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Race-based water rights a step closer

Friday, 24 April 2015, 12:13 pm | Muriel Newman

Water is being targeted by the Maori elite as the next resource to control. The influential Iwi Leaders Group is pushing ahead with their demand for a proprietary right to freshwater. They want a preferential allocation - in perpetuity - that can be commercialised. ... More >>

Frugal and safe holiday motoring

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 1:35 pm | Muriel Newman

For most people holidays involve travel. It’s therefore an appropriate time to remind motorists that safe driving also makes financial sense. More >>

Reader tips

Thursday, 14 March 2013, 12:23 pm | Muriel Newman

It’s time to dig into the mail bags again and reveal the tips sent in by readers. It’s amazing that after 20 years of collecting frugal living tips readers are still able to come up with new and innovative ways to make more from what they have around ... More >>

Resolutely oily rag

Thursday, 27 December 2012, 10:50 am | Muriel Newman

As another December is torn from the calendar, the appearance of January is an opportunity to make promises for the year ahead. For many, resolutions are more about aspiration than fact, but oily rag folk like aspiration so we thought it would be fun to reflect ... More >>

Oily Rag - Spring cleaning

Thursday, 13 September 2012, 1:21 pm | Muriel Newman

Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to do those cleaning and clearing jobs that have been conveniently ignored throughout the winter. More >>

Oil Rag - Winter Warmth

Friday, 8 June 2012, 11:16 am | Muriel Newman

The chilly weather is a timely reminder about ways to lower heating costs. Here are some of the best tips - from our oily rag website. • Just under half (42% on average to be exact) of all household heat is lost through the ceiling, so insulate that ... More >>

Oily Rag column - week beginning 31 October 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011, 1:05 pm | Muriel Newman

Oily Rag column - week beginning 31 October 2011 Oily Rag Party Manifesto By Frank and Muriel Newman Hoardings are sprouting like spring mushrooms and political promises are filling our airwaves - it must be election time! Not to be denied a soapbox, ... More >>

Oily Rag column 25 April 2011

Thursday, 21 April 2011, 2:23 pm | Muriel Newman

Oily Rag column - week beginning 25 April 2011 Best-by or Use-by that is the question. By Frank and Muriel Newman More >>

Others follow where oily raggers walk

Friday, 18 February 2011, 1:39 pm | Muriel Newman

We have known for years that oily raggers are leading the way for others to follow. About 18 months ago the oily rag research team carried out a nationwide survey to answer some key questions about the price of milk. Over 600 oily rag readers took ... More >>

National MPs Under Pressure to Break Ranks

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 3:55 pm | Muriel Newman

National MPs are coming under intense pressure to break ranks and vote against the controversial Marine and Coastal Area Bill, Coastal Coalition spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. “National Party MPs and Peter Dunne are coming under intense ... More >>

Leftovers and recycling - Oily Rag column

Friday, 11 February 2011, 12:13 pm | Muriel Newman

Oily raggers are not the sort of people to let anything go to waste. It is no surprise that they have lots of ideas to make the most of what others throw out. Here are some suggestions from readers – first on leftovers: More >>

Beating the food price rise

Friday, 7 January 2011, 2:04 pm | Muriel Newman

Beating the food price rise - by Frank and Muriel Newman We have been warned. Floods, famine, heat waves, and an ice-age type winter in the northern hemisphere are likely to have a big impact on the price of food in our supermarkets - so we are told. Add ... More >>

The Oily Rag Test

Friday, 31 December 2010, 1:48 pm | Muriel Newman

The Oily Rag Test – by Frank and Muriel Newman It’s quiz time. How do your oily rag skills rate? Here’s your chance to find out, by taking the oily rag test. Answer these simple questions, then see how you rate. 1. You just haven't got enough time ... More >>

Cheap and cheerful Christmas

Friday, 3 December 2010, 2:11 pm | Muriel Newman

It’s been a tough year for many but more and more are meeting the challenge by living off the smell of an oily rag. It’s certainly been a busy year for the Oily Rag team. Membership of the Oily Rag Club has more than doubled to just over 2300 ... More >>

The Oily Rag column

Friday, 19 November 2010, 1:41 pm | Muriel Newman

Spring is in the air so it’s time to get cleaning. The best cleaner we know of is called elbow grease - and best of all, it’s free! But when a few everyday household ingredients are added, it can provide low-cost alternatives to expensive cleaners. More >>

More tips from frugal families

Friday, 5 November 2010, 12:43 pm | Muriel Newman

More tips from frugal families – by Frank and Muriel Newman The mail bags have again been full of great oily rag tips from the ever growing oily rag community. Here are some tips received in the last week and we report on the key findings of ... More >>

An oily rag spring clean

Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 10:26 am | Muriel Newman

It’s that time of the year when spring is in the air – and keen oily raggers know that their trash may be another’s treasure. Here are some oily rag tips to make the task easier. More >>

Oily Rag: Money Matters

Monday, 9 August 2010, 10:31 am | Muriel Newman

Interest rates and unemployment are on the rise so it is no surprise to us that more than ever people are turning to a living off the smell of an oily rag lifestyle. If there is any silver lining to hard economic times, it is to remind us about the ... More >>

Muriel Newman: Impulse shopping

Monday, 7 June 2010, 4:51 pm | Muriel Newman

We get lots of shopping tips from avid oily rag readers, who espouse the virtue of having a shopping list as a way to avoid the many temptations that retailers cunningly put before their customers. While there is no doubt that shopping lists are crucial ... More >>

Falling temperatures, rising electricity costs

Monday, 31 May 2010, 10:33 am | Muriel Newman

With the emissions trading scheme now forcing up power prices, we thought it timely to remind readers about the many ways to save electricity costs. Fortunately, lots of people and organisations like power companies are advocating ways to save electricity ... More >>





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