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Burning Desire for FIRE
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Frugality, early retirement
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
Secondary Teaching
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I first read this novel when I was 15 or 16. We had driven up to the Gold Coast to see my Dad’s parents for Christmas. Grandpa told me I could borrow anything from the bookshelves to read and I wanted to take something down to the beach with me while I sunbaked. I’ll never … Continue reading Lessons from Literature 7: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. ...
Posted: Nov 04 2018 @ 7:00 PM
6 years ago in 2012, I wrote this post on my personal blog and I also posted it on the Simple Savings forum, where it has remained one of the forum favourites. Last night someone bumped it up again and I reread it. I thought that it was worth posting here on Frugal Friday, as … Continue reading How I choose to spend my grocery money to get more bang ...
Posted: Nov 01 2018 @ 4:02 PM
I don’t often go for end-of-week drinks, but this one was a bit special. An end-of-week drinks and sausage sizzle to celebrate the end of year 12 classes. Seeing as how I teach year 12 Theatre Studies, I moseyed on down to the local bowls club, grabbed a drink and a sausage in bread and … Continue reading No one knows better than Maths Guy. ...
Posted: Oct 25 2018 @ 4:03 PM
Back in January 2018, when this blog was just beginning, I wrote a post about Geoarbitrage, where I talked about what it is and how Australians are starting to take advantage of it. We hear a lot about Mexico and South America in the FI community, but people down in our part of the globe … Continue reading Geoarbitrage – All the cool kids are doing it. #2 ...
Posted: Sep 30 2018 @ 11:27 PM
We arrived in North Korea about a week after this went live. This is the LED display on the Ryugyong Hotel, a building which has been unfinished for the last 30-odd years. When we were driving to our hotel we made a special trip to stop the bus and see it. Our two North Korean … Continue reading Advertising North Korea style (4): The Bigger; the Better. ...
Posted: Sep 23 2018 @ 10:33 PM
After the second post in this little series, I had a comment sent in from The Firestarter which said in part: “Absolutely fascinating subject… I really enjoyed the post! While I get the point that the techniques used on the population are very similar, there is surely a large element of “if you do not … Continue reading Advertising North Korea style (3): Teach the children well. ...
Posted: Sep 08 2018 @ 1:33 AM
A little while ago I was sitting at home on the couch,  a dog either side of me and one balanced on my lap with my laptop, reading blogs before going to work. It was about 6AM, still dark and pretty chilly, and I was filled with impotent anguish about having to grab my things … Continue reading Advertising – North Korean style (1): Where leaders are larger than life. ...
Posted: Aug 14 2018 @ 1:12 AM
Although the rest of the world is catching up, I think it goes without saying that there’s still a clear majority of Americans writing blogs and podcasts in the FI/RE world. Hence, there’s a lot of angst in a lot of posts about the ongoing costs of healthcare. The rest of us shrug, feel thankful … Continue reading No health insurance? No (financial) worries, mate! ...
Posted: May 31 2018 @ 5:53 PM
PLEASE vote for my blog post in the Rockstar Rumble Grand Final. YES!!! My blog post about showing my boys about compounding interest and superannuation has beaten 126 other bloggers to reach the final round. I’m so excited – it’s the first Grand Final I’ve ever been in. I won’t know the results of the … Continue reading I never thought I’d be flying into THIS country… ...
Posted: Apr 02 2018 @ 8:16 AM
Oh thank goodness! Term 1 finishes today, (oh happy day!), and I marked the last essay from my year 9 class yesterday. I’ve cleared the decks of all the corrections and I can leave for my overseas holiday with nothing at work to mop up before I go. I’m taking an extra week so it’ll … Continue reading Freedom beckons… ...
Posted: Mar 28 2018 @ 6:34 PM


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