#1, 1 December 2008
lunches… for councillors
a time when thousands of budget conscious Oily Raggers are fronting up
to tougher times by taking cut lunches and a hot thermos to work, a
report in the NZ Herald says the North Shore City councillors have voted
10 to 3 for ratepayers to provide them with free lunches!
the North Shore City Council is not the only one to have ratepayers
shout them lunch. Many (probably most) are spending tens of thousands
(some more than $40,000!) of your money on their lunches and that’s
not fair when many ratepayers are cutting costs to make ends meet. Councillors
are paid very well – we reckon it’s time they stopped scrounging off
ratepayers and paid for their own lunch, like everyone else.
time all councils started living off the smell of an oily rag so we
thought we would ask the oily rag community to offer councillor a few
low-cost oily rag munchie-lunchie suggestions.
in your tips and we will pass them onto councillors, as our gesture of
goodwill from the oily rag community. Send us your tips click
the time of goodwill and bad budgets
know many of you have favourite tips about how to enjoy the goodwill of
Christmas without the ill-will of high costs. How about sharing some of
your Christmas thoughts? How can people avoid the high cost? Do you have
any favourite gifts? How do you celebrate Christmas in your oily rag
household? To make a comment
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of buying a cut lunch at a cost of $8 a day, you make your own banquet
at a cost of say $1.50. It takes you 15 minutes. The saving is $6.50, or
$26 an hour.
of buying coffee, take a flask of hot drink to work, or better still
what about this to make a few oily rag dollars: Throw
on a uniform, fill a cane basket with fresh sandwiches, filled rolls,
yoghurt, muffins and apples and you're in business. Go door-to-door
round office buildings offering the mouth-watering temptations - arrive
just before morning tea or lunch, and just after council meetings!
(Don’t forget to check out the local authority heath regulations
before you turn up 1!)
foods in the fridge – this not only keeps the flies off
but helps to keep the fridge cool and saves power.
idea on how to stock up your pantry was originally given
to us by a reader. On each shopping expedition she would
buy one extra item. She made sure that the something extra
that she bought was a heavily discounted special –
something that was a real bargain. It could be anything
from a packet of tea, dried fruit, a tin of spaghetti to
something expensive – depending on her budget for that
week. Each week that one item was added to her pantry. It
didn’t take long before the pantry was bursting with
heavily discounted goodies purchased at the lowest