• Life

    4 Ways to Keep Your New Year Resolutions (Happy 2020!)

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Happy New Year everyone! It’s the beginning of a brand new decade. Exciting stuff! How was your New Year celebrations like? We had a grand old time here in old Sydney town as MrsFrugalSamurai and I spent it with our family, watching the fireworks as they herald in 2020. Importantly, the start of each new year brings with it new year’s resolutions. If you’re like me, resolutions typically involve a more active approach to health and fitness, improved career/finances and learning new things for personal and professional development. But then studies show that 4 out of 5 of us will fail our New Year Resolutions by…

  • FIRE,  Life

    Case Study – $1.1m to Invest, Now What? Part 1

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes Wow what a day guys! Glad to see the end of it that’s for SURE. And you know what really capped it off? Yours truly somehow managed to step straight into doggy doo doo. Now normally I don’t mind a bit of dog poo, it’s a sign of vitality duncha know. Usually it sits there, quietly contemplating life and minding its own business. I respect that, it’s comfortable with the world. Unfortunately, JUST like asbestos… it’s deadly once disturbed. Man alive, I only found out AFTER I got back in the car. Driving down the main road during peak hour, suddenly I felt the peculiar need…

  • Life

    A Timely Reminder

    Reading Time: 1 Minute A note to self…as part of R U OK? (For those of us who are going through a tough time). There’s plenty of things going on, so many distractions and really no one knows for sure what it is we are doing. But you know – always striving and hoping to be the best person you can be is everything we can wish for. Sometimes life will get us down, and sometimes we’re on our knees praying for everything to just go away, to leave us alone. It ain’t easy, life never is. But we have to breathe. We have to stand up and believe in…

  • Alternatives,  Life

    4 Lessons of Instagram and Investing

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes So this week, we received news that Instagram is rolling out an experiment to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts. It affects users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Canada has just finished its trial. No longer will the number of “likes” be shown, rather it will be replaced by one user name and “others”. Under this new system, you can see how many likes your posts get, but your followers won’t be able to – unless they click into the post and count individually… but who would? I would imagine that there…

  • Alternatives

    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hola damas y caballeros, ¿cómo están? Bienvenidos a otra edición de TheFrugalSamurai. Coughs. Ahem, excuse me there – had the language settings all mixed up. As much as I love speaking Russi… er Spanish, have to admit it that it makes things difficult for a predominantly English blog. Quick and easy one today with another rendition of the classic TheFrugalSamurai’s “What I’m Viewing”. Been a while since I’ve done one of these (last one here) so thought it best to keep us all updated on a short selection of articles, videos and links I’ve found useful in the last couple weeks to assist us on our financial…