• Real Estate

    4 Things to Consider Before Buying Your “Dream” Home!

    “Oh please! Please, at least take a look!” “No! We can’t afford it, move on.” “Come on! We can – it’s not that much, we can do it!” “How much is it again?” “Listed for $1.3m, but think about the space for the kids and it’ll be a place to call home.” “Hmm… what’s the address again?” …. So went the conversation I overheard at lunch today between a young professional couple. You could see it in their eyes really. Hers was fixated and pleading, stubbornly refusing to let go. His was unsure and trapped, not wanting to disappoint yet knowing deep down the truth… fear. They were of course,…

  • Life

    It’s Done, 6 Lessons From Our Wedding Day!

    What’s up people! Hope everyone had a great weekend! What’d you get up to? Uh huh, right, yeah cool, anyway so like I totes got married on Sunday. Was certainly a long time coming, and I for one am looking forward to the future together with MrsFrugalSamurai (starting with no longer typing out MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be, frigging long word – glad to see the back of you). A friend of mine aptly named “a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family” jokingly said he wanted 6, yes SIX learnings from our wedding. What? No well wishes for the family? No dirty jokes about the wedding night? No sage advice for the newly…

  • Life

    Final Learnings From Planning a Wedding (Almost Time)

    Yes indeedy, ladies and gentlemen – it’s almost time. Time for what?  For the wedding of the century of course. Oh you mean Harry and Meghan? (Thoughtful pause) No… no I don’t mean Harry and Meghan… “rubs chin” but yes, yes you’re right – that would be quite a wedding. No, I meant the wedding between yours truly and MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be. It’s now mere days away. Wait, do I know you? Probably not, not many people do – I’m like the wind you see, billowing in the summer breeze, roaring in the winter gales, whispering through the Autumn leaves, caressing the… ahem, apologies, I got sidetracked. Riiiight… Just bear with me…

  • Life

    2 More Things I’ve Learnt From Planning A Wedding (Almost Time!)

    Far out, where has the time gone eh guys? I was so pumped up this morning – get this done, tick that off, do this, forget that, tick, tick, tick. ANNNNND typical as it is – the day got the better of me. Amazing how each day flies by. Time is so precious. That’s exactly how it feels like with the wedding. Admittedly, MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I came in pretty late with the whole planning thing. After all, I’ve been to weddings – they seem easy to do right? Grab a bunch of people together in a picturesque location, say some words, hey presto, next couple please… oh what’s that? A…

  • 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…