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About must be thrifty

Buying a house on a single-person income is never easy, but must be thrifty did it anyway in 2009, when interest rates were at a record low. Now that interest rates are going up and house prices are going down, she's bracing herself for some serious scrooging...

Flooring: making the best of what’s already there

Our new house had floating floorboards made of some blondish-coloured wood veneer. They looked cheap and brought about a vehemence rarely seen in my mild-mannered Cheap Geek–’I hate these floors’, was pretty much the first thing he said when we … Continue reading

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End of an era

Three years have past since my first mustbethrifty post. In my quest to save money and resources, I’ve done things my pre-mortgage self never considered doing: getting multiple quotes, researching products, putting up with housemates, clothes and food swapping, scavenging … Continue reading

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Hol(e)y soles!

These boots have suffered much abuse over the years and now they have hol(e)y soles, which aren’t great in the wet winter weather. I didn’t want to throw them out, however, since they cost me a couple of hundred bucks. Plus … Continue reading

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The best cookbook I’ll ever own

Who doesn’t love a good cookbook? Big and bold with page after page of beautifully plated food, they’re a feast for the eyes of the food-obsessed. Last time I checked, however, ‘oohing and aahing’ over a photograph of Gelato Messina’s … Continue reading

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Consolidating debt with the home loan

Three years ago, I wrote a post on switching to a low-interest credit card and or consolidating the credit card debt in the home loan. I said I’d avoid redraw at all costs but never explained the reasons why.

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2014’s federal budget: what did you expect?

On Tuesday, I came home to this: While there are a handful of budget ‘winners’, namely defence, infrastructure, medical research, mining (via ABC), as well as ballerinas and school chaplaincy (via SMH), the rest of us have just had our tax breaks knocked out … Continue reading

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My shop on Etsy

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My interview with Grace has inspired me to sell some of my vintage collection on Etsy. Back in the days of pov-uni-studentdom, I used to sell unwanted books and CDs on eBay (I even made a profit when I sold … Continue reading

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