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Saving on Fuel

Saving on Fuel
Even though the price of petrol has lowered slightly with the ‘credit crunch’ – we all know that eventually the only way is up.  Here are some common sense ways to save fuel for you car.

Recycling for Fun and Profit

Recycling for Fun and Profit
One of the philosophies of frugal living is eliminating waste.  Why buy something when you have the materials and the skills to make it yourself (or have your kids make it, instead of watching tv!)?

Frugal Living Checklist II

Frugal Living Checklist II
Have you really made a commitment to frugal living, or do you just think you have?  Here are a few more frugal living habits you might like to adopt to save some money or some time.

Are You Really Shopping Around?

Are You Really Shopping Around?
Every frugal shopper, bargain hunter and cheapskate will tell you that it pays to shop around. The only way you’ll KNOW you’ve saved money is if you know the various prices on offer. But just how wide are you casting your net? Perhaps it’s time you joined the global economy!

Frugal Living to a T

Frugal Living to a T
As the change in season approaches and shorts and t-shirts are replaced with jeans and jumpers, it’s a great time for frugal living aficionado’s to do a quick wardrobe audit.   Here are some tips on redeploying your no-longer-wearables. T-Shirts

Frugal Living Checklist

Frugal Living Checklist
Have you really made a commitment to frugal living, or do you just think you have?  See how many of the following strategies you already have in place. Do you have a budget?  Written down and up to date including all expenses.

Saving on Craft Materials

Saving on Craft Materials
If you knit or crochet, you know that the cost of yarn can add up considerably.  Before you add to your stash of wool or yarn, take a look around the house – there’s plenty to keep your fingers busy and your costs down.  And if you’re not a knitter or crocheter, consider learning – it’s

A Frugal Living Tip for Every Room in the House

A Frugal Living Tip for Every Room in the House
Are you living frugally in every room in the house?   Here are some habits, trips and tricks you might like to adopt. On their own, they mightn’t make you a millionaire – but every little bit counts!

Frugal Living – A Celebration of the Imagination

Frugal Living – A Celebration of the Imagination
Anyone who has taken the decision to live frugally, is doing themselves and their families a great favour.  Not just because of the fact that you’re saving money, because you are exercising your ingenuity and imagination - which is great for your mental health and your self-esteem (not to mention

Negotiating on Price – Honing the Haggle

 Negotiating on Price – Honing  the Haggle
If you want to save money successfully, it pays to be able to haggle.  If you’re not a natural negotiator (not many of us are), here are some tips on getting the best deal.

Saving Money at the Supermarket – Size Matters

Saving Money at the Supermarket – Size Matters
Do you walk around the supermarket, buying what you always buy, without looking left or right and up or down?   Without even switching brands – you might be missing savings that are hiding right under your nose.  It’s time to switch on, tune in and reap the savings!

You Only Need One Thing to Save Money

You Only Need One Thing to Save Money
Why is the internet full of frugal living sites and page after page of money saving tips?  Simply because there are literally thousands of ways to save money.  The good news is you only need to implement ONE of them.

Budgeting For Your Wedding

Budgeting For Your Wedding
In October this year, my partner and I have decided to finally tie the knot officially.  We’ve also made another important decision; we’re NOT going into debt to do it.  We’re going to have the wedding of our dreams for under $5000 (40-50 guests).

Are You Saving or Slaving?

Are You Saving or Slaving?
You’ve set yourself a goal to save some money – but what strategies do you have in place to help you get there?   Are you setting yourself up to succeed or to fail?  There are simple steps you can take that can help make it almost impossible to fail.

The Little Things that Add Up

 The Little Things that Add Up
The more you settle into a frugal living lifestyle, the more attuned you become to wastage around the home.   Here are three random little tips that won’t make you a millionaire, but might help ingrain the “zero waste” philosophy into your mindset.

$21 Frugal Living Food Challenge – Can You Do it?

