• Life

    The Most Miserable Countries in the World

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes If you’re having a crappy, can’t-wait-for-it-to-end week like yours truly, then this post is for you. You see, some people believe that happiness comes from within. But lemme tell ya, there’s a bit of science to it as well! And surprise, surprise, there’s been an economic study done to highlight how happiness can be measured against quantitative factors. These being: Inflation, Bank lending rates, Employment levels Growth in GDP. Courtesy of our good friends at Visual Capitalist, the 2019 Misery Index ranked 95 countries based on the above 4 economic variables: 2019 Misery Index To calculate each Misery Index score, a simple formula is used: GDP…

  • Real Estate

    What Type of Property Should I Buy?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes This was the question posed to me by a loyal reader this week. Hm. Well firstly, thank you to MikeW for posing the question, hope you’re enjoying the blog! But in response to this, I think the best way to go about it is to understand which types of property your partner likes. Partner? What partner? Well the banks of course! If they’re the ones lending you 80% or more of a value of a property – you’ll need to understand what they like right? Don’t forget, a 30 year mortgage – is a 30 year relationship! When your partner says no… In general, banks restrict…

  • Life,  Travels

    ATTENTION!

    Hello my esteemed friends and loyal readers! Going to be a SUPER short post today, because as some of you may know – it is my Birthday. Yep, the mighty Fourth of the Fourth just so happens to be the landmark day for yours truly. I’m now firmly in the 30’s and rising! Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been following this blog, it is always greatly appreciated and I am very much humbled at the progress this blog is making. I hope that you’re taking away some value with each post, as well as being thoroughly entertained. Russell Crowe voice on. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!…

  • 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…

  • Life

    Valentine’s Day

    Lurve is in the air! Yes indeedy boys and girls, it’s Valentine’s Day Feb 14th. Tis the special day for romantic love each and every year. I’m going to keep this post short because MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I just came back from dinner, and it’s wayyyy past our bedtimes. Fact is though tonight we saw many, many couples out and about – one’s who have just started dating, one’s who have been dating for ages, married couples, young, old, it didn’t matter – if there ever was a reason to head out with your partner in love, tonight was it. But TheFrugalSamurai! Didn’t you know that Valentine’s Day originated in Ancient…