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Oily Rag: Creepy critters and soapy issues

Friday, 27 March 2015, 1:41 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Temperatures are on the way down and our daylight hours are about to get one hour shorter. This has created an unusual problem for Paul from Northland who has this question: "The colder weather is bringing uninvited guests into the house - ... More >>

Oily Rag Column 16/3/15: Preserving the summer harvest

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 12:09 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

With the sunny season coming to an end it’s time to fill your pantry shelves and freezer with food to last you though to the next growing season. It is a matter of dollars and sense for the frugal family because fruit and vegetables are cheapest ... More >>

Oily Rag Q & A

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 11:11 am | Frank and Muriel Newman

Last week we asked a couple of questions that readers had sent in. True to form, the frugal community has lots of penny-pinching answers. More >>

Ho Ho Frugal Christmas

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:44 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

It’s Christmas and that’s a time for oily rag households to breakout the home brew and celebrate their frugality with low cost feasts. Here are some ideas for summer treats using fruit that is in-season and plentiful. More >>

Santa's low cost gift giving

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 12:48 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

Another month year is about to come to an end, which means oily rag households will be getting busy planning for the special day. Fortunately the oily rag community has sent through lots of ideas about low-cost gift giving to make Christmas frugal ... More >>

From face cleaners to pot plants

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 3:03 pm | Frank and Muriel Newman

The mail bags are full again. This week the tips range from a “feel-like-Cleopatra” face cleaner to a way of keeping your pot plants well watered! More >>

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 >>



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