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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My Minimalist Birthday

Recently it was my birthday and one of my friends asked me the question on the day- are you having a minimalist birthday? I thought about this for a moment or two and then decided with a resounding yes that I was. Might I add, this was for several reasons and no it’s not just…

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That’s Garbage

In Australia (for those who are unaware) we have recently had the plastic bag banned. Well, sort of. Major supermarkets have phased them out and as a result when you head to the checkout you have to (remember to) bring your own bags. This has already been in place in other parts of the world…

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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 Great Taco Shell Debate

Before you say anything, no I don’t mean hard or soft taco shells! This is not that sort of debate. My boyfriend and I decided to have tacos for dinner one evening. Now in this particular instance, we had everything we needed except for the taco shells. So off to the supermarket to grab what…

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Purpose

I do not choose to live frugally for the sake of it, this choice has a purpose behind it. Purpose is what motivates me and helps me achieve my long term goals along with creating direction in my life. Having this purpose behind my decisions gives me not only a clear path, but a way…

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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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Buy Nothing

This past weekend I was at a friend’s house for a catch-up with a small group of close friends when mid-meal there was a knock on the door. My friend who was hosting made the comment “oh that must be someone picking something up” (I thought this was strange). She then proceeded to open the…

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Frugal Swaps

Keeping grocery costs down is something that is very important to me, particularly for the lunches I take to work. Sometimes even when a meal has been cheap, I’ve worked on ways to try and make it even cheaper. One of the most successful ways I’ve found of doing this is to swap out the…

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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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