The Queen of Stinge

“What do you do with a B.A. in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college, and plenty of knowledge, have earned me this useless degree. I can’t pay the bills yet, cos I have no skills yet. The world is a big scary place. But somehow I can’t shake the feeling I might make a difference to the human race.” – Princeton, Avenue Q


I love public art – especially when it comes in the form of a giant, neon blue snail.

My name is Georgia Leaker, I’m a 24 year old povo journalist/copywriter living in a shoebox in inner-city Sydney and I accidentally became the face of youth unemployment in Australia. Thanks SMH!

I chose a career path that does not pay well – nor is it one that’s easy to break into in the first place. That’s cool, as long as I’m doing something I love, money isn’t a huge issue… except it is because stuff costs money and well, I like to eat fancy foods and wear pretty clothes.

I graduated university two years ago and since then have only spent around 10 months in full time employment. That means I’ve become pretty good at being both unemployed and broke – and I am nifty with a budget – because it’s not easy living in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

However, I still have extravagant needs – I like real bread and cheeses with names most people can’t pronounce – so I’ve had to cut corners even further to make room for these little splurges.

While being a massive tight-arse can be hard at times, it can also be joyously fun and I often end up in situations that people claim “only happen in the movies – and to you, George!”, which is why I’ve decided to document my penny-pinching, thrifty life via this blog.

Inner City Stinge is about living a champagne lifestyle on a VB budget, with a bit of sparkle, a few political rants and loads of job seeking tips thrown in for good measure.

I have placed boundaries on what constitutes ‘inner-city’ to keep true to the blog. These are Ashfield in the west, North Sydney (the suburb) in the north, Bondi in the east and Alexandria in the south. However, that doesn’t stop me cheekily sneaking out to the suburbs once in a while!

Happy stinging!

p.s. for those of you looking for my professional writing portfolio, you can find it by clicking here.

2 Responses

  1. Annette
    Annette at · Reply

    I could be your satellite sister blogger Stinge In The Suburbs – also jobhunting, also a lover of bread and cheese – and chocolate – and pretty good with the ol’ budgetary skills. I look forward to reading more!

    1. Georgia
      Georgia at · Reply

      yay! thanks for the love, Annette

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