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The OILY RAG series has become a phenomenon. Over 100,000 oily rag books are in print and oily rag tips are published as a syndicated column throughout New Zealand.

The tough times has seen a massive increase in frugal living, particularly by those making ends meet and university students. 

Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag in New Zealand
by Frank Newman and Dr. Muriel Newman 
Released November 2008.

Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag has been an outstanding success. It's been reprinted seven times and has been published in serial form by some thirty publications throughout New Zealand.  This new edition is fully revised and expanded to include hundreds of new tips.

Presented in a down-to-earth and humorous style, the Newmans show that living off the smell of anoily rag is not about hardship or deprivation - it's about fun and creativity, and making the most of the abundance we have around us.

  • Motoring off the smell of an oily rag

  • More ways to take the shock out of your power bill

  • Money-saving tips around the house

  • Making money off the smell of an oily rag 

  • Wealth and living off the smell of an oily rag 

  • Tips for the handyman and handywoman

  • Running a business off the smell of an oily rag

  • Money-saving threads and stitches

  • Health, hygiene, fitness

  • Making the most of rubbish

  • Where to go for a helping hand 

  • Budgeting by jars

  • I.T. oily rag

  • Happy oily rag families

216 pages
Size: 148mm x 208mm
ISBN 978-0-9582170-3-3
RRP $24.99

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Feasting off the Smell of an Oily Rag in New Zealand
by Frank Newman and Dr. Muriel Newman


This is not just another cookbook- it's new, it's different, nothing like it has been written before. It has the lot - hundreds of money-saving tips around the kitchen, and many great value, great-tasting recipes for the thrifty. It's a great little guide for everyone - flatters, youngsters, dads cooking on mum's day off, and even "real blokes" will be able to prepare delicious mouth-watering meals without a lot of fuss and bother.