• Life

    Grit and the Art of the Grind

    Hi Frugal Samuraties! Welcome back to the latest from TheFrugalSamurai. Can you guys believe that it is the end of February already? Far out, soon it will be Easter, then June 30 (end of financial year), and before you know it we are heading into spring and knocking on the door of Xmas. Seriously, where oh where does the time fly. It’s been almost six months since The Frugal Samurai was born (the blog not me, I am older than 6 months), and during that time I’ve written a lot, said a lot and most of all learnt a lot. That’s why I started the blog and continue to plug…

  • Real Estate

    Investing in Real Estate 106 (Your Strategy)

    Hai guyz! How y’all doing? Unfortunately, it’s a bit wet and miserable at the moment in Old Sydney Town – so what better than to snuggle up to your lover, switch on the mood lighting and play some soft tunes as you… read through the latest from your favourite personal finance blogger! Today, I’m going to continue the real estate series – it’s where the bulk majority of my net worth sits (read about in my numbers revealed) and an asset class which I am continuing to learn, develop and grow. Following on from the last post (here), where we discussed the team to build around you – this post…

  • Life

    A Taste of My Own Medicine (Poor Customer Service) and 4 Ways to Cure It

    What’s up fellow Frugal Samuraities! Oh no, not you again! Yes indeedy – you can’t get away from me even if you tried. Not that you will – because let’s face it, TheFrugalSamurai rocks! Self-congratulatory messages aside, I hope that wherever you are reading this – this blog can bring a little bit of light-heartedness to your life. May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out. “Nods head solemnly”. Tonight’s post is really more of a message to myself than anything, for it is on a topic which every one of us encounters – bad customer service. Having worked in a client-facing role, I’ve been guilty…

  • Life

    3 More Things I’ve Learnt From Planning A Wedding (So Far)

    “Tick tock, tick tock…” What’s that sound? Whose watch is broken? Where’s the bomb located? Shall we sell this grandfather clock? Tell me QUICKLY. Whoa, calm down please, it’s just the days, hours and minutes counting down to MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I’s big day. oh… is that all. What you mean – is that all, with a couple of months to go – things are starting to heat up! Surprisingly though, our head space is relatively calm considering the timeline. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a ton of stuff to do, plenty of items to be ticked off and surprises just waiting to rear their ugly heads around the corner. But…

  • Life

    Valentine’s Day

    Lurve is in the air! Yes indeedy boys and girls, it’s Valentine’s Day Feb 14th. Tis the special day for romantic love each and every year. I’m going to keep this post short because MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I just came back from dinner, and it’s wayyyy past our bedtimes. Fact is though tonight we saw many, many couples out and about – one’s who have just started dating, one’s who have been dating for ages, married couples, young, old, it didn’t matter – if there ever was a reason to head out with your partner in love, tonight was it. But TheFrugalSamurai! Didn’t you know that Valentine’s Day originated in Ancient…