Monthly Archives: May 2016

Oily Rag Budget 2016

Last week the Government released its Budget, and given that lots of people had lots to say about lots of things, we thought we would report on the Oily Rag Minister of Finance’s Alternative Budget. The first paragraph of that budget speech went like this: “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I […]

Winter cooking

The first of the winter chills has set in so oily rag households will have their wood burning stoves stoked up and the slow cookers simmering with warm winter meals. Jo from Christchurch writes, “For a simple winter family meal there is nothing better than a mince stew. Hubby and I make one starting with […]

Frugal travels

A reader from Palmerston North is planning a 4-month overseas walking holiday and is asking the oily rag community for money-saving travelling tips. If you have any suggestions, let us know and we will pass them on. But as a start, we thought we would catch up on the latest travel market innovations. Things have […]

Frugality the path to prosperity

The NZ Herald recently ran an interesting article about a young lady from Auckland, who despite the stories of housing un-affordability has, at the age of just 24, managed to own a property in Auckland and a batch in Pauanui. How did she do that? “…it wasn’t having rich parents that got her there – […]