See a Penny Pick it Up

Prior to the lockdown my boyfriend and I were at IKEA, yes IKEA… a minimalists nightmare…so might I also add for my fellow minimalists that we went in for two items and only left with the two items we intended to purchase (no unusual kitchen utensils were bought in the making of this blog post).…

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Literally Living with Less

As a side effect of the current COVID-19 situation, I’ve been staying with my boyfriend full time. It was a real rush to move in and gather together additional items I considered to be ‘essential’ prior to leaving home. I’ve been here for over a month now and let me be clear – I brought…

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For Others

During this pandemic I’ve found that I’ve been quite self absorbed. I have spent the majority of my time focusing on how this has affected me. It’s all been about me. How I can’t go to dancing, how I can’t go on holiday, how I can’t eat out at a restaurant. This constant focus on…

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A Need to Spend

Unless you’ve been livng under a rock, you will be completely aware that the world is topsy turvey due to Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus or COVID-19 (whatever your preferred nae may be). This has resulted in an unprecedented halt to daily life as we know it which has put many people’s employment and businesses in jeapoardy…

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Peanut Butter Economy

I recently made a batch of cookies that called for one cup of peanut butter in the ingredients list. Now, many frugal blogs always preach about buying store brands or home brands and saving a few dollars and cents on every item here and there (thereby translating into significant savings over long periods of time).…

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Minimalist vs. the Frugal Mind

Do you ever find yourself with far too much of something? So much so you want to get rid of certain items, except they’re all ‘still good’?. This is a situation I find myself in from time to time. The mental difficulty of getting rid of perfectly good stuff. An excellent example of this problem…

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Why Retail is an Epic Fail

This might seem like a strange post for a minimalist blog, but I feel like it’s something that I need to bring up. These days, news reports detailing declining retail sales are ubiquitous and retailers are always quick to lay blame with consumers, the economy and lack of wage growth etc. However, as a minimalist,…

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My Reusable Bubble Tea Cup: Bumbler Cup

In previous posts, I have mentioned my love for bubble tea. Aside from the expense, the one thing I resent about my tea drinking habit is the environmental impact it has. Bubble tea comes in single use plastic cups with a single use plastic lid and a single use plastic straw (yes I know, I…

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Post-Christmas Packaging Blues

I find one of the times that really gets me thinking about my environmental impact is after Christmas. When everything has been unwrapped and unboxed, that’s when all I begin to see is wasted and unnecessary packaging. It makes me feel guilty and it’s one of the things that definitely has an impact on my…

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Shopback

Yesterday, I had my first experience with an app/website called Shopback. Yes, that’s right I bought something, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Shopback for those of you not in the know is an Australian platform where you login and are redirected to the sites you wish to make purchases from (eg supermarkets,…

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