Our Frugal Lifestyle

My photo
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, July 29, 2013

My Daily Song - To Do, To Do, To Do.

Hi Everyone,

I took time away from the computer to be with my daughter over the school holidays, in the aim to relax and play. However I have a To Do List that is so long that I was anxious the whole time. Do you ever get the feeling you will never get through your To Do List? Well that was me! So anxious that I ended up being worried about it all the time instead of getting stuff done and crossing it off. So I decided to not take on ANYTHING else until it is DONE. No more commitments. No more promises. No more yes woman.

My To Do List contains numerous unfinished projects and chores such as; dentists visits, home evaluation and spring cleaning, reworking of the home loan, a new car key cut, assignments to be completed, shortening The Rambling Expats trousers, compile and email 80s photos to an old school friend, conduct a market research interview, enrol my daughter in dance and piano classes, do my taxes, work out a new budget to match our current life, craft gifts, clear out the freezer to start again, blog,  upcycle a desk, update a couple of Facebook Pages I help admin and lastly write letters to non internet users. ouufffff - that's a lots on my plate that needs to be cleared because I want to sayYes to more experiences and opportunities.

The frugal road is sometimes the busier road as many of us mend clothing ourselves, craft gifts with our own hands, cook a healthy meal from scratch instead of eating out of a box, look for the best deals and quality, clean with natural products, garden organic produce, keep a tight budget and take time to learn from others the art of penny pinching to live a careful but abundant life.

Are you a To Do lister too? What's on your list?

In Frugality,


1 comment:

  1. I had plenty of things to do--clean out car, sue woman who crashed into car, figure out how to wash oversize dehydrator trays and do it. Then, a sudden appearance of a woman who stresses me came from nowhere. I write resumes. She always calls me at the last moment and wants me to rewrite the ones I have written before. Yes, she will pay me well. I charge lots. Then, she feels it necessary to tell me how brilliant I am for 30 minutes as she urges me to get started right this minute. Not happening. She will call me three times each day for the next three days, urging me onward. Plus, she is trying to keep me working by promising me I am going to tutor her son in writing papers since I am an expert in English. Aaaagh.

    Then, I was pleasantly surprised to get four mystery shops that must be completed by Saturday in four different towns to which I must drive. So, I have to pencil in the woman's calls to as me if I am working.

    Then, on Sunday, a group promised they would come and work on my yard for free to help me out. Soooo, enough stress awaits me as I intend to cook at least a few goodies for them and set out soft drinks and ice and cups.

    Plus, my friend who comes to help me once a week will be here Friday. We will be totally involved, and I have no time for her frequent phone calls urging me to work.

    SHE is my main "to do" item.


Thanks for commenting - I love getting feedback, sharing experiences and learning from you.