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Best Board Games – H1 2018 Update

Over the last few months I’ve become more involved in board gaming as a hobby. At the end of last year I outlined some of my favorite games. Here is an update of some of the best games I’ve played … Continue reading

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May Financial Update

May is now over and we are heading rapidly into summer. The kids will soon be off and we are heading off on vacation next week. So here is how the major markets and our own net worth did in … Continue reading

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If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail – Vacation Edition

In a week’s time we will be on vacation (the blog will take a three week vacation too – you’ll find it on the beach!) and while as mentioned before we have most of it paid for we have discovered … Continue reading

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Camping It Up

Over the Holiday weekend we went camping in the mountains. I’ll be honest camping is not really my thing, but it’s a cheap way to get away for a day or two. For people on a more frugal budget it’s … Continue reading

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The Cost of Entertainment

The average American family spends around $3000 a year on entertainment. This is of course just the average’ for upper middle class families (say $100,000 a year income) the number is closer to $6000 a year. For us we would … Continue reading

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Come the Revolution

Most financial blogs are not political. That’s not what they are there for, but certain parts of political philosophy and policy will naturally become entangled with the way any FIRE oriented person might think.

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The Hidden Cost of Leisure

Our daughter is 15, so she is at an age when music and friends are the two of the most important things in her life. There is a big concert in town in over a years time (!) so she … Continue reading

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Stability and Long Term Planning are the Keys to Success

Just like in sports, to be successful in the journey to financial independence you need stability and a long term plan in place. In celebration of the end of the English football season on Sunday here are some comparisons between … Continue reading

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Spending Nothing – The Rush

As we work through our budget there are some days when we spend nothing all day, these are the great days. It was something we try and plan for during the week; if we’ve had an expensive day say with … Continue reading

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Our Most Useful Appliance

Over the last hundred years we have obviously come a long way in terms of labor saving devices from microwaves to washing machines to fridges. We have come to take these things for granted and they have freed up a … Continue reading

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