Cheap Dates, Money Matters, Thrills without frills

A cheap(er) drunk

I indulge in wine now and then. It doesn’t hurt the bank balance too much since I’m a cheap drunk. Still, I’d rather spend less on something as intangible as champagne-induced fun.

There are ways to cut down on the cost of wine. If you’re not too fussy, you can choose white over red, newer vintages over older vintages, lesser known varietals over more traditional grapes. And if you’re really adventurous, there’s cleanskin. ‘Cleanskins are usually the result of over-production. Winemakers sell off their excess at low prices without compromising the price tag of their labelled wines’ (via Wine Diva). Continue reading

Cheap Dates, Thrills without frills

Frugal thrills: Christmas in Melbourne

Christmas may be an expensive time of year, but sometimes the best things Christmas presents in life are free:

1) The Big Sing

Organised by the Gertrude Players, The Big Sing is the free alternative to Carols by Candlelight. Come and help 400 carollers at Fitzroy’s Napier Hotel belt out ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ at 6pm on Friday 21st. The carollers will make their way to Fitzroy Town Hall, so do bring some comfortable footwear as well as your best singing voice.

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Cheap Dates, Guest Post

GUEST POST: ‘Not so perky?’ Part one of my search for single perks

For the better part of a year I have been enjoying life as a swinging single, meeting loads of new people, and loving my life. Unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t feel the same.

Turns out, being single is EXPENSIVE.

I’m not just talking about the old adage that two can live almost as cheaply as one; I’m talking about the cost of socialising as a single (unless you spend your nights curled up on the couch with your cats eating tubs of sadsack from the freezer). There are costs before you even set foot outside the door. Then there is the expense of the dates themselves, and finally the price of getting home afterwards.

So how do we do swinging single and keep the house as well? Firstly, let’s look at grooming and meeting people Continue reading