Ups and downs of a hand-me-down lifestyle

Last week the kids found this vintage scooter put out by someone in our street for rubbish collection. It needs new tyres before they can ride it but it’s got some funky details eg. a little mirror and horn on the handlebars, a tyre pump, and a cute satchel on the rear. If anyone has…

Seven steps to a large family holiday on a small budget

The Christmas school holidays have already begun for our family. We have eight weeks to rest and recover from a full and happy year. These holidays my priority is to create lots of family fun while spending as little as possible. We have five children aged 10 and under and like many larger families have to be careful about our spending. I wrote…

Cheapskate school holiday challenge

A recent Sydney Morning Herald article about the huge range of holiday activities on offer for kids these days suggested that the cost of feeding and entertaining children during holidays is around $100 per day. It featured three typical Sydney families spending roughly this amount – one with three children, one with four, and one with five. This was just the cost of doing…