Daily Archives: 22/07/2017

Remember the predictions a few years ago about the coming ‘paperless office’? With increasing bureaucracy etc., I wonder if nowadays there’s not in fact more paper used in the typical office than ever before? Saving Digital Copies Pros – might include saving trees, saving space, the fact that making extra […]

Reducing Paper Waste

Business Accounting
Business bookkeeping and accounting can be much cheaper if you do it yourself. But, you must take considerable care to be accurate and aware of local laws and regulations. Attend an accounting evening class if possible – or at least invest in a couple of good, up-to-date books relevant to […]

Business Accounting D.I.Y.

Cans of paint
I live in a house that is nearly 100 years old. Hence the paintwork is often in need of touching up, especially after I have replaced some rotting weatherboards (almost an annual task). Until recently I had been paying around NZ$60/litre for exterior acrylic paint made by a well-known manufacturer. […]

Economical House Paint

Fruit and veges in season
Nowadays, due to rapid global transportation and advanced preservation techniques, it is possible to buy almost any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. Downsides of Buying out of Season: Chemical preservation methods, with possible adverse health concerns, may have been used to prolong shelf life. Gassing may […]

Buying Fruit & Veges in Season

And, if you have room, fruit. Gardening is a healthy exercise. While it may not always work out cheaper financially to grow your own, you will know for certain how the produce has been grown (e.g. spray free or fully organic). Save and plant your own seeds where possible (cheaper […]

Growing your Own Veges

Bulk Buying
Provided the item you are buying can be used before – or soon after –  the expiry date, it is often much cheaper to buy food and other items in bulk. Do, however, check the prices carefully as occasionally we have found that it can more expensive to buy a […]

Bulk Buying

Hand wash small loads rather than using a machine. There are many laundry powders available which can be used with cold water. Avoid using an electric dryer – exposing laundry to the sun’s rays on a clothesline seems to add to their freshness & may even be healthier!