Category Archives: Weekly newsletter

Gaspy delivers on cheaper fuel

Paul has this tip for frugal motorists. “There is an APP for mobile phones called ‘gaspy’. It’s a kiwi bit of software that uses the GPS on your phone to show the cheapest petrol stations near you – and the distance from your current position.” We were aware of the APP and first looked at […]

Frugal fashion week

There is a growing sense of expectation within the frugal fashionista community as New Zealand Fashion Week draws closer – the first week in September. It’s the one week of the year when frugal folk have an excuse to dress outrageously and show off their low cost but fashionable outfits, so we thought it appropriate […]

Your tips, questions, and low cost motoring

A reader writes, “We are about to renovate our house, and it looks like all of our money will be spent on the building so we won’t have much left for the furnishings! Does anyone have a favourite tip for transforming well-loved furniture into a modern look?” Dandelion from Whangarei writes, “Most gardeners we have […]

Party time and free plants

Many thanks to readers who are sending in their great ideas for no or low-cost fun activities for children’s parties. A reader from Gisborne writes, “Here are two ideas for birthday parties our children and grandchildren have enjoyed. Firstly, a ‘bad manners’ dinner, where bad table manners were ignored. It was very quiet to start […]

Answers to questions and better barter

Last week a reader asked if anyone has ideas for fun, no or low-cost activities for a child’s party. Maureen from Glenfield has this tip. “Get hold of a roll of butcher paper or similar. Get each kid to lie down and trace their outline. Then they get to draw and colour their shape in.” […]

Your tips: Westies, bickies and feijoas

Many thanks to those readers who have sent in interesting tips and questions – here’s a selection. PAL from Christchurch has a question for readers. “Does anyone own a Westie dog [a West Highland Terrier] with a very bad itch and found something that either cures it or relieves the scratching? We have been advised […]

Frugal pets

New Zealand is a nation of pet lovers, with 64 percent of households owning at least one companion animal. Our total pet population of 4.6 million outnumbers people, giving us the second highest rate of pet ownership in the world! According to the New Zealand Pet Food Manufacturers Association, cats are New Zealand’s most popular […]