$21 Frugal Living Food Challenge – Can You Do it?
Can you feed your family for just $21 for a whole week?  It’s a lot easier than you might think!  And it’s as close as your pantry!  As saving money tips go, this one’s a real winner.

Saving Money in the Garden – Weed Control

Saving Money in the Garden – Weed Control
Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money on your groceries – not only that it gets you out into the sunshine and fresh air, gives you exercise and gives you something to do (so your less likely to be thinking about going shopping).  However, if you’re not careful, gardening can

Money Saving Tips – A Warning from the Universe

 Money Saving Tips – A Warning from the Universe
When you think about saving money and living frugally, what exactly are you thinking? Have you got the law of attraction working for you or against you?

Money Saving Tips – 5 Ways to Change Your Ways

 Money Saving Tips – 5 Ways to Change Your Ways
For some, making the switch to frugal living is like coming home, it’s second nature.  For others though, forming those money saving habits can be a little more difficult.  Different approaches work for different people – here are five different suggestions for eating this elephant.

Silly Money Saving Tips For The Serial Skimper

Silly Money Saving Tips For The Serial Skimper
When you make the switch to frugal living and then begin to see the rewards of implementing some simple money saving tips – it’s not unusual to get a little over-excited and start to look for savings everywhere.

Creating a Second Income – The Crafty Way

Creating a Second Income – The Crafty Way
As well as saving the money that you already earn and employing the principals of frugal living - why not also consider making money another way? The power to create a second income is in your hands!

Saving Money on Hair Care – DIY Hair Colour

Saving Money on Hair Care – DIY Hair Colour
Colouring my hair used to be a treat, it was the proverbial “change that was as good as a holiday”. These days, as I am still firmly in denial and refuse to face the inevitable reality of grey hair, it is now what I would consider a NECESSITY.

Saving Money On Entertainment – Be Your Own

Frugal living shouldn’t mean locking yourself at home with the lights off (unless of course that’s your thing).   As with most things “frugal”, all it takes to save money on entertainment is a little time and just the smallest effort.

New Years Resolutions – How Much Money Will You Save This Year?

Although I’m not really one for New Years resolutions, it does seem an appropriate time to ask “Do I want to be in a better position financially this time next year?”   If your answer is yes, chances are that will mean making some better/different choices.    What are you prepared to do t

Saving Money on Gifts – Is Re-Gifting Morally Bankrupt?

 Saving Money on Gifts – Is Re-Gifting Morally Bankrupt?
Re-gifting, the act of taking a gift that has been given to yourself, rewrapping and giving it to another.   It’s been the subject of many a sitcom and novelty holiday news item in the past few years.    But for those who have taken a vow of frugal living the question remains, is it a valid a

Saving Money On Insurance Premiums

There doesn’t seem to be much point in making the switch to frugal living and implementing money saving tips that will save you a few dollars here and there, if you don’t examine your larger “fixed” outgoings like insurance that could save you hundreds of dollars in one foul swoop!

Beware The Post-Christmas Sales

It would seem to make sense that one of the premises of frugal living and saving money is “wait until it’s on sale”.  Post-Christmas is the perfect time (well the only time really) that you should buy your decorations, wrapping, gift tags and bon bons ready for next year.  For those of us wh

Saving Money on Mulch - Classified Information

One of the keys to frugal living is thinking outside the square and looking for different paths and alternative options to arrive at your goals with more money left in your pocket.

Saving Money On Last Minute Christmas Presents

With Christmas now just days away, if you haven’t done all your present shopping yet, you may be starting to get a little edgy.  You’re entering the danger zone where panic can set in, your gift budget goes out the window and you’re willing to pay anything just to get those last few names tic

Saving Money on Postage – Thinking Outside the Box

When it comes to saving money on mailing Christmas presents, Santa has got the right idea – he puts all his presents in a sack – and if you want to save money on postage so should you.

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