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.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Dreaded Facebook is My Friend.

Hello there,

I know it's been too long and most of my readers must be wondering where I went. I went nowhere... Just became extremely busy with my usual eco-frugal life but added an active social life and sport!

I have been using Facebook a great deal, but much of it to my frugal advantage. Not only did it help with my school reunion and finding people, but I've also joined number of groups such as a local Food Growers Group and a Bartering and Swap Group! All are amazing with a wealth of information and offers.

For example I swapped a keyboard I did not need for headbands made out of old damaged clothing I no longer wanted. So basically I swapped an item for sewing services.

Not Needed Keyboard.

Headbands to Feed my Headband Addiction.

I swapped crafty bits for Dolly to have a rural experience where she had the opportunity to pat baby animals (Goats, geese, ducks, chickens and guinea pigs).

Crafty Extras.

Rural Experience.

And I was given 2 egg laying chickens that were living in cramped conditions for the Community Garden that I am part of. The owner did not want them living is cramped conditions so gave away 15 chickens to various people!

Chicken Needing Extra Space to Grow its Feathers.

So I encourage you to open a Facebook account (if possible) and do a search of the groups that are in your local community. Ones that will allow you to grow your Eco-Frugal networks and skills.

Looking forward to hearing from you and some of you may have great bartering stories to tell.

I missed you all. The feeling of community we have and the inspiration to continue on my eco-frugal journey is a very important part of my lifestyle. How I need encouragement and motivation to keep going on bumpy days and your comments does this for me.

Thank you,

Stephanie at Frugal Down Under :)


  1. Glad you have been busy bartering and frugalling, I have missed your blogging :)

  2. I do love Facebook for the same reasons, there are some great community pages and lots of inspiration to be found too

    Good to see you :)


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