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Christmas Austerity

It seems the oily rag word has got out this Christmas - more people want to put the fun into Christmas but take the cost out. We think that's a good thing. .

Cost-Free Christmas

The great oily rag tips just keep coming and with Xmas on the short-term radar many will be looking for ways to take the cost out of Christmas. Fortunately there are lots of ways to have a fun and frugal Christmas.

Busy Times in the Garden

Oily rag austerity has been the theme of 2011. Some three weeks ago Statistics New Zealand released a survey which claimed nearly half of all New Zealanders say they have not enough or just enough to live on.

A Cost-less Christmas

With only 48 sleeps 'till Christmas our thoughts are turning towards ways of easing the financial pressure over the holiday period. What about Xmas gifts that cost little - except in time and planning? Here are some ideas to get your imagination going.

Oily Rag Mailbag

We thought it worth repeating, for the sake of the frugal festivity lovers, the discovery made by the oily rag research team some time ago.

School Holiday Fun

The noise levels appear to have become amplified in the suburbs, which is a tell-tale sign that school holidays have arrived. That leaves the perennial dilemma of thinking about activities for the kids to do.