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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Why do you think $40k isn't enough?

One of my Australian FIRE blogger friends Pat the Shuffler was recently featured on ABCnews.

Not only was it a good read, but the bottom half of the internet (i.e. the comments section) was highly entertaining.

But one ongoing comment that I want to address has been a bane of the FIRE community for years. "Hope he likes eating two minute noodles, because no one can live on $40k a year."

What is it with everyone outside the FIRE community trying to tell us we don't know what our own budgets are?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Year of Investing - January 2018

Where in the world is LadyFIRE this time? Largely lamenting the fact that I didn't get my payrise, and spending over an hour every night in a volunteer treasurer role. Who needs free time right?

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Year of Investing - December 2017

Where in the world is LadyFIRE? I've been pretty silent around here but I've almost locked down that promotion I've been chasing. I have a verbal confirmation, but I'm not popping the champagne till I get the paperwork, and the payrise.

Still, it means I've been crazy busy and barely sparing a thought for this blog. It creeps into my head as I'm falling asleep each night, but during the daylight hours there's just no time.

But I can keep up these monthly reports, for your curiosity and my ongoing benefit. It gives me a little thrill each time I sit back and look at how well I'm tracking towards these goals.

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Year of Investing - November 2017


November is the real start of summer! And it has been the start of businesses ramping up for Christmas, and my investments have all performed admirably. I've been completely disengaged from this blog dealing with professional turmoils at work, but I'm cautiously optimistic this shake up will lead to some career leaps, more money and more responsibility if I can play my cards right - and not lose my temper at the guy who seems determined to snatch the same opportunity.

Friday, 3 November 2017

The Year of Investing - October 2017


What a month! It was crazy expensive, I saved a tonne of money and I went out, with people! I'm not a huge social butterfly but I'm always up for a good costume party. There was a hint for summer for a day or two, and then winter laughed and laughed and took over again. At least the finances went well.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Budget Reboot Challenge: Good Ol' Fashion H20

Hello Budget Reboot, have you tried turning it off and on again?

Money saving posts are always the same - stop doing this, stop buying that, stop having any fun and live a sad deprived life while watching the numbers in your bank account tick up and up. Of course, they don't frame it that way, but when someone asks you to give up something you love in the name of money, we get pretty defensive.

Instead of 'giving up' let's try something new. Hit the refresh button on your spending habits with this Budget Reboot Challenge.

This month's challenge: Replacing all your bad habits with a glass of water

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Miniature Homesteading: I got worms!

I dream of a home in the country, with sprawling green meadows filled with cows. A dog or two sprawled at my feet and hens clucking in the distance while I drink fresh coffee with a dash of today's milk. I picture an orchard with every kind of fruit tree, with my hens running and digging under the trees. I dream of a wide open space where I can walk the dogs for an hour without leaving my own land. In my mind we have our own pond for fishing, and a creek full of frogs that dries up in summer leaving behind a bed of washed pebbles.

But right now I live in the suburbs on a teeny tiny 140m2 block. This doesn't mean I've put my homesteading dreams on hold.
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