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Wow, what I would give to live in a world where money was a ‘non-issue’.

The world has become such an expensive place!

Post Christmas we really struggled to catch back up. We didn’t go away anywhere (and haven’t been anywhere since) in an effort to save some money… But it just seems to be an uphill battle. Everyone I speak to is in the same boat… It seems everything is getting more expensive. You think you are going to have a good month and your power bill comes and puts you in your chair!
So all we can do is keep plugging along. Here are my biggest tips for attempting to get on track

  1. Make a budget (and stick to it!) Think before you spend (do you REALLY need it?)
  2. Minimise power and gas use (short showers, power points off at night, rug up in the cold, lights off)
  3. Embrace the great outdoors (my kids love playing outside and will choose it everyday over watching TV! And it’s free!)
  4. Embrace the ‘Chinese laundry’ (my husband read that the dryer costs around $10 per load! Wowzah)
  5. Beef mince is your friend… A staple in my kitchen which costs barely anything and creates big hearty meals
  6. Shop around…. By changing from woollies to Coles I have saved a bomb!
  7. Don’t be a brand snob. Food, clothes etc… There are some great budget options out there that are just as great as the expensive brands!
  8. Use local buy swap and sells to your advantage… Find some bargains and offload the things you don’t need anymore!
  9. Don’t stress…. You’ll get through this! If you are smart about this, you can be happy and tackle your money issues. This is something I tell myself every day!

We will be ok!


Posted by haldem337, 23rd April 2014


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  • Great tips!! With four kids and hubby the sole income provider we always seem to be behind but we somehow still manage so I’m tgankful for that!!

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  • It is getting harder and harder to cope with rising costs today. I am shocked to hear of power bills regularly $800-$1000 :0 Ours is never over $300

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  • Some great tips.
    Woudl love to see some budget friendly meal ideas posted :)
    It would be really helpful for other mums to share in our community at Mouth Of Mums!

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  • great tips! they have been well thought out
    thank you for this post

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  • Glad I click on this some great tips Thank you :)

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  • Definitely true, always save and save where possible as life can hit the wrong turn at any point in life. So having extra cash for a rainy day is a big big bonus. So good luck and don’t worry about money as money really can’t buy love xoxo

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  • I find paying a small bit ahead for bills helps

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  • Great tips, thanks. I’d have to add the rule “Never pay full price for toilet paper”. It seems to be on special every second week or so. Stock up then. When there’s an extra big discount on the brand I like, I buy even more of it and store it in the laundry.


    • You sound a bit like me. I have loads of it to.

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  • Absolutely love your story! So true the points you’ve mentioned and often so easy to apply. Thanks.

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  • thank you for sharing your tips. I need to tighten the family budget so it is really going to help :)

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  • Local fruit and veg places are great for saving money :) local butchers also (not in shopping complexes!)

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  • Great tips ! Once I go off work to have bubs, we’ll be down roughly 1/3 of our earnings.. Will definitely be keeping these tips in mind.

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  • thank you for the tips – we are needing to tighten our budget at the moment and I am sure these will help.

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  • I am finding it very hard now as I no longer get Child Support (since Feb) and I am not game to use the heater so we rug up and use extra blankets. I just wish I could use all these luxuries but the thought of the high Power bills really scare me. I buy alot of mince to make different meals. I turn off the power points of a night time, and yet I still struggle to pay my bills, and it is so stressful, I can’t even take my kids anywhere as it costs so much these days :( Heartbreaking at times.

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  • Sums it up perfectly and I have done all this recently as we save for our first home. Gumtree is a favorite now and we also swapped to coles and do a meal plan every week.

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