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Frugal Living: Inspirational Reading

“The Richest Man In Babylon” is a fantastic little book that really motivates you to get saving. It’s a cult classic that has sold more than two million copies and has people raving about it from all over the world. I picked it up for my husband after seeing it on Bill Gate’s Recommended Reading List, but I’ve actually come to love it myself as well!

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Frugal Living: You Need A Budget

The budgeting software that we use is YNAB (You Need A Budget) and it is so so great, I literally cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s the best thing that we’ve done for our finances, and our marriage. So here is a little introduction to this fantastic piece of software.

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Frugal Living: Apples

Apples are a great source of vitamins, and can be turned into so many things. Generally, if they are less than $3/kg they are a good price – so when I saw them in Countdown for $1/kg I knew it was a deal I had to take advantage of!

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Frugal Breakfasts: What’s the best option?

We’ve gone through a few breakfast options in our household, but after a lot of experimentation have settled on a few staples. The obvious choice, if you’re aiming to cut down on groceries, is to not buy Fruit Loops, Nutrigrain, or expensive mueslis – but how do you figure out the cheapest option (that’s still healthy of course!!).

Weet-Bix was our first step (a common NZ staple) and at 50cents per 100g isn’t BAD, per say – but when you have a 6’1″ husband, they can go through a litre of milk with it ($1.60 from my last bill) and the cost can expand really quickly! At that cost, the hubby is cut off, and we only buy this for the Little One’s┬ábreakfast (and maybe the OCCASIONAL adult snack).

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Frugal Pasta: Spaghetti Aglio E Olio <$1 per serve

This is a nice little spicy dish that is very simple, but delicious and a staple in our household. I originally got it from the TearFund “One Helping” cookbook which is part of their “Live Below the Line” challenge – available here or at Countdown. I do put my own little twists on it, but as a basic recipe it’s very easy, very filling, and very very cheap!

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Frugal Stew – $1.38 per serve!!

My personal challenge at the moment is to keep our monthly groceries $350 or less. It’s a bit of effort to work out, but once you start it actually kind of runs along by itself. The main trick is planning in advance – and over my next few blog posts I’ll show you how I’m doing it. As I live in New Zealand, these are NZ prices, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find something similar wherever you are!

To start us off, here’s recipe number one: Frugal Stew!

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