Being Content

You can’t experience true financial freedom if you constantly desire more stuff. By contentment, I don’t mean just accepting your lot in life and learning to live with it. Contentment is more of an attitude of satisfaction with our situation. No matter the situation, be it extreme poverty or wealth, there isn’t the urge to obtain material things. It’s a good thing to be content with what you have without the desire to gain more. Of course, taken to the […]

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Never Pay Retail

There is an old rule I inadvertently use and I’m not sure where it came from. It’s the idea to, ‘Never pay retail.’ Retail prices are full market prices without any discounts. Sometimes paying retail is unavoidable. Some things like government fees can’t be negotiated. In most cases you can easily get away from the retail scam.   If you pay retail you are paying too much. The shops usually price according to what they consider they will use as […]

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Save Money By DIY

When renovating a house I always like to try to save money wherever possible. If I can do a job myself to save I money, I’ll give it a go (the end result may not look any good, but at least I saved money, right?). There are things that I won’t try. Electrical or plumbing can cause some serious disruption if you get it wrong. It can also be illegal for schmucks to fiddle with (or you could die). Things […]

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Dealing With Dodgy Suppliers

The furniture business had become a big of a drag. I wanted to do something else. An opportunity came up to rent a warehouse and showroom for dirt cheap. Even though it was a bit cruddy, we decided that it was the opportunity of a lifetime (or at least a good way to save and make money).   We basically only had two lines of furniture: leather dining chairs and a lounge suite. It wasn’t much of a business. There […]

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The Self Made Argument

Kylie Jenner is close to hitting a Billion dollars. I actually didn’t know who Kylie Jenner was til I heard this news (I know what rock have I been hiding under?). Very impressive for a 21 year old! A lot of people have been claiming that she shouldn’t be called a self made billionaire. It’s because she is a part of a famous family and they have some wealth. How many of those other family member are billionaires or close to being billionaires? None. There are […]

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New Book is Here!

Click Here to Get the Book   I reached financial freedom a few years back and I have written a book about it. I thought the book was pretty good, but it was terrible. It was all over the place. There were redundant sentences, bad grammar and rubbish dressed up to sound like something useful. All in all, it wasn’t good enough to throw in the trash can. What to do? Give up? Pay someone to do it for me? […]

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Where’s the Exit?

I made a mistake with my furniture business (actually, I made lots of mistakes) by not having an exit plan. That doesn’t mean adhering to safety regulations and assigning exit designations in case of an emergency (I don’t think we measured up). I mean, what is the plan for exiting (selling) the business to get the best profit. There was a time when it would have been great to sell the business. The economy was doing well. The business was […]

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The Positive Attitude Dude

I used to work as a Postie (Postman) and had to get up pretty early. It only took me around 5 mins to get there from where I lived, as there was no traffic that time of the morning. You would go in pick up your mail, sort it and bundle it up, ready for delivery. Then you would head outside on the bike to deliver the mail, getting paid to do exercise. If you finished early (which I almost […]

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DIY Savings – I Fixed my car, well I fixed what I broke

When we were in Brisbane last year I bought a vehicle for the family. It was nothing flash, just something to get us around. I didn’t really make sure that it was all running smooth. I was not sure how long we were going to be in Brisbane and I wanted to get something quickly. When driving it I noticed that it idled rough when in drive and stationary, it shook big time. I hoped it wasn’t something major and […]

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The Dangers of Early Retirement

It has been ages since I last wrote a blog post. We left Brisbane in December and it is now nearly June. I had thought that I would be in holiday mode for just a few weeks, but I have overextended my laziness. It is true that when you are retired you can do whatever you want, but who really wants to sit around and do nothing all the time. I want to be able to make some sort of […]

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