Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal, Money Matters

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 Australian wedding totals at $36,200 (IBISWorld, via The Age).

Apart from a $500 booze-related blip, they stayed within budget, thanks to family and friends. Being on the committee that managed the Newstead Racecourse Reserve, Josephine’s sister was able to secure the venue for free. A photographer friend provided his services without charge. Car hire was more of a car borrow.

Despite calling in so many favours, Patrick and Josephine thought that they could have got away with more. Continue reading

Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal, Dress to Impress (for Less), Footnote Frivolity***

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Finding appropriate wedding guest attire is not an easy task.’s Nina Callaway includes a long list of don’ts in her article on wedding guest attire etiquette.


  • White. (This rule has relaxed some, and you can get away with wearing a printed dress with a white background and some cream colored clothing. Just be careful not to upstage the bride.)
  • Black to a daytime wedding
  • Jeans
  • Anything too sexy or revealing
  • Anything torn, with holes, stained, too big or too small for you!
  • Anything sleeveless or strapless to a religious wedding. Bring a wrap to cover your shoulders.

And then there are the costs involved in finding a dress, heels, and accessories (hat, shawl, handbag, and jewellery).

So how does one dress inoffensively well without dipping into the mortgage redraw facility?  Continue reading

Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal, Footnote Frivolity***, Going Green

Beg, borrow, but don’t steal

A while ago, I wrote about borrowing Charlaine Harris’ Dead Reckoning from the library. Friend and fellow blogger Melbourne on My Mind wrote back, informing me that I could have borrowed it from her. Therefore, the trick is to always ask around before you buy (or in my case, wait for a month to get a reserved copy from the library). You might be able to beg or borrow (but not steal) whatever it is that you’re desperate for from a family member, a co-worker, or a friend.

But how do you beg/borrow successfully?

Firstly, put the word out. Let it be known over Facebook, Twitter, or dinner table conversation that you have just bought a home and are in need of something. 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