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Burning Desire for FIRE
Early Retirement
Frugality, investing, FIRE, life hacks
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Ok, I admit it. I’m a frugal person. I hate to waste money on fripperies, and I hate seeing my loved ones do the same. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Christmas presents!! Christmas is my favourite time of the year. When my marriage broke up, back in the day, I split the … Continue reading 8 gift ideas when you’re buying for a frugal person. ...
Posted: Nov 11 2018 @ 4:10 PM
A few days ago Millionaires Unveiled released a podcast I recorded with them. When I was talking with the hosts, part of the conversation was to do about my goal of retiring earlier than the norm. One of my friends IRL asked me the question in the title – which gave me the idea for … Continue reading Retire? But what will you DO all day? ...
Posted: Nov 08 2018 @ 10:25 PM
Sometimes when we’re on the road to FI/RE it seems like nothing’s happening. We set up our finances, we learn about asset allocation and we teach ourselves what how and why to invest. Then, once all that’s done, it seems like it takes forever before we get what we want. We keep commuting into work, putting in … Continue reading You can have everything you want… just not all at the same time. ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 8:01 PM
It’s funny how when you’re young, retirement seems a lifetime away. Which, now that I’ve typed up that sentence, seems pretty logical, at least for the traditional view of retirement. I’m clearly a genius…  I vividly remember when superannuation was introduced in Australia. ( For the benefit of overseas readers, it’s the retirement account that employers pay … Continue reading Approaching retirement from a position of strength. ...
Posted: Oct 21 2018 @ 2:38 AM
I work at a large suburban secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. Schools are funny beasts – they’re a glorious mix of theory and practice, with all sorts of materials and resources on offer to satisfy the requirements of teaching over 2,000 hormonally-challenged humans the skills to survive and thrive in the real world. We have … Continue reading Frugal Friday: What can you scavenge from your job? ...
Posted: Oct 18 2018 @ 4:45 PM
A huge amount of posts in this section of the blogosphere are all about the MONEY – investing, saving, spending, laying the groundwork for the future when we’re all retired and living off our investments. It’s fair enough that so many words are written about this – it’s important stuff. But as I get closer … Continue reading Is money the only investment for FI/RE? ...
Posted: Oct 15 2018 @ 2:42 AM
Yep. The tradition of getting lots of little things done on the last day of the holidays. Happens every time. This time I wanted to make another batch of soap, in case I don’t have enough for Christmas gifts for the people at work. So far these holidays I’ve made oatmeal soap, and turmeric and … Continue reading Some traditions you just can’t fight. ...
Posted: Oct 07 2018 @ 5:03 PM
When reading blogs in the personal finance sphere, it sometimes seems that everyone is so darned busy. “It’s the end/beginning of the month!! Update your net worth spreadsheet!! QUICK!” “Get that side-hustle happening! HURRY!! Every day that goes by is another day wasted!” “Sell some stuff on Gumtree/Craigslist whatever that is… /eBay… TODAY!!! Invest it! … Continue reading Frugal Friday: In praise of just sittin’. ...
Posted: Oct 04 2018 @ 6:30 PM
There’s a chicken warehouse about a km away from my place, where I go to buy the chook necks for the dogs’ breakfasts. They have fantastic bulk deals in meat, so every holidays I go there and buy a bag or two of either breast, thighs or drumsticks and spend some time parcelling them up … Continue reading Frugal Friday: How I spent 2 hours today getting the most bang ...
Posted: Sep 28 2018 @ 3:25 AM
Don’t get me wrong – I love the actual teaching part of teaching. The kids are lively and funny and I laugh like a loon every single day at something someone does or says. Anyone who says teenagers are hard to handle hasn’t taken into account their wonderful senses of humour. The people I work … Continue reading Why would ANYONE want to retire early(er) from teaching?!? ...
Posted: Sep 15 2018 @ 10:04 PM


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