As I said last post, I’ve suddenly “come back” to FIRE due to the nagging feeling we could be doing more. When I say come back, I don’t mean in the monetary sense. We didn’t stop following the plan we laid down before I stopped blogging. The advantage of set and forget into a Vanguard fund is that it takes more effort to stop investing than it does to start. I’m a big sucker for making inertia work for me! What I mean is knowing what is going on in the FIRE world. Who is new? Who is still around? (Miss Balance!) How are they going? Where are they at ... Show Me More!
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!