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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...

For sale, sale, sale…

After a year of living out of her backpack, my friend Grace has been doing some ‘severe decluttering’. When I asked her how her long weekend went, she told me that she had just sold everything she had put up on Gumtree … Continue reading

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The cheap geek and the bank account fee

Once upon a time, Cheap Geek opened up a no-frills account that attracted a $4 monthly fee. He accepted this fee without complaint for it was then commonplace for banks to charge maintenance fees for their banking services. As the … Continue reading

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Relaxed cooking on a budget: Save with Jamie

I’ve collected a few Jamie Oliver titles over the years; none of them get used very much. Jamie’s Kitchen horrified me with its egg-laden Baileys and Banana Bread and Butter Pudding. Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals and 30-Minute Meals demanded too much multitasking for me to really stuck … Continue reading

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Wedding album on a shoe(string) budget – part one

In the midst of last year’s wedding planning, Cheap Geek and I decided to forego the traditional wedding album. We figured that we wanted our money to go towards the talent rather than fancy paper and ink. Fortunately, our photographer … Continue reading

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Your pumpkin for my onion?

Many moons ago, I wrote a post about veggie swaps, meets where you swap your excess homegrown produce with others. Being a lazy gardener, I haven’t planted many annuals this year but that doesn’t mean I can’t swap my food. … Continue reading

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