• Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    How Much Is Your Time Worth?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up dudes and dudettes! Welcome back to another episode of The Frugal Samurai. SO GUYS, DRAMA in the TFS household. Or rather we had a mini bust-up recently with a close family member. Long story short, it involved some tree trimming, and the question of who is responsible for the leftover rubbish (think branches, leaves, logs… y’know tree stuff). I’d thought that it was a simple matter for the tradies to take away said rubbish. HOWEVER, it appeared that this detail was not negotiated in the works – which meant they left a great big mound in the front yard. Just look at that eyesore!…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    Your Life In Weeks

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hola peeps! Sorry went a bit AWOL there, but it’s good to be back! Been a bit full-on these days as MrsFrugalSamurai and I have been beavering away getting things ready for MiniFrugalSamurai. Case in point were some prenatal classes taken at the hospital, which are meant to better prepare first-time parents with what to expect. I didn’t learn anything from these classes. Mainly because I wasn’t paying any attention. Hear me out though – the baby will be delivered at the hospital, with experienced mid-wives, nurses and an OBGYN who does this for a living; oh and MrsFrugalSamurai also works in the medical field. IF…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    My Worst Financial Decision So Far

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Dear all. Don’t buy a house with a pool. That is all. No really, the financial cost of owning a pool far outweighs the derived benefit. Seriously, how many times are you going to be swimming? And no child’s laughter is worth having one damnit! OK so I might be feeling ranty tonight cos it’s ticked over midnight and I’ve just finished “fixing” our pool pump. Rather I came home around 9ish to the sound of a staccato of noise you would not believe. I thought it was an odd hour for the neighbours to be using a chainsaw… until I realized the sound was suspiciously…

  • Alternatives,  Life

    TRICKS SELLERS USE TO MAKE YOU BUY MORE

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes “Hey we have to buy this…” “But what?” “This”. I looked around… sigh, yet ANOTHER item we must have. Turns out this time, it’s a DeLonghi air purifier, heater and cooling fan. Ooo La La. Yep, welcome to the one weekend where MrsFrugalSamurai turns into a possessed wheeler and dealer – hustling and bustling in the online Bazaar. I am referring of course, to the Black Friday Sales, which leads into Cyber Monday. As much as I love having my CO2 purified, I can’t help but feel my gullible yet still sexually attractive wife has been suckered by yet another tactical play from the retail powers-to-be.…

  • Alternatives,  Economy,  Life

    BITCOIN (BTC) On FYRE

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hey! Clear the way in the old bazaar Hey you! Let us through! It’s a brand new star! Oh come, be the first on your block to meet his eye! Make way! Here he comes! Ring bells! Bang the drums! You’re gonna love this guy! Which guy? Well… Mr Bitcoin of course! I know, I know. I’ve posted about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies before (read here, here, here and so much more). BUT. There’s been some huge albeit largely undetected news going on in the Crypto world. Bitcoin is back Baby! Whoa! Just look at that price chart. From a low of just over US$4800 in March,…