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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, February 14, 2012

Your Trash Our Cash

Hi Everyone,

It's been quiet here at frugal Down Under and I re-juggle my life with my cut back on work hours, biking to and back from work and picking up Dolly for school. It's wonderful and I will tell you more about it soon :-)

But today I want to quickly show you our cash made from the bottle and cans we have collected in the past 2 weeks. Yesterday he headed to the cash for cans depot and were rewarded with $30!

Dolly Counting and Dividing Money After Depositing Our Bottle and Cans.

Dolly and I split it in half. I placed my half in our family Borneo trip savings and Dolly then divided hers into 3. She placed $5 in the saving for a horse money box, $5 into her spending money box and $5 into her school banking for her future big ticket items (home, uni, car).

I started off with the initial pick out of the recycling bin. Then 3 units out of the 6 gave us their bottles and cans. Also every time I saw one on the footpath in front of our home I picked it up and added it to our crates instead of the bin. And my mum found another 20 of so for us. We gathered a total of 300 with no change to our lifestyle and now Dolly has a great little earner and our Borneo fund is building up again.

Did you make an extra cash this week?


  1. I think it's wonderful how you are teaching Dolly to save and spread her money between different saving schemes. She will grow up to be a savvy saver for sure thanks to her Mummy & Daddy.

  2. If you are saving for a trip to Borneo then you have to read the account of our trip to Malaysia and Borneo! http://explorethetropics.blogspot.com.au/
    We definitely did it on the cheap - backpacking, buses etc. Great fun.
    I so admire the way you are building on the saving ethic with your daughter.

  3. I made money by adding a Daily Deal button to my blog. It is too bad that we don't get that much for recycling! You and Dolly did really well.Tell her I said congratulations. Now, if I were you, I would be on fire for recycling. For 27 cans I can get about 57 cents.

  4. What fun for Dolly and a great way to teach her about money! No extra earnings here this week...but income tax refunds are on the way so I'm planning a few new savings schemes of my own...

  5. Don't you just love free money? What is better than a dollar you didn't have to earn? Good on both you and Dolly!

  6. Great work, I wish I had a parent who taught me about money. But now, I have taught myself quite a deal but I an sad about the missed opportunities when I was younger.

  7. Are you planning to continue? Is Dolly keen?

    I love Dolly's savings plans! I brainwashed my nephew and niece early on to save 'money for the future'. Bless them! They are 16 and 18 now and have quite a tidy sum now, so worth it.

    The only 'extra' money we've made this week has been on supermarket reward vouchers. Getting a bit slack about ebay, need to get back onto that as we want that camera.


    Sft x

  8. Nice that Dolly is learning about savings at a young age.

  9. This blog made me search out ways of earning from our recycling.I havent of yet found anything like you have but one of our major supermarkets offer green points and these can be turned into rewards.Until i find something better im going to do this and hopefully save for breakdown cover for the car or something like that.


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