A big hello to our dear Smart Renting readers. Due to life getting busy, we have been slack in adding new posts to Smart Renting but after a 15 month hiatus we wanted to get writing again. In our current times (June 2022), we felt that it has never been a better time to sharpen your skills for living frugally.

First a couple of announcements (which will be of no surprise to our friends and family reading this):

In 2020, we went from Smart Renting as a couple to Smart Renting as a family. It was a very interesting test of how living on less works when there are more demands on your time, energy and finances.

We’ll write about this in more detail in a future post but needless to say, Smart Renting with a newborn worked pretty well.

The other big piece of news is that in early 2021 after a joint 13 years across 7 rental properties, we moved into our first home as owners.

This has given us an interesting insight into the pros and cons of home ownership, something that we’ll also write about in more detail for renters who might be thinking of buying.


Moving the portable garden.


In our home country of Australia (and in other parts of the world at the moment), there are big challenges including, higher energy costs, higher food costs, a post-Covid lockdown property price surge, rising inflation, rising interest rates and a rise in climate related disasters.

We can’t say with any certainty what the future will hold but we can say that being frugal and being connected with your wider community is always going to help in tough times.

In fact, as uncertainty is fast becoming the new normal, the energy and resource intense ways of living that have become the norm in the wealthier parts of the world since World War 2 are likely to give way to living more on less so we may as well get started now and beat the rush.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more posts and we hope that you are travelling ok in these turbulent times.

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