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personal finance, FIRE, retirement, travel, frugality, side hustles
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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After pic – too embarrassed to show you the before pic My pantry is a mess. A fact that I know at the back of my mind. And so annoying every time I want to cook something. But decluttering it takes so much effort and time. And quite frankly, it takes mental energy that I did … Continue reading "Reducing food waste – my pantry challenge" The post Reducing food waste – ...
Posted: Sep 25 2019 @ 11:02 AM
Yes, you read that right. Let me say it again – working 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday is AWESOME!! Absolute bliss! No, I haven’t gone mad. Yet. I easily worked in excess of 60 hours a week in my previous role. Some of it unpaid overtime. So 40 hours a week is heaven to … Continue reading "Working 9.30 to 6 is bliss" The post Working 9.30 to 6 is ...
Posted: Sep 18 2019 @ 5:05 PM
  During one of our lunch breaks last week, my colleagues and I randomly discussed superannuation, home ownership, passive income and how soon we could retire. Meet my lunch break colleagues (all names have been changed to protect their privacy) Judy, 61 tells us she is currently building two townhouses, one of which will be … Continue reading "You can’t enjoy your money if you are dead" The post You can’t ...
Posted: Sep 11 2019 @ 7:02 PM
Oh, the joy of returning home after a five and a half week overseas holiday! Or not 🙂 So it’s now back to reality. And surprisingly it has been a struggle, even though my new role at work is much less stressful compared to what I did before. I finished up at the stressful site … Continue reading "Back to Reality" The post Back to Reality appeared first on Latestarterfire. ...
Posted: Aug 28 2019 @ 7:00 PM
I am typing this post on a balcony in Prague, in the Czech Republic. On a balmy summer evening. How cool is that? Oh, and after returning from a scrumptious dinner at a Michelin star restaurant, La Boheme Degustation. Needless to say, the meal was not inexpensive. This got me thinking … How I currently … Continue reading "How will I cope with travel costs after retirement?" The post How will ...
Posted: Jul 26 2019 @ 5:33 PM
Ah, what bliss! Ten days into my five and a half weeks holiday, I stop counting. The days roll into one another. The most pressing thing on my mind is where I’ll spend the day and then the meals I’ll enjoy. I start to wonder – is this a taste of a mini retirement? I … Continue reading "A taste of mini retirement" The post A taste of mini retirement appeared ...
Posted: Jul 16 2019 @ 12:19 PM
I love you. But I need to leave you. For my mental health. I am sorry. From the beginning We go back a long way. I was a newbie, youngest member on the team. I became the manager, mainly because I accepted the challenge of heading up a brand new site. I relished the unique … Continue reading "The long goodbye" The post The long goodbye appeared first on Latestarterfire. ...
Posted: Jul 04 2019 @ 7:46 PM
  In the personal finance community, we often read and write about delayed gratification. We choose to pay off our debt and are big on saving for the future; having a nest egg for our retirement, early or otherwise. We weigh our intentions to purchase carefully – do I really need this? Is it something … Continue reading "Delaying happiness … or not … with my veggie garden" The post Delaying ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 7:10 PM
Disclosure: Please note that I may benefit from purchases made through some of the links below, at no cost to you.  Investing. The word brings chills down my spine. It is a world of unknowns, a mysterious realm. Especially when you don’t work in the finance industry or has had any education about the finance … Continue reading "Growing my money – is it too late to start investing in ...
Posted: Jun 10 2019 @ 8:35 AM
Mrs T is 78 years old and lives in a very swanky aged care facility. Her room is large and comfortable, with photos of children and grandchildren.  She is fairly new, having moved in eleven months ago. She tells me she was always available for everyone in her family. But no one was there for her … Continue reading "Will my money last till I die?" The post Will my money last ...
Posted: May 22 2019 @ 6:03 PM


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