Shanks' Pony (a.k.a. taking a walk)

This fine institution – shanks’ pony – has been a vital part of human transport for generations. It is an old-fashioned term that means travelling by foot. I’ve been experimenting with this novel concept all week. Walking between appointments in the city during the business day (rather than catching a taxi). Some benefits of walking … [Read more…]

How you can reduce your lifetime energy footprint

Dr. Saul Griffith shares on Pop Tech! how we can reduce our lifetime energy usage. One key idea is making things last longer. He also shows, a free online tool anyone can use to gain a deep understanding of their total energy footprint – and how to reduce their role in climate change. @ … [Read more…]

Is Procrastination a Useful Tool in Frugalism?

One thing I realised recently is that my tendency to procrastinate can be useful tool in deferring expenditure. There were several days after Christmas when I meant to go to the shops and buy some things but never got around to it. And then, on thinking about it realised I did not need those things … [Read more…]

List of things to simplify – finance

Thinking about things in my financial life that can be simplified or reduced: credit cards bank accounts superannuation fund accounts shopping insurance Off to work out an action plan to simplify each of these – the goal is to make them simpler, cheaper and/or better value for money.

Shopping plans

I’ve never really bothered to plan my shopping & have traditionally just bought whatever appealed to me on the day. But that is all about to change. I’m going to be planning my shopping from now on – checking labels and looking for good value. Any frugal shopping tips are most welcome.

Time for some public transport

This week my goal is to take public transport to the city on at least 3 business days. Just been checking out the NSW government 131500website to plan my trips. Now I just need to find a carbon reduction tracker so I can work out progress due to not using the car so much.