• Misc

    Can You Handle Three Jobs At Your Employer?

    “Hey TheFrugalSamurai – can you do this soon as you can, right now?” Whoa, we’re not in Kansas anymore ladies and gentlemen. If there was any indication that we are back to the grind, and away from the hedonism of South East Asia – the delivery and intonation of that message from the big boss on Monday morning brought me straight back to Earth. Mind you, when I woke up – I was tempted to take the greatest of Australian traditions and “pull the sickie” – which essentially means you call your boss on Monday morning to feign a life-threatening illness, obtain a miraculous recovery by Monday afternoon and walk…

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    Investing in Real Estate 107B (a House or an Apartment, 5 More Learnings)

    Hai guyz! How’s it all going? Hope you’re weekend’s going great! Doesn’t it always feel like two days is not enough though. We should start a petition for at least a three day weekend. What about seven days! Um, no sir – that would be called unemployment. Anyway all happening this week boys and girls, on Friday my friends and I are heading off to Thailand and Malaysia for a week-long holiday (vacation) which means that whatever pops up at the 9 to 5 this week, will need to be crammed into four days. Throw in a few wedding related meetings in there, and it makes for damn busy schedule.…

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    Investing in Real Estate 107A (a House or an Apartment)?

    “Our house, in the middle of our street Our house, in the middle of our” Oh, it’s you again – how’s it going! HAY quick question: how much wood can a wood chuck chu… oops, sorry wrong blog, let me start again… How much does it cost to purchase an average house in Sydney? The answer is… a little over $1,000,000. So how much does it cost to purchase an average apartment in Sydney? About $761,000… Holy smokes that’s a fair amount of change. No wonder Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world (read here, here and here). But it’s at those levels because someone is…

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    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…

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    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…