penny pinching tips
oily raggers may be frugal with their money, there is nothing frugal
about their generosity to share their money saving tips with others. We
have received so many emails from readers we thought we would list some
of the most recent.
at local Council venues for the wedding - halls, gardens and council
buildings. They are much more reasonably priced than particular
wedding venues as they are there for the community to use and some
of them are gorgeous. (Ask
you local council.) - G.C., Christchurch.
brought up 2 girls mostly on my own… I've had my share of having
to pinch pennies… Go to the supermarket first thing in the morning
and get some real bargains at the deli section. There are often
things, being close to their 'use by date', at less than half the
normal price. I often manage to get Champagne ham or other really
expensive stuff for a fraction of the normal cost and have a
wonderful, luxurious lunch! Same goes for the meat section. - BuzzyBee,
those with a wood burner or pellet heater: Install a small
swivelling fan high up in a corner of the room. It will drive warm
air down to where you need it most and, if you like, into adjoining
rooms. - Thirties Depression Baby, Auckland.
to do with lots of bananas. Process peeled bananas which are not too
ripe in the blender with very little soy milk until of ice cream
consistency and store in small containers in the freezer. (Being
allergic to dairy I have not tried using milk.) My home grown
bananas, plentiful this season, are quite sweet, but you can of
course add a little jam or fruit jelly or honey. This makes a great
dessert, much cheaper and healthier than ice cream. - Thirties
Depression Baby, Auckland.
cheap, healthy pie. Butter 3 slices of bread, press (butter side
down) into shape of pie dish. Fill with any fresh vegetables,
spinach, parsley, finely chopped onion or chilli, silver beet
chopped. Fill to about an inch above rim of dish as it settles. Make
hole in centre and slowly pour in about 3 or 4 beaten eggs with salt
& pepper. Close hole and cover top in grated cheese, pop in oven
for about half an hour. Vary as much as you like, use up frozen
veges, just make sure you keep silver beet leaves to bottom of pie
as they can blacken with the heat. Thanks to my friend Brenda for
this favourite. - Canny Scot, Christchurch.
use sugar soap for cleaning walls, ceilings, floors and to wash the
car. It is really good at getting road grime off the car and does
not leave waxy marks on the windows… Sugar Soap is not too
expensive and is available at supermarkets. - Sue Lunjevich,
For more tips see www.oilyrag.co.nz.
week we have extended our great NZ milk survey to all New
want to find the least and most expensive 2 litre bottle of
milk. So far prices range between $2.50 and $5.15! How much are
you paying for milk? Let us know by taking part in the
one-minute survey on www.oilyrag.co.nz.
will be analysing the responses and announcing the results
within the next few weeks.
of Oily Rag Club members describe themselves as Greenie Oily Raggers.
you so much for a wonderful book. I hope my son and daughter get
as much reward (financial and contentment - knowing that they have done
it / made it themselves) from the book as we have. We are about to
embark on the next adventure of our life - buying a little bit of land
so we will soon be the family on the front of your book - free range
chooks included! Can't wait to extend our veggie garden and plant fruit
trees and save even more whilst having fun! Thank you -
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