifications are required. As for Real Estate prices, they have really risen in the past 4 years but my pay packet hasn't. And from the Money magazine I learnt that Australia's Real Estate is very high in relation to our salaries and comparing to other countries. Boo-hoo :-(

I gotta keep being frugal if we want that simple house and early retirement. So at 10:30pm I decided to make 1 more batch of Organised Castles' fish patties to use up left over rice, fish and a small piece of spring onion. Tomorrow all of our lunch boxes will have fish patties and I've put some aside for my mum too. (The Rambling Expat has caught another fish that we will need to eat in the next couple of days.)

Another 16 Fish Patties Made.

It's just past midnight now. So a quick look at my fellow bloggers and bed it is. Chat to you tomorrow. Have a great evening or morning or whatever... depending on the time you are popping in :-) Goodnight...


  1. they look delicious!i made some last Friday!

  2. You are sounding so motivated at the moment! Can't wait to make those patties!

    Sft x

  3. The way real estate prices keep rising and salaries do not, I wonder how the next generation is even going to be able to afford a house...

  4. Nice fish patties! I must admit, I love a good little fish patty.

  5. It's really hard, the current house prices and our economic situation, it does worry me too about our kids and affordability. You're doing really well with your frugality, so I am sure youll soon be on your way to a house purchase. That fish looks yummy!

  6. Hi Carol, They are delicious and not too hard surprisingly. I'm addicted. What kind of fish dis you use?

    SFT, I am very motivated at the moment!!!

    I know African Aussie and Erica! It's very scary. Darwin is the highest prices after Sydney. That is why we are saving now for our daughter $1 a day each! Our unit has gone up by $100,000 in 4 years but our pays have only gone up about $2000. No comparison!!!

    Hi Daffodil, Fish patties are a new venture for me - but they taste great and when I get home a quick zap and it's faster then nasty takeaway. I'm winning slowly...


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