Monthly Archives: September 2014

A fruit tree in every backyard

A couple of weeks ago TV One’s Seven Sharp did a news story about free fruit. With “free” in the subject line, those frugally inclined are likely to remember it. It was about a very nice “mad fruit lady” from Auckland who drives the suburbs in search of fruit going to waste. Lemons were her […]

Going bananas

Last week we sent out an SOS to the frugal community on behalf of Ruth from Taumarunui and Shelley from Kerikeri, who had asked about the best (that is the best value) place to buying essential oils. True to form, readers came to the rescue. Selina from Walton recommends this. “I buy bulk essential oils […]

Oily Rag mail bags

The mailbags are full again, so here are some of the more interesting or titillating tips.   Lin, an oily rag reader from the UK, asked us for ideas for using a surplus of broad beans – especially “once they’ve got big and tough?”   Hank from Rotorua has these suggestions. “I try to get […]

Your tips

The mail bags are full again, and now that its spring attention is turning to the garden.   A reader from Whangarei was bragging to us recently about their new garden. They were giving their garden a much needed makeover and decided to approach it by asking what it was they least liked about gardening. […]