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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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Frugal thrills: spring in Melbourne

It’s past the midway mark for spring and the weather is finally warming up in Melbourne. Time to try 5 outdoorsy activities:

1) Bike it, hike it

Grab your bike, a mate or a date and pedal along the Capital City Trail, the Merri Creek Trail, or any other of Melbourne’s dedicated bike and pedestrian trails. For details on specific routes in and around the city, check out The Bicycle Network’s Melbourne’s Metro Trail Network page.

If you prefer a slower travelling pace, put on the hiking boots and explore one of the region’s many walks. I haven’t done Werribee Gorge yet, but apparently it’s a stunner.

Bike it, hike it, whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to take drinks and food so that you’re not spending a fortune on lunch along the way. Continue reading

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Edible weeds

Weeds. They’ll take over your garden if you’ll let them and when you don’t, it seems that with each undesirable you pull out, two will take their place. So, if you can’t beat them, why not eat them? That’s what Adam Grubb from Very Edible Gardens does. After pulling out one too many weeds from the garden bed, he decided to take a break and make the most of his wild bounty.

After a glass of weed-infused smoothie (it tasted better than it sounds), Adam and his partner Annie Raser-Rowland showed us around a private property, pointing out the weeds amongst the vegetable beds. Continue reading

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Growing herbs for next to nada

According to Frugavore’s Arabella Forge, growing your own food saves time and money, as well as giving you access to the freshest of produce. Unfortunately, fruit trees and veggie plots are a big investment (time, space, money, etc.) but as I’ve explained before, growing herbs should be a ‘fiscal no-brainer’. After all, why pay four dollars at the supermarket for a sprig of herbs, when you can pay four dollars at the nursery for a plant that will keep on giving? In fact, why pay four dollars at all when you can grow your herbs for free? 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 own in Boroondara. Yep, it’s hard rubbish week once more in the affluent inner east, and whenever I drive through its streets, a fifteen-minute trip turns into a forty-five-minute detour. Continue reading