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Why live off the smell of an oily rag? A good question! There are lots of really really good reasons for living off the smell of an oily rag. Here are just some of them:

1. It's fun!

2. It saves you heaps of money!

3. Waste not, want not!

4. It's good for the environment!

5. Avoiding waste means you will have money for the things that are really important!

6. It means you have more money left over at the end of each week, which means you can save more, which means you have more for investment, which means you will have more money when you put your feet up and retire!

Living off the smell of an oily rag is not about hardship or deprivation - it's about fun and creativity! You do not need to be poor to enjoy living off the smell of an oily rag - the well-off can enjoy it too!

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Here are some reasons...

Lynne from Dunedin writes,  I have lived the oily rag existence out of necessity. My husband left me and took our life savings. I had to exist on a benefit which I just hated but ill health has left me unable to work again.  My biggest savings came from buying nearly everything from our local hospice shop and local second hand shops. I have bought everything from clothing to gifts for my family from these shops and I really enjoy buying from them or having a sniff around. Unfortunately they don't sell food but by buying home brands or things on special and a very careful shopping list I can still manage to save money from my benefit. As well I save all gold coins in my purse left over from shopping trips. It is surprising how fast it grows. I put them all into a tin I have and last year alone the amount came to $3000. It was money I never missed at the time, and the money saved I put towards a lovely holiday with friends. They just could not believe I had a holiday with the savings I had made from gold coins.  Already this year I have saved $250 so it can be done. 

Rosana from Opotiki writes, The great oily rag ideas have really inspired my lifestyle. From Townie to Coastie, now 51 years old its time to get back to nature. We do a swap hen eggs for duck eggs or a cake or a batch of fried bread for some cows full-cream milk. But the best part is making new friends. I am hoping to revive a small orchard and grow all my veges this summer.

"Enjoyed your book and learned a lot.  Best tip for me was rather than charging working kids board to give them one of the bills to pay (power or petrol would be my pick)." - Tom

"I have been an oily ragger for about 16 years since my parents brought me your book. My Oily Ragging can basically be put down to the fact I hate waste.... why waste money or anything for that matter if you don't need to." - J.B.

"I  live off the smell of an oily rag because I think its the right thing to do. I am not driven by necessity. I have lots of money, but I think it is better to be frugal so that I have the say-so what happens to the savings. I actually give quite a lot away to charity. In other words, I am frugal so that I may be generous." - L.R.

"Greetings from a small island in the Cook islands. I am here for two years on a teaching contract, along with my husband and three year old son. We were oily raggers a bit before we came here, but now we are "devotees" through necessity. Where we live there is only a very limited, expensive range of groceries. Although we order groceries every few weeks from Rarotonga we have leant to stretch our $ and "make do" on less. We are enjoying the savings". - M.N.

"Because I can save heaps. This gives me money over at the end of each week so I can save as much as I need to to make sure I will have a retirement nest-egg. All of my spare money is going into investments." - B.J. 

"I get a lot of enjoyment out of using things other people class as rubbish and if I save money by doing so, its even better. For years I was on a small wage and I still managed to pay off a $10,000 loan in 3 years. Im proud of myself and think I am a real oily rag person!"  J.O. Christchurch.

"Many years ago I read with delight your Living off the Smell of an oily rag and our family have been leading a very simple life ever since thanks to your wonderful book! After seeing Good Morning recently it reminded me of just how much I have got out of your book and thought it would be a wonderful idea to buy two more for my two oldest children that have since left home. (I have implemented so many of your ideas in your book over the years, they are second nature to me and our home now)... Thank you so much for a wonderful book. I hope my son and daughter get as much reward (financial and contentment knowing they have done it/made it themselves) 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! Cant wait to extend our veggie garden and plant fruit trees and save even more whilst having fun! Also enjoying your emails on new tips now that I have joined your club." - T. H. 

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