Posts Tagged ‘Frugality’

Pick a chair

July 2, 2009

My boy has back pains, and the physio has recommended that a desk chair is a high priority. It helps with posture. It’s important to choose the best chair you can possibly find (of what you can afford of course), because you are going to be using this chair for a very long time (unless some of us are serial chair buyers).

After shopping around at many different outlets, we came to the conclusion that there a 4 major points for choosing the best office chair.

1. It has to look good – there’s no point in getting the fluoro green pattern that fits in so well with your decor.

2. Price – it is true that the more you pay the more you get. We found there were 3 different types of chairs

  • The ultra-cheap chair with only a gas-lift device to change height (that was fun to play around with!)
  • The mid-range chair allowing both height change and lumbar support change
  • The ultra-expensive chair – complete with extra padding as well as all the features mentioned above

3. Comfortable butt cushioning – if you are on your bottom end all day this is something you’ll need to consider

4. Lumbar support – excellent lumbar support helps to better your posture

We settled for a plain black chair. Boring yes, but you can do many other things to your room to spice it up. We decided to try the mid-range chair. Let’s see how that one goes. It has good cushioning and adjustable lumbar support – just what were looking for!

$150 spent later and we are still a happy couple 🙂

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Destressing – decluttering

July 1, 2009

I find stress one of the greatest things that holds me back in life. Stress affects in me in such negative ways

  • I can’t function normally
  • I become more emotional and unhappy
  • I rush without getting anything done quicker in the end

I thought I’d start finding things that make me stress less. I bought a set of  filing drawers for only $10! What a bargain! Frugal and productive, I say.

As you can see, my beautiful desk is piling with a heap of books and paper work. I have all my notes from all four years at university, plus any paperwork I’ve gathered in between.

Now this is only a small step in decreasing clutter and reducing stress, but every little bit helps. I’ll now have a system where I can find all my paperwork at once and it also helps to clear the mess (slowly but surely) from my table.

I have labelled the five drawers:

  1. Receipts
  2. Insurance and bills
  3. Tax
  4. Certifcates
  5. Pay slips

With this system in place, I hope it does help. What systems do you put in place to reduce stress?

Messy desk

Messy desk

Filing drawers

$10 Filing drawers

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Safe alcohol levels

June 28, 2009

No alcohol = safe alcohol levels, but some of us do like a drink every now and then.

For both males and females TWO standard drinks (or less) per day is the current guideline . This is not an average over a week. For example, if you have zero drinks during the week and then 14 drinks on a Saturday night, this is NOT considered safe drinking.

The standard drink in America is 0.6 ounces of ethanol.

The standard drink in Australia is 10 grams of ethanol.

Now this is just a guide. Some people are more affected by alcohol than others, so look after yourself. Hangovers don’t feel good. And living a happy, healthy life feels heaps better. Plus you save money if you drink less!

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Walking to work

June 22, 2009

I’ve decided to take my own advice and walk to work. I’m walking each Monday. The truth is, I had planned at the start of the year to walk to work everyday. Obviously that didn’t work, so I’m trying to take baby steps now.

It felt good today. Ok, so it really wasn’t a choice since the car had broken down, but the glorious sun was shining, and with my coat, scarf and gloves I was raring to go. The fresh air, saving petrol, good exercise (since I was running late as per usual and having to walk extra fast). Not to mention the cracked pavement, my cold nose but who can win eh?

All in all I’d have to give it 4 out of 5 stars. I really need to learn how to walk quicker. Or get more organised. I need help with that. I’m going to try a few things and let you guys know!

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Generics vs. Brands

June 15, 2009

Ok, so I said I wasn’t going to be biased, but me and frugality are on the same side.

We have to save money. The government needs to save money. Who doesn’t save money for us? Companies who overprice their medications – that is the original brand company.

Some people may not agree, but it is proven!! Legally proven through clinical trials. It ain’t like your home brand supermarket variety.

  • Generics are the same
  • They have the same active ingredient
  • The give the same effect

I hope I’ve changed at least 1 person’s mind here. The government wants to use generics so that our health system is more sustainable – since we spend less money on drugs, we can spend more in other areas.

Keep in mind though, I’m not having a go at those of you who can’t change brands. There are ingredients (fillers) which may change from brand to brand, most of us this will not affect, having no allergies and all.

So really – THE SAME!

Prove me wrong people.

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Health and Frugality

June 1, 2009

Yes, we all know that we have to eat and live healthily. It’s a bit of an oxymoron if there’s an unhealthy pharmacist, so here goes

  • Cycling – easy on the ankles, saves petrol, plus I get to go with my baby. I guess you can say the same for
  • Walks – c’mon people, walk to the shops. Use those biceps to carry your groceries. The more you do it the stronger you get.

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