Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Food. For many Australians it accounts for the second or third biggest chunk out of their budget, after housing and/or transport. Poor food choices are also leading to an increase of “lifestyle” diseases, such as Type II diabetes and heart disease.

Four Australian personal finance bloggers (Enough Time To, All About Balance, FIRE By Thirty-Five and yours truly) decided to get together and offer an in-depth look at how we all “do” food in our households.

It doesn’t matter whether you like to plan or just wing it, whether you have gourmet tastes or enjoy simple food, or whether you love or hate cooking; we’re sure you’ll find some tips and tricks to eat more healthily and find ways to save. Continue reading

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Reaching Milestones on the Journey to Early Retirement

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that Poopsie and I don’t budget in the traditional sense of the word.

Instead, we try and keep our spending as low as possible and everything left over is either put into our offset account or our Vanguard Index Fund. Continue reading

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The Importance of a Goal

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll know that we have a goal to retire from our jobs in just six years.

However, what you may not know is, until about a week before we published that post, we didn’t actually have a firm goal.

Big mistake!
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Monthly Savings Rate- June 2017

June flew by.

I was on my own this month for three weeks, as Poopsie was on a work trip in a remote Northern Territory town. Fortunately, he was fed all of his meals and this resulted in a reduced grocery expenditure- obviously he is the one who tips our grocery bills over the edge!
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Where We’ve Travelled: New York City Part One

There is just something about New York City. I don’t even know how to begin to describe it.

Throughout my 20s, I travelled to New York City three times. I desperately wanted to show it to Poopsie, so we made it the final stop of our big trip.
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Building a Financial Community

To many, money is a taboo subject and not something that they ever talk about.

The financial field is a tricky one to navigate sometimes.

This can make it hard as an aspiring early retiree, to know how to build a financial community around you.
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The Australian Blogger Interview Series: Dividends Down Under

Welcome back to The Australian Blogger Interview Series.

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Monthly Savings Rate- May 2017

May felt like a very spendy month to us.

Can you see us?

This is our first post where we don’t reveal our specific items of spending, but instead focus on our overall savings rate. Read about why we made that decision here.
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Spending Reports No More

Usually, this post would feature our May spending report.

However, we’ve recently decided to stop publicly chronicling every dollar we spend.
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What If We Didn’t Retire Early?

We are pretty certain about our path to early retirement and getting there in approximately six years (though we definitely have our doubts).

However, occasionally, I wonder what our lives would look like if we had no plans to retire early.
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