SUZANNAH Arkle says she is Gympie's biggest cheapskate and is constantly looking at ways to save her hard-earned cash.

When The Gympie Times put out the call for applications for Gympie's most frugal resident she put up her hand.

"I feel a bit embarrassed going for this title, but hey, what the hell?" Suzannah said.

"I have some great tips and I am happy to share."

Suzzanah, who runs Lagoon Pocket B and B with husband James, was raised by parents who knew the value of money and that trait was passed down to her.

"Having been brought up by a mother who still remembers the Depression and a father who was a whiz-bang chartered accountant, who could add up bills upside down, I grew up knowing the value of money and looking after it," she said.

FRUGAL: Suzannah Arkle of Lagoon Pocket B & B, shares her knowledge on budgeting and saving money.
FRUGAL: Suzannah Arkle of Lagoon Pocket B & B, shares her knowledge on budgeting and saving money. Greg Miller

Suzannah's top tips

In the supermarket:

Cook from fresh, it isn't that hard.

Homebrand where possible. Who can tell the difference between flours, I ask you, but you definitely can between baked beans. They have to be Heinz or I would be divorced.

Always, always, always look for the price of per 100g on the price ticket. Retailers have to do this now and a good thing they do as many sneaky brands instead of having a 500g box of cereal have 375g in the same size box.

In cafes/restaurants/hotels:

I always mentally add up and know what to expect when the bill comes. Comes from being a poor student, but it is now habit and I know my dear old Dad would approve.

When checking out of hotels always check the bill. A few years ago a ritzy island resort handed my husband a shocker of a bill, nothing like what I expected, so we asked to see the chits, half of them weren't for us and some of those that were for our room number had someone else's signature.

This resort was a honeymoon destination and whilst we were going through the bill, I noticed so many little couples just handing over their credit card blindly, not wanting to appear mean and check their bill, like us.

Some places charge you a percentage for using your credit card. Keep an eye out for this and pay cash.

In the garden:

Cuttings are king, closely followed by neighbours and friends gardens and the markets.

Plant your new plants straight away. Don't leave them languishing on the back step drying out. Get them in the ground.

If you run cattle or horses, use manure for fertiliser. It is free.

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