Liv­ing off the smell of an oily rag

Central Leader - - NEWS -

If any­one knows how to live fru­gally, it’s Frank Newman.

Mr Newman and his wife Muriel wrote the suc­cess­ful book Liv­ing Off the Smell of an Oily Rag in New Zealand in 2008.

The cou­ple’s Oily Rag web­site, which has more than 5000 mem­bers, has tips on ev­ery­thing from gar­den­ing and re­cy­cling to cook­ing and shop­ping while their blog at cen­tral­ also gives valu­able sav­ing ad­vice.

Mr Newman, who lives in Tu­tukaka near Whangarei, says ev­ery lit­tle food sav­ing adds up.

‘‘Even though each sav­ing made seems quite small, when you put them to­gether they’re quite large.

‘‘If you can save 5 per cent of ev­ery pur­chase you make in your life­time you will save a mas­sive amount.’’

His top four tips are:

Grow your own veg­eta­bles and herbs Buy what is in sea­son Shop around Buy what’s on spe­cial.

Fru­gal fella: Frank Newman is a wealth of knowl­edge on be­ing thrifty.

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