A year of Frugal Me

September 11, 2009

Sorry things have been a bit quiet in the last couple of weeks. I have a big show to rehearse for so my evenings have been chewed up by practising instead of blogging. And Che has a baby. (That gets him out of everything).

In lieu of a proper new post, how about a one year retrospective?

Last year I was noticing that a lot of the posts on my personal blog about food and money were getting many comments (by the pathetic standards of low traffic personal blogs) and I wondered:

I feel that in these anxious times there might be scope for a specialist blog aimed at the frugal bourgeois, perhaps even a Wellington one that points out local deals. What do you reckon?

And then Che set up frugalme.wordpress.com and the rest is history.

Since then, we’ve published 120 posts, sparked 779 comments, been featured in the Dominion Post and made a lot of yoghurt and bread.

Here are some favourites (many have better comments than the main post):

We look at clothes and mention Vimes’ boots for the first (but not the last) time

Che does the maths on chickpeas.


Cheap weddings.

Cheap books.

The start of the yoghurt mania.

The start of cycling mania.

The marvellous pram.

Musing on the dollar-to-jollies ratio.

Plans for the next 12 months? I dunno. We’ll keep blogging. We invite our readers to compose posts themselves which we will happily run. There may or may not be some sort of crowdsourced grocery pricing database — I need to think about how that would really work before I commit to bodging up the infrastructure.

Anyway thank you all for your comments and feedback, which have proved that the main goal of Frugal Me as far as I’m concerned is to provoke people into telling me useful things. Cheers.



  1. Thanks! It’s been a pleasure reading these posts over the last year. You’ve helped me make better decisions about buying and spending too, so feel good that you’re providing a social service in some small way.

  2. top work stephen!! the truth is that you carry this blog.

    i mostly witter about saving 5c on hand cream…

  3. Subscribe to and greatly enjoy this blog. Keep it up!

  4. Thanks for writing Stephen and Che. I haven’t really said so but my partner and I have been saving for a house and these tips have been useful.

  5. Happy birthday! I’ll drink a glass of (cheap!) bubbly to celebrate.

  6. Thanks Stephen and Che for a wonderful blog. It certainly has inspired me to think where to save but still enjoy life.
    Happy Birthday.

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