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It’s not Monday, it’s your job

Let’s get one thing straight. Mondays should be hectic. They should be busy, exciting, productive, chaotic at times and fulfilling the rest. If you’re spending Sunday night curled up on the couch dreading the next day, then maybe you should be taking a look at how you can change that (without blaming it all on your job).

Have you ever thought that maybe it’s not the end of the weekend you’re lamenting, but the start of your working week?

Sure, there’s an inherent belief that Mondays tend to be the worst day of the week – that’s something that has been ingrained in us since we were old enough to go to school. But at Nimble, we think Mondays are another chance for us to make a positive change in someone’s life and to do what we love for (at least) 8 hours a day.

If you’re one of the lucky ones spending your days in your dream job and just have the occasional bout of Monday-itis, then here’s our top 3 quick fixes to aid your Monday blues:

  1. Mix it up with walking meetings – you’re blocking out the time to have a catch up anyways, why not do it in the great outdoors rather than the stuffy office meeting room? Catch a tan, get your day’s cardio in and get your ticker pumping.
  2. Instead of taking a creative break and cruising Facebook for 20 minutes, why don’t you take a stroll over to the kitchen, grab a glass of h20 or have a friendly chat to your favourite colleague? Or drum up a singalong in your team by sharing your favourite playlist on Spotify.
  3. Go outside for lunch. Try bringing your own (BYOL – see what we did there?) and keep it fresh with healthy salads, wraps, sangas or trusty leftovers. Forgotten your lunch? No biggie. Walk an extra few metres and try the new joint up the road rather than the unhealthy (easy) cafe option next door. Trust us, you will be buzzing with creative energy after a little break outdoors and your boss will be frothing over all the productivity!

Do you hate the work that you’re doing? Sure, if your job is making you wildly unhappy for a myriad of reasons, then maybe it’s time for a change – you never know, your dream job might just pop up when you least expect it!

The information contained in this blog is correct at the date of publication.

Thankyou Group

Yeah, we think we scrub up alright.

Just by munching on some delicious muesli bars* and washing our hands with some yummy soap, we’ve helped almost 57,000 people this month. No biggie.

It’s hard to imagine that every time you choose a brand of hand wash you’re impacting the earth in a positive or negative way.

Well, the team at Nimble has made that our reality. Cue: Thankyou®.

As part of the Nimble Community initiative, our team of eco- and social-injustice warriors have changed up the products we’re using on our skin and feelin’ pretty darn good about it, too.

So far, from changing something as easy as the brand of handwash we’re scrubbin’ up with or the muesli bars we eat at morning tea, we’ve contributed to helping:

  • Food projects for 56,817 people in Darfur, Sudan
  • Health projects for over 100 people in Matangani, Zimbabwe

It feels awesome to know that every time we wash our hands, we’re helping fund social and economical change in developing nations. (Let’s not forget that the Thankyou®  stuff makes our job pretty easy.)

We love partnering with awesome Aussie businesses doing epic things worldwide.

*Note – we have since ordered 20 more boxes of these because we can’t get enough!

Dad’s not getting socks this year

Do you want to get your dad something a little more exciting than foot warmers for Christmas?

Buying gifts for your family is hard enough, but buying on a budget can be a little bit tougher. And now that we’re into September (really? Already?!) you might want to start thinking about spreading your Christmas cheer.

We’ve come up with some simple pre-Christmas strategies to make sure your family gives you extra servings of Christmas ham after they open their pressies:

Put a little money aside each week (or each time you get paid) into a separate account and use that to pay in bulk for presents for your loved ones. Even if it’s only $10 a week, you’re still taking a proactive approach to saving!

Buy your presents intermittently throughout the year leading up to Christmas. Not only do you miss out on the crazy pre-Christmas shopping hype and massive crowds, but you can also shop for presents when sales are on (plus, who doesn’t love being super organised?!).

Have a plan of attack for when you do eventually hit the shops. There’s nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the millions of people Christmas shopping. Make a list and only buy exactly what’s on there. Put a maximum price next to the gift so you don’t blow your whole budget on one present.

