Monthly Archives: September 2013

Frugal millionaires

We, like most people, are curious to know from people who are financially very successful, how they achieved their success. Fortunately, the answer is usually much more mundane than one sees in the movies. It’s usually about service with a smile, enthusiasm and optimism; a frugal eye on costs, and investing generously in things that […]

More tips on frugal living

The oily rag tips from readers just keep coming. This week we have tips from Whangarei in the North to Dunedin in the South, on topics as diverse as snails and play dough. Spring time means oily raggers go gardening. Marion from Auckland has this tip for making a natural weed killer. Mix 1 gallon […]

Fantastically frugal ideas from readers

This week we took a dip into the bulging oily rag mailbags, and found some fantastically frugal ideas about all sorts of things. Here’s a selection of the ones we liked the most. Kla from Stratford has this tip for a fresh smelling laundry. “If you add a few drops of essential oils to your […]

Hints on home ownership

Oily raggers are not ones to dwell on the negative so they are probably not taking a lot of notice of the negative talk about young people not being able to afford to buy a home. As oily raggers, we know that home affordability is more like a molehill than an insurmountable mountain, so we […]

Spring has sprung

As the calendar clicks past August, we now know that spring has arrived – even if spring-like weather arrived early this year. Spring means new born lambs, but it also means it’s time to do those cleaning and clearing out jobs that have been conveniently ignored through winter. We know from experience the best way […]