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How We Saved (and Wasted) Money On Our New Zealand Holiday

We recently took two weeks to explore New Zealand’s North Island. If you haven’t yet checked out what we did, you can read about our first week’s adventures around Taupo and Wellington, then our second week’s doings around Rotorua, Waitomo and Auckland. As we all know, wonderful holidays often aren’t free. This time I will be detailing how we saved (and wasted) money while travelling through New Zealand’s North Island. Hopefully you will be able to learn from our failures, as well as come away with some ideas for saving. Planning I’m a planner. I like to have lists to tick off, and plenty of time to organise. That wasn’t … Show Me More!

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Enough Time To… Visit New Zealand’s North Island (Part 2)

We continue on our adventure in New Zealand’s North Island for the second and final week. To read part one, click here. Day 7 New Plymouth – Hamilton I had enough time to tackle the river walk before we had to leave One Burgess Hill. While the loop walk is a clearly marked path with steps and gravel and boundaries, once you step out over the fence, you are in uncharted territory (OK, not really, but that’s how it feels). I was on a high hillside, looking down a steep slope to the river. A slightly worn path showed where others had made the trek, so gave me some guidance to … Show Me More!

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Enough Time To… Visit New Zealand’s North Island (Part 1)

In April, Mr. ETT and I travelled to the New Zealand’s North Island. I won’t torture you with my daily musings on the trip – instead, I’ll be a gracious host and keep it to two posts, one for each week we were travelling. I’ll also have a summary post for the financially minded that will detail the ways we saved (and lost) money on the trip. Why New Zealand’s North Island? Originally, we had planned on travelling to Japan. In preparation, at the end of 2016, Mr. ETT and I both applied for annual leave. Unfortunately, a close family member was taken ill, then passed away early this year. … Show Me More!

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April 2017 Spending and New Habits Update

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! When I set the goal to spend less, it excluded a planned trip to Japan. Well, Japan turned into New Zealand, so I did not include a couple of weeks spending in the calculation this month. … Show Me More!