Live With Less

Actionable tips and practical advice to help you experience more by living with less

50+ simple and effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint in 2024

50+ simple and effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint in 2024

We recently talked about our carbon footprint and what we are doing to reduce it. We know everyone’s lifestyle is different, and what we do may not apply to you. That’s why we have put our heads together and collated more than 50 actions you can take to reduce your...

How to have the most amazing wedding without breaking the bank

How to have the most amazing wedding without breaking the bank

When I flicked through the Jetstar Magazine on our recent flight from Auckland to Sydney, a statistic caught my eyes. According to the Magazine’s sources, 326 couples get married in Australia every day, and on average, each spends AUD51,245. That’s a whopping AUD6.1bn...

40+ ways to cut your spending and reduce your household budget

40+ ways to cut your spending and reduce your household budget

You may have been made redundant and face financial hardship. Or you work towards achieving financial independence. Whatever your financial goal, cutting your spending is (almost) always part of the equation – at least temporarily. We’ve helped you take (and stay in)...

Gift like a minimalist: 16 meaningful gift ideas for any occasion

Gift like a minimalist: 16 meaningful gift ideas for any occasion

Are you sick of giving gifts just because it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, and television commercials or societal expectations tell you it’s the right thing to do? Are you looking for gift ideas that are truly meaningful and appreciated by those on the...

Eight reasons why travel makes you a better person

Eight reasons why travel makes you a better person

On 15 March 2019, New Zealand lost its innocence when a terrorist attack occurred resulting in the deaths of 51 people, many of whom were refugees from war-torn countries who had made New Zealand their new home. In the aftermath of the attack, it was disclosed that...

How to make your travel dreams come true

How to make your travel dreams come true

Whether you spend your holidays overseas or you stay closer to home, travelling (almost) always costs (at least some) money. Today’s article shows you how to make your travel dreams come true – in four easy-to-follow steps. Travelling can actually be cheaper than...

Van Life: How much it cost us to get started

Van Life: How much it cost us to get started

Today’s article talks about what it cost us to start our van life in New Zealand. But, before we jump into the detail, some background for you: When we farewelled our corporate lives in Sydney, we had a goal: to earn enough money to sustain our lifestyle for as long...

Van Life Essentials: Key fixtures and fittings for your campervan

Van Life Essentials: Key fixtures and fittings for your campervan

When Paul and I decided to buy a campervan to travel around New Zealand for a year, we had no idea what to look for. Whether you have only a few (thousand) bucks to get you started or you want to create a luxury home on wheels, in this article, we go through the key...

Van Life: How much does it cost to explore New Zealand?

Van Life: How much does it cost to explore New Zealand?

Those of you who’ve been following us for a while know that we keep track of and publish our travel costs all around the world. In this article, we share with you what it cost (us) to explore New Zealand for 12 months in 2018. Why could this be of interest to you? By...

Debunking Minimalism: What it is (not) and how it came about

Debunking Minimalism: What it is (not) and how it came about

Decluttering and reorganising seem to be the pastimes of people during the COVID-19 lockdown. And there is nothing wrong with that. We can all use a spring clean now and again. All too often though we’re finding decluttering and minimalism being used as if they are...

Mail Forwarding New Zealand / Australia: How to get mail when you travel

Mail Forwarding New Zealand / Australia: How to get mail when you travel

While many of us receive our bills online these days, we can’t avoid physical mail altogether. So, what do you do with letters and parcels if you travel (around New Zealand or Australia) for more than just a few weeks? How do you provide proof of residential address...

Could you gift differently these holidays?

Could you gift differently these holidays?

Every year, in the weeks and days before the holidays (or Mother’s/Father’s/Valentine’s Day), the same frenzy unfolds: Facebook groups are full of ‘What gift should I get for … ?’, often followed by ‘They already have everything’. Retail stores are packed; parking...

How to adopt minimalism into your life

How to adopt minimalism into your life

In another article, I used Paul and my journey to minimalism as an example of why adopting minimalism could change your life. It’s a continuing process. But thanks to minimalism, we now live our lives with more awareness and intent and are true to our values. We...

7 Steps To Writing a Commitment Statement That Works

7 Steps To Writing a Commitment Statement That Works

As human beings, we all have our own values, beliefs and attitudes that we have developed and continue to develop throughout the course of our lives. When Sandra and I got to know each other, initially as friends and learned about each other’s history and previous...

Ten things I can’t live without

Ten things I can’t live without

We can all live without most things. As humans, we cannot live without air, water and food. No matter where I am (and how warm it is), I need clothes and shelter. So maybe this article title should really be Ten things I don’t WANT to live without. Also, things are...

Not ready to die – a letter to my former self

Not ready to die – a letter to my former self

Sunday 07 May 2017 – Today marks the tenth anniversary since two policemen came, collected me from my workplace and, under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, took me to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland where I stayed for nineteen long and...

Tired of the daily grind? How adopting minimalism has changed our lives

Tired of the daily grind? How adopting minimalism has changed our lives

When we first told people about our lifestyle change in 2016, we would often get asked questions like What is minimalism? Why did you choose this path? Does it make you happy? We continue to be asked these questions as we meet people on the road, and therefore felt it...

Less stuff = healthier planet? Why minimalism is good for us all

Less stuff = healthier planet? Why minimalism is good for us all

For many, COVID-19 is now a thing of the past, but the effects of it and the high cost of living are stopping us from returning to the old normal. We hope that the pandemic has been enough of a wake-up call to ensure whatever we do next doesn’t look like what we left...

An Intentional Life: Be inspired by these must-watch documentaries

An Intentional Life: Be inspired by these must-watch documentaries

Podcasts, books, (video) blogs and documentaries about intentional living (and its various incarnations) have been a great source of inspiration (and motivation booster) on our journey, and we are happy to share with you a shortlist of documentaries and television...