• FIRE,  Life,  Stock Market,  Work

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up lock down people! Been a while, for which I offer my humble apologies. Unfortunately, we’ve had a personal setback relating to a close family member during this time, coupled with MiniFrugalSamurai being ever so cheeky – has meant many things have taken a backburner. But not investing! Been dabbling a bit here and there recently. Mainly in the stock market and crypto space. It’s going… OK to tell the truth. But not as OK as a friend of mine who shall remain nameless. Kevin, oh I mean, he-who-shall-not-be-named, was exposed recently as the owner of this: W T F. $600k+ gain overnight??? He denies…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    Back!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hello everyone! Gosh, it feels so long since I’ve clickity clackity-ed on a blog post buuuuuut… I’m back! Been a full two months since the last one, and as I’ve read somewhere that it takes about 66 days for a new habit to form – I didn’t want to lose my writer’s touch. Mind you, it’s not such a bad time to get back into writing – as today is day 1 of ANOTHER lockdown in Old Sydney Town. Sigh, this nasty COVID business just won’t go away eh? Kinda like a nasty bug you can’t shake off when you have the er, flu. Anyhow, what…

  • Alternatives,  FIRE,  Life

    Welcome MiniFrugalSamurai!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy everyone! Apologies for being AWOL but some BIG news – we have a new addition to the family! Please welcome… MINIFRUGALSAMURAI. Ain’t he cute? Just like his old man haw haw. Suffice to say, MrsFrugalSamurai and I are run off our FEET (explains my AWOLness). I love it though. Honestly speaking, I think that there is nothing more special than to raise another human life. It’s given me a new sense of purpose and y’know what – puts a lot of things in perspective. Truly, when they say that family is number one – they were referring to your own kids. Raising a child has…

  • Economy,  Investing,  Life,  Real Estate

    The Wealth Effect (Another Crazy Auction Story)

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes “And SOLD, to the young woman in green”. “BANG” goes the gavel, as it comes crashing down… to the applause of the crowd. Yep. You guessed it. It’s another bumper auction result from what is Sydney, nay Australia’s biggest past-time. That is, having a sticky-beak at your neighbour’s property auction. This time, the property in question was a street over from ours. But First, To Set The Scene. MrsFrugalSamurai and I had viewed this one at it’s first mid-week open about 3 weeks ago. It was a standard 3 bed/2 bath/1 car on a sloping block, freshly landscaped and renovated throughout. I was sipping a freshly…

  • FIRE,  Investing,  Life

    Life’s Top 5 Regrets

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes A couple of days ago I celebrated my Birthday. It wasn’t a milestone age or anything like that – just one of those humble, hardworking numbers you have to get past in order to reach a milestone. However it did remind me that I am well and truly in my 30’s, and approaching the period of one’s life where things start to become a bit tricky. You know, where you start to enter “middle age” and the next phase of your life. Strewth! Where does time fly eh! Ever the sentimentalist, I’ve been searching far and wide for some guidance regarding how to navigate this delicate…