 

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If you’re on the lookout for some DIY and low cost fun, here’s some cool, cheap gift ideas for family (no socks in sight):

  • Experience-based presents work a treat. Shout Dad a game of golf – the benefits are endless! You get him a rad present and you get to spend some quality time with your old man.
  • Get your creative pants on and invest in a candle-making kit to melt wax in old teacups or one-off vintage cups from St Vinnies. They look and smell delicious!
  • Bake all the things! Baking someone their favourite cupcakes or cookies will show how much you know them and they might just share the treats with you (hint hint)!
  • Notebooks and pens have come a long way since high school. Decorate pages of a diary with photos, quotes and reminders of the person you’re buying for and then they’ll be enjoying your present all year long.

Chocolate muffins on the table

Shop online! Some of the best / weirdest / most awesome presents can be found on the old world wide web. We’ve done the research and found some winners so you can shop around and save:

Whatever you do, remember Christmas is first and foremost about spending time with family and friends so don’t get too ‘wrapped up’ (Dad joke in the spirit of this article) in the money side of things.

 

The information in this blog post is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. The information in this blog post is not intended to imply any recommendation, endorsement or opinion by Nimble about any financial or non-financial product. Nimble does not recommend or advise on the suitability of a product or suggest or imply a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular product. This blog post is for information purposes only.

Tips for a great road trip on a budget

Going on a road trip is a classic travel archetype that many people dream of doing. Packing up your belongings to fit in a car and hitting the open road can be a spirited and freeing way to see the place you’re in. While often a more economical travel method, costs can still be high and with rising petrol prices, costs can be downright exorbitant. Here are a few tips on having the best possible road trip while sticking to a budget.

Use applications

While this seems like it may defeat the purpose of unplugging and driving along the country, there are so many different (and useful!) applications for finding free camping, attractions and cheap petrol. You can also use these to map out traffic patterns so that you can avoid detours or traffic jams (did we mention saving money on petrol?). Wiki camps is a great application that tells you the closest picnic grounds, camping, even BBQ sites nearby that cost little or no money. The technology is there, you just need to use it to save yourself some time and money while you’re hitting the road.

Go green and go reusable

In addition to leaving less of a carbon footprint in the world, using reusable tools at home will save you lots of expenses in the long run. If you can, purchase a water bottle with a built in filter so that you can fill up wherever you are. Bring along your favourite reusable coffee cup (hello KeepCups) so you can cut down on cardboard while you get your caffeine hit. Definitely scrap the paper plates and plastic utensils and bring a picnic set for each person in the car.

Picnic for twoBuy food, keep food

Always keep food in the car so that if hunger strikes, you don’t necessarily have to eat at the petrol station, unintentionally wasting money on food that probably won’t be the best anyway. Every time you are near a grocery store, just restock these items and you’ll always have something to nibble on in the car. The best non-perishable items for road trips are: cereal, dried fruit, peanut butter, wraps, bread, canned tuna, pasta, couscous, or the old faithful, trail mix and nuts.

Don’t waste fuel!

Petrol is probably going to be your biggest cost next to accommodation and there are so many ways you can prevent wasting fuel in your car:

  • Be sure your tyres are properly inflated. Slightly deflated tyres can decrease fuel mileage.
  • Pack light. The more weight in your car, the worse your mileage will be.
  • Maintain a steady speed. Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain consistent speed.
  • Avoid rapid acceleration and braking, which uses more fuel.
  • Park your car and walk whenever possible if you want to explore an area.

By following just a couple of these tips you can make your road trip friendly to almost any budget. A cheap road trip is on the horizon – just be responsible, plan carefully, budget your money and you will have a truly enriching experience. Oh, and don’t forget to make a playlist…music is of great importance!

Will Norquay is part of the team at Stayz. He’s a  great travel and photography lover. He likes to discover new places and eateries around Australia and share his experiences and stories with other travellers.

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Brisbane

We recently teamed up with the team at The Urban List to bring the great people of Brisbane a list of Ultimate Cheap Eats. Eating cheap doesn’t mean eating nasty!


By now you’ve probably noticed our dedication to sourcing Brisbane’s cheapest eats is bordering on unhealthy, but there’s a good reason. Every week (following our usual bender of Beluga caviar and Kobe beef) we find our appetites whetted for splendid repasts but with barely enough loose change to hit up Maccas. Not willing to drop the palatable standards to which we’ve grown accustomed, us valiant few have braved the menus of every reputable (and non-reputable) thicket of Brisbane’s foodie wilderness to forage for sustenance that is both wallet and tooth friendly.

