Thrifty Like Your Nanna

‘If you look after your pennies, your pounds will take care of themselves.’

As told by Kristy to mustbethrifty

Grandpa was tight when it came to money. When he was alive, the family never went to restaurants. There were few treats: if Mum and her siblings wanted ice cream, they would have to share between the four of them.

He died when I was six months old. Nanna has been on her own ever since. Us grandkids and her Salvation Army work have kept her busy. She’s received a Community Achievement Award for her twenty-five years of service.

While Nanna isn’t as tight as Grandpa (she prefers to call herself ‘economical’), she is still careful with money. Continue reading

Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal

Love thy library

To celebrate the start of True Blood’s Season Four, I planned on reading Charlaine Harris’ latest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning. Unfortunately, when I got to the public library, it seemed like everyone else shared the same idea: there were fifteen reservations before mine. True Blood’s Season Four would be done and dusted before the library copy reached me. Continue reading

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To market, to market

A bargain hunter with a competitive streak, my friend Sarah refuses to let her mortgage get the better of her. BM (Before Mortgage), she used to dine out at Comme and shop on Collins Street, but AM (After Mortgage), she’s traded dining out for dining in and makes do without furniture.

Despite her conversion to Thriftianity, there is one habit that she won’t renounce: supermarket shopping. Continue reading

Clever Cooks

Wanting wontons

Once, on a cold July night, the thought of wonton soup was enough to make the hungry mortgager wanton and weak-willed enough to stop by at a noodle shop on the way home from work. After perusing a laminated menu decorated with spelling mistakes such as ‘pettitoes’ and ‘vagetables’, the mortgager ordered the much-anticipated wontons and parted with their precious $9.50. Fifteen minutes later, they were confronted by this:

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