One month of no spending – day thirty: the finish…and the start!

    Today I was sifting through my wardrobe looking to sort the keepers from the no-longer-wears. I tried on a blazer I bought a few years back but rarely wear. The cut and fabric are great but I realised what annoys me about it is the overly long sleeves. Rather than toss it in … More One month of no spending – day thirty: the finish…and the start!

One month of no spending – day seventeen: camel pots and cacti.

We started  the morning being super efficient collecting fat red tomatoes, zucchini, fat summer melons and the most beautifully perfumed basil from our garden plot. In the afternoon, we made a rookie error and went to Bunnings to get some seedlings to plant for autumn. I should NEVER go to Bunnings.  (For anyone not from Australia, Bunnings is a hardware store … More One month of no spending – day seventeen: camel pots and cacti.

One month of no spending – day fourteen: crazy strong Korean vinegar and organic gardening

Today was day fourteen of my month of minimalism and it presented a whole new type of challenge. We had to buy some super-strength vinegar for weeding the crushed granite paths at our community garden plot. The committee pointed us in the direction of a new but dangerous find – a huge and amazing Korean supermarket … More One month of no spending – day fourteen: crazy strong Korean vinegar and organic gardening

One month of buying nothing – day eleven: reflecting on minimalism.

I finally had to do the groceries today but stuck to a pretty solid list. I also tried to look for seasonal things, I figure its probably cheaper as well as less likely to have been flown across the planet for my eating pleasure. Other than that, I’m still doing really well. So what has … More One month of buying nothing – day eleven: reflecting on minimalism.

One month of buying nothing – day eight. Groceries and gardens.

    I started the day thinking I needed to buy groceries but a second check of the freezer told me otherwise. There was some leftover  lamb so I decided to turn it into a tagine with a bowl of fresh figs we were gifted. I also discovered fish in the freezer as well as … More One month of buying nothing – day eight. Groceries and gardens.

One month of buying nothing – day five and all the fun of the fair.

    This little flashback is to my late summer month of no spending when the Royal Canberra Show was in town. Could there be anything which represents consumer culture and junk more than the modern ag-show? The show bags, ridiculous wigs, novelty toys, giant teddy bears, inflatable hammers, balloons, giant plastic cups, the list goes on. … More One month of buying nothing – day five and all the fun of the fair.