Oily Rag hints & tips

Welcome to living off the smell of an oily rag. New Zealanders are joining the oily rag movement in their droves, realising they don’t have to sell their soul for the sake of a few extra dollars when they can save heaps around the home and have a better quality of life by living off the smell of an oily rag. Below are the latest articles from the Oily Rag Community full of helpful tips and tricks to help you get more for less.

Recent Articles

Dr Muriel Newman

Dr Muriel Newman is the founder and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research.

Muriel, a Member of Parliament for ACT New Zealand from 1996-2005, has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Auckland University and Doctorate in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

Her early career was in the education field at secondary and tertiary level in NZ and the USA. She became involved in the agriculture sector while running the family farm and raising her children, later moving into retail to become the NZ Assistant General Manager for listed retailer Michael Hill Jeweller.

During that time, she was elected President of the Northland Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Northland Area Health Board, the Northland Conservation Board and the Northland Business Development Board.

She has two graduate children, is the joint author with her husband, Frank, of several books about money management, holds a black belt in Kung Fu and lives at Rocky Bay Cove in Tutukaka, Whangarei.

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Frank Newman


Living off the smell of an oily rag on-line is based on a concept developed by Frank Newman. Frank is the author of a number of books, including the hugely popular Oily Rag series. Oily Rag On-line is intended to be your site – it’s an opportunity to share your ideas and tips with the Oily Rag community.

Look forward to hearing from you! We would really like to know your money savings tips and advice for topics to include.

Please contact us via e-mail where possible. We endeavour to read and reply to all e-mail within 48 hours.

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