The struggle is real.

Fortunately Brisbane’s jazziest restaurateurs have rewarded our tenacity and kindly dotted their menus with utterly delicious and satisfying meals that save us from burrowing into our shoe budgets.

Here are our picks of Brisbane’s ultimate cheap eats: delicious feasting that costs less than the cab fare home:

  1. $1 oysters from Iceworks.
  2. Heya Bar‘s Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, $4 each.
  3. La Vosh’s Breakfast Bagel with bacon and egg, $6
  4. Chur Burger’s Baja Fish Tacos with jalapeño mayonnaise and cucumber salsa, $7
  5. Pork Xiao Long Bao from the Fat Dumpling, $8
  6. Four Cheese Jaffle from Spring’s tuckshop with cheddar, mozzarella, Jahlsberg and brie, $7
  7. The Bun Mobile‘s Wagyu Bun with pickled shitake mushrooms and Red Dragon sauce, $8
  8. Kiss the Berry’s original Açai Blend Bowl, $9
  9. Gelato-Filled Brioche from La Macelleria, $9
  10. Mrs. Luu’s Roast Pork Bahn Mi, $9
  11. Red Hook’s NYC Dog: cheese Kransky, BBQ onion, American pickle and crispy fried shallot, $9
  12. Bread and Meat Co.‘s Beef Brisket Dip Sandwich, with horseradish aioli and jus, $9.50
  13. NYA Curry with pork or chicken from Motto Motto, $9.50
  14. $10 Peking Duck Pancakes at Sichuan Bang Bang
  15. Miss Kay’s Cheeseburger, $10
  16. Trang’s Rare Beef Pho, $11.90
  17. PJ’s Steaks‘ Chilli Cheesesteak Hoagie: American-style chilli with beans, Wagyu beef, jalapenos, and fried onions, $13
  18. Lamb Souvlaki and Salad from the Little Greek Taverna, $15
  19. Lock ‘n Load‘s Green Eggs and Ham with pancetta and poached eggs, $16
  20. 2-for-1 Parmys at The Flying Cock on Wednesdays, $19.99 for two.
  21. All Day Big Breakfast at the Regatta’s Street Café, $18.90
  22. Pork Banh Mi with apple chilli sauce at Wham Bam Banh Mi, $9
  23. Tippler’s Tap: 5 sliders for $20
  24. Half a Jamaican chicken from Jahh Tiger, $22
  25. Kinkawooka Mussels steamed with chorizo, chilli, and cherry tomatoes from the Fox Hotel’s Fish Lane Bistro, $25

25 Top Breakfast Spots in Melbourne

We recently teamed up with the crew at The Urban List to bring the awesome people in Melbourne a list of the city’s ultimate cheap breakfast spots. Keep scrolling and prepare to drool:


We love a bargain breakfast here at The Urban List HQ, and word travels fast when one of our team has discovered a top brekkie spot that does a delicious meal for under $10. To help you stay smart with your cashola, we’ve compiled 25 of the city’s top breakfast cheap eats from some of the best restaurants and cafes in Melbourne—go forth and save, people!

1. Breakfast deal, $10, George St Café | East Melbourne

This cute corner café does a great weekday deal before 10am. You earlybirds can get scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and a kickass coffee for only $9.90.

2. $10 Takeaway Menu, St Edmonds Café | Prahran

The entire St Edmonds $10 takeaway menu is great, but we especially love the smashed avocado on toast with tomato, feta, radishes and chives—one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a healthy start to the day!

3. Yoghurt Jar, $8, Grace café | Fitzroy

One of our favourite hidden gems, Grace café in Fitzroy serves a delicious yoghurt jar with home made coulis, toasted muesli, goji berries & cacao nibs for $8. Bargain!

4. Raison Bagel with the works, $7, Manchester Press | Melbourne CBD

Calling all bagel fans! At $7, the raison bagel with mascarpone and jam at Manchester Press comes with our stamp of approval, and the coffee ain’t bad either.

5. Bircher Muesli, $10.50, Pavlov’s Duck | Fitzroy

It’s worth shelling out that extra fifty cents above the $10 mark for Fitroy café Pavlov’s Duck’s bircher muesli with natural yoghurt, poached plums, toasted coconut and mint, which is $10.50 a pop.

