• Real Estate

    Our Latest Buy (Part 3)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes Gday everyone, writing this at Melbourne airport at the moment. Been a bit of a whirlwind weekend as a tag-along to MrsFrugalSamurai. She’s got a work conference here so thought I’d come down and see how our Melbournian cousins are doing. In a word? GREAT. Really good vibe every time we come here, people are more chilled and the food? Superb as always. We also caught up with a few friends – some of whom have been following the last couple of posts about our most recent purchase (read here and here) AVIDLY. Last time I disclosed the prices which I tested the waters for the…

  • Real Estate

    Our Latest Buy (Part 1)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes We’ve done it guys, WHEW. Finally got there, far out. “Wipes the sweat off my BROW”.  Another little addition to the real estate portfolio. Much relieved I AM. You see, it’s actually been about 12 months in the making… Because on and off for the past year or so, I’ve been tracking one capital city in Australia which I’ve identified as the next component of our FIRE goals (read about the goals here). Where? Economically this capital has been in the doldrums, and consequently its real estate market is shot to bits. Picture this, advertised asking prices dropping by the week, no one turning up to open…

  • Alternatives,  Life,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    6 Thoughts on the Banking Royal Commission

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes “An old man looks across the table to a middle-aged man… the old man is clearly unimpressed, but the middle-aged man ignores him and grins for the cameras… knowing full well this will make the 6 o’clock news.” What a week it’s been right! Because late on Monday afternoon, we had the results for the Banking Royal Commission. The final report had the legs to be the biggest shake-up of the Australian financial services industry. EVER. So much so that… Whoa, back it up a bit TheFrugalSamurai… what are you referring to? Oh… sorry guys – got ahead of myself there! For our international friends who…

  • Alternatives

    Cheque, Savings or Credit?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes “Honey, we’re out of milk and bread”. Damnit I think, as I pick up the keys to head over to the shops. Hmm bread, bread… ah ha – gotcha. Now for some milk… oh look there’s thin-cut potato wedges on sale… Half an hour later, what was initially a two item shopping list turned into a trolley FULL of groceries which we don’t even need (c’mon Babe, those rubber gloves were on sale). As I approached the counter to pay with my card, the young lady asked: “Cheque, Savings or Credit?” Now, like you – I must have heard this hundreds if not thousands of times…

  • Stock Market

    Top Three Stocks for a Bear Market (From a GUEST WRITER!)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes What’s up guys! How’s your week going, year end is fast approaching GO GO GO! Haha, feels a bit like that doesn’t it? Something a bit different in today’s post – we have a guest blogger to wrap up the final part of our Bear Market Series (read the previous ones here, here, here and here). It’s Tom from www.investmentbasecamp.com Tom writes about investing, personal finance and building your retirement portfolio. He’s not sure why, but people seem to think he makes sense when he talks about investing and personal finance (haha, good one Tom!) His Quora answers in finance and investing received over 180,000 views in…