Category Archives: Thrifty

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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