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
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!
For oily rag personality types, click
are some reasons...
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
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
from Opotiki writes, “The great oily rag ideas have really
inspired my lifestyle. From Townie to Coastie, now 51 years
old it’s 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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
get a lot of enjoyment out of using things other people class
as rubbish and if I save money by doing so, it’s even
better. For years I was on a small wage and I still managed to
pay off a $10,000 loan in 3 years. I’m 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! Can’t 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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