Are You the Real Deal or Just Show?

We had been invited to lunch. This was a normal experience for us to be invited out for lunch in China. It was a really nice restaurant and the dishes were good without being memorable. Then a dish came out with some mystery looking meat and there were bits covering parts of it. As it got closer I could see that those bits were scorpions. There must have been like 20 or so scorpions on that dish. I had never […]

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Frugality vs Cheapality

A lot of people would call us frugal. That would be true. Sometimes it was embarrassingly true. I won’t go into all the details here. Suffice to say that we try to save money wherever we can. That sometimes might make people feel a bit uncomfortable (I can’t think of any specific examples). We don’t follow the norm when it comes to spending at all. That does not mean we are cheap. We go out of our way to save […]

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Christmas Savings

It’s coming up to that time of the year again. The silly season or the time when you can’t find a carpark at the mall. The shops all have their decorations up, the Christmas music is playing (please no more Snoopy’s Christmas) and the sales discounts are pathetic. It’s that time when people spend way too much money and live the rest of the year paying for it. How can you survive the Christmas season without blowing your budget or […]

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Storage of All Our Worldy Possessions Under the House

When we were planning to convert our house into two units we had to leave access to the wiring and plumbing under the house. The existing access was through “the little red door” which led to a great workshop (man space). Most of the space was going to be transformed into a bathroom for the downstairs unit, but we were able to leave a shelved corridor with access to the rest of the under house. It was a shame to […]

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If You Have Debt You are a Doofus

If you have personal debt you are a doofus. Ouch! That was a bit harsh, let me rephrase that. Debt have you, a doofus you make. Offended? Good. That was my plan. I remember accidentally taking some money out of an ATM on my credit card. I thought I had taken it out of the debit part of the card. I was shocked to see that I had to pay interest on that money. I couldn’t pay that credit card off […]

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How We Visited a Country For Free

For three months, in 2010, we lived in the Chinese city of Zhuhai. We had our two eldest children with us and we (royal we) were pregnant with the third. We would often climb this mountain there which had an amazing lookout at the top of it. It was really magical. We could see the bright lights of Macau from there and thought we had to make a day trip there at some stage. We left earlyish in the morning […]

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Bargain Hunters Anonymous

For as long as I can remember I have always been a good saver. I would hoard my Christmas chocolate stash for weeks and savour every mouthful. Whereas my brother would get his chocolate and it would be gone by the end of the day. I didn’t understand that because there were so many nice things to eat that day. But if there was one thing that I inherited from my dad (I’m glad I didn’t inherit his balding) it was […]

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Delayed Gratification Can Lead to Elimination

My son loves Lego. Actually, four of my kids do. I’m sure the fifth one will too when she is old enough to care. My son loves Batman as well. It’s his favourite of all the superheroes. So, when he saw a Batman Lego set that he didn’t have and almost could afford, he got really excited. He needed it. We were in Kmart at the time and he kept popping over to where we were to tell us about how […]

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A Biased and Unfair Review of the iPhone X

The new iPhone X looks amazing. So, am I excited about it? You bet I am. To see an Apple fanboy (or girl) drool over the new device is a sight to behold. It gives me so much pleasure to marvel at their devotion. I get yet another opportunity to mock them (I probably have too much time on my hands).   Sure some of those features are pretty cool. That face recognition thing is so needed. I mean what if you forget […]

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The Insurance Religion Scam

  While spending time with a friend of ours, she asked us a question which we thought was a bit weird. What she said wasn’t overly strange, but a particular word she threw in made it interesting. We had given a financial freedom workshop and one of the attendees had talked to our friend. Our friend said that we had mentioned in our workshop that, “We don’t believe in insurance”. That was a funny way to phrase it. Saying it […]

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