Unexpected Small Expenses

Going out and about in summer can be a costly exercise. The reason I say this is because we all get thirsty and this can result in unexpected expenses both financially and health wise. There have been occasions in the past when I have been out shopping or running errands where I’ve come to feel…

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The State of Retail

It seems as though every couple of weeks, the media reports how retail is dying, sales are down and stores are closing. Many media sources use the advent of online shopping to blame the mass failure of many staple stores which have been around for many years. I, however feel differently. Part of the reason…

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The Ikea Phenomenon

My boyfriend and I needed some new pegs to hang out the washing with. He is a particular fan of the ones from Ikea so we decided it was time to head out there into the Ikea jungle (yes, I call it a jungle) and make a purchase. It was planned and didn’t exactly break…

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When Impulse Buying is a Good Idea

A minimalist and frugal living lifestyle does not normally lend itself to impulse buying. This particular form of purchasing is normally associated with an ‘in the moment’ purchase that has not been well thought out or considered. It generally also equates to spending money unnecessarily on products that aren’t needed and seem to end up…

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Value for Money

I have often talked about finding bargains and living frugally but I don’t believe so far I have mentioned value for money. Finding value for money is something that is very important to me as there are some instances where I don’t believe the cheapest option is necessarily the best value. Value is so much…

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Small Frugal Wins – The Birthday Card

My boyfriend and I try to live fairly frugally. We aim to find the best deals and we both get a real buzz out of finding a bargain (when it’s something we need of course and not just a bargain for the sake of buying because something is cheap). We both really enjoy sharing small…

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Coriander, 30 Cents a Bunch

I don’t know why but I’ve never been able to keep coriander alive (like I said in my very first post here, I’m not green thumbed). My other half and I have no problems with parsley, thyme, rosemary or basil. But for some reason coriander is nothing more than an wilted disaster. I prefer to…

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The Lure of the Sales

Ahh it’s that time of year, post boxing day sale and the final markdowns are happening. ‘Take an extra 20% off already reduced items” or “No item over $20” are splashed all over television ads and social media. The lure of discounts is enticing as items up are up to 95% off are often too…

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