Category Archives: Beg or Borrow but Don’t Steal

Borrowing books wherever, whenever

In true EOFYS-style, I bought myself a no-frills Kobo mini eReader. Usually retailing at $99.99, it was going for $49.99 at JB HiFi. While I didn’t think I’d use an eReader much, I thought it would save me money on … Continue reading

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The best things in life are freecycled

My local library has given me access to a lot of mustbethrifty resources. One aspect of thrift that has been cropping up in my reading is freecycling, ‘the act of giving away usable unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them in … Continue reading

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To the thriftster couple

Without the luxury of regular incomes, Melbourne writers Patrick Pittman and Josephine Rowe are good at making the most of a modest budget. $7000, the maximum they could afford to spend on their nuptials, is puritanically modest, considering the average … Continue reading

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Whimsical furnishings

So you’ve got the keys to the new house. The walls are patched from an exodus of photo frames. There’s electricity and water, but very little else. It’s a shell, not a home. If you were pre-mortgage, you would have used … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Signs your partner/friend is budget fail

We all know one. They turn up to the pub/restaurant/show knowing they can’t afford it, fumble around counting their coins in front of you, muttering about how they will cover the drink they just ordered by doing without vegetables until … Continue reading

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Finding appropriate wedding guest attire is not an easy task. About.com’s Nina Callaway includes a long list of don’ts in her article on wedding guest attire etiquette. DON’T WEAR: White. (This rule has relaxed some, and you can get away with wearing … Continue reading

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Not so slim pickings

Has anyone seen American Pickers? I don’t watch much reality TV, but voyeuristic bargain-hunting and junk-scavenging never fails to perk me up on a Wednesday night. Inspired by the show’s Mike and Frank, I’ve been doing some pickin’ of my … Continue reading

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