Well look at that – it’s been three years since I last wrote, and now we’ve returned from our 2021 houseboat board games weekend. We went in 2019, skipped 2020 due to COVID, and this year hired a bigger boat and went with a larger group. For the first year since we’ve been doing this, we had sunshine the entire weekend. Since 2018, Mr ETT and I moved house and began new jobs. While we continued to save for FIRE on auto-pilot, now we are settling back into a routine, I’ve started becoming… uncomfortable? Worried? I don’t really know how to put it, but I know we can be doing ... Show Me More!
Hi everyone! It’s been longer than I planned, and even this post is a life update rather than anything financial. My poor blog feels like the friend you keep meaning to speak to, but the longer that passes, the harder it is to reach out and say hi (or is that just me?) The Business I started the business in a rush of enthusiasm, before quickly realising what we already knew—I don’t have enough time! Clearly from my time study, there was no space to add a new activity, which is why blogging dropped off. I’m still enthusiastic about starting a business, still enjoying myself, and still have 1,624,377 steps to ... Show Me More!
When I first looked at how to reduce our spending, I started with food. Unlike council rates, I could control how much we spent and it provided an easy win. But did you know that focusing on reducing food waste can provide wider economic, environmental and social benefits too? “It is estimated that Australian households throw away almost $4,000 worth of unused food each year.” – Hon Michaelia Cash and Hon Zed Seselja Why Fight Food Waste? Social Benefits “Eat your dinner. There’s starving children in Africa.” Anyone remember this oft-repeated phrase from my childhood? Although trite, food insecurity occurs in all countries, including Australia. Our food industry produces enough to feed ... Show Me More!
For the first time since I started, I have nothing prepared for this week’s post. Note I say “prepared”—I have plenty of topics lined up that I want to write about, yet I haven’t committed to any of them. My online friends will also have noticed that I’ve not been commenting on blogs, nor Tweeting. What’s Going On? I’ve spoken about my job in the past. In 2016, I was employed as part of a project team to help roll out a new software system. It was due to go live 3 months after I started. I grant, this timeline was never going to be achievable, but there were reasons ... Show Me More!
In 2017, we spent $64,000 on everyday expenses. In 2018 we have the goal to be able to live off one wage, or $60,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we’ll still need $1,500,000 invested! Every dollar less we spend is another dollar we don’t have to save up for in retirement. Daily Spending Rate March. Sigh. I knew the health insurance was coming, so I also knew that this was going to be another month we wouldn’t meet our daily spending rate. We are a quarter of the year through, and it’s been normal life expenses that again have pushed us over. I’m feeling discouraged, ... Show Me More!