Winter colds

I’ve just gotten over a cold. Well, it is winter and my house is not the warmest. This cold was accompanied by an irritating cough that would escalate in the evenings and wouldn’t stop. The usual pattern is a two week timeframe for my colds whether I take medication or not. As there doesn’t appear … More Winter colds

Double or … ?

Last week I wrote about my trip to Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. While I was away people stayed in my house through Airbnb. In fact, for about three weeks my house was occupied through Airbnb. Prior to travelling out to the Goldfields, my friend Frances invited me … More Double or … ?

Camping Trip

For some time I’ve wanted to go to Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie, to see Antony Gormley’s sculptures. As the 51 sculptures were installed in 2003 it has taken me quite awhile to make the journey. Lake Ballard and the sculptures were worth the wait and the 740km drive from Perth. To see the sculptures … More Camping Trip


Not so long ago I celebrated my birthday. With lots happening I took a break from this blog. The break led me to consider whether to continue with Living Well on a Shoestring, take a new direction or do something different. Something that struck me was the effort it seemed to take to come up … More Birthdays

Eat at home

Home cooking is the most economical way to eat. Of course for special occasions many of us like to celebrate by eating out. And we can afford to eat out by eating in more often. I have come across interesting articles about how little home cooked meals can cost. Today I saw an article where … More Eat at home

Keeping fit

Keeping fit will in the long run save you lots of money. In today’s newspaper was an article “Keeping fit cuts cancer risk”. The research from the US showed that by keeping fit you protect yourself against getting cancer. The fittest people more than halved their risk of bowel or lung cancer and cut their … More Keeping fit

Health claims

Not long ago while over at someone else’s house, on commercial television ads were repeatedly screened advertising bottles of vitamins and supplements. This is why I don’t watch commercial TV, the ads are soooo irritating and repeated ad infinitum. The range of tablets available for sale was staggering, all proclaiming marvellous health benefits. Look in … More Health claims

A canny shopper

I’m home from the supermarket. Being a canny shopper everything I purchased today was a supermarket special. I only buy them when they are on special. According to the shopping docket I had saved almost $14. In another post I told how I only buy chocolate when it is half price. Today was a half … More A canny shopper