Frugal Living

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As the costs of living continue to rise, many Australians are looking for new ways to save money. Frugal living embodies the phrase 'less is more’ - spending less money and producing less waste. Often misconstrued as being cheap, it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality, but rather focus on more intentional spending.

Easy steps to frugal living include meal planning, evaluating your subscriptions or repurposing clothes you already own. Adopting this lifestyle can lead to financial independence and the freedom to pursue your passions. It also has benefits for the environment as you spend less, create less waste and be more mindful with your possessions. Keep reading for ideas to help your dollar go further.

9 tips to start saving:



Libraries love these eBooks:

To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your membership number and password.


Browse for inspiration with these eMagazines:

  • $10 Dinners (or less!)
  • Money Magazine
  • Mother Earth News
  • YOU The 100 Best Recipes: Budget
  • Pip Magazine

To get started using free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your library membership number and password.


Watch these thought-provoking eMovies through Beamafilm:

  • Growing Change: Against the backdrop of the global food crisis, Growing Change follows the filmmaker on a journey inside a massive social experiment to determine the future of food.
  • In a Land of Plenty: New Zealand, 1984. The newly elected Labour government turned unemployment into a tool of economic management with the aim of controlling inflation.
  • 2040: Award-winning director Damon Gameau explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions currently available to improve our planet and shifted them to the mainstream.

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More library resources 

  • Learn how to create a budget to suit you and your family with LinkedIn Learning. To get started, log in with your library membership number and password. Search “budget”.

Listen on the go with these podcasts and audiobooks 

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