6. Banana Bread, $6.50, The Joinery | Elwood

This toasted banana bread is perfect with some butter, plus their Supreme coffee is only $3.30 a cup!

7. Cashew chocolate bagels, $7.50, Union St Brewers | Brunswick

This hidden gem does a cracking line of bagels, and you get TWO per serving!

8. Breakfast BLT, $9, The Banff | St Kilda

This St Kilda Breakfast BLT is legendary—smoked bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli on Turkish bread, all for only $9.

9. Fruit toast with lemon and vanilla ricotta, $8, Kinfolk | Melbourne CBD

Kinfolk is one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a CBD snack. Their fruit toast comes from Dench Bakery in North Fitzroy, and their strawberry compote is only a dollar more. Delish.

10. Ricotta hotcakes with rhubarb and poached strawberries, $10, Cornershop | Yarraville

The title says it all.

11. Bacon and egg brioche roll, $7.50, Piccolo | Prahran

This comes packed with cheese, bacon, egg and chutney—such a great flavour combo, we could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

12. Toasted pide, $9, Small Block | East Brunswick

Enjoy a vego breakfast of roast pumpkin, pesto, feta and fresh spinach—a healthy start to any day.

13. Peanut butter cookie sandwich, $4.50, North Carlton Canteen | North Carlton

Alright, so this isn’t the most nutritious breakfast, but the peanut butter cookie sandwiches at North Carlton Canteen are PERFECT if you need a sugar hit to chomp on with a coffee.

14. Fruit salad with honey and yoghurt, $10, Yellow Bird café | Windsor

Fresh, tasty and natural…A good option for you clean eating folk.

15. House Crumpets, $7, Hortus | Docklands

These Dr Marty’s crumpets come served with espresso butter and espresso infused caramel sauce, all made with Seven Seeds coffee. Yum.

16. Banana bread with yogurt and strawberries, $8.50, Sourdough Kitchen | Seddon

The yoghurt that tops this toasted banana bread is lemon-infused, giving its sweetness a perfect citrus kick!

17. Home-made Bircher, $9, Roller Door Café | West Melbourne

Nothing beats home-made bircher with natural yoghurt, honey and cinnamon nuts. Extra almonds, please!

18. Brown rice porridge, $9, 1000£ Bend | Melbourne CBD

If you need something to keep you going all day, the brown rice porridge with toasted sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar and doris plums at CBD favourite 1000£ Bend is a winner.

19. Steamed egg with Vegemite soldiers, $9.50, Mr Tulk | Melbourne CBD

A nostalgic classic. Need we say more?

20. Breakfast Quesidilla, $9, Brighton Soul Espresso | Brighton

Start your day with this tasty ham and cheddar quesadilla, which comes with spicy relish. If you’re really scrimping or aren’t in need of a big feed, you can get a half-slice for $5 too. Easy!

21. Vanilla Porridge, $8.70, Finn | St Kilda

Tuck into Finn’s deliciously creamy vanilla porridge with honey, sultanas, banana and pepita seeds—the perfect clean-eating fuel for your day.

22. Breakfast Roll, $9.50, The St Kilda Dispensary | St Kilda

If you’re a hollandaise sauce fan, you need to get your hands on this tasty roll, which comes stuffed full of bacon, egg, rocket and a hefty portion of that buttery sauce of dreams.

23. Mushroom Bagel, $8, Pocket Café | North Melbourne

A whole baked mushroom comes on this bagel, which is served with a fried egg, feta cheese and rocket, making it one of the best vegetarian breakfasts in Melbourne for less than a tenner.

24. Fresh pastries, various prices, Boundary Espresso | Preston

Sometimes we simply can’t resist starting the day with a cherry-filled Danish, no matter how good we’re trying to be! Boundary Espresso (one of the best cafes in Melbourne if you’re in the more northernly northern suburbs) keeps a range that are all worth trying.

25. Anywhere in Centre Place | Melbourne CBD

Situated adjacent to Degraves Street, Centre Place is home to many a cheap brekky find. Have a wander and see what takes your fancy—we’re sure you’ll find something delicious that’ll only cost pocket change!