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, August 7, 2012

My Plot in a Community Garden

Hi Everyone,

This is it. My fist ever little film that I filmed with my iPhone and uploaded to You Tube after learning and being inspired by the Seed Savers, Jude and Michel.

I hope to now pepper my blog with short films of my life (lots of the good and a little of the bad) and hopefully film some people along the way to share some of their eco-frugal ways.

I focused on the garden for my 1st film as this is our main growing season for goodies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, rocket and other produce that struggle in tropical monsoonal weather. I'm also on a journey of learning from trial and error of getting food from garden to plate without breaking the piggy bank.

Thank you for participating in my journey with your following, comments and advice. I love being part of the blog community as so many of you inspire me and have sustained me on my journey of excess to a new lifestyle of less. It's a journey of small steps to change, thoughtful purchasing and more reusing. I just have to tackle my tendency to hoard as I see reusing/crafting potential in everything. Do you also have that problem?

Stephanie at Frugal Down Under.


  1. Stephanie-Great video and beautiful garden-makes me hungry for a salad! Nice job : ) .....Dude!

  2. oh boo hoo! your winter's are better than our summers! frugal queen - up to her arm pits in floods and cold!

  3. Love it!!!

    Inspirational, Amazing!!

    Thanks xx

  4. Stephanie,
    That was a great film. Keep it up. Don't call yourself a hoarder unless you have layers with dead cats, food cooked two years ago in the sink, and have saved every bottle unwashed and all over the house. Yes, I see potential in many things. However, I know when to cut my losses and give up on some projects and pass them on--to trash, sell, trade.

  5. Wow - lovely job! Well done x

  6. I have sucessfully grown radishes all year around up here
    Perhaps it is worth trying yourself?
    Where did you get your wingbeans from? I have never heard of them!


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