Melanie McMinn

Who is this Kiwi, you say? Well, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm not a... read more

Melanie McMinn

Bio

Who is this Kiwi, you say? Well, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm not a real live New Zealander; I'm an expat from the US South. But "Frugal-American-Expat-Ex-Southern-Belle-Who-Has-Been-Living-In-New-Zealand-For-Years" just didn't have the same ring to it as "Frugal Kiwi." And just think of the nightmare of coming up with the logo.

I love it here in New Zealand. The hangis, the hakas, the wekas, the wakas. I love 'em all. But New Zealand isn't the cheapest place to live. As luck would have it, I was raised up on muddy old river catfish, black-eyed peas from the garden and cornbread, so frugality comes naturally. My mama says it is my sharecropper's genes and she might just be right.

In 2009, I had a stroke of brilliance stroke. In my mid 30s. I couldn't recommend it as a fun experience. During my convalescence a natural tendency to frugality blossomed into a full-fledged necessity. I'm on the mend these days, but my frugal ways continue. To celebrate my recovery, I thought I'd share a tip or two to others who are frugal by nature or necessity.

Most of days, I'm elbow (or at least fingertip) deep in wool, felting away. Visit my online portfolio The Felted Kiwi to see what I've been creating. I also work as a freelance writer and web designer. If you are interested in hiring me for felting commissions, freelance copywriting and/or web design, contact me here