Last Friday I woke up in my sleeping bag, on the floor of the wharenui (main meeting house) on Wairoa Marae in Tauranga, where I was learning more about the Māori economy, business, and the Treaty of Waitangi. My key takeaway from my stay was that whereas western businesses’ metric of success is the bottom line, for Māori businesses there are multiple, interwoven goals: social, … Continue reading Black Friday deals: what’s the damage?
Today marks the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday? Nope. Cyber Monday? Nope. Instead, it’s Singles’ Day, or 11.11, widely celebrated in China. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until today. I’ve just passed my 100 day milestone of no new clothes shopping, so have been deliberately staying away from any ‘shopping festival’ or ‘shopping holiday’. But seeing online retailer Alibaba take … Continue reading The biggest shopping day you’ve never heard of
I’m hoping that the next nine months won’t be as hard as the first nine weeks. Continue reading My three month milestone
We thought we’d done a good job of de-cluttering our lives before we put everything into storage back in August. But after living without most of our possessions for 40 days, we’ve got rid of even more since being reunited with them. Continue reading What I learned from 40 days without stuff
I left one bag of clothes and $120 lighter.
‘This no-clothes-challenge was supposed to save me money!’ I thought. Continue reading Tinker, Tailor!
My Gran, Terry Lenton, is amazing at caring for her clothes, still able to wear garments she bought before I was born. Here’s her advice on making your clothes last longer. Continue reading I Ask Gran: How to Care for Your Clothes