The birth of ‘Stingy’ September

There are moments in your life when you realise that the only thing left in your wallet is a bunch of dust bunnies, and the look on your face turns from smiley to one big frown. With summer fast approaching in Australia, two trips to the US in the works and not much time up my sleeve something drastic had to be done to cut costs and save a few extra dollars. Having missed Frugal February by 7-months the idea to create a savings holiday in September looked appealing. It was with that Stingy September was born.

What’s a Stinge?

If you don’t know what a ‘stinge’ is, good old dictionary.com had this definition:

Stingy adjective. Unwilling to give or spend.

Owch, that kind of sounds bad! But if you change that to ‘Unwilling to spend money and willing to give time’ it looks a lot better! And so for the next four-weeks that shall be my motto.

Unwilling to Spend Money and Willing to Give Time

After a good hard look at my regular schedule I realised that many of my day to day-to-day activities centre around spending huge sums of my limited student budget. Driving to-and-from Uni, the gym or my friends houses; Coffee dates with besties or the purse drainer known as a night on the town. Everything costs money, money I could be saving to spend on one more night in Israel or on a proper pint of Guinness in Ireland.

The next problem is how to tackle still being able to catch up with friends without spending money, or at least a smaller amount than usual. I’ve decided that I’m going to explore cheap transport option, learn to make pizza for a night-in instead of spending money on alcohol for a night-out and giving up coffee to see how much I’m really spending on my caffeine addiction.

Being a stinge doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. It just means you have to be creative in your entertainment! Enjoy the simple things and don’t end up like these people…

Do you have any money saving tips or tricks I should try this month? Leave a comment below!

For now, I leave you with some of the best money saving posts I have read recently. Enjoy!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    June 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Nicole it was more than that! You silly turd. But I am looking forward to this cocktail and homemade pizza night. When?!

  • Reply
    The Matilda Who Cried Stinge!
    June 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Nicole! This is so funny! I am surprised you think it was just about the frequent flier remark too! Silly woman! You’re always finding ways to save $10 on your travels. I, personally, think my time is worth more than $10 and so don’t bother. But hey! hehe. I am looking forward to this homemade pizza and cocktail night. Maybe tomorrow before Wicked? xx

  • Reply
    5 Ways I've Saved and a Review of Stingy September | Bitten by the Travel Bug
    October 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    […] so many money eating ventures on the horizon I dedicated September as my ‘stingy’ month. Stingy as in money, but defiantly not fun! What I’d set out to do was to have a race […]

  • Reply
    June 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Damn this is funny, you wouldn’t mind if I quoted you in an article I’m writing? With full credit to you of course.

    My blog is stingytraveller.com So as you can see it’s quite relevant to your post.

  • Leave a Reply