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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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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Minimalism and the Video Store

I know that I have written a few posts about my birthday, but well here is another one! One of my friends gave me an extremely thoughtful minimalist gift that I thought was a great example to write about. Let me explain. In a gift bag, she handed me a variety of my favourite gluten…

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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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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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Use Things

Over the years I have been given things and bought things that I have never used, but kept. The reason being is that I thought that these items were ‘too good to use’. I didn’t want to use them up, wear them out or get them dirty. Which seems ridiculous when you really think about…

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Consuming Less

Last night my other half and I had burgers for dinner (frugally home made of course) but a decision I made at the time really got me thinking about the idea of consuming less. In my day to day life I try to shop less, live with less and purge my home of useless stuff…

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