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How to live like your grandma

And why it’s more appealing than you think

By Jenny Ringland

We know well enough that living simply, buying less, investing in quality and repairing what we have is not only better for the environment and will save us money in the long run, yet for many of us, it took a global pandemic to change our consumption habits. From sock mending to shopping for quality items – or second hand – and buying fresh produce that’s in season, these are the best ways to connect with your community and live a more fulfilled life, with less.

Buy less, but buy better

When it comes to clothes, homewares, furniture and basically any consumer goods, the old adage of: buy well, buy once couldn’t be more true. Need a new home office desk? Bypass those flatpack options and scour antique stores or search for small custom furniture makers in your local area. What about new office attire? Invest in quality transeasonal pieces. What might seem more expensive initially will save you money down the track and you’ll feel better for it.


We’ve all been guilty of replacing damaged garments when a quick trip to a local alterations shop could have revived said garment, and saved us money. Missing a button? Why not have a go of replacing it yourself? If sewing isn’t your thing, do some research or ask around to find the best repairers in your area. Or call on friends or family members who are a little crafty.

Shop in season

During lockdown we made a game out of coming up with recipes based on what we could find in the pantry. With no option of dashing to the shops every day, it made us become creative with our menu. Buying fresh produce that’s in season – for example, exactly what you’d find at the farmer’s markets – is what we should all be aiming to buy. Getting to know your local stallholders is a great way to create a sense of community, and if you have children getting them to understand where their food comes from is a genuine gift.


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