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Oily Rag mail bags

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 2:44 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The mailbags are full again, so here are some of the more interesting or titillating tips. More >>

Oily Rag column: A lawn is a vegetable opportunity

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 11:39 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

It seems like the coldest week of the year so we through we would cheer things up by thinking about spring gardening - which is just a few weeks away. But first, here's a question from oily ragger Noreen. “Has anybody any tips on how I can prevent ... More >>

Oily Rag column: bulk buying, and thinking about Xmas

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 11:55 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

Here are some of the many tips we have received recently. Happy Harry from Whangarei has this tip. “I was buying some nails at Bunnings the other day. I needed 2000 (it was a big handyman job!) so I bought 2 boxes of 1000 each. The friendly chap ... More >>

Oily Rag column: from coffee and tea to self sufficiency

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:20 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Here are some of the many tips we have received recently. Greenfingers from Wellsford says coffee grounds are a good growing medium for mushrooms. Meg from Te Puke says, “Set aside part of your garden to grow flowers with long stems. This could save ... More >>

Oil Rag column: Winter cooking

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:55 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

The winter chill has set in so oily rag households have the wood burning stoves stoked up and the slow cookers brewing warm winter meals. An oily rag family up north said although the power was out for three days during a recent storm they cooked delicious ... More >>

Corporate chooks, ticker tapes, and more…

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 12:27 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

We have had lots of mail regarding last week’s column about chooks. Karen from Morrinsville writes, “I was smiling from ear to ear reading about hens/poultry. We have 15 head of poultry at the moment- some roosters and some hens mostly about ... More >>

Cold weather brings out the bubble wrap

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 3:35 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The winter chill is setting in so it’s not surprising oily raggers are turning their attention to cheaper heating costs. More >>

Unwanted wall drawings and more

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 1:22 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The oily rag mail bags are full to over flowing, so this week we take a dip and share some of the creative suggestions sent in by our frugal friends on how to live well for less cost. More >>

Oily Rag Budget 2014

Monday, 19 May 2014, 11:24 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

Last week the Government released its Budget, so we thought this week we would deliver our Oily Rag Budget! While the number of zeros attached to the numbers is not up to the size of government, the principles are the same: spend less than you earn ... More >>

Falling temperatures, rising electricity costs

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 4:31 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Winter is on the way, which means household power bills are about to rise as space heating costs kick in. The other thing that’s about to kick in is a new round of power price rises. Genesis for example, said that the increase would be 3.6% nationally ... More >>

Egging on oily raggers

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 3:18 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

World watchers will be well aware that people power uprisings are changing society as we know it. Less well known is the social uprising happening right here in New Zealand. Oily rag mania is sweeping through the burbs from Kaitaia to Stewart Island, ... More >>

Oily Rag column: Fantastically frugal pumpkin

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 2:21 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

We - and many others around Aoteaoilyragaroa - are having fun watching giant pumpkins grow larger by the day. The giant ones are not very edible, but the kids certainly get pretty excited when they see pumpkins growing larger than they are. More >>

Oily Rag Column: Silly season about to grip the nation

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 2:29 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

We can’t believe the year is coming to an end so quickly: as one gets older, the years just seem to get shorter! Christmas is almost here, again, and oily rag households are getting busy planning for the special day. More >>

Oily Rag Column: Kids’ gardens

Thursday, 10 October 2013, 1:15 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Being oily raggish does not have any age restrictions. Young, or just being young at heart but not in years, matters not a jot when it comes to being part of the oily rag lot – especially when it comes to kids’ gardens! More >>

Oily Rag Column: More tips on frugal living

Thursday, 19 September 2013, 2:11 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The oily rag tips from readers just keep coming. This week we have tips from Whangarei in the North to Dunedin in the South, on topics as diverse as snails and play dough. Spring time means oily raggers go gardening. Marion from Auckland has this tip for ... More >>

Simple recipes and tips for vegetables

Thursday, 30 May 2013, 11:03 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

It’s been a little while since we talked about the joys of cooking vegetables, so we thought it time to have a little bit of a catch up. In fact, we were reminded about it when listening to the author of a new book advocating a fruit and vegetable ... More >>

Oily Rag Column: Smokes, booze and TV

Thursday, 2 May 2013, 1:32 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The New Zealand Herald recently reported the results of a survey into the spending habits of Kiwis. The headline result was that nearly half (44%) of New Zealanders are living day-to-day without any savings to fall back on. The article attracted ... More >>

Oily Rag column: Frugal business

Thursday, 21 March 2013, 2:54 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

We know a lot of oily raggers not only live off the smell of an oily rag, but they run their business off the smell of an oily rag also. Be it business or pleasure, the net effect is the same - more of your dollars in your pocket instead of someone ... More >>

Oily Rag: Having a good haggle

Thursday, 28 February 2013, 1:20 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Nearly everyone likes shopping around for a bargain and we all know people who will drive great distances to save 50c on a packet of sugar. But we reckon there’s another better way to save money, and it won’t cost anything in petrol – and that’s ... More >>

Frugal living

Thursday, 7 February 2013, 12:18 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The mail bags have been full of great tips and titillations from those wanting to make a dollar buy two dollars worth of goods, and how to make the most of what we have around us. More >>

 

 

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