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Happy oily raggers

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 1:15 pm | Oily Rag

Happy Oily Ragger from Mangawhai writes. "Last year one of your columns inspired us to get some chickens. We made a nice cage for them so they are well housed and free range through an orchard we put in recently - also inspired by an oily rag lifestyle. ... More >>

Ants, tips and mountains of mandarins

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:21 am | Oily Rag

Last week NS from Canterbury asked for pet friendly ideas for controlling insects like ants and spiders. More >>

Tips, questions and strawberries

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:42 pm | Oily Rag

It’s time to catch up on some of the tips and questions sent in recently by the oily rag community. It’s also time to start thinking about planting strawberries for a bumper harvest in the spring and summer. More >>

Oily Rag - Winter Warmth

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 1:11 pm | Oily Rag

While the country was coated in ice like a wedding cake we got thinking about ways to keep warm in winter – without having to go on holiday to a tropical island! Some people say there’s nothing like a good hot cup of tea to warm you up, but ... More >>

Oily Rag - Frugal self-help

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 12:29 pm | Oily Rag

It's always amazing to read the self-help ways people find to turn a dollar into two. This week’s selection of tips is no exception, ranging from babies to the pantry and then out into the garden! More >>

Oily Rag - Winter cooking

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 1:27 pm | Oily Rag

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. More >>

Oily Rag - Free fruit and affordable housing

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 9:41 am | Oily Rag

CB from Whangarei writes, "Whangarei fruit trees are laden with fruit much of it going to waste. I complain to myself every year while driving to and from work. Kensington area and Tikipunga, to name a few. Nobody picks the fruit, which then ... More >>

Oily Rag - Reader tips and thinking of the next harvest

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 2:44 pm | Oily Rag

Many thanks for all your new tips. It is good to know the Oily Rag community is active and thriving! More >>

Oily Rag Budget 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:16 pm | Oily Rag

Last week the Government released its Budget, and lots of people had a lot to say about there being too little money. We are told +250,000 kids (and presumably their parents) are living in poverty. The strange thing about poverty is that nowadays ... More >>

Oily Rag - Q & A and pet food

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 11:24 am | Oily Rag

Many thanks to those who have risen to the challenge and offered suggestions to some oily rag questions from readers. More >>

Oily Rag - Frugal feijoas

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 9:27 am | Oily Rag

We have previously written about giant pumpkins, but never before about giant feijoas. Unlike pumpkins, which are measured in hundreds of kilograms, giant feijoas are measured in hundreds of grams. More >>

Frugal business

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 2:17 pm | Oily Rag

Families are not the only ones enjoying the benefits of thrifty living. Lots of businesses gain lots of profit from having a frugal mindset. More >>

Oily rag characters

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1:30 pm | Oily Rag

I am sure you would have heard about Generation X, and personality types A & B. Well, not to be outdone by labels and generalisations we at the Oily Rag Research Institute have been doing some of our own ground-breaking research into the vexed ... More >>

Oily Rag - Financial Fritters

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 2:55 pm | Oily Rag

Fair Go ran an interesting segment about a couple (Mike and Kirsten) who were having money worries, despite being a +$100k income household - the sort of household that some politicians call "rich". Trouble was, Mike and Kirsten were not rich, ... More >>

Oily Rag: Solar Sense

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 3:26 pm | Oily Rag

Some say that solar power is the way of the future, but the high upfront cost of solar panels has been a stumbling block. So there was a ripple of excitement within the oily rag community recently when a media headline exclaimed, "Free panels place ... More >>

Oily Rag - Cleaning up

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 2:06 pm | Oily Rag

We have had a big response to a question raised by JimO from Torbay who asked for help cleaning shower glass. More >>

Pets, honey, and lots of cleaners

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 3:05 pm | Oily Rag

This week we have more frugal tips and answers to questions from the oily rag community! More >>

Oily Rag - From dog fleas to frozen meals

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 3:26 pm | Oily Rag

We have received lots of new tips in recent weeks and answers to questions from readers. More >>

Oily Rag - Fruit, fried silver beet, power and more

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 2:50 pm | Oily Rag

This week the frugal living tips include a tasty sounding recipe for silver beet - which is in abundance at present, ways to make the most of in-season fruit, and there are a couple of questions from oily rag readers. More >>

High rise storage, chips, and pesky cats

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 4:32 pm | Oily Rag

"More oily rag mail!" said our postie as the latest bag-full of frugal tips was heaved into our letterbox. Here are some of the gems we discovered. More >>



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