Category Archives: Thrifty

How To Make Recycled Flooring

Last week I completed a DIY project that I think is my favourite make in my life so far. Not because it is superbly pretty, was fantastically quick or perfectly used my skill set. In fact, there are one or … Continue reading

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Transforming Old Cutlery- Painted Wooden Handles

We’ve spent the last few days in a place called Thames- we think this could be a nice spot to settle eventually so we thought we’d check it out. We are working on Bert the bus- getting it ship shape … Continue reading

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Introducing our big brown bus: Berty Boo Bum

(Ramona named him…) After visiting nearly every bus in Auckland over our first two weeks in NZ we found the one for us. A jolly great big thing, a Toyota Coaster, usually used as school buses, with just a few … Continue reading

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My little tin is full of Eco Make Up from Dr Hauschka

For most of my life my combined cheapskate-ness and desire to tread gently on the earth has led my philosophy towards Make Up to be “None at all unless it is second-hand.” So all of my make-up has been primarily … Continue reading

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Oh, yeah, also: NEW BLOG! You are going to want to marry it…

Probably as a way of distracting myself from all the emotions of moving, like, literally FURTHER THAN IT IS POSSIBLE TO MOVE, I have been working on a brand new blog. It is thrift, frugality and moneysaving utopia but especially … Continue reading

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DIY glitter figure decorations

Quick! It’s Christmas! COVER EVERYTHING IN GLITTER. I am always picking up small plastic figures from charity shops and car boots sales- sometimes whole plastic bags of them for 50p. I rummage through it saying to Ramona “One for you, … Continue reading

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8 Things That People Should Never Get Secondhand (that I have)

“Oh, I might get this! I think I need it, really?” It was almost an exact repeat of my exclamation to Tim about three bright orange melamine plates I’d spotted a second earlier. (Yes, we are flying to New Zealand … Continue reading

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Can you have an ethical and money saving Christmas?

It feels strange writing about Christmas. We’re currently all on a beach in our pyjamas watching the surf roll in. It’s a wild and deserted stretch of coastline – we’ve been camped for 24 hours and have only spotted one … Continue reading

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Garlic down yer gob- and other natural cold remedies

We are currently on our long awaited 24 hour boat trip to Santander- we were hoping for the Sunday ferry but the “greatest storm since 1987″ meant it was cancelled. It is still pretty rocky out here but our homemade … Continue reading

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Flea Markets in Secondhand Split

Ah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking- I needed to find the Flea Market in Split, Croatia, like I needed a punch in the face. We’ve sold a house full of stuff, pared down to just a few belongings for … Continue reading

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