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Frugal Fellows

Frugal: (my definition):  

  1. people who want a good deal
  2. opposed to wasting money or paying more than required.

Fellow.  Webster definitions:

  1. a member of a group of people who have shared interests, activities, etc
  2. an equal in rank, power, or character : peer
  3. a member of a group having common characteristics; specifically :  a member of an incorporated literary or scientific society.

Group Mission: I was asked to create a more permanent place where members could post links or information about great deals.  The group name was also suggested to me but I was delighted by the dictionary definitions of the word "fellow."

Please do not advertise your own goods here.  Members may only advertise other members' goods if they can demonstrate it is a genuinely frugal offer. 

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Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2019

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Looking for established fruit trees, economically.

Started by Becky. Last reply by Becky Jul 21, 2019. 4 Replies

Hi All,Due to my husband's health and disability (he was the green thumb in the family), we have moved back to our humble home with a barren lawn and would like to reestablish an edible garden.  We…Continue

Buy Better with Barter

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Feb 20, 2016. 4 Replies

A place for Barter posts, great and small. If you have a particular thing that you wish to barter, please do a post under "Buy sell swap" for that item.  That will work better for you.  Continue

Tags: swap, barter


Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Feb 9, 2016. 3 Replies

I have used spent Coffee Grounds on my Vegetable Garden and Potted Fruit Trees for some time now and have found the practice to be very successful. They are also most beneficial to add to the compost…Continue

Tags: Potted, Fruit, Trees, Garden, Vegetable

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Comment by Mark Braz on March 5, 2016 at 14:02

Citrus care, 

White Oil 
2 Cups vegetable oil 
½ Cup washing up liquid

  • Combine in a jar
  • Put the lid on and give it a good shake and you've got concentrated white oil.
  • Label it and store this in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children and it should last about three months.
  • Remember to add the dilution rate to the label - 2 Dessert spoons per 1 litre of water.

Note: Be careful using oils in the heat as they can cause burning. If using a purchased horticultural oil, always read the instructions on the label and spray in the cool of the morning.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 3, 2016 at 14:30

Love it Dianne.  Can't go past a good barter, especially when it's garbage for "garbage."

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 3, 2016 at 7:49

Have you all seen Roger's blog 'Avocadoes-not giving up yet'. It is truly deserved as a Frugal idea.

I have a clump of Bamboo that I regularly cut for use as trellis and staking sticks, rather than having to buy them. My neighbour has a Lilly Pilly that regularly has a good supply of leaves under it, I use these as mulch or to put through my potting compost. I got 6 buckets out last week.I give her partner chilies and bones for their dog in exchange.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 23, 2016 at 20:06

It is indeed Dianne.  We used to teach the kids that at the Townsville Youth Detention Centre.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 23, 2016 at 12:44

 I have just come from my neighbours house where a lot of hammering and sawing has been going on. They have been making outdoor and patio furniture using old wooden pellets. They look really good, they have stained them up with tins of stain that they got from the dump shop.

They found these on U Tube under Pellet Furniture. I thought this could be classed as a Frugal Idea.

Comment by Christa on February 20, 2016 at 11:47

Has anyone found a way to apply wax to brown paper bags for fruit fly exclusion?  I have researched this before and found some info where you use tea light wax and a hot iron very carefully. 

Green Harvest does supply them but I was looking for a cheaper option. This site from Hawaii has some info on research into protecting fruit. Their results were interesting but a bit of a long read.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 19, 2016 at 21:45

PLEASE NOTE:  I MOVED THE BARTER DISCUSSION TO ITS OWN TOPIC IN THE GROUP (see above Discussion Forum).  Just seemed neater that way. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 10, 2016 at 21:38

All good Dianne - I doubt anyone took offense.  

Comment by Mark Braz on February 10, 2016 at 20:45

I have asked Andy to set the record straight.

Sleep tight no wrong doing or charges pending, other than a batch of date scones.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 10, 2016 at 20:26

I am so sorry everyone but I think I have contravened the rules of this site - by asking Mark about his products and prices.

Please except my apology, I promise not to put anyone in the situation again of advertising or advising their own product. If this is how my comments have been construed.


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