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New Year's money saving resolutions

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 4:56 pm | Oily Rag

Theory has it that the New Year is a time to make some highly admirable resolutions for the year ahead - forgetting about those that we promised but didn’t deliver a year earlier! More >>

Exotic breads

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 1:40 pm | Oily Rag

A reader has written to us recently promoting the benefits of making your own bread. Not only does it save them money but they are more in control of the ingredients, so they know exactly what they and their family are eating. More >>

Daylight saving about to end, garden prep' about to start

Thursday, 17 March 2016, 3:14 pm | Oily Rag

Daylight saving is about to end, which is a sure sign a new season is upon us and that it’s time to start thinking ahead for the new year's fruit and vegetable harvest. More >>

Oily Rag - Know your rights and wrongs

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 3:33 pm | Oily Rag

There have been some significant changes to consumer protection law since we last wrote about it a few years back, so we thought it worth going over some of the more important things to know about the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA), which covers consumers ... More >>

Oily Rag - Frugal summer treats

Thursday, 14 January 2016, 9:09 am | Oily Rag

It's that time of the year when oily rag gardeners are being rewarded with barrow loads of fresh and nutritious produce. The problem for many will be finding ways to use the bounty - but it's a good problem to have because the oily rag community ... More >>

Oily Rag - Cost-free Christmas

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 12:29 pm | Oily Rag

With Christmas just around the corner, we have ventured into the oily rag archives and dug out some favourite ideas and tips to take the cost out of our special day. More >>

Oily Rag - Spring veges

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 10:27 am | Oily Rag

Oily Rag gardens everywhere are bursting with vegetables; broccoli, cauliflower, and silver beet in particular. So we went looking for what readers have to say about cooking these vegetables of abundance. More >>

Oily Rag: Going bananas

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 3:45 pm | Oily Rag

This week we go bananas, but before doing so, here are a couple of questions from readers that you may be able to help with – and a tip. More >>

Oily Rag: Cheap meals and burgers and curly chips

Thursday, 22 October 2015, 3:16 pm | Oily Rag

It's busy times for oily raggers. The gardens will now be a hive of activity and some will be planning ahead for frugal summer meals. More >>

Oily Rag: Chicken week and more

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 2:46 pm | Oily Rag

It's New Zealand Chicken Week so we thought we would mention a little about chickens and eggs. Well, actually, there’s no such thing as New Zealand Chicken Week that we know of so we thought we would create one - there are weeks for all sorts of things ... More >>

Oily Rag pet care

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:13 pm | Oily Rag

According to the New Zealand Pet Food Manufacturers Association, New Zealand's pet ownership statistics are one of the highest in the world. They say, "68% of households own at least one companion animal, with a total pet population of 5 million, they ... More >>

Oily Rag - Spring has Sprung

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 12:20 pm | Oily Rag

Some people say they don’t have the time to garden, which is why busy oily raggers like ‘easy’ gardening. Frugality is a matter of degree so we would not expect everyone to transform their entire back yard into a food basket, but everyone can ... More >>

Oily Rag - Waste not want not recycling

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 2:38 pm | Oily Rag

Oily raggers tend to be ‘waste not, want not’ types so it’s no surprise that they have lots of ideas to make the most of what others throw out. More >>

Oily Rag - Chasing away the winter chill

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 10:19 am | Oily Rag

As a big icy chill grips the country, oily raggers are adopting lots of creative ways to keep warm without high cost, but first some figures about sneaky heat. More >>

Oily Rag: Dollar wise motoring

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 10:26 am | Oily Rag

Motoring costs have been in the news again recently, but for the right reasons - falling petrol prices. That's great news for cost conscious drivers, but there are lots of other ways to save on fuel costs, including your choice of tyres. More >>

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 >>