Happy New Year

This video was recorded to wish a Happy New Year for 2014 to my good cyber friend Kevin G from Facebook group Marching Girls. Kevin assists me to administer the group.

In frugal fashion, I went in search of a uniform of sorts for this vignette. I sourced the black netball skirt from the point of landfill. It is Australian made and in very good condition.

I already had the Cromwell’s riding cap that I bought for $10 from a charity shop many years ago just because I liked it.

When I was marching in the 1970s I always wanted a feather in my cap. For this video I attached a red feather to the riding cap with a bulldog clip. The red feather was also sourced at the point of landfill.

And the jacket is a 1970s Australian made garment bought for $2.00 also from a charity shop many years ago.

My marching boots are my own and were purchased in 1970. I won Australian Best Junior Marching Leader in these boots in 1973.

Never be afraid to adult play. Beat the Man and have a fun time on a budget.


My Handmade Slippers’ Story

A handmade Christmas gift from my cyber friend Jaimee in NSW, Australia. We met each other through my Facebook group Bowerbirds Journal. And we agreed to swap handmade gifts for Christmas. The activity has bought such joy from the making, to the giving and then to the receiving.

The slippers are made from felted wool and fabric. The wool was felted by Jaimee from a jumper bought from a charity shop.

My Facebook group Bowerbirds Journal is a great group to join if you are passionate about sharing your projects related to recycling, reuse and upcycling with like-minded souls.


Our Christmas Day Lunch

Our Christmas Day Lunch

Ever since Danny and I have been married we have a quiet Christmas Day lunch together before going out to visit family.

We prepare a light meal and set a modest festive table. We toast to the peace, happiness and good fortune we share together.

Most years we have made a prawn cocktail with a mayonnaise based dressing. This year we made fresh Australian king prawns in a white wine and chive sauce encased in vol au vents. The chives were fresh from our potager garden. We had homemade shortbread biscuits and a cup of tea for dessert. The shortbreads were a Christmas gift from a friend.

We are mindful of over indulgence and food wastage at this time of year and we heeded the Pope’s message about wastefulness.


just want to say

just want to say

Danny and I would like to thank those of you who are following Rude Record. We hope our posts inspire you all to be mindful of the way you consume.

We are debt free and reasonably well-off but we are not ‘old’ wealth. We have worked and saved very hard. This affords us the time and opportunity to share our lifestyle with you.

It’s the frugal lifestyle that enabled me to retire at 50 years of age, and Danny to work six weeks on and have six weeks off. We are able to spend more time together doing the simple things we love.

Should anyone have any questions or feedback about simple living and the make do and mend lifestyle we lead please do not hesitate to contact us.

Oh, and by the way, everything in the photo is pre-loved, including Karen.

Our TV Story

Our TV Story

This is one of our current TVs. It was RE-scued from the local landfill site probably before it was due to be collected by a recycling company to be downcycled. It now has a story and is no longer a Made in China planned obsolescence piece of junk.

Our TV Story:

We did not want to go and purchase a new TV because we know people are throwing them out after a couple of years of use, either because they want the latest model and/or the TV has failed in some manner.

We just happened to be dropping stuff off at local landfill and my husband spotted this TV. We lifted it into the car and took it home. A good clean inside and out, a new capacitor (cheap item) and the TV is working again. It was a very simple repair job and not too time consuming.

We have RE-scued a least six TVs in similar situations and we feel good that we are Beating the Man.

Read the articles that inspired this post by Rude.



Supermarket Price Game

Supermarket Price Game

Know your prices when you go through the checkout as you may just Beat the Man and get a free item.

Danny likes to do the Sudoku for memory training. I like more practical memory games. When I go to the supermarket my challenge is to remember the prices of items that we are about to purchase. To remember a lot of items’ prices is a good workout for my brain and well and truly tests my memory.

In this scenario we were keen to see how much this item scanned for at the checkout. Of course no surprises for us,  it scanned at the full price of $17.99,  not for $13.99 and not for $10.00 as advertised in the photo.   If we had wanted it, we would have been entitled to a freebie.

We play this game all the time and check out scanned prices compared to shelf prices. We wonder how many people never check the pricing of items as they are scanned and miss out on getting a free product.

Beat the Man by playing the pricing game at the supermarket. Win and save at the same time.

Potager Pickings

In Australia a small bunch of herbs at the supermarket is approximately $3. A good brand of mint tea can cost $8 for 125g. And a small bunch of silverbeet can cost $4.

Therefore we recommend you Beat the Man and grow some of your own herbs and vegetables. As this video shows, you do not need a large plot to help you save at the supermarket checkout.

It also demonstrates that growing some of your own produce does not have to be time-consuming. Keep it small and manageable if you are busy doing other things. And a smart idea is to swap your produce or barter something else with others in order to get what you might not grow yourself.